The Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees voted to approve the appointment of two new board members at their Oct. 6 meeting. Alicia Morales and Patricia Deiters were selected by the board out of 48 individuals who applied to fill two vacancies created in August when Tina Markley and Barbara Adams resigned. All seven seats on the JJC Board are now filled.
Deiters, of New Lenox, and Morales, of Joliet, are both former JJC students.
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.
“I’m honored to be here,” said Morales, who graduated in 2001 from the college. “JJC has grown so much since I was a student, and I’m happy to be a part of the growth and the leadership.”
Morales also said that she felt it was a honor to be the first Hispanic-American woman appointed to the JJC board, especially during the college’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, which runs Sept. 15-Oct. 15.
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.
“I’m excited to get started,” said Deiters, who attended JJC in the early 90s. “JJC has a lot to offer the community.”
Deiters and Morales 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.
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.