I graduated from Harper College in 1988 with a police enforcement degree and from Northern Illinois in 2005 with a kinesiology degree. I am the PE/Health department chair, and I have worked in SD54 for 15 years

BA in Human Services from Northeastern IL U, 1979;
MSW from UIC/Jane Addams College of Social Work, 1983;
Illinois LCSW, 1993-present.
Social Worker/Psychotherapist in a variety of settings including in an outpatient psychiatry, community mental health, medical social work, and private practice.
Staff at University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration as Master Practitioner Instructor for first and second-year graduate students in social work, 1994-2015.
Clinical Training Director in community mental health and group practice settings, 2004-2017.

Mike Nerheim is a dedicated family man, public servant, and an active member of the community. Mike was raised in a closely-knit family in Lake County and is raising his family in Lake County with his wife Andrea. Mike is the former Lake County State’s Attorney (2012-2020) beginning his career in public service in 1999.

charlawaxmanDr. Charla Waxman is the Community Liaison at Lake Behavioral Hospital. She has served in many roles in the mental health field over the years, including overseeing several clinical programs in inpatient and outpatient settings as a program director and an administrator. Charla is passionate about developing relationships, strategizing and problem solving, and ultimately working to meet patients' and clients' needs. Charla also enjoys presenting and training on various mental health topics and has taught nationally and internationally on aggression and youth counterculture issues. Charla is a published author in the fields of mental health, gangs, and adolescent behavior. She has been awarded locally and nationally for her work with gang-involved and challenging to reach youth. Her work is featured in the Charthouse book, School of FISH!, radio, and television.