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Opening Day Message from the Head of School

Greetings Quest Community,

Welcome to another year at Quest Academy! We hope you share our excitement in having your children back in our classrooms as they take another step toward their bright futures.

I consider it a privilege to begin my first year as Head of School at such a critical time for our community and our world. I want this message to begin a dialogue with all of you about how we approach this future together and how we remain true to our ideals of providing the absolute best gifted education for your children.

First, in this time of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 virus and its variants, I want to reiterate our commitment to the safety of your children, our staff and our entire community. In accordance with the most recent guidance from the CDC, we will continue to emphasize thoughtful safety measures in all of our classrooms, buildings and school activities. Rest assured that we continue to monitor the local health status on a daily basis and will make appropriate adjustments when necessary to protect your children and our teachers.

Second, I want you to know that Quest Academy will remain true to its mission of providing a challenging curriculum in a nurturing environment for gifted students. We continue to improve our core academic subjects while adding new topics that will help your children thrive in an ever-changing world. We will leverage the arts to promote creativity and model the character traits we are known for. We look forward to resuming many of the traditional Quest activities such as After-School Sports, Saturday Morning Live, and off-campus field trips to expand our students’ confidence and give them experiences that allow them to apply what they are learning in the classrooms.

Lastly, I wanted to share with you that I see a bright future for Quest Academy and our learning community. With support from our Board of Trustees, our new Leadership Team and our teachers, we are developing a strategic plan that will build upon our strong foundation and propel Quest Academy to even greater heights by expanding student learning opportunities and providing new ways to access educational content. We look forward to sharing our vision with you in the coming months and having you join us on our journey to build a better tomorrow for our children.

Throughout this coming year, I will do my best to keep you apprised of our plans and progress. Please feel free to contact me or our Leadership Team with any questions or ideas that will make Quest Academy an even better place to learn and grow.

It’s time – let the learning begin!

Mr. Brian Frank

Head of School

Brian Frank Head of School Quest Academy

Watch Mr. Frank’s Opening Day Video Message to our Community

Quest Academy Board of Trustees

The Quest Academy Board of Trustees promotes and safeguards the school’s mission, strategically plans for the future of Quest Academy, appoints and oversees the Head of School, establishes broad policies, and develops and shepherds the capital resources of the school. The individuals on the Board serve Quest Academy with a wide range of experience, interests, and expertise. All board members are volunteers and Quest Academy expresses its gratitude for their guidance and commitment to gifted education.

 

Board of Trustees Officers
Curtis Maas – Chair
George Reichl – Vice Chair
Don Mitckess – Secretary
George Reichl – Treasure

Curtis Maas

Curtis Maas

Board Chair

Curtis is the parent of four Quest Academy alumni who each spent their K-8 school years at Quest. He has served on Quest’s Board of Trustees since 2006, which is his second “cycle” of trusteeship, having held the post of Vice-Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee previously and has been involved with Quest since 1992. He is the Chairman and CEO of The RDI Group in Itasca, IL and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He and his wife, Cathy, live in Inverness and strongly support the mission and dedicated professionals who serve our students.

Board Member since 2006 (second term)
Board Committees: Executive Committee, Admissions and Marketing, Finance, and 403(b)

Jenny Basden

Jenny Basden

Board Member

Jenny and her husband, Steven, are the parents of Quest Academy alumnus Dominic Scheerer. Jenny is the owner of a web-based floral business, Chicago Silk Florist, designing faux floral arrangements for homes, weddings, and businesses. Jenny has previously served in various capacities at Quest Academy, including being a member of the PSA Board, leading the Madrigal Fest committee and running the Teacher Raffle. Jenny strongly believes in Quest’s mission, and she is excited to continue supporting the school in new ways.

Board member since 2020

Valerie Campbell

Valerie Campbell

Board Member

Valerie has been a Real Estate Broker with Baird & Warner in Barrington since 1992, specializing in residential real estate sales. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Quincy University in Business Management. She and her husband Roy, are the parents of one child attending Quest Academy and two alumni of the school. She has been actively involved with the school since 2007 and has volunteered at numerous levels within Quest including the “Knight of all Knights” Auction & Gala, Knights on the Run and various other activities at the classroom levels. Valerie also holds a seat on the Council of Messiah Lutheran Church and serves on the Advisory Committee at her office in Barrington. She enjoys spending time with her family, boating and attending her kids’ sporting events.

Board member since 2015
Board Committees: Development (Chair), Executive, and Admissions and Marketing

Matt Hernacki

Matt Hernacki

Board Member

Matt lives in Cary with his wife, Andrea, and their two young sons, Lucas and Adam. Matt loves camping with the kids, cycling, and dogs. He has over 20 years of local residential Real Estate experience and is the co-owner of MisterHomes Real Estate in Palatine. He has also served on the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors Board of Directors.

Board Member since 2017
Board Committees: Admissions and Marketing (Chair), Committee on Trustees, Development, and Real Estate

Dominique Kendrick

Dominique Kendrick

Board Member

Dominique is Vice President, Technical Operations for West Therapeutic Development, LLC. Ms. Kendrick holds both a B.S. in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and B.S. in Environmental Health from Purdue University; a Master’s in Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and is a Licensed Pharmacist. She and her husband Kevin have one child at Quest Academy.

