Good news


Nick Shepkowski will be the new director of communications in Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 effective July 1.

The school board approved his appointment June 20.

Shepkowski has significant experience in content creation, both in school communications and in radio and television. He comes from Park Ridge-Niles Elementary District 64, where he oversaw all communications, social media and the website for the district.

“Throughout the interview process, we were impressed by Mr. Shepkowski’s wide skill set in communications and his excellent interpersonal skills,” said Superintendent Hector Garcia. “He has deep experience in TV, video and radio that will enhance our communications efforts and serve our community well.”

Shepkowski is looking forward to his new post.

“I’m honored and excited to be joining one of the most impressive school districts in Illinois,” he said. “There are tremendous things happening across District 181 daily, and I look forward to sharing the stories of our achievements with the community.”

In addition to serving as communications coordinator in District 64, Shepkowski has been a managing editor at Gannett Media/USA Today and an executive producer and host at CBS Radio/Entercom Chicago, working in a variety of roles including reporter, producer host and analyst. He also has been a contributor at NBC Sports Network and holds a communications degree from North Central College.

Shepkowski succeeds Jamie Lavigueur who resigned in April to take a post as director of strategic communications at St. Francis High School in Wheaton. He will earn $85,000 his first year.


Several college students from Hinsdale graduated from their respective colleges and universities following the spring 2022 semester.

• Nicholas Alfano, bachelor’s in business administration with high distinction, University of Iowa

• Jack Brubaker, bachelor’s in engineering, University of Iowa

• Colleen Claffy, bachelor’s in art, University of Iowa

• Keith Freeman, bachelors in physical education/sport and fitness instruction, Carthage College

• Jaclyn Gutman, certificate in graduate management programs, University of Iowa

• Clairice Krzysik bachelor’s in communication, Carthage College

• Joseph Leahy, certificate in leadership studies, University of Iowa

• Claire Livingston, bachelor’s in business administration, University of Iowa

• Sophie Palo, bachelor’s in elementary education, University of Iowa

• Grace Rogowski, bachelor’s in business and economics, Lehigh University

• Gavin Smith, bachelor’s and Merchant Marine officer license, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy


The Community House in Hinsdale has named Luke Goodwin chairman of its board of trustees.

Goodwin, who joined The Community House board in 2019, succeeds Dave Rogero, Partner, Cressey & Co., who served as chairman since 2020.

Goodwin has more than 17 years of experience in the finance and accounting industry. He is the senior principal, head of originations at Walton Street Capital and an active member of the Hinsdale community.

“The Community House is uniquely positioned to provide community engagement through recreation and the arts as well as mental health services for those in our service area that need assistance during challenging times,” Goodwin said. “The board, along with The Community House leadership team and staff, is excited to continue making an impact in our community and at Willowbrook Corner for years to come. As a nonprofit organization, we rely heavily on private donations so, I would like to thank all current and past supporters of The Community House for your generosity.”

Executive Director Dan Janowick thanked Rogero for his vision, dedication and passion, especially during the challenges of the pandemic.

“Equally, I am excited for what the future holds under Luke’s leadership,” he added. “Luke brings a wealth of finance experience as well as a strategic vision to our organization, which will be critical to our ability to meet the growing demand for services in our community.”