The District 155 leadership oversees and implements the Board of Education's strategic vision for the district.
Dr. Neil Lesinski
Dr. Neil Lesinski was named superintendent in July 2023 after serving as principal of Cary-Grove High School for six years. Prior to his principal role, he was the district’s director of curriculum & assessment. Under Lesinski’s leadership, Cary-Grove has been nationally recognized as a top high School by U.S. News and World Report and a top STEM high school by Newsweek. Lesinski earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Illinois University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership along with a Type 75 Certification from Concordia University Chicago. He then continued to earn his doctorate in education from Aurora University. Prior to joining District 155, Dr. Lesinski served as an English teacher, career technical education department chair, and English department chair at District 117.
Trey Breeden has served in multiple roles within the technology department before being named Chief Technology Officer. In his 20 years in the district he has a proven record in the management of hardware and software deployment and sustainability, along with the ability to efficiently and effectively manage initiatives to completion. Mr. Breeden recently completed the executive certificate program in Technology Leadership from Cornell University and has a project management certificate from Northwestern University along with a B.A. from University of Illinois Springfield. In addition to several IT industry certifications, he holds a CAPM certification from the Project Management Institute. During his time in the district he has also coached football, wrestling and track at Prairie Ridge High School.
Kimberly Bromley was named principal of Crystal Lake South High School in 2023 after five years as vice principal at Crystal Lake Central. She joined the district in 2015 as a dean of students and then served as the student services coordinator. Bromley earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and education from Carthage, a master’s in educational leadership from Concordia University, and an ELL endorsement from National Louis University. She is currently pursuing her educational doctoral specialist and superintendent’s endorsement from Concordia University. Prior to joining the district, she taught Spanish and English Language Learner classes at Barrington High School. She also worked as a medical Spanish interpreter and translator for eight years at Northwestern Medicine McHenry.
Director of Fiscal Services
Erica Bruso currently serves as the director of fiscal services for District 155, and has been with the district since 2011, when she began as an account manager and the coordinator of finance. Prior to joining District 155, Bruso worked at a public accounting firm auditing and consulting for school districts, local governments and non-profit organizations. Bruso attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and a master’s of accounting degree. Along with being a Certified Public Accountant, she also holds a Chief School Business Official Certification. Bruso is one of only eleven Illinois recipients of the excel award for outstanding score on the certified public accountant examination in 2004, and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honors fraternity and the Illinois CPA Society.
During Bruso’s tenure serving as the director of finance, District 155 has received national financial reporting awards for its Comprehensive Audited Financial Report (CAFR) from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the last six years.
Justin DeBolt joined District 155 in January 2022 as the director of community partnerships and district safety, a position spearheading the district’s career experience program. He leads efforts to provide more real world experiences for students and enhance community partnerships which aligns to the district’s strategic plan. Previously, DeBolt served as the coordinator of career training at McHenry County College for five years developing a similar career exploration program. Originally starting his career as a police officer for the city of McHenry, he is aware of the importance of community collaboration in relation to individual success. DeBolt holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Illinois State University and a master’s in educational business administration with a focus on educational entrepreneurship from the American College of Education.
Coordinator of Off Campus Programs, Haber Oaks
Julie Duncan has served as the coordinator of off campus programs and administrator of Haber Oaks Campus since 2015. With a growing student population at Haber Oaks, the district’s Therapeutic Day School and Alternative Campus, she continues to emphasize a student-centered approach in a nurturing school environment. She joined District 155 as the Student Services Coordinator at Crystal Lake Central High School in 2007.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Evansville. Her graduate degrees include a Master of Science in Education with a major in guidance and counseling and Educational Specialist in educational leadership with a type 75 certification from Eastern Illinois University.
Dr. Eric Ernd
Principal, Crystal Lake Central High School
Dr. Eric Ernd was named principal of Crystal Lake Central High School in 2018 after serving as vice principal at Central since 2010. Under his leadership, Central has been recognized as a nationally recognized high school by U.S. News and World Report and has been honored by AVID as a site of distinction. Recently, Central’s student services department received ASCA Ramp certification for supporting students and families. Prior to joining District 155, Ernd held several positions including athletic director and a physical education/health teacher. He attended Eastern Illinois University where he earned a bachelor’s degree, and continued to Governors State University where he earned a master’s degree in educational administration. Dr. Ernd then received his doctorate in educational leadership from National Louis University.
Kathy Gilbert is the director of teaching and learning, curriculum and pathways and has served District 155 in a variety of roles since 1991 where she began her career as a math teacher at Cary-Grove High School. Kathy is the liaison between information technology and the district’s 400-plus faculty members to implement, train, and support the integration of best-practice technology for the classroom, and is responsible for the new faculty induction program, faculty evaluations, and other staff development activities. After earning her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Illinois Wesleyan University, she completed a master of arts in education, curriculum and instruction from North Central University and received an educational specialist, educational administration degree from Northern Illinois University. Kathy was instrumental in creating the D155 GEMS Conference engaging over six-hundred middle school girls from D155 feeder schools. She has also served as Prairie Ridge High School’s mathematics department chair and STEM division leader.