Board Member since 2019                            Board Committees: Committee on Trustees (Chair), Strategic Planning, Curricular Innovation, and Admissions and Marketing

Sedhu Krishnamurthy

Sedhu Krishnamurthy

Board Member

Sedhu serves as the Great Lakes Region Digital Transformation Leader for Microsoft. Sedhu holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Guindy Eng. College, MS in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology and an MBA in Strategy and Finance from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is passionate about the role of education in shaping the society. Sedhu & his wife, Radha, have one child, Vedant, at Quest Academy and they reside in Long Grove, IL.

Board Member since 2018
Board Committees: Admissions and Marketing, Curricular Innovation (Co-Chair with Head of School), Development, and Strategic Planning

Jae Lee

Jae Lee

Board Member

Jae is husband to Myonsook and the father of two daughters; Quest Academy alumna, Allison, who currently attends Deerfield High School and Abigail who will graduate in 2021. Jae has been a Quest Academy parent since 2012. He is a graduate of Lane Technical High School and is a member of their alumni association. He holds a B.S degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University. Jae is currently the chef/owner of two restaurants in Chicago.

Board Member since 2018

Don Mitckess

Don Mitckess

Board Member

Don lives in Bolingbrook with his wife Lora and their two children, Maya (Quest alumna) and Julian. Don has been a therapist in the behavioral health field for over 25 years, receiving his MSEd in Counseling from Northern Illinois University and BS/BA in Psychology/Theater from Loyola University of Chicago, and currently is the Director of Business Development for Banyan Treatment Center in Naperville. Don most recently served as Quest PSA Vice-President during the 2017-18 school year and was on the PSA Board for two years prior to that. He is the Cookie Dad for Quest Girl Scout Troop #41592 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern Illinois Employee Assistance Professional Association.

Board Member since 2018
Board Committee: Audit

 

Brian Frank

Brian Frank

Head of School, Trustee Ex Officio

Nader Qaimari

Nader Qaimari

Incoming Chair (2022-2023)

Nader is an executive in the education space, currently serving as Chief Product Officer and Chief Learning Officer for ISACA, a global non-profit focused on technology education and services. Prior to that, Nader served as Group President of Follett School Solutions, a multi-billion-dollar education company. While there, he launched a new book fair business and a digital curriculum business, while also running Follett’s software and service platforms, leading 1,700 associates globally. Prior to Follett, Nader was a senior executive at Cengage, a leading higher education company. At Cengage, he led sales and marketing across global markets, after many years of product management and strategy roles. Nader earned his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in Literature and Creative Writing and a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Michigan.

Nader lives with his wife Ahlam and two kids, Reed and Calla, in Inverness.

Board Member since 2019
Board Committees: Executive Committee (Chair), Admission and Marketing, Finance, and Strategic Planning (Chair). 

George Reichl

George Reichl

Vice Chair

George Reichl is the parent of a Quest Academy alumna who is now attending Fremd High School. He chairs the Finance Committee and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee. George has worked in wealth management and financial advisory services for over 30 years and also serves as a director for his homeowners association. He has a B.S. from De Paul University and resides with his wife Cathy in Palatine, IL.

Board Member since 2014
Board Committees: Finance (Chair), Strategic Planning Committee

Brad Schulman

Board Member

Brad is an attorney at Motherway and Napleton, LLP where he specializes in medical malpractice litigation. Mr. Schulman graduated from Lehigh University, where he played baseball for four years. He continued his education and obtained his J.D. at The John Marshall Law School where he graduated Cum Laude. He and his wife have one child at Quest Academy and they reside in Deerfield, Illinois.

Board Member since 2019

Jorge Seone, PhD

Jorge Seone, PhD

Board Member

Jorge is an Engineering Manager with IMC Financial, a proprietary, high frequency trading firm. He holds a PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and a BS from Louisiana State. He and his wife Jennifer reside in Palatine, and have one Quest alumna, and a current 7th grader attending Quest.

Board Member since 2015
Board Committees: Audit and Finance

Luke Praxmarer

Luke Praxmarer

Board Member

Luke is the father of two Quest Academy alumnae, one of whom is an officer in the US Navy and the other is an insurance broker, after having been a high school math teacher for six years. Luke has had three stints as a trustee; first from 1997 to 2003, then from 2006 to 2015, then rejoining the board in 2016. He has served on or chaired every committee at Quest, but has always served on the Development Committee, chairing it a few times over the years. He also served on the school board at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic School in Arlington Heights, IL, chairing the board in 1996-1997. Luke is president and partner of Corkill Insurance, an independent insurance agency in Elk Grove Village. As an insurance agent, Luke served as the president of the Independent Insurance Agents of IL in 2009-2010. Luke is perhaps best known, however, for his award-winning, organically grown tomatoes in his suburban garden. He has a BS from DePaul University and resides with his wife, Carol, in Palatine.

Board member since 2016 (second term)
Board Committees: Real Estate Committee (chair), Finance Committee, and Development Committee