District Administration




Dr. Nanciann Gatta



With an MBA from the University of Chicago and an Ed.D from Loyola University, Nanciann Gatta possesses both a rigorous business and education background, a unique portfolio for leaders at the top post of public school districts.  Dr. Gatta is an educational leader who provides all students with rigorous learning opportunities, excellent teachers, and well-managed, cutting-edge facilities and services.  She led the Board of Education in developing D219’s first-ever long-term strategic plan; the district just completed its first 5-year plan, which emphasizes the importance of parental communication and provides the public a clear vision of the policies and strategies required for meeting each Board goal. Dr. Gatta has been asked to speak at numerous national conferences about district accomplishments, such as D219’s Local Growth Model, which aligns individual student academic achievement with programs and personnel performance. She has built trust among Skokie's diverse constituencies as indicated by the awards she has received from the Indian, Muslim, Asian and NAACP communities.

Dr. Anne Roloff

Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction


Anne Roloff began her career as a high school French teacher in Illinois, and soon became a department chair for Foreign Languages and Fine Arts in her school district, and then Director of Secondary Curriculum.  She has served in curriculum leadership roles in unit, elementary, and high school districts. Dr. Roloff holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois; a Master’s and Education Specialist degrees from Western Illinois University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from the University of Iowa. She has served as the secretary, president-elect, and president of Illinois ASCD.  In addition, she has been involved in the ASCD Leadership Council and the Nominations Committee.

John Heintz

Asst. Superintendent for Operations

and Chief Legal Officer


John Heintz is an experienced organizational leader and attorney with exceptional research, writing and presentation skills honed by 23 years of education experience and extensive legal work in US and international settings. After having previously taught English at Niles North, Heintz returned to the district in 2009 to head the Human Resources and Legal departments. His degrees include an MBA from the University of Chicago, Juris Doctor from John Marshall, LLM from Leiden University, MA from Northwestern University, and Education Administration certification from DePaul University. Heintz is a published author and is fluent in English and French, and conversant in Spanish.

Dr. Pete Marcelo

Asst. Superintendent of Special Ed and Student Services


Pete Marcelo has extensive experience working in a variety of settings including schools, clinical practice, a residential substance abuse program, mental health clinics, and group homes.  He is a licensed clinical/school psychologist and social worker.  He also is a licensed Illinois School Administrator with a director of special education endorsement and a superintendent’s endorsement.   Dr. Marcelo received his Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University; a MSW from New York University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Duke University; and completed school leadership coursework at Northern Illinois University and Concordia University. Dr. Marcelo is the father of three children.

Eric Trimberger

Assistant Superintendent for Business/CSBO


Prior to joining D219 in May 2014, Eric Trimberger served in Ridgeland School District 122 as Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Business Operation since 2006. Over a five-year period, he increased the district’s fund balances from $3.7 to $14.7 million. Trimberger served as Director of Finance for Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, and was Business Manager for the Cooperative Association for Special Education in Glen Ellyn. He holds a Chief School Business Official Certificate from Northern Illinois University. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University, with a major in Political Science. Trimberger completed 20 years of service in the United States Navy and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 2009.

Guy Ballard

Chief Technology Officer


Guy Ballard has been with D219 since 1999 and has spearheaded numerous technology initiatives during his tenure, including the Anywhere/Anytime Learning (one-to-one computing) program, which began during the 2010-2011 school year. The success of the AAL program is due to the talented and resourceful team of technology professionals Mr. Ballard has assembled. Through Mr. Ballard’s leadership, District 219 has been recognized for outstanding contributions and commitment to education technology by local, state, and national agencies. Ballard has served as co-chair of ISTE, TECH 2000, and one of the original organizing board members of ILCTO.

Jim Szczepaniak

Community Relations Director


Jim Szczepaniak joined D219 in 2006. He first became familiar with the schools at the start of his career, when he covered District 219 as a reporter for Pioneer Press. He served as the Village of Skokie’s public information officer for eight years  and then gained experience in the corporate sector as public affairs director for Ameritech New Media/SBC Communications. Szczepaniak holds a B.A. in Political Science and German Studies from Northwestern University and a M.S. in Written Communication from National-Louis University.