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Last updated 2/19/2020 at 4:19pm | View PDF


Several Hinsdale students have earned a place on the dean’s list or equivalent at their respective colleges and universities for the fall 2019 semester.

Claire Callahan, Tufts University

Jared Callaway, Columbia College

Elizabeth Cash, Drake University

Andy Evans, Miami University

Alex Kerekes, Elmhurst College

Dylan Lovelace, Miami University

Greta Garber, Miami University

Richie Lozanoski, Miami University

Jimmy McKay, Miami University

Kelly Melin, Tufts University

Samantha Usher, Miami University

Abbi Shaker, Miami University

MacKenzie Stevens, Saginaw Valley State University

Patricia Weeks, Elmhurst College


Christopher Paquette has joined national employee benefits provider Trustmark as senior vice president, chief digital and strategy officer.

In this newly created role, Paquette will establish or enhance centers of excellence in strategy, digital delivery, data and analytics, and marketing.

“Christopher is joining Trustmark at a crucial time for our industry,” President and CEO Kevin Slawin said. “Customer expectations are higher than ever; they’re seeking simplicity and a personalized approach that balances technology with human interaction. It isn’t enough to just have data, you need to use it to continually improve the customer value proposition. With experience leading companies in diverse industries through digital transformations, Christopher will help us do just that: learn from our customers and employ technology in ways that build on Trustmark’s caring, client-first culture to enhance the customer experience and drive growth.”

Paquette comes to Trustmark from McKinsey & Co., where he was a partner in the Chicago office. During nearly 12 years at McKinsey, Paquette supported clients on all aspects of digital transformation. Hands-on engagements included building new competencies, enhancing sales and marketing processes, reimagining customer journeys, improving the customer experience and advising clients on strategy, technology, operations and innovation, all with a dual focus on revenue growth and better customer relationships. In addition, Paquette created, launched and led McKinsey’s Digital Academy, which helps companies build and scale digital and analytics capabilities.

“I look forward to helping Trustmark continue its legacy of making a positive difference in the lives of our customers,” Paquette said.

He holds a bachelor’s in economics and psychology from Northwestern University and earned his MBA with distinction from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.


The Hinsdale Police Department has announced that Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie graduated from the FBI’s National Academy Dec. 20.

The academy, held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Va., offers 11 weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

Lillie was one of 258 graduates in a class including men and women representing law enforcement agencies from 37 countries, four military organizations and six federal civilian organizations.

“The FBI National Academy is one of the premier executive management schools in the country,” Hinsdale Police Chief Brian King said. “It is academically and physically demanding. The Village of Hinsdale was fortunate to obtain a spot in the academy and we are proud of Deputy Chief Lillie’s accomplishments.”

The FBI appreciates the relationships it has developed with local law enforcement agencies, said Jeffrey Sallet, associate executive assistant director.

“The National Academy demonstrates in a concrete way our commitment to developing future leaders in law enforcement and our commitment to local law enforcement,” he said.

A total of 52,540 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1953.

D181, D86 Reports WIN AWARDS

The Association of School Business Officials International has awarded Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 and Hinsdale High School District 86 each a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The award recognizes districts that have met the program’s high standards for financial reporting and transparency. Districts 181 and 86 earned the Certificate of Excellence for their comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending in 2019.

“The COE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in financial reporting, specifically through a district’s CAFR,” ASBO International Executive Director David Lewis said. “The CAFR informs stakeholders about the financial and economic state of the district, making it an important communications tool for building trust and engaging with the school community.”

By participating in the COE program, school districts demonstrate their commitment to financial transparency. Applicants submit their CAFR for review by a team of financial professionals, who provide feedback to improve future documents. If the CAFR meets the requirements of the program, the document might receive the certificate. A district’s participation in the program can facilitate bond rating and continuing bond disclosure processes.


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