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Special Education
Rachel Keesey recently joined the district as the assistant superintendent of student services and special education. She is passionate about serving students with challenges and unique circumstances and strives to be solution-focused. She has held a variety of positions over the last 20 years including social worker, assistant special education director for Nippersink School District #2/Richmond Burton High School District #157, and director of student services for Prairie Grove School District 46.
Keesey received her bachelor’s from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, her master’s from Loyola University Chicago, an Educational Leadership certification from Aurora University, and a Director of Special Education certificate from Northern Illinois University.
Dr. Steven Koch
Principal, Prairie Ridge High School
Dr. Steve Koch joined the district as an English teacher in 2001 and now serves as the principal at Prairie Ridge High School. During Koch’s time as principal, Prairie Ridge has been nationally recognized as a top high school by U.S. News & World Report and as a top STEM school by Newsweek. In 2015, the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition named Prairie Ridge High School as an Illinois Democracy School for providing students with experiences to be active contributing members of society. Koch earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching of English, and a master’s in English literature from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He later earned an educational specialist degree and his doctorate of education degree from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Koch holds his Type 75 Administrative Certificate and superintendent certification which he also obtained from Northern Illinois University. He has experience serving as English department chair, and coordinator of staff development.
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
Joshua Nobilio joined District 155 in 2005 as a special education teacher and currently serves as the assistant superintendent of human resources. Previously, he was the principal at Crystal Lake South for six years. Crystal Lake South High School has been nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top high school under Nobilio’s leadership. He earned a bachelor’s degree in special education, LBS1, from Illinois State University, a Type 73 Certification for a masters of social work from Loyola University Chicago, and a Type 75 Certificate from Northern Illinois University. Nobilio also has experience as a social worker and student services coordinator in District 155.
In 2017, Nobilio received the Guidance and Admission Assembly Award from the College Board. He has presented at multiple conferences including the Illinois Principals Association State Conference, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals National Conference.
Director of Communications & Community Relations
Shannon Podzimek has served as the director of communications for District 155 since 2015. She is responsible for all district communications, and is passionate about sharing our district’s unique stories. In her role, she strengthens community partnerships and serves as the district spokesperson. She attended the University of Kansas where she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism, and later earned her master's in strategic communications from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining District 155, she served as the communications specialist for School District U-46, the second largest district in the state of Illinois, providing communication support for 56 schools. Podzimek also has experience in producing television news for several top ABC and NBC affiliates across the country.
In 2019, District 155 received national recognition for Best School Website by the Internet Advertising Competition. The communications department has received 11 state and national recognitions from the Illinois School Public Relations Association and National School Public Relations Association for various publications, including the district's annual report.
Rebecca Saffert was named principal of Cary-Grove High School in 2023 after serving the school as vice principal for 12 years. She joined the district as a math teacher at Crystal Lake South and taught at Cary-Grove for nine years before moving into the role of dean of students. At Cary-Grove, Safftert has played an integral role in implementing the manufacturing lab, theater, learning kitchen, and collaboration space. She was named the Vice Principal of the Year in 2017 by the Illinois Principal Association. She has earned recognition for her leadership being named a woman of distinction in 2015 for her work creating Parent University for District 155. She has a bachelor’s in business finance from Western Illinois University, a teaching endorsement from Northeastern Illinois, a master’s in curriculum and instruction from North Central University, and a master’s in administration from Northern Illinois University.
Director of Operations
Troy Stinger joined District 155 in 2013 as a building operations supervisor at Cary-Grove High School before serving in his current role as the director of operations. He manages large projects, participates in long-term strategic planning for facilities management, performs daily oversight of internal systems, and has built strong rapport with contractors and construction personnel. Prior to joining District 155, Stinger has several years of experience as a certified professional maintenance manager and electrician. As a volunteer firefighter/EMT and tradesman, Stinger brings a unique perspective and ability to form strong relationships with District 155’s operations team.
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services & Strategic Partnerships
Matthew Timmerman currently serves as the assistant superintendent of educational services & strategic partnerships. Previously he served as the director of teaching, learning, curriculum and pathways. He oversees the curriculum, career experiences, and technology departments for the district. He is a proud Cary-Grove graduate and began his education career in District 155 in 1998 as a math teacher at Prairie Ridge High School. Timmerman holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Iowa, a master’s in curriculum and instruction from North Central College, and a Type 75 Certification from Northern Illinois University. He also has served the district as the coordinator of instructional technology, and the director of staff development & instructional technology. He has also coached boys and girls tennis and basketball.
Dr. Kevin Werner
Chief Officer of Finance & Operations
Dr. Kevin Werner joined the district as the chief officer of finance and operations in July 2021. He has spent the last nine years serving as the chief financial officer for Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 and Prairie Grove District 46. Prior to his career in education, Werner was an accredited Certified Public Accountant in the private sector. He received a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and his MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He has a Chief School Business Official endorsement, a Type 75 Certification, and an Educational Specialist degree from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Werner earned his Educational Doctorate from Aurora University, where he serves as a part-time adjunct professor, for his work investigating the impact of teacher salary and instructional spending per pupil on student achievement.