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PTO Board Members

PTO Board Members

2018 - 2019

President - Stacy Bochenek:

Stacy grew up in Yorkville and has lived in Plainfield for 13 years with her husband, Tom.  They have two children, William, who will be in 2nd Grade at Freedom, and Makenzie, who will be in Kindergarten. Stacy earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from North Central College.

Stacy saw that there was a need for PTO Board Members and wanted to become involved with the school and community.  Her strengths are in leadership, organization and analysis. In the past, she has volunteered for the holiday shop and classroom parties.

Stacy is very excited for the upcoming school year and looks forward to helping make it a great school year for Freedom students, staff and families.


President Elect - Steven Pratt:

Steve is from NW Illinois by the Wisconsin / Iowa border. He retired in 2014 from the U.S. Army and is now a stay at home dad while going to college full time with a major in Radiology. He and his family moved to unincorporated Plainfield in 2005 and then moved into the actual village of Plainfield in December 2015. Steve and his wife Betty have 2 kids, Abigail (7), who will be in second grade this year, and Xavier (11), who is at Heritage Grove for 6th grade.

While Steve has not been on the PTO board previously, he has been the State Representative (President) of a LiUNA local 1776 since January 2015 and previously was the treasurer and executive on their board. Steve is looking forward to being active in the Freedom PTO and helping our students in any way he can.


Vice President - Starr Swann:​​

Starr spent the majority of her life in Northern California and has spent the last several years heading east relocating to New Mexico, Colorado and now finally Naperville, Illinois.  Starr has fallen in love with the area and is looking forward to permanently planting her roots in the Midwest, which has no shortage of her favorite hobby, festival going. Starr lives with her husband, her six year old daughter Story, a 1st grader, and her energy-filled two year old, Slater.

Starr chaired the Daughter Event last  year and has found a new love for serving the Freedom Elementary PTO and looks forward to being a part of the Freedom Family.  Starr has spent the majority of her career working in Sales and Marketing in the radio industry. Since moving to Illinois, Starr has shifted gears working part time in child care to focus more of her time on her family.


Secretary - Danielle Balsano:

Danielle grew up in a suburb of Atlanta, GA and has lived in the area now for about 12 years. She has three kids at Freedom this year; Lindey is in 3rd grade, Kaitlin is in Kindergarten, and Michael is in Pre-K.

In 2006, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Before becoming a mother, she taught for several years as a Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher. She has experience working on the PTO aboard, with school events, volunteering in the classroom, and classroom parties.

Danielle saw that there was a need to fill the Secretary position and wanted to help Freedom students, staff, and her community in any way she could. She is very excited to be a part of such a great school and looks forward to all the opportunities ahead to serve Freedom.


Treasurer - Heather Alberti:

Heather grew up in Vernon Hills and has lived in the western suburbs for the last 12 years with her husband Tony. Heather has two boys who attend Freedom Elementary, Derek in 2nd grade and Brandon in 1st grade.

Heather’s career has focused on sales/customer service and most recently accounts receivable for a large liquor distributor. She has experience volunteering in positions within a school setting, classroom volunteering and fundraising, thanks to the cooperative preschool her children attended. While at Freedom, she has volunteered for teacher appreciation events such as the welcome back snack bar on the first day of school and dinner for the teachers on parent-teacher conference night.

Heather is excited to be a part of our wonderful school and can’t wait to see what the future holds.