PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT:
"To assist others as a guide by helping people bring out their best to succeed in life."
ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
Elias Palacios is the Administrator of the Tobacco Prevention Programs for the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery.
Before taking the position of the Administrator of Tobacco Prevention Programs in January 2021, Elias worked as a psychologist for the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities at Kiley Developmental Center in Waukegan, Illinois. He also worked at Elgin Mental Health Center/Forensic Treatment Program as a bilingual psychologist in Elgin, Illinois; at Howe Center/Developmental Program as a psychologist in Tinley Park, Illinois; and the Department of Children and Family Services as a Child Welfare Specialist in Waukegan, Illinois.
Elias had worked as a professor for Saint Augustin College in Chicago and Aurora, Illinois. Furthermore, he worked for several for-profit and non-profit organizations providing Substance Abuse Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.
Elias has earned a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois, and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Los Libertadores School of Advanced Professional Education in Trujillo, Peru. He also obtained Certificates from Montey College, John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, and Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Elias has studied Philosophy at San Carlos y San Marcelo Senior Seminary in Trujillo, Peru, and Theology at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.
He enjoys spending time with his family indoors and outdoors. Also, he reads books, listens to music, and communicates with his extended family in Peru, Argentina, and Spain.
Elias is running for the Saint Charles Community Unity School District 303 Board because he believes that all students need to be safe and have a good education, taxes need to be low, and balance the budget by using the money wisely.
He will maintain a fair and independent voice for all taxpayers within the district and those who are under-represented. Further, he believes that serving as a board member is an opportunity to contribute to the community that has given him so much over the last seventeen years.
HE IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE ON TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2023