Sarah Balassa & Dan Seals
Dan Seals has spent his career working between the private and public sectors. He began his career as a high school teacher before being selected as a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington, DC. He worked as an Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and as an Economics Fellow in the U.S. Senate. Later, Dan served as the Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce, and returned to teaching as an adjunct professor of public policy at Northwestern. In the private sector Dan has led teams at Sprint, GE, and currently serves as a Director at the American Medical Association. He has a MA from Johns Hopkins and a MBA from the University of Chicago. He has lived in Wilmette since 2002. All three of his daughters graduated from Avoca schools.
Sarah Balassa, a graduate of New Trier High School, Sarah and her husband Gabor returned to the North Shore in 2004 to raise their children. Sarah specifically moved her family from the Winnetka School District in order to join the Avoca community. Having graduated with a BA from Duke University and a MA in Art History from the School of the Art Institute, Sarah pursued a career in the art business world, working at auction houses and art galleries prior to opening up her own small consulting firm. Sarah has served as a board member on a variety of philanthropic organizations in Chicago. Sarah Balassa joined the Winnetka Zoning Board and Planned Development Commission to help lead the effort to block the effort by some residents to separate from our district. .She also served on the Avoca Strategic Planning Committee in 2016 and the Avoca Caucus in 2018/19.
Gil Gibori is an education entrepreneur, focusing his professional life and philanthropic work on education. He is serving his second term on the Avoca School Board, first being elected in 2017, a vocal member in the varied strategic initiatives executed during his tenure. Gil is committed to reinvigorating Avoca's focus on innovation while assuring that all of our students share in our district's success. He has been a champion of balance in the work of the board - an emphasis on fiscal responsibility while also supporting our less economically advantaged families; cutting expenses while investing strategically; committed to tackling our issues today while also focusing on an innovative future. He looks forward to an exciting new phase for our district and community. Gil shares his life with his wife Carrie, an Avoca Alum (Class of 1985) and four Avoca students. FACEBOOK
Ami Das moved to the Avoca District in 2007, but has been a native all of her life raising her two children with her husband only minutes from her family home in Glenview. By day, she is an Internal Medicine physician and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Northwestern. Spending her professional career solving complex problems, she will be uniquely suited to digest, analyze, and synthesize the many complex issues facing the district - with the COVID-19 pandemic at the top of the list. Ami is a celebrated community member, offering endless support to our families and schools. She lead the charge to create the PTC Committee for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Education. She has a deep passion for service, science, listening, and truth telling.