Trustee / Chairperson of Information Technology Committee
Ben, born in Chicago, moved to River Grove with his family in 1973. Ben attended both Rhodes and St. Cyprian elementary schools, Quigley Preparatory Seminary North, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the California Institute of Technology. Ben also received specialized training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. After obtaining his Ph.D. from CIT, Ben was employed by Northwestern University and now by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). At both universities, Ben has served as an academic professional overseeing the analytical instrumentation research core facilities. Ben, his wife, Sandra, and their two daughters reside in River Grove. While their daughters attended Rhodes School, Ben and Sandra were active supporters and volunteers at the school, with Ben actively supporting the music parents’ program and the PTA, and eventually serving as a school board member. As a board member, he served on the Building and Transportation, and Communications and Community Relations committees; the ad hoc Climate and Culture committee; and as Secretary of the Board. Ben enjoys cooking, hiking, biking and reading books. He was appointed as a Village Trustee in 2022 and is seeking his first election to this office. Ben believes River Grove is a great place to live and raise a family, and he is committed to improving the community for all but especially for the young children and future generations to come.