Dr. Tom Kostes
Dr. Tom Kostes was appointed to the board in 2006 to fill an unexpired term. Tom was first elected to the board in 2007. Dr. Kostes serves as the board president. He graduated from Tilden Technical High School and received his B.S. and Masters degrees from George Williams College. Tom earned his doctorate in education from Loyola University. He also holds a Chief School Business Endorsement from Northern Illinois University. Tom and his wife Carolyn have two grown children and five grandchildren. Dr. Kostes is retired from North Palos District 117 where he served as superintendent.
Ron Moran was first elected to the board in 2009. Ron graduated from Argo High School and attended Moraine Valley Community College and Winona State University. Mr. Moran graduated from the apprentice school for the IBEW Local 134. Ron and his wife Melissa have three daughters, all of whom have attended the district. Ron and Melissa have been involved in the community and the school district over the years, including PTAs and the Hickory Hills Baseball and Softball programs. Mr. Moran's background as a project engineer for an electrical contractor gives him a wealth of experience dealing with construction management and contract issues. Ron also serves as a part-time electrical inspector with the village of Justice. Mr. Moran serves as the board's vice president.
Debbie Groark was appointed to the board in September 2012. Mrs. Groark graduated from Stagg High School. She attended Moraine Valley Community College. Debbie and her husband Jay have two daughters. both of whom attended District 117. The Groarks have resided in Hickory Hills for more than 40 years. Debbie has been involved in the Girl Scouts for 30 years, including the last 18 years as a Girl Scout leader. Mrs. Groark remains a staunch advocate for quality education for all students. She attained the title of Master Board Member by attending various events, classes, and conferences. Mrs. Groark also completed the LeaderSHOP Academy for continuous learning and she serves as a Delegate-at-large with the South Cook Division.
Bobby Greene was appointed to the board in May 2017 and elected to a four-year term in April 2019. He grew up in Bridgeview and attended Argo High School. Mr. Greene graduated from Illinois Benedictine University where he played football and majored in sociology, which included a concentration in criminal justice. He spent 12 years as a police officer in Bridgeview before being injured on the job and retiring. Mr. Greene now works as an attorney. Bobby and his wife Jaclyn have two children in District 117. Mr. Greene said he believes in "giving back" to the community. "Volunteers are the backbone to great communities." Bobby serves as the board's secretary.
Clara Fraga was appointed to the board in June 2017 to fill a vacancy. Mrs. Fraga was born in Colombia, South America and came to the United States with her family when she was in elementary school. Her family spent time in New York and New Jersey before moving to Chicago when Clara was a sophomore in high school. She attended and later graduated from Hubbard High School. She worked during the day and attended Daley College at night where she earned an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development. Mrs. Fraga is married and she and her husband have three children who all attend schools in District 117. The Fragas moved to Hickory Hills in 2011. She said she "did my research" before deciding on Hickory Hills because "I wanted our children to go to a great school district." Mrs. Fraga said she is excited about her involvement on the school board and wants to help continue making District 117 "one of the best around."