Waubonsee Seats Student Trustee From Aurora, Newly Elected Trustee From Geneva

Waubonsee Seats Student Trustee From Aurora, Newly Elected Trustee From Geneva

The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees has a new look following the April election, with a new board member from Geneva and a new student trustee from Aurora.

Waubonsee Board of Trustees Seats Student Trustee

J. David Vera of Aurora will serve as student trustee on the Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees for 2017-18.

J. David Vera

The student trustee is elected by the student body and serves as the liaison between the Board of Trustees and the college’s students, representing student interests at the board level.

The son of Jesse and Elma Vera, he resides in Pigeon Hill in Aurora, which is where he spent the majority of his childhood. A graduate of Marmion Academy, Vera has been a Boy Scout for 12 years and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in June 2016.

At Waubonsee, Vera has served as a student senator and is finishing his first year as a chemistry major at the college. In January, he started an internship with U.S. Congressman Bill Foster.

Vera said he ran for the student trustee position because he has always had an interest in leadership and policy.

“I wish to serve as the Waubonsee Student Trustee because I want to represent the thousands of students who attend the college,” he said. “Collaboration between the students and the board is important.”

Waubonsee Seats New Trustee, Elects Board Leadership

The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees has seated newly elected member Roger T. Harris to the board.

The owner and President/CEO of Producers Chemical Company, the Geneva resident was born in Milan, MO, and graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S.B.A in Accounting.

Prior to working in his current role, he worked for the State of Missouri as director of taxation.

His service to the community is extensive. He is a member and past chairman of the National Association of Chemical Distributors, past president of the NACD Central Region, and past chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for NACD. He is also a former board member for Delnor Community Health System, Cadence Health System and Northwestern Memorial Health System.

He has served on the Batavia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is a member and past president of Geneva Lions Club, member and past chairman of Geneva Lions “We Serve” Foundation, and former member and past president of Geneva Golf Club.

He is a current member of the St. Charles Country Club, Northwestern Memorial West Region Board of Directors, St. Charles Bank & Trust Company Board of Directors, and Geneva United Methodist Church.

He has also served as a member of the Waubonsee Community College Foundation Board of Directors for five and a half years.

Harris and his wife, Jane, have been married since 1975. They have two children and four grandchildren.

In addition to welcoming Harris to the board, the Board of Trustees elected the officers for 2017-2019 as follows: Chair, Rebecca D. Oliver; Vice Chair, Richard “Shorty” W. Dickson; and Secretary, Jimmie Delgado.

SOURCE: Waubonsee Community College news releases