Ann S. Nerad

Board Vice Chair

Ann Nerad’s community involvement and advocacy during the past four decades have focused on mental health, prevention, human services, children, and education. She currently serves as interim chair of the CASEL Board of Directors. While serving on the board of the National Mental Health Association from 1982-1990, she became involved in prevention activities related to schools. She testified before the NMHA Prevention Commission about the importance of mental health education in the schools. Since 1986 she has served in collaborative initiatives to implement evidence-based social and emotional learning programs in the Chicago Public Schools, in Illinois’ Du Page County, and in her own local school district. Since becoming a founding board member of CASEL, she has been a steadfast advocate for the inclusion of social and emotional learning in federal legislation.

She has served on the boards and as president of the Mental Health Association in Illinois; Prevention First, Inc. in Illinois; the Du Page Federation on Human Services, an initiative of the Governor’s Task Force on Human Services Reform; and the Elementary District 181 Foundation. She also served on the Advisory Board of Futures for Kids, an initiative of the former First Lady of Illinois. Recognition for her community leadership has included the Outstanding Service Award from the Junior League of Chicago; Outstanding Woman Leader in Du Page County in the Volunteer Category; and Pioneer Press Volunteer of the Year Award.

She and her husband Jerry have three adult children and six grandchildren. As a former elementary teacher, mother, and grandmother of six school-age children, she is passionate about the need for social and emotional learning programs in the schools.