Homewood-Flossmoor 2016-2017 Board
We hope you enjoy reading the biographies of this year’s Homewood--Flossmoor Area LWV Board, whom - - - -- as you will see –– are a multi—talented group. Each woman brings her own unique talents to this team. We are so fortunate that these ladies have agreed to serve on our Board this year! We look forward to working with them on the many interesting, informative programs and activities that are planned for the 2015--2016 year. Please join us for as many as you can. We look forward to meeting our new members and renewing friendships with the more “seasoned” ones. Remember, it is your active participation that will help us continue to make a difference in our communities.
Erin and Syvia.. Co—Presidents
Erin Roeper, Co-President
After retiring in 2001 as an English teacher for 32 years (the last seven as English Department Chair) at ThorntonTownshipHigh School, District 205 in Harvey, Erin joined the Homewood-Flossmoor Area LWV in 2005. She served as Membership Chair 2007-2009, was Co-President 2009-2010, President 2010-2013 and Co-President again for 2015-17. Erin serves as chair of the Arts & Environment Committee for St. Joseph Church, Homewood, writes a column for the "ex-205ers" semi-annual newsletter, and enjoys traveling with her husband George, also a member of the League. They have five grandchildren. Recently re-elected to the LWVIL State Board for 2015-2017, she works with Membership and coordinates the state MLD coaches.
Syvia Tillman, Co-President
Syvia joined LWVH-F in 1999 after retiring from various positions in State Government for twenty-four years. Her interest in government and its many facets stemmed from childhood and thus participating in the League of Women Voters mission to educate and advocate was a natural progression following a career in these endeavors. Syvia has had the privilege and honor of serving three terms as president of the HF League and now a second “gig’ as co-president. She has also served six plus years on the LWVIL Board as vice-president for membership and vice-president of Issues and Action. Syvia is currently participating on the LWVIL Issues Committee and LWVH-F representative to the Cook County League.
Mary Emily Grant, Vice President
Mary Emily has been a League member since 2011 and brings a wealth of work and life experience to our organization. Mary Emily worked in the corporate world retiring after 22+ plus years at JPMorgan, completing her working days as a portfolio manager in the Private Bank. Mary Emily was born in Chicago and raised in the south suburbs. She attended AscensionGrammar School, ThorntonTownshipHigh School and ThorntonCommunity College. She received both her BA and MBA degrees from DePaulUniversity with a concentration in Finance.
Mary Emily and her husband, Eldrige (deceased), moved to Hazel Crest in 1968. She participates in a wide variety of community activities, too numerous to list, and she received the Hazel Crest Good Neighbor Award in 2001 for her outstanding contribution to the community. . Mary Emily served as the Clerk for the Village of Hazel Crest from May, 200 Until April 2015, when she was elected to the village’s Board of Trustees. Mary Emily is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians, working toward certification.
The Illinois State Board of Education appointed Mary Emily to the School Finance Authority for School District 152 ½ on January 1, 2002, where she served for ten years. The School Finance Authority was comprised of five members: two residents of the district and three non-residents. The School Finance Authority was responsible for the fiscal welfare of the district.
Mary Emily loves living in the south suburbs and is looking forward to working with the League to improve the quality of life in our communities. Do get to know Mary Emily and get inspired to learn about all her accomplishments.
Rose Etta Martin, Secretary
I am a retired high school teacher/librarian, married, with two grown children and a grandson in college. I was a member and officer of the Hazel Crest League of Women Voters in the 1980's. One of my most satisfying memories of that time was acting as a deputy registrar. I'm hoping to do that again.
Donna Moore, Treasurer
Donna is retired from the American Cancer Society. She joined the LWV in 1970 and has served as budget chair for the LWV of IL and treasurer of the LWV of Cook County, as well as co-president of the LWV of Homewood-Flossmoor. In addition, Donna served on the committee that formed PADS and served as its first treasurer. Since 1980, she has served on the board of Age Options, the suburban Cook County Area Agency on Aging, in various capacities including president, chair of the board, and finance chair. She currently is president of the Flossmoor Public Library Board. In her free time, Donna takes classes at the University of Chicago and at her church she plays hand bells in the choir and serves on the buildings and grounds committee.
