Executive Board

Local Officers

The Local 1211 Officers at the 2015 Legislative Breakfast


John Braglia, Local 1211 President


Immediately after being hired a teaching and coaching position in District 211, John Braglia became involved in the Teachers’/Teacher Assistants’ Council in order to participate in a local professional organization and more importantly to give back to the District and the profession. Over the last 27 years he has worked very hard to provide leadership that is service-oriented, and grounded in respect. John’s leadership, organizational, and communication skills, as well as his political experience, have provided him with the insight necessary to realign and reestablish the goals and the direction of the District 211 Teachers’ Union in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As Local President John has worked towards incorporating a new philosophy that he believes more accurately reflects the sentiments of the members, which at the same time has made Local 1211 more connected to the new political arena that now transcends conventional political boundaries.

Derek Fivelson, Local 1211 Vice President of Communications

Derek Fivelson is a math teacher at Conant High School, previously teaching at Hoffman Estates High School for the past 13 years. He’s also the varsity baseball coach at Conant High School and coaches Math Team. In addition to being the Vice President of Local 1211, Derek chairs the Class Size Committee, and runs the website for Local 1211. Derek is married with three children. He has a B.A. in Mathematics and Secondary Education from St. Xavier University, M.A. in Education from Olivet Nazarene University, and an M.S. in Mathematics from Roosevelt University, where he currently serves as an adjuct professor in their Mathematics Department.

Gary Wilson, Local 1211 Secretary-Treasurer

Gary and his wife live in Schaumburg. They have two children Jennifer and Brian. Both of them graduated from Hoffman Estates HS and Northwestern. Gary earned his BS in mathematics in 1973 from Bradley University where he met his wife and he earned his Masters of Science from NIU in 1976. Gary started teaching in 1973 in Harvey, Illinois and moved to District 211 in 1974 where he taught at Fremd until he retired in 2007. While he was at Fremd, Gary started teaching part time at Harper College. This is his thirtieth year as an adjunct teacher. Gary was an IEA representative in Harvey and has served as the 211 council treasurer, the Local secretary, and is currently the Local 1211 treasurer and the treasurer of the retirees chapter.

Anita Lee, Local 1211 Vice President of Operations

Anita Lee has been a Social Sciences teacher at Palatine High School since 2002 after previously teaching at Warren High School and in Korea.  Anita has a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MA in Education from the University of Michigan.  In addition to handling all communication for the Teachers Council and the Local, Anita is extensively involved in the Evaluation process for our teachers, including being the resident expert on PERA and SB7.

Matt Dowd, Local 1211 Vice President of Community Outreach

image001-1Matthew Dowd has been a social studies teacher at Hoffman Estates High School since 2003.  He has been actively involved with the Union since 2011 and also serves as the head building representative at Hoffman Estates High School.  He is the musical producer and head debate coach as well.  He received his B.A. in History from the University of Illinois in 2003, M.A. in Education from Olivet Nazarene in 2005, and M.A. in History from Northeastern Illinois University in 2014.


FirstName LastName LeadershipPositionName HomeEmail WorksiteName Council
Gary Wilson Secretary-Treasurer / Chief Financial Officer [email protected] At Large Retiree Chapter
Anita Lee Vice President - Operations [email protected] Palatine Teachers
Derek Fivelson Vice President- Communications [email protected] Conant Teachers
Matthew Dowd Vice President - Community Engagement [email protected] Hoffman Estates Teachers
Jim Arey Vice President - Member Engagement [email protected] D214 Association
Brittany Berleman Local Delegate [email protected] Palatine Teachers
Robert Carroll Local Delegate/Retiree Chapter Vice President [email protected] At Large Retiree Chapter
Lawrence Clarke Local Delegate [email protected] Hoffman Estates Teachers
David Cromer Local Delegate [email protected] Conant Teachers
Steve Elza Local Delegate [email protected] Fremd Teachers
Rick Gerz Local Delegate [email protected] At Large Retiree Chapter
Christopher Grattoni Local Delegate [email protected] Fremd Teachers
Jeremy Harkin Local Delegate [email protected] Schaumburg Teachers
Robert Higgins Local Delegate [email protected] Fremd Teachers
Ronald Izzo Local Delegate [email protected] Conant United Support Staff Council
Richard Jarecki Local Delegate [email protected] Conant United Support Staff Council
Philip Krzankowski Local Delegate [email protected] Hoffman Estates Teachers
Kendra Letzel Local Delegate [email protected] Schaumburg Teachers
Ankeet Mantra Local Delegate [email protected] Fremd Teachers
Gina Mrugacz Local Delegate [email protected] Franzen Intermediate School Itasca Support Staff Union
Kevin Palmer Legislative Director [email protected] Fremd Teachers
Rhonda Polly Local Delegate [email protected] Fremd United Support Staff Council
Leslie Schock Local Delegate [email protected] Palatine Teachers
William Scully Local/Council Delegate [email protected] Hoffman Estates Teachers
Peter Sokop Local Delegate [email protected] Palatine Teachers
Jeff Stewart Local Delegate [email protected] Conant Teachers
Robert Walser Legislative Director [email protected] Hoffman Estates Teachers