Board of Trustees
Patricia N. Harada, Chair
Elected to the Board of Trustees in April 2011, Patricia N. Harada is serving a six-year term.
The president of an energy savings company that specializes in energy efficient lighting and retrofit projects for commercial buildings, Harada also is an arbitrator in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Previously she was an attorney in private practice with an extensive entrepreneurial background in law and real estate development.
She is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council-Illinois and an accredited LEED Green Associate. Dedicated to her community, she has worked on educational issues for local school District 39 and previously served on the New Trier High School Parent Board.
Harada earned a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a bachelor's degree from Colorado College — and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association. She and her husband, who live in Wilmette, have two grown sons.
Ann E. Tennes, Vice Chair
Elected to the Board of Trustees in April 2007, Skokie resident Ann Tennes was most recently re-elected in April 2013 for a six-year term.
The director of marketing and communications for the Village of Skokie, Tennes previously was the assistant executive director of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County.
Professionally she serves on the boards of Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Centre East Metropolitan Exposition Authority, and the Skokie Festival of Cultures. A former chairman of the Northwest Municipal Conference Local Government Communicators Committee, she also was a board member of the Glenview Chamber of Commerce and the City-County Communications and Marketing Association.
Tennes lived in Park Ridge from 1977 to early 2010. She was appointed to the Park Ridge Zoning Board of Appeals in 1997 and served as chair from 2002 until she and her family relocated to Skokie. She was active in the Lincoln Middle School PTO, Park Ridge, and served as PTO president at Washington School. Tennes also has been involved with the Washington PTO Playmakers fundraising group since 1989.
Originally from Des Plaines, Tennes graduated from Maine West High School. She attended Oakton, where she met her husband Howard, who served as an Oakton Trustee from 2001 to 2003. She received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Columbia College and a master’s degree in public administration from Roosevelt University.
William Stafford, Secretary
William Stafford was appointed to the Board of Trustees in November 2007 to fill a vacancy. Most recently, he was re-elected in April 2015 to serve a six-year term.
Professionally, Stafford is the chief financial officer of Evanston Township High School District 202. He also is a member of the Illinois Association of School and Business Officers Association and has served since 2003 as chairman of the National Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee for the Government Finance Office rs Association. Prior to assuming his position at Evanston Township High School District 202, he was the finance director for the City of Evanston and held several positions within the metropolitan Chicago financial market.
He received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan School for Public Policy, a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wittenberg University, and a certificate of professional accounting from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Stafford is actively involved within the Evanston community, where he lives with his wife Ingrid.
Joan W. DiLeonardi
Joan W. DiLeonardi of Des Plaines was appointed to the Board of Trustees to fill a vacancy in 2001. Most recently, she was re-elected in April 2013 to serve a six-year term.
DiLeonardi is the retired executive vice president of Lifelink Bensenville Home Society, a nonprofit charitable health and human service organization. Her experience with large nonprofit organizations includes serving as the executive vice president for Children's Home and Aid Society, a leader in initiating and providing quality services for children, youth, and families in Illinois.
Her professional involvement includes serving on numerous charitable organizations including: the Council on Accreditation of Service to Families and Children; Council on Health and Human Services of the United Church of Christ; City of Chicago's Mayor's Advisory Council on Infant Mortality; and Child Welfare League of American Research Advisory Council.
DiLeonardi earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology from DePaul University. She also worked part time at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, and the Institute for Clinical Social Work.
Elected to the Board of Trustees in April 2013 to serve a six-year term, Kyle Frank lives in Skokie and is an attorney with a passion for workforce development in Illinois. A lifelong resident of Oakton’s district, Frank’s family has called Illinois home for six generations. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and his juris doctor from Vanderbilt University.
Elected to the Board of Trustees in April 2015, Benjamin Salzberg is serving a six-year term.
Salzberg’s professional expertise involves increasing the efficiency of company operations to achieve increased economic gains. Presently, he is the senior partner of Process Through Design, a company that improves the overall efficiencies of businesses.
A lifelong resident of Northbrook, he began his education at Oakton and earned an associate’s degree in engineering from the College. Salzberg has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois, a master of business administration degree from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in education from National Louis University. He is a state-certified teacher and is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Mr. Salzberg is also a member of Shriners International, an international fraternity that supports Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
A Board of Trustees incumbent since November 1987, Northbrook resident Jody Wadhwa was most recently re-elected in April, 2011 to serve a six-year term.
A native of India, Wadhwa came to the United States in 1956 after graduating from Punjab University. The father of three, he retired after serving 15 years as chief operating officer for the Chicago-based company, EZ Foil.
Wadhwa has been active at Oakton for nearly two decades. He established the Wadhwa Endowed Scholarship, which awards scholarships to engineering students at Oakton. He also has established a $1 million endowment in Gurgaon, India, near New Delhi, to provide assistance to local area orphans and students.
Mr. Wadhwa is a trustee for the Indo-American Center and a past president of the Wheeling Rotary Club.
William Dixon, Student Trustee
A 2012 graduate of Maine South High School, student trustee Will Dixon was elected treasurer of the Student Government Association (SGA) in 2014. As SGA treasurer, his duties include working on financial issues affecting SGA and finding effective ways to communicate budgetary challenges to the rest of the student government body.
Born in Philadelphia, Dixon and his family moved to Illinois in 2010. He is studying business and economics and is the editor in chief of OCCurrence, Oakton’s student newspaper. He also works as a student employee in one of Oakton's many computer labs.
Will lives at home with his parents in nearby Park Ridge.