Ralph Bonatz
Katherine Jee Young David
Jean Forrest

Each one of us is a hardworking parent who understands  taxpayer struggles. We value our families, and we have children who currently attend, or will soon be attending, a D211 high school. We are disappointed by the current school board’s lack of transparency and by its tendency to vote in favor of the school administration without public discourse and discussion. School boards are supposed to represent the “voice of the community,” and according to the National School Board Association, “School boards. . . represent the community’s beliefs and values.”
"School boards should represent the community’s beliefs and values” –
Currently, D211’s board does NOT

Where We Stand



  • Freeze or lower the D211 portion of your property taxes without sacrificing the quality of education received
  • Ensure board members’ participation in upcoming teacher and support-staff contract negotiations
  • Foster and encourage efficient and prioritized use of funds
  • Optimize the value obtained from district-owned assets and consider new systems/technologies that can save money


  • Restore school board accountability to the community
  • Open dialogue and debate about board matters at public meetings; no rubber stamp votes
  • Communicate significant policy issues/changes in a transparent and timely way
  • Provide a district-wide locker room and restroom policy that protects the privacy and well-being of all children, and which includes reasonable accommodations for children with different requests. Replace the district’s practice of allowing locker room and restroom access to students of the opposite biological sex who are dealing with gender identity issues 

Who We Are

We need your vote to usher in change during the April 4, 2017 election. Elect Bonatz, David, and Forrest as D211 Board of Education members.

Ralph Bonatz

Ralph Bonatz is a Chicago native, born in 1969, the youngest of five children. His parents, both first-generation Americans who were raising their large family while running a small business, necessarily taught Ralph the principles of hard work and real-life “fiscal responsibility.”

Ralph is a proud alumnus of Lane Technical High School. He was a well-rounded student, successful academically, but also active in a diverse range of clubs and service opportunities and competitive in three varsity-level sports. Lane Tech’s many shop classes and vocational programs impressed Ralph with the value of learning a trade, a path he wants to keep accessible to D211 students.
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Ralph was awarded an Air Force R.O.T.C. scholarship, which allowed him to pursue higher education at University of Miami. There, he fulfilled the roles of an engineering student, an athlete (running track and cross-country), a military cadet, and an employee (working a job to help fund his education). He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Following graduation, he served honorably in the U.S. Air Force for five years, achieving the rank of captain.

Ralph has been married for 24 years to his college sweetheart, Mary. They are long-time residents of Schaumburg. They have one pampered pup and are raising two beloved children, both D211 students. Ralph’s concern as a father prompted him to run for school board. He never aspired to hold political office but is motivated to protect the best interests of local students.

Ralph and his family attend Community Baptist Church in Elk Grove Village. Faith has long been central to Ralph’s life. He has found some of his greatest joy in assisting and encouraging underprivileged young people through various ministries over the years.

Ralph has a long work history. He found employment as soon as he could obtain a worker’s permit, and he has dirtied his hands doing a great variety of jobs, from carpet cleaner to electrician’s assistant. He navigated downtown streets as a courier, stocked shelves at Walgreens and advised customers in multiple departments of a home-improvement store.  For the past 23 years, however, Ralph has consistently worked as an information technology professional—so he might just be the guy who can finally explain the settings on your child’s district-issued iPad. Ralph currently holds the title of IT Global Quality Control Manager at an international legal firm in Chicago.

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Katherine David

Katherine was born in Seoul, South Korea, but immigrated to the United States at age four. She spent her childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, from kindergarten to high school. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Afterwards, she settled in the Chicago suburbs. She is married to Chris, and they have three children. Their youngest attends preschool, their middle child will attend a D211 school this August 2017, and their oldest graduated from a D211 school last May.

Katherine and her family attend Village Church of Barrington, where she has served in various children’s programs, and has volunteered on the church’s building project committee. She has 20 years of experience in various marketing positions and currently works as a Marketing Director for a small agency in Rolling Meadows.

Jean Forrest

Jean grew up in mainland China and moved to the U.S. to attend graduate school. She received her MA in economics from University of Cincinnati in 1992. Jean has over ten years of comprehensive working experience in financial auditing and asset/liability management. She is a fellow at Society of Actuaries and a member of American Academy of Actuaries. Jean currently works as an Actuarial Services Manager for a consulting firm in Chicago.

Jean has given back to her community in both charitable and professional capacities, volunteering at a crisis center for the mentally challenged and at churches and schools, as well as providing service to actuarial committees and speaking to the Chicago Actuarial Association. She and her husband, Isaiah, have two children. Both are D211 high school students. A lifelong Christian, Jean attends Willow Creek Community Church.

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