Barrington Area Library Trustee

Josie Croll

Josie and her husband Bryan reside in Barrington Hills with their three school-age children, Courtney, William, and Evelyn. 

Josie currently serves on The Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society where she is the Co-Chair of the Conservation Committee and a member of the Scholarship Committee. She previously served on the boards of the Parker Playhouse, Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Junior Board.

Before raising children, Josie was a Private Banker at JPMorgan, and before that, a Therapist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  She’s a graduate of the University of Kansas (BS), Illinois Institute of Technology (MS), and Northern Illinois University (MBA).  

Her community involvement includes participating in Barrington Area Council on Aging’s (BACOA) Dancing with the Barrington Stars and producing and directing Smalls Talk for the Parker Playhouse Theatre. She is a prior member of the Village of Barrington Hills Health and Environment Committee.  Josie has been Room Mom multiple times for her kids and taught CCD and St. Anne’s.  She is a current member of both Second Set and The Barrington Play Readers Group.

Josie’s husband Bryan currently serves as a Trustee in Barrington Hills and is Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s Board President. 

Josie’s is running for the Library Board to:

  • Restore Financial Responsibility
  • Reduce the Tax Levy
  • Reopen the Library, and provide
  • Relevant programming for the community that meets the needs of our children, adults and

Josie discovered that over the past number of years the Library Board has been dramatically increasing its cash holdings while continuing to increase the property tax levy. The levy has been raised every year since at least 2014, and $9.2M now sits on its balance sheet. If elected, Josie pledges to reduce the tax levy, insist on financial responsibility, and return to taxpayers some of their hard-earned money.

Anne Ordway

Anne and her husband Chris have lived in Barrington for over twenty years where they have raised three daughters ranging in age from 18-25. Anne is running for the Barrington Area Library Board because the library has had an incredible impact on her own family and she wants to maintain these same opportunities for others. From checking out the newest book to learning how to 3D print, the BAL has allowed her family to gain a passion for reading and learning as well as a knack for accumulating late fines. Anne graduated with a BA in Economics/Political Science from Michigan State University which has been very useful in her quest to defend the Spartans against her husband and two oldest girls who all graduated from the University of Michigan.

Anne’s four Rs:

  • Restore Financial Responsibility
  • Reduce the Tax Levy
  • Reopen the Library
  • Relevant programming for the community and meeting the needs of our children, adults and

Anne is currently a Commercial Real Estate Broker who finds the time to serve and belongs to a
number of organizations. She is a volunteer for the Project Hope Food Pantry and the Girls HS
Track/CC Team treasurer. She is the captain of teams for both the USTA  (United States Tennis
Association), and the APTA  (American Paddle Tennis Association). In 2019 she served as a
board member of the Project Hope Grant Committee.

Mark Stenberg

Mark and his wife Heidi reside in Barrington Hills where they are raising their three school age children. Mark was encouraged to run for the Barrington Area by his fellow candidates because of his first-hand knowledge of the services and programs that BAL provides as well as his ability to provide analysis of the budget issues. 

Mark has a background in medical imaging equipment sales, one of his focuses for BAL will be the marketing of services and programs. Transparency is also a focus of his attention and he will look to bring that to a new level at BAL by providing for more budget information that is readily accessible on the library website and making sure that board meetings are posted on Youtube for viewing.