Board Members - Bios & Contact Information

Marty Lundeen

President (Term 2021-2025)

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Mr. Lundeen was first elected to the District 10 Board of Education in 2013 and currently serves as the Board President.  After graduation from Iowa State University, Mr. Lundeen spent his career in the Bond Pit of the Chicago Board of Trade before moving on to raise his children. He actively continues to carry on his family tradition of farming. Mr. Lundeen serves as the Board liaison for the following committees:  Capital & Operations Committee.  As the Board President, one of his goals is to help balance the budget to stabilize the financial position of District 10 in an effort to better support our teachers reliably and responsibly. Mr. Lundeen feels passionately that taxpayers deserve a great return on their investment. His ultimate goal is to protect and cultivate Itasca’s most important asset, our children.  

Mr. Lundeen is the former Board President of NDSEC (North DuPage Special Education Cooperative) and the Itasca Lions Club.  He has also served as the Treasurer of the Itasca Gardeners Club and founded the Itasca Giving Garden in partnership with the Itasca Food Pantry.  Mr. Lundeen has lived in Itasca for 25 years and has raised two daughters in the district. While his daughters are now in college, he enjoyed participating in Indian Princesses when they were younger as well as partaking in the area backyard ice rink club.

Tina O’Neill

Vice President (Term 2021-2025)

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Ms. O’Neill was elected to the District 10 Board of Education in 2017 and currently serves as the Board Vice President. She is currently employed as a Project Specialist for Aldi Corporate.  Ms. O’Neill serves as a Board liaison for the following committees: Transportation Committee, Salary Committee, Staff Recognition Committee, and is the District NDSEC Representative. She is particularly passionate about the transportation committee as it has been instrumental in making the district bus routes safer and more efficient for students.  As the District NDSEC representative, Ms. O’Neill feels that it is a privilege to help assist in overseeing the special education efforts in District 10 and enjoys seeing the continuous improvements. 

Having enlisted in the military at a young age and serving through 9/11, public service and helping others has been a lifelong passion. Ms. O’Neill moved from the inner city of Chicago to the Chicago suburbs 17 years ago and Itasca has been home ever since.  She has 4 children with whom have either graduated or are currently attending District 10 schools. Ms. O’Neill has served as both a Girl Scout Troop Leader and a mentor in various district programs.  In her free time, she enjoys road trips with her family, checking off various National Parks on her bucket list, spending time outdoors, and cheering on the Cubs and Red Sox baseball teams. 


Nicole Diestel

Board Member (Term 2023-2027)

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Ms. Diestel was elected to the District 10 Board of Education in 2023.  She is currently employed as a Key Account Manager for an industrial adhesive company and holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from DePaul University.  Ms. Diestel serves as a Board liaison for the following committees: Itasca Community Advisory (ICA), Student Behavior and Wellness Committee, and the Staff Recognition Committee. As a member of the board, Nicole is passionate about making sure both our internal and external community feel connected, realized, heard and appreciated.  


Having lived in the Itasca area for over 11 years, serving on the board has proven to be a wonderful way to support the local community, children, and educators.  Over the years, Itasca’s small-town feel has provided her and her family with friends that have turned into family.  She has two children currently attending District 10 schools.

James Barthel 

Board Member (Term 2023-2027)

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Mr. Barthel was first appointed to the District 10 Board of Education in 2021.  He is currently employed as a Director of Operations Finance and holds a bachelor's degree in finance and a Master's degree in Accounting.  Mr. Barthel serves as a Board liaison for the following committees:  Finance Committee and the Intergovernmental Committee.  With a background in Finance and Accounting, his expertise has aided our District with oversight while switching to accrual based accounting and getting the maximum return on the bond referendum projects.

Mr. Barthel grew up in Peoria, Illinois, and moved to Itasca 20 years ago after graduating from college. Having been raised by two educators, Mr. Barthel was instilled with the value of education from a young age.  He enjoys having the opportunity to help others gain the best educational opportunities while leaving the instruction to the professionals.  He is the proud parent of two daughters - a District 10 graduate and a daughter that is currently attending. Being a Board Member provides him a wonderful opportunity to help the community plan for the future and help train our next generation of educators and leaders.  In his personal time, he enjoys traveling with family and exploring National Parks.

Ketan Patel

Board Member (Term 2023-2027)

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Mr. Patel was first elected to the District 10 Board of Education in 2019.  He is currently employed as a Medical Doctor for Northwestern Medicine Hospital system specializing in Radiology.  Mr. Patel earned his Medical Degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School. He serves as a Board liaison for the following committees: Finance Committee and the Policy Committee. Having a master's degree in finance, Mr. Patel is especially passionate about being involved in the Finance Committee as he is able to utilize his financial education to help ensure our school district is best utilizing funds to serve our students, staff, and community.   

Having been raised in the nearby city of Addison, Mr. Patel moved to Itasca in 2015. He is the parent of two students in the district. Growing up, his parents advocated for lifelong learning and the importance of education.  As a Board Member, Mr. Patel is able to help ensure our District 10 students get a quality education and a well-rounded curriculum.  In his personal time, he enjoys traveling internationally with his family and enjoying the diverse pizza options that Chicago has to offer.

Casey Amayun

Board Secretary (Term 2021-2025)

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Ms. Amayun was first elected to the District 10 Board of Education in 2016 and currently serves as the Board Secretary.  She is currently employed as an early childhood consultant with Prenatal to Five Fiscal Strategies helping states and communities develop a comprehensive fiscal approach to supporting the needs of young children and their families. She is also a consultant with Rapid Response Virtual Home Visiting that provides best practice principles and strategies to support home visitors across the country in maintaining meaningful connections with families.  She holds a bachelor's degree in child and Family Services from Iowa State University and a Master's degree in Child Development specializing in Administration from Erikson Institute. Ms. Amayun serves as a Board liaison for the following committees: District Advisory Committee (DAC), Itasca Community Advisory (ICA), Capital & Operations, Friends of Springbrook, Key Indicators Committee, and the Transportation Committee.   

Originally from Iowa, Ms. Amayun moved to Itasca in 2007.  She was drawn to the small town feel of Itasca while being close to major conveniences.  With an early childhood and systems building background, being a part of the school board was a natural fit.   She is the parent of two children in our school district.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family (generally around the kids sports schedules), traveling, reading, and exploring diverse restaurants across Chicagoland. 

Jessica Shannon

Board Member (Term 2021-2025)

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Ms. Shannon was elected to the District 10 Board of Education in 2021.  She is currently employed as a Regional Manager of Oncology for a hereditary cancer genetic testing company. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a Masters Degree in Hospitality from Michigan State University. Ms. Shannon serves as a Board liaison on the following committees: Policy Committee, Key Indicators Committee, District Advisory Committee (DAC), Salary Committee, and the Student Behavior and Wellness Committee.  She is particularly excited about the newly-formed Student Behavior and Wellness Committee as its focus is to help improve one's mental, physical, and emotional self which is imperative to the success of both our students and staff. Before she took her seat on the board, she was the Chairman of the committee that helped promote the current capital referendum. 

Ms. Shannon grew up in Itasca and attended Washington School (now Benson Primary) and Peacock Middle School.  She currently resides in the district and is the parent of two children. Growing up, she watched her mother serve on the school board which served as an inspiration for her to give back to the community. Ms. Shannon is passionate about the success of our schools and is thrilled to help take part in helping our students thrive.