JJC Board Selects Deiters, Morales to Fill Trustee Seats: Will Officially Vote at Oct. 6 Meeting

The Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees have selected two individuals to fill positions vacated by Tina Markley and Barbara Adams in August.

Patricia Deiters and Alicia Morales were chosen out of a total of 48 applicants through multiple rounds of candidate interviews in September. Deiters, of New Lenox, and Morales, of Joliet, are both JJC alumni.

Their appointments will not be official until the board votes to approve the measure at their Oct. 6 meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the board room on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Rd. in Joliet.

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Deiters and Morales will join another newly appointed trustee, Dan O’Connell, a Joliet attorney appointed Sept. 8 to fill the vacancy left by former trustee Jeff May, who resigned in July due to health reasons. O’Connell previously served as a JJC trustee from 2007-2013.

All three appointed positions will be up for election in 2017.

Morales earned an associate degree in marketing management from JJC and then transferred to the University of St. Francis (USF) to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of business administration. Morales also brings higher education work experience to the table, working as a financial aid advisor at JJC from 1997 to 2001 and then as a regional recruiter at USF. She currently is an office manager for Beverage Flavors International in Chicago.

In her application, Morales described her reasons for seeking the position, which were her sincere investment in the community and the college, in addition to the college’s positive impact on her life as a non-traditional student.

“The students make JJC the institution it is and many of the students you serve are non-traditional students with a dream; like I was when I started my journey in seeking a better life for my family and decided to return to college as a non-traditional adult student,” Morales wrote.

Deiters currently works in Mokena and helps people and businesses manage their retirement and benefit plans. In her application, Deiters shared her experience as a JJC transfer student who ultimately earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in political science.

“JJC is a fantastic learning institution for students to start their college career but also for continuing education and public programs,” Deiters wrote. “What I would bring to the table as a board member is someone willing to work for the better of the JJC community as a whole, assuring that the college operates within the budget parameters set forth by the board and promote the college in our area and regionally. I have a vested interest in seeing Joliet Junior College continue to succeed.”

Other JJC Board of Trustees members include Chair Bob Wunderlich; Vice Chair Andy Mihelich; Secretary Maureen Flanagan Broderick; Trustee Mike O’Connell; and Student Trustee Saleh Ruman.

For more information, contact Kelly Rohder at (815) 280-2915 or krohder@jjc.edu.

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