Treasurer John Thode grew up in Niles, Illinois and is a graducate of the University of Illinois, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Northwestern University. He has worked various electrical engineering and management positions around the country. Currently he works for Digital Optics. He and Judi have been married for 32 years and have three children, Matthew (with lovely bride Brittany and grand baby on the way), Angela and Lisa. He plays jazz trumpet for Reunion Jazz Orchestra, his high school alumni band, and has ran many marathons. They have lived in the area for 22 years.