RAILS Board of Directors Portal

RAILS Board Members

Click Photo for More Info Name Library Term Seat Expertise Email
Dave Barry's picture Dave Barry's picture Dave Barry Bartlett Public Library District
July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020
Public Trustee dave.barry@board.railslibraries.info
Susan Busenbark's picture Susan Busenbark's picture Susan Busenbark
Kewanee Public Library District
July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022
Public Trustee susan.busenbark@board.railslibraries.info
Michael Campbell's picture Michael Campbell's picture Michael Campbell
OMA Designee
Fox River Grove Public Library District
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021
Public Trustee michael.campbell@board.railslibraries.info
Halle Cox's picture Halle Cox's picture Halle Cox Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center
July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022
Special halle.cox@board.railslibraries.info
Selina Gomez-Beloz's picture Selina Gomez-Beloz's picture Selina Gomez-Beloz Waukegan Public Library
July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022
At Large selina.gomezbeloz@board.railslibraries.info
Gwen Gregory's picture Gwen Gregory's picture Gwen Gregory
Vice President
University of Illinois at Chicago
July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020
Academic gwen.gregory@board.railslibraries.info
Dianne Hollister's picture Dianne Hollister's picture Dianne Hollister Bloomington Public Library
July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022
Public Trustee dianne.hollister@board.railslibraries.info
Jay Kasten's picture Jay Kasten's picture Jay Kasten Vernon Area Public Library District
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021
Public Trustee jay.kasten@board.railslibraries.info
Sarah McHone-Chase's picture Sarah McHone-Chase's picture Sarah McHone-Chase Northern Illinois University
July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021
At Large sarah.mchone-chase@board.railslibraries.info
Paul Mills's picture Paul Mills's picture Paul Mills
Fountaindale Public Library District
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021
At Large library administration, finance paul.mills@board.railslibraries.info
Jenna Nemec-Loise's picture Jenna Nemec-Loise's picture Jenna Nemec-Loise North Shore Country Day School
July 23, 2019 to June 30, 2020
School jenna.nemec-loise@board.railslibraries.info
Scott Pointon's picture Scott Pointon's picture Scott Pointon White Oak Library District
July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022
At Large scott.pointon@board.railslibraries.info
Dee Runnels's picture Dee Runnels's picture Dee Runnels
Ethics Officer
Moline Public Library
July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020
Public Trustee dee.runnels@board.railslibraries.info
Nadia Sheikh's picture Nadia Sheikh's picture Nadia Sheikh
FOIA Officer
Carol Stream Public Library
July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020
Public Trustee Health Administration nadia.sheikh@board.railslibraries.info
Thomas Stagg's picture Thomas Stagg's picture Thomas Stagg
Alpha Park Public Library District
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021
Public Trustee Logistics, Inventory Management thomas.stagg@board.railslibraries.info

Term Expirations

June 30, 2020

  • Dave Barry
  • Gwen Gregory
  • Jenna Nemec-Loise
  • Dee Runnels
  • Nadia Sheikh

June 30, 2021

  • Michael Campbell
  • Jay Kasten
  • Sarah McHone-Chase
  • Paul Mills
  • Thomas Stagg

June 30, 2022

  • Susan Busenbark
  • Halle Cox
  • Selina Gomez-Beloz
  • Dianne Hollister
  • Scott Pointon

Committees, Subcommittees, and Working Groups

Requirements, Laws, Procedures

RAILS Board Member Requirements

Travel Reimbursement

Laws and Policies

Executive Director (Reports to the Board)

Board Email Accounts

RAILS Email Address/Communication with RAILS

All email exchanges related to your board service are subject to FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) disclosure. For this reason, you will have a RAILS email address to use for all RAILS Board business.

Your email address is firstname.lastname@board.railslibraries.info. Your login is firstname.lastname. Please contact the RAILS IT department at 630.734.5290 to secure your password.

It is important to check this email account frequently and to respond to all messages as soon as possible. You may choose to have your RAILS email come to your smartphone along with your other email accounts. RAILS IT staff can help you set this up at your Burr Ridge orientation session if you wish.

For assistance with your RAILS email account, contact RAILS IT at:



New Board Member Orientation/FAQ

Presentation Slides

From presentations made at the July 2019 RAILS Board meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the RAILS Board! We are so happy to have you as a board member and thank you for your service. The following are some common questions we receive from new board members.

What are my responsibilities as a RAILS Board member?

All duties, responsibilities, and requirements are spelled out in the RAILS Board Member Job Description, available in the board section of the RAILS website. All new board members are required to read the job description and to indicate that they will be able to meet all of the responsibilities/requirements before they begin their service on the board.

How often does the RAILS Board meet?

The RAILS Board meets every month except December. Meetings are generally held on the fourth Friday of every month, at 1 p.m. Meetings are sometimes scheduled at a different time to accommodate holidays and attendance at library conferences. A list of board meetings for each fiscal year can be found on the RAILS website.

What is the RAILS' fiscal year?

The RAILS fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

Where can board members attend monthly meetings?

Board members are encouraged to attend board meetings in person at the scheduled location or at an available RAILS videoconference location. The scheduled meeting location will be listed on the RAILS website.

The RAILS Executive Assistant will contact board members each month to ask where they wish to attend the upcoming meeting. Board members are reimbursed for all travel expenses and will be supplied with a travel expense form at each meeting (as necessary).

Where can I get more information about my service on the RAILS Board?

All new board members will be asked to attend a half-day orientation session at the RAILS Burr Ridge service center. The session will provide an overview of RAILS and what it means to be a board member. RAILS will pay all travel expenses (mileage, hotel room if necessary, etc.) connected with this orientation session. The RAILS Executive Assistant will contact new board members to schedule.

New board members can also contact the following with questions about their board service:

Deidre Brennan, Executive Director

Emily Fister, Executive Assistant