Elected Officials Bios

President Sheila Chalmers-Currin
Term: 2017 – 2021
Served as Village Trustee from 2009 – 2017

Sheila Chalmers-Currin’s leadership began in 1999 when she was appointed by then-Village of Matteson President Stricker to the Fire and Police Commission as a Commissioner. In recognition of the great work she did in Matteson, she moved on to become the Director of the Fire and Police Commission for the State of Illinois. Chalmers-Currin was elected as the first African American female President of the Fire and Police Commission for the State of Illinois. While serving as President, Sheila was awarded the most prestigious Doc Wilson award for advancing the organization by implementing budget changes and adjustments to balance the overall budget.

Chalmers-Currin was also selected to be a part of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership, an institute that trains women to run for political office.  After the preparation of IWIL, she began to use her knowledge and skills gained from the Institute to pursue politics. While in IWIL she was introduced to then US Senator Barack Obama. Chalmers-Currin was selected by Senator Obama to serve on his selection commission for the Naval Academy. She also served on Obama’s Presidential Campaign as the Coordinator of Voter’s Registration and coordinated Upward Obama groups to travel to Indiana to register citizens to vote.

 After assisting other political figures in office, Chalmers-Currin began planning and organizing her campaign for Trustee of the Village of Matteson and won. She served in the role of Trustee for a total of eight years. While serving as Trustee, she was appointed Chairwoman of the Economic Development Committee for the Village of Matteson. In 2017, she received the paramount leadership role, being elected Village President of the Village of Matteson.

 The following are notable awards Chalmers-Currin has received for her leadership in the community:

 Women of Excellence 2018 - Chicago Defender

 Women of Excellence in Politics 2017 - Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

 Elected Official of the Year 2017 - Chamber 57

 Chalmers-Currin has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and received her Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications. She is a member of the Human Resource Development Institute (HRDI), where she served as Board Director. This organization provides mental health services, substance abuse treatment, alternative youth education, and prevention of domestic violence. 

 Trustee Veloid Cotton

Term: 2017 – 2021
Serving since 2011

Veloid Cotton is currently a 3-term Trustee of the Village of Matteson, first appointed in 2011, then re-elected in 2013 and 2017. During these years Trustee Cotton has worked on several Commission and Committees including: Community Relations, Public Works, and the Education Committee.

Among Trustee Cotton's proudest accomplishments are being a devoted husband of 46 years (Deborah Cotton), and father of two sons (Marcus and Veloid Jr.). As a resident of Matteson for over 25 years, his sons grew up in this wonderful village and now have successful careers of their own.

In his spare time, he continues his community service by serving as a Prison Chaplin for the State of Illinois for over 35 years and Deacon for 45 years. Trustee Cotton also enjoys golfing, reading, and traveling as a few of his hobbies.

Trustee Robbie Craig
Term: 2019 – 2023
Serving since 2019

Trustee Paula Farr
Term: 2019 – 2023
Serving since 2011

Trustee Juanita Hardin
Term: 2019 – 2021

Juanita Hardin was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2017. 

Trustee Hardin has enjoyed a successful career at BMO Harris Bank is currently North American Head Risk & Compliance, Treasury & Payment Solutions. She has held increasing leadership roles including but not limited to Managing Director Client Service, Director, Product Management, and Vice President, Implementation. Also, as Chair of BMO's Veterans Advisory Council, she works to promote the unique talents of veterans, strives to preserve their memory, and remain an active steward in the community, partnering with organizations such as USO, Red Cross, Volunteers of America, and the Veterans Working Group of Chicago.

Trustee Hardin has two sons, a Naval Academy Midshipman and a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville majoring in nursing anesthesiology.

Outside of work, Trustee Hardin enjoys volunteering, mentoring, outdoor activities, traveling, fitness, and spending time with family and friends.

Trustee Andrè Satchell
Term: 2019 – 2023

Andrè Satchell was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015.  

Trustee Satchell first moved to the Matteson community with his family in 1979 and is a graduate of Rich South High School. Satchell has been employed with AT&T for 17 years and Has a Paralegal Certificate and 14 years of experience as a Financial Analyst. He is also the owner of Satchell Properties, and his business engages in the buying, selling and managing of properties.

Trustee Satchell has been married to his wife Trina, for 14 years and they have three children, one son and two daughters (and two grandsons).

Outside of his career, family and responsibilities as an elected official, Trustee Satchell has a strong passion for serving veterans. Although he personally didn’t have the chance to serve in the military for medical reasons, he is a member of VFW Post 311, where he serves helping our returning veterans. He also enjoys Traveling, attending musicals, plays and concerts, and playing cards and chess – during his not so often free time.

Trustee Adam Shorter III
Term: 2017 - 2021

Adam Shorter III was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2017.  

With a background ranging from higher education to small business, Trustee Shorter is a successful businessman and community activist dedicated to minority outreach and community development. Trustee Shorter is currently the CEO and President of Shorewood Restaurant group and partner of Krimson 4 Restaurant group.  With over 20 years of experience in Finance and Business Management, he has worked at Loyola University Chicago for last 13 years where he currently serves as the Director of Academic Business Operations and Finance. He also serves as a public speaker, consultant and administrator. 

Trustee Shorter is continuously seeking ways to make positive changes wherever he is, primarily in Matteson, Illinois where he lives with his wife, Danielle and three children, Adam, Dylan and Olivia. Active in his community, he is a member of New Faith Baptist Church and coaches several youth sports. He also serves on numerous boards throughout the Southland.

In his personal time, Trustee Shorter enjoys spending time with family, golfing, growing Sickle Cell awareness and attending sporting events.

Clerk Yumeka Brown
Term: 2017 - 2021

Yumeka Brown was elected Village Clerk in April 2017.  

Clerk Brown and her husband, Corey Brown, are proud residents of Matteson since 2009. Together, they are raising their son Kahlil who is actively involved in the community and loves to play sports. 

Professionally, Clerk Brown is also the Program Officer for the Freedom to Read Foundation and the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association.  She loves her job because she is given the opportunity to protect and defend the first amendment of the Constitution by supporting the right for all individuals to have access to information.

Clerk Brown holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with over 20 years of non-profit experience, which is ignited by her desire and passion to “give back”. This has led her to work for organizations such as the American Bar Association, Alzheimer’s Association, Food Export Association, Professional Convention Management Association, and most recently the Freedom to Read Foundation.

Clerk Brown annually spearheads a Coat, Toy and Vote Drive and a Back to School/Stay in School rally geared towards motivating and encouraging the youth as they start the new school year.

As Village Clerk, she is the keeper of official Village Board records and processes requests filed under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and special events permits.