Zuccarelli, a South Holland resident, has served as a member of the South Suburban College Board of Trustees since 1978. He has been committed to maintaining an affordable, high quality educational system for residents while keeping local taxes at the lowest possible level.
In 2014, Zuccarelli received an ICCTA Service Award recognizing his 35 years of service as a community college trustee. During his tenure, Zuccarelli witnessed SSC and the Illinois community college system grow from temporary buildings into the third largest community college system in the United States. He is only the fifth person out of more than 2,200 current and former trustees to reach this level of success in the entire state of Illinois.
Zuccarelli enrolled at SSC–then Thornton Community College–in 1974 after he completed his enlistment in the United States Air Force where he served as a medic. Zuccarelli earned his Associate of Science Degree in 1976 and his Associate of Arts Degree in 1978 from SSC. He was elected to the unpaid post on the Board of Trustees in 1978, and was chosen by his peers to be the chairman of the board in 1987. He has served in this capacity for the college ever since.
In addition to his role at SSC, Zuccarelli has served as Thornton Township Supervisor since 1993.
Daly, an Oak Forest resident, has served as a member of the SSC Board of Trustees since 1991. He became Vice-Chairman in 1994 and served as Chairman of the Presidential Search Committees. As Vice-Chair of the Board, Daly leads SSC’s ongoing efforts to improve services while maintaining a stable or reduced tax rate.
Married with five children, Daly retired from his longstanding post as Village Administrator for Orland Hills in 2015. In addition to his role at SSC, Daly continues to serve as a member of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association. He is the past Chairman of the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and a member of the Southwest Conference of Mayors.
Daly would like to express his gratitude to the residents of College District 510 for continuing to show their confidence in him by supporting his re-election to the Board of Trustees.
Rogers, a Harvey resident for nearly 40 years, was appointed to the SSC Board of Trustees in 2013 and serves as Chairperson of the Policy Committee. She retired from Bloom High School in 2009, where she was a Culinary Arts and Special Education teacher for 30 years.
She is the current President of School District 152 Board of Education. Rogers is also a member of the National Association of School Boards (NASB), and a member of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) where she is recognized as a Master School Board Member.
She has been an active fundraiser in her community throughout the years.
DeFilippo, a Calumet City resident, has served on the SSC Board of Trustees since 1989. His involvement in the community is rather extensive, as he belongs to a number of civic, social, church and professional organizations. DeFilippo’s Master’s Degree in finance allows him to focus on maintaining the financial integrity of the college.
As a registered pharmacist, DeFilippo works in the medical affairs sector and is responsible for the advancement of medical education and clinical trial opportunities at academic and medical centers. He serves in this capacity throughout the country.
Payne, a Lansing resident for more than 23 years, was appointed to the SSC Board of Trustees in 2017. She currently serves as the Village Clerk for Lansing and is currently President and past Secretary of the Lansing Business Women’s Association, past Executive Director of the Lansing Chamber of Commerce and past Secretary of the Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals. She is a long time member of St. Ann Church.
Wells, a Phoenix resident, was appointed to the SSC Board of Trustees in 2001. He currently serves as Chairperson of the Board’s Legislative Committee, and represents SSC as a legislative liaison in Springfield through the Illinois Community College Trustee Association. Terry’s goals include working with local high schools to inform them about the wealth of programs and support services available at SSC, and increasing student enrollment.
Married with two children, Wells is employed as a history teacher at Thornton High School. He also serves as President of the Village of Phoenix, a position he has held since 1993. In addition to his other roles, Trustee Wells also served as past President of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association.
Whittington, Jr, a Harvey resident for over 24 years has served as a member of the SSC Board of Trustees since 2005 and serves as Chairman of the Board’s Audit Committee. Married with four children, Whittington has been an Alderman of the second Ward in Harvey since 2003, and is working with the city and developers to initiate programs to revitalize the business area.
Whittington is also a member of State Representative William Davis’ Scholarship Committee, a Member of District 152 Foundation Committee, and is President and Founder of “Just 4 Us Kids”–a 501c3 job/mentoring program. Joseph personally has mentored countless youth in the community and is a lifetime Boy Scout troop leader and Committee member. He recently retired after 36 years of service as a Senior Facilitator at P.A.C.E. Institute, located within the Cook County Department of Corrections in Chicago.