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Melea Smith, APR

Melea Smith, APR


The Communications and Public Relations Office acts as a liaison between the school district and its various stakeholders including students, parents, employees and community members. This department coordinates various communication efforts, including print and online publications, Talk205 email and telephone messages, news releases and community engagement opportunities. Numerous additional programs are implemented through this office, including coordination with the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation, York Community High School alumni relations, volunteer recruitment and placement, as well as community/committee involvement. For more information, call 630-993-8863 or 630-941-4719.



Beverly Redmond has been named the new District 205 Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations, effective July 1, 2018. Ms. Redmond replaces Melea Smith, who will be retiring at the end of June following eight years of service in Elmhurst.


"I am pleased to join the District 205 leadership and communications team,” said Bev. “The opportunity to collaborate to showcase the creativity, learning, and growth of our talented teachers and students is an honor. Elmhurst is rich in tradition and academic excellence. Enthusiastically, I seek to support community engagement in our schools while serving as a liaison to families, alumni, residents, and supporters.


“My ultimate goals are to allow the diverse voices and accomplishments of the school community to shine, and to champion District 205’s powerful story of educational distinction nationwide."


Bev’s extensive school PR experience includes seven years as the Director of School and Community Relations at two large, highly-ranked school districts in the Bloomington, Indiana area. She also worked as the Assistant Director of Human Resources for the 14th largest school corporation in Indiana for an additional seven years. She has founded two independent public relations ventures and has experience with crisis public relations and social media presence. She holds a BA in Communications, with specialization in radio and television from Ball State University and Purdue University, Calumet.


"Bev is a highly accomplished professional who will combine the ability to support a vision for communications in District 205 and provide leadership consistent with the District's vision as a member of the senior leadership team,” said Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.


“I am relieved to find someone of Bev's ability to replace Ms. Smith, who has had a distinguished career in school communications. Bev has been integral in her two previous districts' successful passage of operating fund referenda, and has been a pillar of the communities in which she has served. She also has human resources experience and television, newspaper, and radio experience. Her eclectic background will serve us well as we continue to ensure that D205 is a 'National Leader in Future Ready Learning.'"


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Director of Communications

Smith, Melea
Executive Director of Communications/Public Relations


Allt, Kate
Communications Coordinator

Assistant to Communications and Alumni Relations

Ernst, Jenna
Administrative Assistant Communications/Alumni