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Gail Schumacher

Executive Vice President of Operations

Gail Schumacher began working for Northwestern College in 1994. She has held a variety of high level positions in her tenure including, The Director of Marketing, Chief Recruitment Officer overseeing High School Relations and Admissions. Gail became the college’s Executive Vice President of Operations in 2007.

However, on weekends the classic movie enthusiast comes out, and she enjoys relaxing with a cup hot of tea and a great old flick. Gail is also an avid reader and sometimes reads multiple books in a weekend- make sure to track her down if you’re ever looking for a book recommendation. But she’s no couch potato- after work, you can find her unwinding and enjoying long walks around the neighborhood with her dog, Lucy.

Gail earned her B.S.Ed from Northern Illinois University with certifications in Blind and Visually Impaired, Orientation and Mobility, Behavior Disorders, and Early Childhood Education. After graduation, she taught for the Elmwood Park/ Leyden Township District and then later at Curie High School in Chicago. While still teaching she also opened Sentimental Journeys Travel Agency but later sold her agency when she and her husband had their third child.

Gail has been married to her husband, Larry since 1980. Together they have three adult children Lauren, Lindsey, and Charles and their favorite child- an adopted Terrier Mix, named Lucy.