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Candace Pehas, President


Hi! My name is Candace Pehas and I have two children, Ayden and Ryan.  Ayden graduated 4th Grade last year, and Ryan is entering 4th Grade.  I was a Kindergarten Teacher for 12 years before I decided to stay home with my boys. I have loved working with the Butler staff, teachers, parents and students these past four years. This will be my third term  on the PTO Executive Board, and I am grateful to return again to serve you this year as President! Some of the projects I have spent my time volunteering on have included the Spelling Challenge, Santa's Workshop, several Book Fairs, classroom parties and Staff Appreciation. This past year I was a long-term 2nd grade substitute, in addition to an Art Mom.  I have gotten to know many Butler families through these experiences, and I love the relationships I have made! Butler School is an amazing school with dedicated teachers and staff.  Again, I am excited for the opportunity to be President and to help create a fun, welcoming environment for our children and their families!

Carrie Bruno, Secretary



I am the mother of Aidan (5th), Giovanna (4th), and Rocco (2nd). We currently reside in the Willow Walk Subdivision. I made the decision to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom last year, and that has given me the opportunity to be more involved with Butler and the community. I am currently an art mom and classroom liaison for 1st grade, and 4th grade. I have also led several of the art appreciation projects and both the kids and I really enjoy it! In addition, I have also volunteered for several PTO events during the year, including Daddy/Daughter Dance, Fun Days, and the 4th Grade Social. I look forward to the opportunity to be an integral part of the 2019-2020 School Year on the Butler PTO! 


Mary Gliwa, Treasurer


Mary Gliwa is our 2018-2019 PTO Treasurer. Mary is the mother of Jack, 3rd grade, as well as Kaitlin, Grace and AJ, all former Homer 33C students. This is Mary's 2nd year serving on Butlers PTO Board, but brings with her 15 years of volunteering in our district, along with 2 years serving as treasurer on the Homer District 33C PTO Executive Board.  

Mary is excited to be back at Butler helping serve our students as well as the amazing teachers and staff.  


Katie Eaton, Financial Secretary


My name is Katie Eaton, and I am excited to hold the position of Butler PTO’s Financial Secretary for the 2019-2020 school year. My husband, Joe, and I have lived in Lockport for 16 years. We have three children: Sarah, who will be in 7th grade; Joey, who will be in 5th grade; and David who will be in 4th grade. As a stay-at-home mom, I have had the opportunity to volunteer at Butler through room parties, book fairs, and various other PTO events.  I am also currently the 4th Grade Coordinator for Butler’s Art Appreciation Program.  I also teach art through the Young Rembrandts Program. Extracurricularly, I am also a Girl Scout Leader for my daughter Sarah’s troop. Through these events and programs I’ve had the pleasure of working with many of Butler’s parents, teachers and staff. With my position on Butler’s PTO Executive Board, I hope to help continue to give the students an awesome experience at Butler School.


Katie Wachter, Hospitality Coordinator


Hi, my name is Katie Wachter and I’m one of the Hospitality Co-Chairs for the Butler PTO.

My husband and I have lived in Lockport for 11 years and are the proud parents of Noah (heading into 4th grade) and Emma (2nd grade). We are thrilled to have both of our children at Butler School!

This will be my second year as Co-Chair for Hospitality. In this role, my co-coordinator, Nichole DeSchaaf, and I have organized Treat Days and Hot Lunches almost every week of the school year with much success.  We also introduced new vendors for both treat days and hot lunches to the delight of many. Throughout my years at Butler, I have also volunteered with Art, Staff Appreciation, book fairs, holiday shop, and the Butler Dash.  I love being able to see the kids at school every week and interacting with all of the staff members.



Kirsten Primozic, Activity Coordinator


My name is Kirsten Primozic, and I am happy to hold the position of Activity Coordinator.  My husband and I have been living in Lockport for over 12 years with our two boys; Nico- who will be 8 this summer and starting 3rd grade in the fall, and Cameron who is 6 who will be starting 1st.  I work for a company that organizes fundraising events for schools and charitable organizations.  This will be my third year in the Activity Coordinator role for the William J. Butler PTO.  Prior to my current role, I was a Senior Research Microscopist for 8 years, and was also given the opportunity to teach at the Hooke College of Applied Sciences, where I taught classes to the National Guard and Forensic Scientists from around the world.  I would love to have the opportunity to be a voice for our children, and to ensure that they are getting the most out of their educational experiences.


Nicole Deschaaf

Hello! My name is Nicole DeSchaaf, and I am looking forward to holding the position of Co-Hospitality Coordinator on the 2019-2020 PTO Butler Executive Board.  My husband Kevin and I have been living in Lockport for 17 years, and are the proud parents of two daughters; Grace who will be in seventh grade next year, and Isabella who will be in fourth.  I was a fifth grade teacher for 11 years before deciding to stay home with my daughters. Ever since, I have had the opportunity to be involved in volunteering for many of the wonderful events and activities Butler has to offer.  I began by volunteering for the Butler Art Appreciation program, and continued on to volunteer for book fairs, classroom parties, treat days, and more. I consider myself so fortunate to be a part of the Butler family. It truly is an amazing school with such a dedicated and devoted staff. 

I have been a proud member of the 2018/2019 Butler PTO Executive Board as Co-Hospitality Coordinator.  I have enjoyed organizing and successfully executing the treat days and hot lunches throughout the past school year, as well as participating in a variety of other PTO sponsored events.  I look forward to next year and expanding upon our success. I am excited to once again work with this extraordinary PTO board and help to create fantastic experiences for the children and families of Butler School. 


Kristin Taphorn, Communications Coordinator   


My name is Kristin Taphorn, and I am very excited to be serving the Butler PTO as the Communications Coordinator for a THIRD YEAR!  My husband Brad and I are the proud parents of Anderson (4th grade) and Christian (2nd grade). We feel very fortunate to be a part of an outstanding school system and a supportive community.

As Communications Coordinator, the past two years I brought you a newly designed website offering online payments options for our PTO events. In addition to this, I gave you a glimpse into the school day by adding LIVE videos and photographs of numerous activities and events throughout the year, starting with Dr. Onesto’s LIVE “First Day Of School Kick-Off!”  Lastly, as communications coordinator, I kept you up-to-date with event information and reminders daily via social media and/or Remind.  

My experience for this position includes a Master of Science in Communication from Northwestern University, and over ten years of experience in HR and business operations with Target Corporation.  I also have a few years of substitute teaching in neighboring school districts. I currently work in higher education as a regional director of admission. I thoroughly enjoy volunteering at Butler school in the Art Appreciation program and at all our PTO events. In my free time, I am training for the Chicago Marathon and I love spending time with my family.


Beth Russell, Staff Liaison 


Greetings, I am Beth Russell. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and my master's degree as a Reading Specialist from the University of St. Francis. I have been a classroom teacher, and now I am one of the Reading Specialists for Butler School. I am the proud mom to Caden (Butler graduate, now in 6th), Caleb (4th grade), and Carson (2nd grade). If I am not at Butler School working or at an event, you can probably find me on the sidelines cheering on my kids at one of their athletic events! 

I am looking forward to another great school year, and serving as the Butler PTO Staff Liaison.