William Diemel, President (Current term 2019-2023)

Bill Diemel has been the President of the Shirland School Board since 2009.   He was first appointed to the board in 2007 .  Mr. Diemel has three children all of whom attend Shirland School.  He is an engineer with the Austin-Westran LLC in Byron, Illinois.  Mr. Diemel is a major fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers.

Toni Brown, Secretary (Current term 2019-2023)

Toni Brown holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from NIU and is the Executive Director of Stepping Stones Child’s Center in Roscoe, IL. Mrs. Brown is originally from Durand, but currently lives in the Shirland School District with her husband Brad, and 2 daughters both of whom attended Shirland School.  Toni is an active member of  the Rockton Chamber of Commerce and is an Ambassador for the Roscoe Chamber.   She sits on the Governing Board of the Winnebago County Co-op, the Advisory Board of the YWCA in Rockford, is a member of Action for Children and the Rockford Area Literacy Council.  Mrs. Brown was elected to the BOE in 2006.

Chuck Stout, Member (Current term 2021-2025)


Chuck is Production Manager at Fastenal’s Cold Heading Division in Loves Park Illinois and has been in the fastener industry for about 30 years. Chuck’s two daughters and his step daughters all attended Shirland School.. Chuck has been living in Shirland since 2001. Chuck employs the Hulk Hogan motto of “Training, saying your Prayers, and eating your Vitamins” to his fitness regimen. Chuck is a major Hockey fan and regularly goes to cheer on the IceHogs at the BMO center in Rockford.

Todd Whiteman, Member (Current term 2021-2025)
Todd Whiteman holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University, a Masters degree in Business Administration from Rockford College, and is currently the Chief Controls Engineer of Ingersoll Production Systems in Rockford, IL.  Todd is a resident of the Shirland School District with his wife Jennifer and 3 daughters all of whom have attended Shirland School.  Mr. Whiteman was appointed to the Board of Education in 2012.

Sharon Carlson, Member (Current term 2019-2023)


Sharon Carlson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Rockford University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University. She is a long-time educator with over twenty years of educational experience in many facets including elementary & middle school teaching, a special education supervisor, a professional development specialist, and a school administrator. For the last ten years she has lived on a hobby farm in the Shirland School District with her husband, Scott, and their two daughters whom both attend the school. Over the years Mrs. Carlson has travelled extensively having visited all seven continents and completed her fiftieth state last summer. She now shares her favorite hobby with her family believing that traveling presents new experiences which is an education within itself. Mrs. Carlson was elected to the BOE in 2019.

Jessica Gunnink, Member (Current term 2021-2025)


Jessica Gunnink is the mother of two Shirland students – one child graduated from Shirland School and has gone on to Hononegah, while her other child is in 1st grade.  Mrs. Gunnink is the former President of the Shirland Parent Teacher Organization.  She is a self-employed business owner.  Mrs. Gunnink was elected to the BOE in 2021.

Aaron Hall, Member (Current term 2021-2025)


Aaron Hall is the father of a 1st grader at Shirland School.  Mr. Hall works at Rakuten in Beloit, Wisconsin and was elected to the BOE in 2021.