RAILS Board of Directors Portal

RAILS Board Members

Click Photo for More Info Name Library Term Seat Expertise Email
Monica Caldicott's picture Monica Caldicott's picture Monica Caldicott Community High School District 128
October 22, 2021 to June 30, 2023
School monica.tolva@board.railslibraries.info
Rosie Camargo's picture Rosie Camargo's picture Rosie Camargo South Holland Public Library
April 25, 2022 to June 30, 2024
At Large rosie.camargo@board.railslibraries.info
Alice Creason's picture Alice Creason's picture Alice Creason Richton Park Public Library District
July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024
Public Trustee alice.creason@board.railslibraries.info
Juanita Harrell's picture Juanita Harrell's picture Juanita Harrell DuPage County Law Library
July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025
Special juanita.harrell@board.railslibraries.info
Robin Helenthal's picture Robin Helenthal's picture Robin Helenthal Peoria Public Library
July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024
At Large robin.helenthal@board.railslibraries.info
Dianne Hollister's picture Dianne Hollister's picture Dianne Hollister
Bloomington Public Library
July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025
Public Trustee dianne.hollister@board.railslibraries.info
Rene Leyva's picture Rene Leyva's picture Rene Leyva Fossil Ridge Public Library District
July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025
At Large rene.leyva@board.railslibraries.info
Jennifer McIntosh's picture Jennifer McIntosh's picture Jennifer McIntosh
Vice President
College of DuPage
October 23, 2020 to June 30, 2023
Academic jennifer.mcintosh@board.railslibraries.info
Julie Milavec's picture Julie Milavec's picture Julie Milavec Downers Grove Public Library
July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025
At Large julie.milavec@board.railslibraries.info
Becky Spratford's picture Becky Spratford's picture Becky Spratford LaGrange Public Library
July 14, 2020 to June 30, 2023
Public Trustee becky.spratford@board.railslibraries.info
Thomas Stagg's picture Thomas Stagg's picture Thomas Stagg Alpha Park Public Library District
July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024
Public Trustee Logistics, Inventory Management thomas.stagg@board.railslibraries.info
Beth Tepen's picture Beth Tepen's picture Beth Tepen Silvis Public Library
July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023
Public Trustee elizabeth.tepen@board.railslibraries.info
Alex Vancina's picture Alex Vancina's picture Alex Vancina
New Lenox Public Library District
July 14, 2020 to June 30, 2023
Public Trustee alex.vancina@board.railslibraries.info
Vanessa Villarreal's picture Vanessa Villarreal's picture Vanessa Villarreal Lake Villa Public Library District
July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025
Public Trustee vanessa.villarreal@board.railslibraries.info
Karen Voitik's picture Karen Voitik's picture Karen Voitik
Shorewood-Troy Public Library District
July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024
Public Trustee karen.voitik@board.railslibraries.info

Term Expirations

June 30, 2023

  • Monica Caldicott
  • Jennifer McIntosh
  • Becky Spratford
  • Beth Tepen
  • Alex Vancina

June 30, 2024

  • Rosie Camargo
  • Alice Creason
  • Robin Helenthal
  • Thomas Stagg
  • Karen Voitik

June 30, 2025

  • Juanita Harrell
  • Dianne Hollister
  • Rene Leyva
  • Julie Milavec
  • Vanessa Villarreal

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