As your elected officials, the Village Board tries to make sure that the priorities, policies, and laws of the Village reflect the will of the residents.
The Village Board meets at 8:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Village Hall. Public comments are welcome at every meeting.
For your convenience, if you cannot attend a meeting, all meetings are broadcast live on Channel 4, the Village’s Public Access Channel. Meetings will be replayed on Channel 4 and can be accessed directly by clicking here.
The Village Board consists of six Trustees and the Village President.
To contact them directly, please click on their name for a direct link to their email.
Karen Darch, first elected President in 2005¸ then re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017 is the Village President. Karen, an attorney, began her service as a Village Trustee in 1995. A mother of six, Karen and her husband, Doug, have lived in the Village for over 30 years. Karen recently served as President of the Illinois Municipal League. She serves as a Board Member for the Barrington Area Council of Governments, and serves on the Executive Committee for the Northwest Municipal Conference after previously serving as President, Vice President, and Legislative Chair. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, previously serving as Chair. She was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Bicentennial Celebration Commission, his Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force, and as Co-Chair of his Local Government Transition Subcommittee
Trustee Jason Lohmeyer and his family moved to Jewel Park in 2008. He and his wife, Corryn, have been married since 1996. Their daughter, Kendall, attends North Barrington Elementary in the Chinese Immersion program. Jason has volunteered at JourneyCare Hospice and was involved in other community organizations, prior to living in Barrington.
Jason currently works at CVS Health in the Specialty department, driving various strategic initiatives. Since 2001, he has held various roles there, including Director of Finance for a $10+ billion division. Jason earned his BS in Business (Accounting & Business Administration) from the University of Kansas, and his MBA from DePaul University with a concentration in Finance. He is a non-practicing CPA, passing it his first attempt. Jason has served as a Member of the Barrington Firefighters’ Pension Board for six years, helping oversee the pension fund and evaluating disability applications. Jason, elected in 2015, is currently serving his first term on the Board of Trustees.
Trustee Todd Sholeen and his family have lived in the Village of Barrington since 1992. He and his wife Heather have two children, Philip and Bonnie, who are both graduates of Barrington CUSD 220. Todd attended Principia College and received a bachelor’s degree in English and he also graduated from DePaul University after earning his Masters degree in Accounting. From 1986 to 1990, Todd served as Treasurer for the Village of Glenwood before moving to the Northwest Suburbs. Todd currently works for FirstMerit Bank in its Government Banking Group. He is a member of the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA) where he is serving on the Partners’ Forum. Todd is also a member of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) and is currently serving on the Cash Management Debt Service Committee. Todd also enjoys volunteering with Citizens for Conservation and other local non-profit organizations in the Barrington area. Todd was appointed as Trustee in August 2015, and was elected to a 4-year term in 2017.
Trustee Jennifer Wondrasek was elected as Trustee in 2017. She is an engineer and community leader who has lived in the Barrington area for more than 30 years. A graduate of Barrington High School, Jenn has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and works as a mechanical engineer for MPS Hardware in Elk Grove Village. For the last 15 years, Jenn has consistently served in leadership positions promoting education, youth and family mental health, cancer care and support, and other Barrington community service efforts. She currently serves on the executive board and the auxiliary of Barrington Youth and Family Services. She is a past fundraising chair for Wellness Place, president of the Hough Street Elementary PTO, member of the Barrington PTO President’s Council, and board member of the St. Anne’s Women’s Club. She is a former Barrington High School Robotics Club mentor, and has taught religious education at St. Anne’s for more than 10 years. She also served for five years as a member of the successful Barrington Sesquicentennial Committee, and chair of the 1865 Street Festival, honoring the village’s vibrant 150-year history.
Jenn lives in the village with her husband, Gerry, and her two children, Tommy and Paige.
Trustee Jeff Janssen is a small business owner and President of the Fox Point Homeowners Association. Jeff owns the small business J3 Investments, LLC. Prior to his current position, he served in various leadership roles for 19 years at State Farm, a Fortune 100 Company. He currently resides in Barrington with his wife, Cindy, and their daughter Jemma. Jeff volunteers with the Stewardship Ministry at Willow Creek Church, Financial Peace University, and Generous Giving Organization.
Trustee Kate Duncan was elected as Trustee in 2019. She is a partner at Akerman LLP in Chicago and a member of the firm’s land use and development practice. Kate received her Bachelor’s Degree from Butler University and J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. Kate has served on the Barrington Zoning Board of Appeals, Plan Commission, and on the Board of Directors at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington. Kate lives in Barrington with her husband and two children.
Trustee Emily Young was elected as Trustee in 2019. She is a Development and Communications Director at Impact Behavioral Health Partners and received her B.A. in History from Northwestern University. Emily has contributed her time as a Natural Resource Conservancy Commissioner, Cook County Election Judge in the 2016 General Election, Pillars Community Health Volunteer, and Fur Keeps Animal Rescue Volunteer.
Clerk, Tony Ciganek, has lived in the Village of Barrington for 32 years. He recently retired from Baxter Healthcare after a 40-year career. He left Baxter as a Senior Director in the Manufacturing group. Tony’s area of specialization was process automation for IV solution products. Tony has one adult son, Adam, who lives in Wheeling.
Tony holds the following degrees: an M.S. in Physics from DePaul University, and an MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management. His volunteer activities include the following: currently a lector at St. Anne’s Parish (for 25 years); a former board member of the Michael Joseph Foundation; and a former assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 29 sponsored by St. Anne’s.