Deiters Appointed to Fill JJC Board Vacancy

The Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees appointed Patty Deiters at their Dec. 12 meeting to the fill vacancy spurred by the resignation of longtime trustee Andy Mihelich last month.

New trustee Patricia Deiters.

Deiters, of New Lenox, was one of two candidates interviewed by the board on Dec. 11. She will serve the remainder of Trustee Mihelich’s term for approximately 17 months, until the April 2019 election. Deiters previously served on the JJC board from October 2015 to May 2017.

Mihelich resigned in mid-November, citing a recent move to Springfield, Ill. as the reason for his departure since his residency is no longer within the college’s district.

The board reached out to all five individuals who ran for trustee seats in the April 2017 election to offer them an opportunity to apply for the open seat. Deiters and Margaret Hornung of Shorewood submitted applications and were interviewed.

JJC is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, all of whom are elected from within the seven-county college district for at-large, staggered, six-year terms. A student representative, appointed annually, is a non-voting member of the board.

The JJC Board of Trustees includes Bob Wunderlich, chairman; Maureen Broderick, vice chairwoman; Mike O’Connell, secretary; John (Jake) Mahalik; Alicia Morales; Dan O’Connell; and Sante Deserio, student trustee.

For more information, contact Kelly Rohder-Tonelli at (815) 280-2915 or

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