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Meet the Illinois Skyward® Steering Committee Members

The IL Skyward® User Group steering committee members are employees of Illinois Skyward® School Districts who volunteer their time and labor. Each committee member plays a vital role in the planning of the IL Skyward® User Group annual conference (SkyCon) held in the fall. We act as an advocate for IL Skyward® users - meeting with Skyward® staff to review the software and give feedback on important functionality and priorities for the state of Illinois. 

Joel Margliano

Joel Margliano

President

Kankakee School District 111 

Student/Finance/IT
SMS 2.0


Joel has been a part of the Illinois Skyward® Steering Committee since 2012 serving as Vice President until 2014 when elected as President.  He is the Manager of Information Systems in Kankakee School District 111 and works with both Skyward® Student and Finance. 

Stephanie Kaack

Vice President & Webmaster

Manteno CUSD No. 5  

Student/Finance
Qmlativ


Stephanie Kaack is the Data Coordinator for Manteno CUSD No. 5. She started as a Middle School/Technology Administrative Assistant in January 2010, then moved to her current position in July 2013. Manteno has a combined Skyward® database and migrated from SMS 2.0 to Qmlativ in July 2020. Stephanie has been a member of the IL Skyward® Steering Committee since January 2016.

Arlissa Holford

Arlissa Holford

Secretary

Peoria SD 150

Finance
SMS 2.0


Arlissa Holford is a System Analyst for Peoria Public Schools where they use both Skyward® Student and Finance.  Arlissa has been a member of the Steering Committee since January 2015.

R. J. Gravel

Interim Treasurer/Finance Sub-Committee Chair

Glenbrook School District 225

Finance
Qmlativ


Dr. R.J. Gravel has served as Assistant Superintendent for Business Services for  Glenbrook School District 225 since July 2016. R.J. has been a member of the Steering Committee since 2019 and serves as the Finance Sub-Committee Chair.

Scott Anthony

Student Sub-Committee Chair/Conference Co-Chair

Consolidated High School District 230 

Student/Finance/IT
Qmlativ


Scott Anthony is the MIS Manager for Consolidated High School District 230 in Orland Park, IL. CHSD 230 uses both Skyward® Student and Finance. Scott joined the Steering Committee in January of 2012 and has served as the Finance Sub-Committee Chair. He has been serving as the Student Sub-Committee Chair since February 2019. District 230 migrated from SMS 2.0 to Qmlativ in June 2023.

Eric Barringer

Eric Barringer

IT Sub-Committee Chair

Clinton Consolidated Unit School District 15

Student/IT
SMS 2.0


Eric Barringer is the Director of Technology at Clinton CUSD 15.  CUSD 15 uses Skyward® Student and Finance.  Eric has been a user of Skyward® since 2006. He has been a member of the Steering Committee since 2019 and serves as the IT Sub-Committee Chair

Liz Boyles

Conference Co-Chair

Troy CCSD 30C

Student
Qmlativ


Liz Boyles is the Director of Information Services for Troy Community Consolidated School District 30C.  She has been with Troy 30C since July 2010.  Troy 30C has been using Skyward® Finance and Skyward® Student since Spring of 2014.  Her district migrated from SMS 2.0 to Qmlativ Summer 2022. 

Rob Beck

Streator High School

Student
SMS 2.0


Rob Beck is the Director of Technology at Streator Township High School.  He has been a Skyward® Student and Finance user since 2014. Rob joined the Steering Committee in January 2023. 

Matt Birdsley

Sterling Public Schools

Finance
SMS 2.0


Matt Birdsley is the Director of Finance for Sterling Public Schools and has previously served as a Principal and Director of Curriculum & Instruction for Sterling Public Schools and has been a member of the Steering Committee since 2024.  Matt has used Skyward as a Teacher and Administrator for over 20 years and is leading Sterling Public Schools during their migration to Skyward Business & Student Qmlativ this June 2024.

Christy Kelson

Regional Office of Education #17

Finance
SMS 2.0

Christy Kelson is the Business Manager at the Regional Office of Education #17 serving DeWitt, Livingston, Logan, and McLean counties.  She has been a user of Skyward Student, Finance, and Human Resources SMS 2.0 since 2009 while employed at Olympia CUSD #16.  In 2019, she transitioned to ROE #17 where she primarily utilizes Skyward Finance and Human Resources SMS 2.0.  The district is transitioning to Qmlativ in 2024.  Christy joined the IL Skyward Steering Committee in February 2024. 

Sandy Lakosil

Community High School District 218

Student
SMS 2.0


Sandy Lakosil is the District Application/Data Specialist at Community High School District 218 in Oak Lawn, Il.  CHSD 218 has been using Skyward Student SMS 2.0 since 2009. Sandy joined the IL Skyward® Steering Committee in February 2023.

Abe Loveless

Abe Loveless

Litchfield CUSD #12

Student
SMS 2.0


Abe Loveless has been on the Steering Committee since January 2014. Abe has presented sessions on Data Manipulation and Automation for both the annual IL Skyward® User Group Conference and the annual Skyward iCON conference.

Chris Martin

Danville SD #118

Student/Finance
Qmlativ


Chris Martin is the Student Information Support Specialist at Danville CCSD 118. She started as the Finance/Human Resources Employee Information Specialist in May 2018, then moved to her current position in July 2021. Chris has served on the district Skyward® team since 2018. Danville migrated to Qmlativ in June 2023 from a combined Skyward SMS 2.0 Finance and Student database. Chris joined the IL Skyward® Steering Committee in February 2023.

Gerry Mattix-Wand

Gerry Mattix-Wand

East Alton - Wood River HS District 14 

Student/IT
SMS 2.0


Gerry Mattix-Wand is the Director of Technology at East Alton-Wood River H.S. District. He has been a Skyward® Student and Finance User since 1996. Gerry served as the User Group Treasurer from 2015 to 2023. 

Nathan Miller

Grant Community High School District 124

Student
SMS 2.0


Nathan Miller is the Assistant Principal for Student Operations at Grant Community High School D124 in Fox Lake, IL. D124 uses both Skyward® Student and Finance. Nathan joined the Steering Committee in February 2023.

Tiffany Preuss

Elmhurst CUSD 205 

Finance
SMS 2.0


Tiffany Preuss is the Director of Business Services at Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205.  She has been a Skyward® user since 2015 throughout previous districts she has worked in.  Tiffany joined the Steering Committee in 2022.  

Christine Zollinger

Rock Falls Township High School District 301 

Finance
SMS 2.0


Christine Zollinger is the Human Resources/Finance Specialist for Rock Falls Township High School District 301. Christine started with Rock Falls in 2014, however has been a Skyward® user since 2006 while working for Wisconsin School Districts. Rock Falls utilizes Skyward® Finance and Skyward® Student for their software needs. Christine joined the IL Skyward® Steering Committee in February 2019. 

Brent Siebring

Brent Siebring

Skyward® - IL Branch Manager

Brent is the Skyward® Consulting and Support Manager for Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee and has been with Skyward® for 19 years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.  Brent is a Registered Certified Public Accountant for the state of Illinois and a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.

Tom Steele

SkyCon President Emeritus

Manteno CUSD No. 5

IT/Student/Finance
Qmlativ

Tom Steele is the Technology Director for Manteno CUSD No. 5. He served on the IL Skyward® User Group Steering Committee from 2006-2022. As President Emeritus, Tom continues to provide leadership and guidance to the SkyCon Board of Directors.