Oakton Community College Trustee

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Two 2-year terms

Donald E. Barshis, 59, self-employed consultant, retired community college dean, part-time educational consultant, Wilmette

- Politics: Trustee, Oakton Community College board

- Top issues: Simplifying access to college programs for both traditional and nontraditional students; extending Oakton's presence and resources to the eastern part of the district where he believes the college is unappreciated and underutilized.

- Community: Founding member, Ravenswood College of Nursing board of governors; Lector and Community Minister, St. Joseph Church, Wilmette

- Family: Wife, Jan, and sons, Michael, 28, and Daniel, 25

George Alexopoulos, 72, part-time mathematics teacher at Oakton; retired computer consultant; former physics instructor at Roosevelt University and Wright Junior College

- Politics: Worked for U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk's 2000 and 2002 campaigns

- Top issues: Believes Oakton should look for other ways of supporting the college financially besides the real estate tax; wants Oakton to establish ties with industry.

- Community: Founding member, Foundation for Hellenic Studies; founding member, Hellenic Link Midwest.

- Family: Wife, Pola, son Greg and daughters Golfo and Lia.

Michael Collins, 56, student and retired corporate executive, Glencoe

- Politics: No political experience

- Top issues: Wants to maintain high quality education at an affordable cost.

-Community: Strategic Planning Committee Action Team, New Trier High School; tutor in biology and anatomy and physiology, students government senator, and interim cross country coach, Oakton Community College; basketball coach, Glencoe Park District

-Family: Wife, Mary, and son, Ryan, 11

Two 6-year terms

Jody Wadhwa, 70, retired business executive, Northbrook

- Politics: Trustee, Oakton Community College

- Top issues: Wants a balanced budget for the college; wants to hold the line on tuition increases; supports guarantees for completion of course work.

- Community: Director, Indo-American Center in Chicago; director, Chicago Contract Bridge Association

- Family: Wife, Florence, and children, Meena, 39, Raj, 37, Jay, 35

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