Sharyl Inlow Co-Membership Chair
Interest in our country's government and history has always been an important part of my life. I joined the Homewood area LWV in the seventies while my children were young. At that time, I helped with the publication of the newsletter. I took a hiatus from League activities in the eighties when I returned to teaching in the elementary school as a reading specialist. My interests over the years have included serving in many volunteer positions connected with church and community. I also accepted various leadership roles in a professional educational organization (IEA) while I was teaching. My husband Roy recently joined me as a member of the LWV HF Area and supports my endeavors in the League. We have 3 children and 7 grandchildren in Illinois, Indiana, and Pennsylvania that keep us busy as we visit regularly throughout the year. I am excited about the opportunity to be active in League again and look forward to getting to work with wonderful League members supporting the Board in activities that are vital to our communities
Sharon Cooper, Voter Services Chair
Sharon joined the League in 2010 and has enjoyed participating in voter registration and several board studies. Beside membership in our league, Sharon is a member of the Musicians Club of Women, Friends of American Writers, Flossmoor Book Club, and is on the Board of the Flossmoor Chapter of the Lyric Opera. Although she loves to travel, her favorite town is Chicago. Sharon is a member of Infant Jesus of Prague Parish and serves as Minister of Care. Her son and his wife reside in Minooka; her daughter and husband live in Naperville. After completing forty years of teaching in the Chicago schools, she retired in 2005.
Joan Strohm, Co-Membership Chair
I was raised in the South Suburbs, graduating from Homewood Flossmoor H.S. I also attended Prairie State College and the Art Institute of Chicago. I have a national certification in Transportation Management. Early in my marriage I moved to Washington, D.C. while my husband attended law school. During that time I managed a drugstore for three years, after which we moved to Homewood and then to Flossmoor.
Professionally, I spent the greatest part of my career at Con-Agra, a huge food conglomerate. For the most part I managed the worldwide distribution of turkeys for the Butterball division, and then managed the nation-wide corporate vehicle fleet.I volunteered for the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance and the South Suburban Humane Society.
My interest in the League comes from a hereditary passion for social justice and an open democracy. I am drawn to the League’s history of action for voters’ rights, voter registration and political transparency. I am also proud of the HF League for developing the PADS program.
Maureen McSherry, Co-Program Chair
After serving two terms as the Secretary for the H-F LWV, Maureen is beginning her second term as Co-Chair for Programs. This year, Yvette Harris-Black will be her Co-Chair.. Maureen is a retired English teacher with 34 years in education. After retiring, she also worked as a high school administrator for five years in a private Chicago high school for girls. Maureen resides in Flossmoor with her husband, Donald, who is a retired marketing consultant. They have two adult children, Colleen who lives in L.A. and works as a global recruiter for an international law firm and Michael, is a Sales Consultant and Corporate Counsel for a software firm.. In her spare time, Maureen enjoys playing bridge and reading.
Yvette Harris-Black, Co-Program Chair
A resident of Hazel Crest for over 15 years, Yvette is a new member to the H-F League Board. She retired last year after 21 years with Prairie-HillsSchool District 144 in Markham, IL. Yvette is very active in her church as Lay Leader, Usher and Co-chair of the Senior Ministry. She is also President of her Condo Association and a Red Hatter. She loves to read and travel.
Sandra Slayton, Voter Services Coordinator
Sandra retired in 2007 as Deputy Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, the agency responsible for the administration of the Food Stamp Program (now known as SNAP); the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program; the National School Lunch Program; and several other federally assisted nutrition programs.
Since 2008 she has volunteered with Catholic Charities as an Advisory Board member where she advocates for social service programs and helps raise funds to assist people in need. Also, since 2011 she has been a volunteer for the Illinois Department on Aging as a Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) advisor, helping seniors resolve Medicare insurance issues.
Always active in the community, in 2015 Sandra was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Village of Hazel Crest. She had previously served as a Community Relations Commissioner for her village, and board member for her homeowners association. Sandra joined the LWV in 2014 and will serve as voter services coordinator for the 2016-2018 term.
Sandra and her husband, Joseph, are avid golfers. They are parents to a son and daughter, and have four grandchildren, who they enjoy traveling to San Diego and Atlanta to visit.