CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced appointments to the following boards and commissions: the Illinois Board of Education, Illinois Community College Board, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, the Illinois Court of Claims and the Illinois Civil Service Commission.
Name: Lazaro Lopez
Position: Chairman – Illinois Community College Board
Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Lazaro Lopez, 47, of Hoffman Estates to become the next chairman of the Illinois Community College Board. Lopez is a well-respected leader in the education field and was named Illinois Principal of the Year in 2013.
Lopez is currently the Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning of Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, which is the state’s second-largest school district with more than 12,000 students. In this position he is responsible for the development and delivery of effective educational programs within the district’s schools.
Prior to his work at the district level, Lopez was the principal of Wheeling High School. He oversaw the school’s transition to a STEM-focused curriculum, which better prepares students for today’s 21st century economy and world. Lopez held this position from 2007 to 2013.
Lopez is an army veteran, having served our country for three and a half years. He earned his associate’s degree from the College of DuPage and a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. He holds a master’s degree from Roosevelt University and a doctorate in education from Aurora University.
Name: John Sanders
Position: Illinois State Board of Education
Governor Bruce Rauner has selected John Sanders, 52, of Marion to the Illinois State Board of Education. Sanders has served on the John A. Logan Community College Board of Trustees since 1997.
Sanders is a partner at Sanders & Sanders, which is a general practice law firm serving all of southern Illinois. The firm has also earned a premier reputation for its work in school law and has represented more than 40 different school districts throughout the region.
In addition to his legal work, Sanders has also served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, the Association for Community College Trustees and the Illinois Community College Trustee Association.
Sanders earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois and a law degree from Southern Illinois University.
Name: Arabel Alva Rosales
Position: Board of Directors – Chicago Transit Authority
Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Arabel Alva Rosales to the Chicago Transit Authority Board of Directors. She is an entrepreneur, a leader in the Hispanic community and has 15 years of state government experience.
Currently, Rosales is the president and CEO of A. Alva Rosales & Associates, which is a technology firm specializing in project management, technology-based marketing and developing technology infrastructure.
Rosales served the State of Illinois in a number of different positions from 1990 to 2005. Most recently, she was a Commissioner on the Illinois Human Rights Commission. She was also the Director of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Under former Governor Jim Edgar, she served as a Senior Policy Adviser on Urban Issues and as an Assistant to the Governor on Women’s Issues and Hispanic Affairs.
Rosales earned her bachelor’s degree from Mundelein College at Loyola University and a law degree from DePaul University. She also holds an executive certificate from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Name: Andre Youngblood
Position: Board of Directors – Chicago Transit Authority
Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Andre Youngblood, 44, of South Holland to the Chicago Transit Authority Board of Directors. He brings 20 years of experience to the position.
Youngblood is currently the Commercial Insurance Director at Allianz Insurance Co. He manages a $30 million portfolio throughout the Midwest and is responsible for building relationships with key agency partners and profitability growth.
Prior to his work at Allianz, Youngblood worked for the Chubb Group of Insurance as a Commercial Marine Underwriter for three years. He also worked for State Farm Insurance as a Senior Claim Representative for two and a half years.
Youngblood earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California in African-American studies. He earned a master’s degree in finance from DeVry University.
Name: Richard Burrow III
Position: Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board
Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Richard Burrow III, 59, of O’Fallon to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. Burrow has a background in medical and business fields and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Burrow is currently the Executive Vice President and COO of the Shaw Management Corporation. He is responsible for transforming the organization from a family-owned small business into a thriving corporation. Prior to that, Burrow was the COO of Family Physicians of O’Fallon.
Burrow is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He retired in 1999 as the flight commander for the 375th Medical Operations Squadron. In that position he oversaw health care, preventative medicine and health promotion for more than 18,000 beneficiaries.
Burrow earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southern Illinois University, and he holds a master’s degree in business management from Colorado Technical University. Burrow also attended Air Command and Staff College and Nursing Service Management within the Air Force.
Name: Mary Patricia Burns
Position: Judge – Illinois Court of Claims
Governor Bruce Rauner has reappointed Mary Burns as Judge of the Illinois Court of Claims. Burns has served in this capacity since July 2009.
Burns is president of Burke Burns & Pinelli law firm. She is a managing partner and practicing attorney. Previously, she was an associate at Burke & Smith Chartered. Burns also served as a law clerk for Judge James Murray, researching and writing opinions.
Currently, Burns serves as a board member for many service organizations including Mercy Hospital Foundation, Service Club of Chicago and Ronald McDonald Children’s Charity of Chicago.
Burns earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, and earned her law degree from Loyola University School of Law.
Name: Fredrick Bates,br> Position: Chairman – Illinois Civil Service Commission
Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Fredrick Bates to be Chairman of the Illinois Civil Service Commission. Bates has served as an administrative law judge for the Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings since August 2013.
Before becoming a judge, Bates was President of Bates Legal Group, which specializes in management labor and employment law. He was recognized by The Legal Network as one of the top lawyers in 2013. v His other work experience includes being an equity partner at Wildman Harold, et al., President of Albert, Bates, Whitehead, et al., equity partner at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, and an associate at Seyfarth Shaw. He began his career as a judicial law clerk for Judge Donald Ross on the 8th Circuit United States Court of Appeals.
Bates received a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University. He received his law degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1983.
Name: Garrett FitzGerald
Position: Commissioner – Illinois Civil Service Commission
Governor Bruce Rauner has reappointed Garrett FitzGerald as Commissioner of the Illinois Civil Service Commission. FitzGerald has served the people of Illinois as chairman of the ICSC since May 2011.
For almost nine years, FitzGerald has worked as the executive director for Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. His daily work has helped promote economic development and business growth in the Northcenter neighborhood. The growing chamber has more than 400 current members.
Prior to his work with the Chamber, FitzGerald worked as a policy analyst for the Chicago City Council under Alderman Eugene Schulter and as legislative staff to the Cook County Board of Commissioners.
FitzGerald earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from DePaul University.