Suburban Superintendents Association


The SSA membership is a community of interconnected leaders and supporters that engage in intentionally designed networking opportunities to support important education and leadership outcomes. A primary goal is to develop and have access to a strong network of leaders and resources who support one another through professional relationships, sharing knowledge, and leadership experiences.


The SSA membership advocates and supports education policies and practices that are in the best interest of our schools, students, staff, families, and communities. Our primary role in advocacy is to share resources and information, as well as, inviting experts to address and interact with the SSA membership. The SSA does not genuinely take an organization interest as the needs and the interest of our membership are in some instances unique.


The SSA governing board organizes learning sessions that aim to strengthen and build understanding of current education factors, including education reform, legislation, current learning, and leadership trends and effective leadership practice. The overarching goal is to expand the capacity to perform in leadership roles by networking with other SSA leaders and through learning from local, state, and national experts.

About the SSA

The suburban Superintendent Association is building a network of superintendents

The Suburban Superintendent’s Association (SSA) is dedicated to providing training and support to all superintendent’s in the northwest Chicago Suburbs. Through networking, training, and support, we hope to improve the quality of education that each of us is charged with providing at our districts.

Each year, the SSA hosts the annual Golf Outing. This is a time to connect with your peers and companies that might benefit you.

Through an unwavering commitment to excellence and and leadership support, the Suburban Superintendents Association strives to build and enhance leadership knowledge, understanding and advocacy in all facets of education. Our approach is based on the development and access of a strong network of leaders and resources who support one another through professional relationships, sharing knowledge and experiences.

Founded in the early 1970s, the SSA has partnered with Chicago suburban superintendents for nearly 45 years.

Schedule & Events

Meetings hosted at Maggiano’s
240 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
11:30 Networking – 12:00 Lunch – 1:00 Featured speaker


September 15, 2023

Dr. Tony Sanders, IL State Superintendent

January 12, 2024

Ali Hearn, Coach & Consultant

March 15, 2024

Legislative Panel

May 10, 2024
Annual Golf Outing

Royal Fox Country Club
4405 Royal and Ancient Dr,
St. Charles, IL 60174

SSA Governing Board

Dave Palzet
Superintendent, Pleasantdale District 107

Ken Wallace
Superintendent, Maine Township School District 207

Immediate Past President
Dr. Terri Bresnahan
Superintendent, CCSD 59

Jon Bartelt
Superintendent, Bloomingdale School District 13

Dr. Bhavna Sharma-Lewis
Superintendent, District 76

Dr. Anthony Edison
Superintendent, Posen-Robbins School District 143.5

For all inquiries, please contact the SSA Executive Assistant:

Hiram Carrero

Diamond Lake School District 76

26156 North Acorn Lane 

Mundelein, IL 60060

Email: hcarrero@dist76.org

Office:  847-566-9221

SSA Sponsor Partnerships

SSA is proud to partner with a number of sponsors who contribute to our organization and support school districts across Illinois.