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Meet the HAT Board

Amanda Hughes, President
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Holly Kohli, Vice President
Holly has served on the HAT board for 4 years, is the current Vice President and Walkathon Co-Chair.  She and her husband Vivek have 2 children:  Alana (2nd grade) and Alexander (preK).  Holly also co-leads the 2nd grade Brownies troop and works at AT&T in Change Management.
HamiltonLogo Carrie Merritt, Treasurer
Amber Liset, Secretary
Amber has served on the HAT board for 2 years and is the current secretary. She has three children: Ezra in 3rd grade, Deckard in kindergarten, and Margot who is an infant. Amber serves on the Patriots’ Ball committee and also does graphic design work for HAT. In her free time, Amber enjoys music, photography, and quality time with friends & family. 
Allison Gillespie, Board Member
Allison and her family joined the Hamilton community last year.  Her older daughter Eliana is in first grade and her younger daughter Madelyn will start kindergarten in fall of 2021.  This is Allison's first year on the HAT board. She had heard about HAT at a summer Kindergarten play date and thought it sounded like a great way to get involved. She went to a couple of the HAT meetings at the beginning of the school year, and decided to join the Patriots ball committee. She's very excited to become even more involved this coming year as a HAT board member, and to volunteer in more events along with the Patriots' Ball.
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Kate Kreissl, Board Member

After kind of falling into the Patriots' Ball day-of planning three years ago (and being so warmly embraced by the HAT board), Kate had such a fabulous time, she wanted to get more involved with HAT going forward. This is Kate's second year on the HAT Board and third year on the Patriots' Ball Committee. Kate's older son, Max, is a second grader and proud Patriot and her younger son, Bennett, will start Kindergarten at Hamilton next fall. When Kate isn't at work or stepping on rogue LEGOS, she loves the Cubbies, family adventures in the city and filling her Amazon Prime cart with things she doesn't end up buying. 

Liza Illuzzi, Board Member
Liza and her family joined the Hamilton community last year. This is her first year as member of the HAT Committee. She has four children, two of whom are Hamilton students:  oldest daughter Morgan (first grade), and youngest child Guy (preschool).  Her twin daughters, Madison and Mollie, will start Kindergarten in fall of 2020.  Liza is a former CPS teacher and currently is on the HAT Welcome Committee. She helped with both Scholastic Book Fairs last year, and she also co-leads the 1st grade Daisy Girl Scouts troop.  She is looking forward to participating on the Patriots' Ball Committee this spring. 
HamiltonLogo Shari Rogers, Board Member
HamiltonLogo Tommy Henry, Board Member
Valerie Harrell, Board Member
Valerie has served on the HAT board for 2 years and the Patriots' Ball committee for 4 years.  She and her husband have three children:  Anna (7th grade; attended Hamilton from K-6th) and Hamilton students Julia (3rd grade) and Courtney (Kindergarten).  In addition to Valerie's volunteer work with HAT, she co-leads Hamilton's 3rd grade Brownie Girl Scouts troop.  In her spare time, Valerie enjoys knitting and cheering on the Cubs.