The Noble Network of Charter Schools is pleased to announce Jeri Mack and Dr. Lei Zhang Schiltz as two new appointments to its board of directors. Mack is the proud parent of a senior at Noble’s Hansberry College Prep and she joins Noble parents, Miquel Lewis and Harriette Coleman, who have both been serving on the board since April 2018. Schlitz brings tremendous experience as a senior leader in several global organizations – amplifying our focus on diversifying the perspectives of our board to work for the betterment of Chicago families, joining recent additions Lisette Hernandez and Aarti Dhupelia.
“Lei and Jeri will help guide our work as we continue to offer excellent academic opportunities for the CPS families who chose Noble,” said Constance Jones, CEO of Noble. “Both understand the value of the Noble experience, offering parents what is often the best choice in education for their children.”
Schlitz has risen to the role of executive vice president in the food equipment division of Illinois Tool Works, while she also serves on the board of directors for the Archer Daniels Midland company. Previously, she has worked for large companies with global footprints including Siemens, GE, and Eaton.
Schlitz added her thoughts regarding the addition of Noble to her list of priorities, “I believe strongly in Noble’s mission. As a minority female with a STEM background and working in global industrial companies where STEM skills are important in driving innovation, I understand the critical importance of providing educational equity and empowering students to succeed”
Mack has spent the last 20 years as a health educator and advocate. Her work spans all ages of Chicago families and says her greatest strength is the passion and dedication that she has for teaching people about what they need to do to maintain wellness and encourage healthy decision making at all ages.
Mack spoke on her excitement for the new opportunity to serve, “Some challenges in life are meant to make you feel uncomfortable, the moment that you feel an uncomfortable impulse, it is now time to accept the opportunity for growth. “
These board appointments come on the heels of groundbreaking new research published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which found that Noble high schools boost achievement sharply for students just below the cutoff for selective enrollment schools. Earlier this fall, the 2019 School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) placed Noble public charter high schools in 10 of the top 12 ranking slots, including four of the top five spots. Plus in 2019, Chicago Magazine named Noble schools as 13 of the top 40 high schools in the city and the Niche research group named all 17 Noble high schools to their list of the top 30 charter schools in Illinois
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Dr. Lei Zhang Shlitz
Dr. Lei Zhang Schlitz is Executive Vice President, Food Equipment of Illinois Tool Works Inc. Dr. Schlitz joined ITW in 2008 as Vice President, Research & Development at the ITW Technology Center. She served as a Group President within the Food Equipment segment, managing the Global Ware-wash and Refrigeration platforms. She was appointed Executive Vice President in September 2015. Prior to joining ITW, Dr. Schlitz spent seven years at Siemens Energy and Automation. Prior to joining Siemens, she spent four years at GE Global Research and GE Industrial Systems. She started her career at the Innovation Center for Eaton Corporation. Dr. Schlitz currently serves on the Board of Directors for Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM). Dr. Schlitz graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Mechanics and received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
As a Public Health Advocate, she ensures that her programming contributions in Human Services have been to inform, educate, and empower communities. She received her Master of Public Health with a concentration on Health Education and Health Promotion from Benedictine University. Her broad public health portfolio has allowed her to work in hospitals and health clinics, worksite wellness, schools, and community. She is currently an Intervention Coordinator for Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion, a program under UIC OCEAN-HP (Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships), she served as a Committee Member for the American Heart Association Multicultural Committee from 2014 to 2018. She is currently volunteering with Healthy Chicago 2025 Facilitation Team workgroup for Health and Human Resources.
When not working, Jeri enjoys relaxing with a book, hosting community events, running, and planning the next family getaway with her husband and children.