GURNEE – The Woodland District 50 Board of Education recently appointed Renea Amen of Gurnee to fill a vacancy on the board until the 2021 seating of newly elected school board members.
A U.S. Navy veteran and an attorney in private practice, Amen was one of four individuals who showed interest in filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Joyce Mason, according to a news release. One individual withdrew interest in the appointment, leaving three to be interviewed by the board to fill the vacancy. Amen was on the board once before, when she was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2016.
Amen is the mother of two children attending Woodland schools.
“My passion has always been to advocate for others,” she said in the release. “I noticed some initiatives I worked on previously as a board member were in the process of completion and because I am still passionate about those initiatives, I thought it best to return and see them through.
A native of Peekskill, New York, Amen served in the U.S. Navy for five years and worked as a dental assistant. She also worked as a real estate agent and a corrections officer before graduating from John Marshall Law School in Chicago and becoming an attorney. Besides her practice, she is an adjunct professor of business law at Columbia College of Missouri. She has been married for 12½ years to a corrections officer at the Lake County Jail.