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IFT Field Service Director

Matt Beverly

Matt has serviced Local 504 since 2009. Prior to his role as an FSD, he was a high school English teacher, and the school newspaper/year-book advisor, at Grant Community High School, from 1997 - 2009, where he was also a council officer and served on multiple bargaining teams.

Matt believes good things happen in the union through teamwork, especially when those teams establish a healthy mix of kindness, transparency and accountability.

Matt serves Diamond Lake, Lake Villa, Tech Campus, Warren, Waukegan Teachers, Waukegan Psychologists & Woodland councils.

LCFT Field Service Director

Sydney Ryan

Sydney has serviced Local 504 since 2019. She started as a part-time FSD servicing Emmons and Beach Park PSY/SW councils. As of July 2022, Sydney moved to full time and will be working closely with all other field staff to ensure a smooth transition.

Prior to her role as an FSD, Sydney was a teacher and librarian at Emmons School in Antioch. She retired from teaching after 24+ years in the classroom.

Sydney serves Beach Park Psychologists and Social Workers, Beach Park Staff, CLC-AFO, CLC Staff, Emmons, Grayslake Teachers, Gurnee, SEDOL, Waukegan Professional Support Staff, Winthrop Harbor, Zion-Benton & Retiree councils.

IFT Field Staff Director

Cameron Sweeney

Cameron has serviced Local 504 since 2021.

Cameron has a passion for protecting the rights of workers and building solidarity amongst members. She has experience servicing and organizing private and public K-12 teachers, PSRP, and Higher Education.

Cameron is a member of the Grayslake community where she resides with her three children.

Cameron serves Big Hollow, Grant, Grayslake PSRP, Libertyville/Vernon Hills, Millburn Teachers, Millburn PSRP, North Chicago, Prairie Crossing & Waukegan Paraprofessionals councils.


Sue Eberle

Sue Eberle has been the bookkeeper for the Lake County Federation of Teachers for many years. She is also one of the friendly faces and voices who help our members both on the phone and in the office.

Membership Director & Support Staff

Heather Heiden

Heather is LCFT's Membership Director. She has been with 504 since 2021. She is also one of the friendly faces and voices who help our members both on the phone and in the office.


Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, IFT-AFT / AFL-CIO
248 Ambrogio Drive
Gurnee, IL 60031

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