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Darien School District #61 School Board Members

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(Term Ends: April 2025) Karen Buckles grew up in district 61, attending Marion Hills Elementary and Eisenhower Jr. High. Mrs. Buckles attended Hinsdale South High School and continued on to graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BS in Business Management. Mrs. Buckles left her career in account management in 2013 to dedicate more time to her growing family. Since then, she has been an active volunteer in the community and on the Delay/Lace PTA board for 6 years. Mrs. Buckles and her husband Danny have 3 daughters, Kayla (8th grade), Katelyn (5th grade), and Kendall (4th grade).



(Term Ends: April 2025) Dana Pavlu is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; she earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago. She has 20 years of professional experience that includes counseling adolescents and families, child welfare, juvenile justice fields, office-based medical groups and outpatient hospital programs, providing individual, family and group counseling. Mrs. Pavlu received her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University in Family and Consumer Science. Mrs. Pavlu originally grew up in New Jersey and has been in IL for 25 years, and in Darien for 17 years. She is married to Kurt and has 2 boys (4th & 6th grade) who currently attend D61 schools.




(Term Ends April 2027) Carolyn Flores was elected to the School Board in the April 2023 election. Carolyn has 20 years of experience as a high school social studies teacher. She holds a B.A. in History from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with an endorsement in Secondary Education. Carolyn earned two Master’s Degrees from Northern Illinois University in the fields of Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Administration. She is married to Oscar and has three children who attend District 61 schools. 




(Term Ends: April 2027) Lauren Kaeseberg was elected to the School Board in the April 2019 election. Lauren is the Chicago Legal Director of a non-profit legal organization based at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she works with students at the undergraduate and law school levels. Prior to becoming an attorney, Lauren was a teacher at a Chicago Public High School. Lauren is a graduate of DePaul University, where she obtained her degree in Secondary Education, cum laude, with a Middle School endorsement. She is also a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City, where she was a Public Service Scholar. Lauren has two young children.



(Term Ends April 2025) Mr. McDaniel was appointed by the BOE to fill the unexpired 2 year seat, to replace Jack Kubick who resigned from the BOE in May, 2023.


(Term Ends April 2027) Travis Myers was selected to fill the vacancy on the BOE in October, 2022.  Mr. Myers is a community member of Darien 61 and has 2 children that attend Darien 61 schools.  Mr. Myers is a Firefighter/ Paramedic in Forest Park, Illinois, and holds degrees in Fire Science and Emergency Management Systems. 




(Term Ends April 2025) Dr. Anthony Ramos was appointed by the BOE to fill the 4 year unexpired seat due to a resignation from the BOE in May of 2023. He has over 20 years in higher education in various administrative, instructional, and student services roles. Dr. Ramos holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago, two Master’s Degrees from Loyola University Chicago, in Sociology and Higher Education, and a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from University of the Cumberlands. 




Dr. Langman began serving as the Superintendent for Darien 61 during the 2020-2021 school year.  He has served as an educator for over 20 years, and has held many roles throughout his career. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Elmhurst College and began his career in education as a 4th and 5th-grade classroom teacher in Glen Ellyn CCSD89. While teaching Dr. Langman also served as a differentiation/instructional coach for the district.  After receiving his Master's Degree from Concordia University, Dr. Langman then went on to serve multiple administrative/leadership roles.  He served as an elementary assistant principal in Benjamin School District 25, as well as an Elementary Principal and Director of Instructional Technology in Addison School District 4. Upon receiving his Doctorate Degree from Aurora University, He returned to Glen Ellyn CCSD89 to serve as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning before coming to Darien 61.   Dr. Langman is married to his wife Jessica who is also an educator. 





Frank Brendlinger has been with the Darien school district since 2017 as accounts payable/bookkeeper. Mr. Brendlinger has held a variety of management positions including Jewel store manager, office manager, and associate minister. Mr. Brendlinger earned his master's degree from Moody Graduate School and a master's endorsement from Concordia University Chicago. When he is not at work he enjoys woodworking or DIY projects around the house. Mr. Brendlinger is married to his wife Jackie and they have two children.