The Saint James School Council acts as a leadership group to promote the school and its programs and assist the principal with finance, recruiting/retention, strategy, and special projects.
Parent Attendance at Meetings Parents and other guests are welcome to attend and observe St. James School Council meetings. Our monthly meetings follow a specific format and we would like to make you aware of what to expect before the meeting begins. If you would like to have an item added to the agenda, a short written summary should be given to the Chairperson or Principal two days prior to the meeting. The night of the meeting, you are welcome to join us in our opening prayer and then the Chairperson will introduce you to the rest of the Council. Following this introduction, you may quietly observe the Council while it is in session. When your agenda item is ready to be discussed, you will be invited by the Chairperson to present your issue. You will have plenty of time to speak and Council members may ask questions for clarification. Once you have presented, you are free to remain at the meeting until the Executive Session portion of the meeting begins. At this time, all visitors are requested to depart the meeting. Someone from the council will respond to you at a later date; please understand that the issue(s) you raise will not be immediately resolved at the current meeting. For additional information, please see the School Council Bylaws, which are posted here on the website or contact the Chairperson or Principal. Thank you in advance for sharing your time and concerns with us.
2020/2021 School Council Members:
Chad Woehrle is in his third year on the School Council and 1st as Chair. Together with his wife, Colleen, they have two children attending St. James: Delaney in 4th and Johnny in PK4. Chad also heads up the St. James After-school enrichment program and helps with the marketing of Jubilation. Chad is a Physician Liaison at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He also coaches basketball and softball.
Chris McKissack is in his third year on the School Council and together with his wife, Melissa, have 4 children attending St. James: Christopher in 4th; Alexis in 3rd; Alayna in K; and Ava in PK4. Chris is an executive in the renewable energy industry and has really enjoyed providing guidance to the administration through a number of changes and enjoys collecting feedback from other parents to help keep St. James a leading school and community.
Becky Dufern is in her first year as FSA President and first year on School Council. Her husband is Ryan,they have three daughters, Gillian-7th grade, Maddie-5th grade and Caitlin-2nd grade. She is a school librarian in Arlington Heights SD 25 at Ivy Hill, Olive and Westgate. She looks forward to FINDING A WAY to make this school year amazing!
Julie Delaney -This is Julie Delaney’s 3rd and final year on School Council. She and her husband Chris graduated from SJS together. They have two children: Avery is in 2nd grade and Michael is in Kindergarten. Julie is on the school’s marketing committee and most recently helped with the redesign of the Bulldog Commons. She also sings in the 10am choir and enjoys decorating the Church throughout the year. She believes that the Saint James community is a very special place to be!
Emily Hill is excited to be joining school council this year. Her husband Mike is a SJS alum, and they have three children attending St. James: Evelyn is in 5th grade, Georgia in 3rd and Bode is in 1st. Emily has been a teacher for over 15 years and is currently an adjunct professor of Education at Harper College and a Student Teacher Supervisor through ISU. She is looking forward to a great year working with the school community.
Cathy Avecilla is in her first year on School Council and together with her husband Ryan, have 3 daughters. Olivia is in 4th grade, Emma is in 1st grade and Abby is a 3 year old future Bulldog. Ryan and Cathy have been members of St. James Parish since 2010 and have enjoyed becoming part of the school community over the last 4 years. Cathy is looking forward to serving the St. James community and representing the thoughts, ideas and opinions of fellow SJS parents to the administration!
Chris Salituro Teaches high school at Stevenson in Lincolnshire. Married to Sofia who is a pediatrician in Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove. Has a junior at St. Viator and two daughters at St James, 8th and 5th.