Meet our Board Members
Barb Wilson, President, was elected to the board in May 2013. She had just celebrated her fourth year as a parent volunteer with the Goodings Grove PTO and served on the district’s strategic planning committee, helping shape the district’s five-year vision, when she was encouraged to run for a seat on the board. Since she enjoyed her volunteer work in the schools, supporting teachers and students alike, she decided it would be a natural progression to support the district as a whole. As a parent, taxpayer and community member, Mrs. Wilson is dedicated to making sure Homer 33C is preparing students for high school, college and life. Mrs. Wilson grew up in Orland Park and moved to Homer Glen in 2001. She and her husband, Adrian, selected the area because of the Homer 33C schools. “We were told the school district was A-rated,” she said. The couple have a twin boy and girl -- Connor and Mackenzie -- both seventh graders at Homer Junior High School. Mrs. Wilson is a Human Resources Manager and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Governors State University.
Angela Adolf, Vice President, was elected to the board in April 2013. Her passion for education is evident in her volunteer work. She’s an active member of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and has served on a number of Homer 33C committees, including the district’s Strategic Plan Committee and, more recently, the board’s Finance and Operations Committee. She was instrumental in the formation of the district’s charitable foundation -- the Future Ready Student Foundation -- to help secure donations from businesses, corporations and individuals to enhance learning opportunities for Homer 33C students.
Mrs. Adolf met her husband, Joe, in college. They married in 2001 and moved to Lockport in 2003. They have two boys: Ryan, an eighth grader at Homer Junior High and William, a sixth grader at Hadley Middle School. Early in her career, Mrs. Adolf worked in advertising and marketing at the Chicago Tribune as well as an advertising firm in Oak Brook. Later, she worked as a youth director for Hinsdale United Methodist Church. Today, she’s the producing director for Lockport-Homer Youth Theater.
Amy Blank, Secretary, was elected to the board in April 2013. She brings a unique perspective to the board -- one as parent, taxpayer and a graduate of Homer 33C. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Art History from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Arts Administration (with an emphasis in Visual Art) from Columbia College Chicago. She worked as an Art Educator for the Illinois State Museum in Lockport before moving to California where she worked as an Administrator at a school for Visual Effects in Los Angeles and then as an Education Specialist/Curator for a sculpture Foundation in Santa Monica. In 2010, she and her husband, Duane, decided to move back to Illinois after the birth of their first child, Josie. Their family has since grown to include two more children: Jonas and Aria. Josie, the eldest, is a kindergartner at Schilling School. Mrs. Blank is a full-time mom who continues to feed her passion for art by painting murals for residential and commercial clients on a part-time basis. She has been painting murals professionally since 1997.
Deb Martin, Member, has been serving the residents of Homer 33C for more than a dozen years. She was first elected to the Board of Education in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015 -- making her the most veteran board member.
She has helped steer the district through periods of growth (including the construction of Young School and renovation work at Schilling School) as well as the hiring of two superintendents -- J. Michel Morrow in 2010 and Kara Coglianese in 2014.
When faced with tough decisions, she always relies on her experience as a parent, teacher and community member to guide her. “I am not a politician,” she once told a reporter. “I’m here, first of all, as a parent of (four) students who have gone through the district.” Mrs. Martin lives in Homer Glen and teaches second grade in Joliet Public Schools District 86.
Ed Campins, Member, was elected to the board in April 2013. As the father of five, he is interested in learning more about the district’s operations and staying current with its educational offerings. He and his wife, Leslie, moved to Homer Glen in 2009 from Chicago. They were attracted to the area by its open space and high quality of schools. Since joining the board in 2013, Mr. Campins has enjoyed playing a role in the implementation of the district’s five-year strategic plan while being fiscally responsible and respectful to all parties involved with Homer 33C. “I am most proud of the relationships I see between our students, staff, parents and all the community members,” he said. “I believe it takes an entire community to build up and educate our children."
Mr. Campins is a graduate of Northwestern University and works as an Options Trader. He is active in the community, serving as a coach for the Homer Heat and, formerly, the Stallions. He is devoted to his children, Trinity (a sixth grader at Hadley), Everett (a third grader at Goodings Grove), Reeve (a second grader at Goodings Grove) and Elias and Selah (future Goodings Grove students).
Elizabeth Hitzeman, Member, was elected to the board in April 2015. She is a retired educator who dedicated 26 years to the development of young minds in Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C. She and her husband, Kurt, moved to Homer Glen in 1978 when his engineering position brought them to the area. They raised two daughters here and built both of their homes here because they fell in love with the community atmosphere.
Mrs. Hitzeman received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and subsequently earned an additional 63 hours in postgraduate study in the fields of technology and education. Before moving to Homer Glen in 1978, Mrs. Hitzeman worked in management, overseeing multiple departments for Bell and Howell Schools in their Home Study Division in Chicago. She joined the Homer 33C family in 1988, teaching sixth graders up until her retirement in June, 2014. She estimates she taught 1,700 students during the course of her career. In 2006, she was named recipient of the Teacher Recognition Award from the Give Something Back Foundation.
Russ Petrizzo, Member, was elected to the board in April 2015. He has been an active member of the Homer community for more than 30 years, serving on various boards and committees, including the St. Mary School Board, the Homer Township Chamber of Commerce, the Homer Founder’s Club, the Homer Township Republican Organization, Will County Governmental League and the Disabled Patriot Fund. He holds the distinction of serving as Homer Glen’s first Mayor. He was appointed to the role by Judge Haas when the Village was incorporated in 2001. Prior to that, he served two terms as a Homer Township Trustee from 1993 to 2001. Mr. Petrizzo is a graduate of Mendel Catholic High School in Chicago and attended Moraine Valley Community College where he received his Associate’s degree. He obtained his degree in Business Economics from Illinois Benedictine University. He works as a Financial Advisor, providing wealth management services for high net worth individuals and their families. He and his wife, Mary, have two adult children, Matthew and Michael.