Leadership Institute Facilitators

The Illinois ASBO Leadership Institute originated from the leadership passion of Michael Jacoby, Ed.D., SFO, CAE, Illinois ASBO Executive Director/CEO. The mission behind the program is leadership through the development of others. With the ever increasing demands of the workplace, developing yourself as a leader will empower you to move your organization forward more successfully. This includes learning to develop others and alleviate stress through better relationship management.

School and Service Associate members can begin a lifelong and potentially career changing journey through 360-degree feedback, goal setting and self-reflection, coaching and experiential activities and emotional intelligence and situational leadership.


Michael A. Jacoby Ed.D., SFO, CAE

Michael Jacoby is the Executive Director and CEO of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials. He has served as an educator for 36 years - six years in the classroom, sixteen years as a school business official, four years as Superintendent of Schools and ten years with Illinois ASBO. His passion for leadership development is well known as the content leader of the Illinois ASBO Leadership Center. He completed the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in 2005, and became a certified trainer in LIFO, the Life Orientations Survey, in 2009. In the role of Superintendent, he led his Cabinet and Administrative Council to establish an ethic of leadership development that still exists today. He has led many strategic planning efforts for school districts and other organizations, and mentors leaders throughout the US.

Dr. Jacoby has also been an adjunct professor for Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, Aurora University and Loyola University-Chicago for over 20 years. He served as Chairman of the ASBO International Editorial Board for School Business Affairs, is the current Editor of the Journal of School Business Management and has authored numerous articles and has been a leadership facilitator for Illinois ASBO, Manitoba ASBO, Washington ASBO, Oregon ASBO, Alaska ASBO, Indiana ASBO, the ASBO International Leadership Conference and for seven ASBO International Annual Meetings on the subject of “The Character of Ethical Leadership.”


Sue Bertrand MBA, CAE

As the Deputy Executive Director / COO for the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, Sue leads a staff of 12, running the events, programs, services and internal operations of the Association. After completing the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership, she and the facilitation team worked with a focus group at Illinois ASBO to create the Illinois ASBO Leadership Institute. A pilot of the program delivered in 2010 launched the Leadership Institute. Participant feedback showed a desire for continued leadership development and the Illinois ASBO Leadership Center emerged as a result. The Center encompasses in district team development, and offers four administrator academies surrounding the following instruments: LIFO, LPI, MBTI and FIRO-B. Sue believes in leadership development through self-development.

Sue earned her MBA from DePaul University in 1992. She earned her BA in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sue is a certified trainer in LIFO; the Life Orientations Survey, and MBTI, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Sue continues her professional learning through membership in ASBO International, in the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE), and in the Association Forum of Chicagoland. She earned her CAE (Certified Association Executive) credentials from ASAE in 2012.


Allen Albus

Allen Albus served as a Chief School Business Official (CSBO) for more than 20 years in Naperville School District 203, Valley View School District 365-U and Lake Forest School Districts 67 and 115. Allen retired in 2016 and is currently employed as a Senior Analytics Advisor for Forecast5, a company specializing in data analytics and financial projections for school districts and municipalities. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from National-Louis University, a Master’s Degree in School Business Management from Northern Illinois University and is a certified LIFO instructor.

Allen served on the Illinois Association of School Business Officials Board of Directors from 1999-2006, was Association President in 2004-2005 and was awarded the Ronald Everett Distinguished Service Award in 2013. He has also served as a Trustee for the Illinois School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus, as Treasurer of the Illinois Energy Consortium and as an Executive Committee member of the Northern Illinois Health Insurance Pool (NIHIP).


Stephen Treacy

Stephen Treacy has been consulting to organizations since 1985. He is a graduate of Marquette University College of Engineering and holds a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from Aurora University. Stephen has a special interest in the development of leaders in education organizations of all types. He is an educational professional himself, teaching leadership and organization development graduate courses at Benedictine University for more than 25 years.

Prior to serving as an organizational consultant and educator, Stephen was an engineering professional with 25 years of engineering management experience, including project director and corporate officer assignments. He has given numerous workshops and presentations to professional organizations on change management strategies that provide rapid, meaningful outcomes with high levels of organizational ownership and support.

Stephen is one of four Master LIFO Trainers in the United States. He has been using the LIFO system in his work with leaders and their teams since 1986 and is a certified MBTI consultant as well. He has administered the LPI for many years to numerous leaders, particularly in the education field.


Craig T. Collins

Craig Collins recently retired after completing 32 years as a public school administrator in Illinois. For the past 15 years, Craig held the position of Assistant Superintendent-Human Resources in Geneva Community Unit School District 304. A graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, Craig holds a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

A strong proponent of leadership development, Craig has played an active role in advancing Illinois ASBO’s efforts to better support and nurture school administrators in their leadership roles. Craig currently serves as a Professional Development Coordinator for Illinois ASBO. In this position, he develops and facilitates Administrator Academies, serves as a consultant to Illinois school districts, and plans and implements professional development activities to school leaders, especially those outside the Chicago metropolitan area.

Craig is a certified Life Orientations (LIFO) trainer. He has completed the Principles and Practices of Organizational Development program at Columbia University in New York City, a program preparing individuals to serve as consultants to business, industrial and educational organizations.


Mark W. Altmayer

Mark Altmayer is a Certified Public Accountant and has been the Chief Financial Officer for Huntley Community School District 158 for the last eight years. Prior to joining the District, Mark spent approximately six years in public accounting followed by 13 years in a financial executive role working for large corporations, such as Enterprise Rent-a-Car and General Electric. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Illinois State University.

Mark is currently serving on the Illinois Association of School Business Officials Board of Directors and was the Regional Organization Chair for the McHenry, Boone and Winnebago County from 2013-2015.

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Jennifer Hermes

The Single Best Investment of My Time

The Leadership Institute was no question the single best investment of my time and professional development dollars. What made it different for me was the insight I received on myself and my leadership tendencies. 

If you are seriously interested in working on yourself and your leadership, this seminar is everything you could hope for. You won’t be disappointed.”

– Jennifer Hermes
Chief Operation Officer, CSBO
Lake Forest SD 67 & 115