Bill Baker met Elizabeth Miles of Geneva when she was doing an internship in Mystic, Connecticut, and he was in the Navy going to school in Groton. They were married in Geneva in July 1986. Bill left the Navy after 11 years of active duty on submarines and instructor duty. He joined the Army National Guard, to finish out his 20 years of military service in 2005. While living in South Carolina, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Michigan, they made numerous trips “home” to Geneva. Bill, Beth, and their two children, Annelise and Samuel, moved to Geneva in 2002 after a downturn in the economy in Michigan. They moved in with Beth’s parents while looking for a place of their own. While searching for their own place, it became evident that they were needed in Geneva to help care for Beth’s parents.
Bill and Beth gave up their search and made their present living situation permanent. While Bill worked as a network engineer for the Coast Guard in Cleveland and NASA in Brookpark, and later as a Project Manager for CDW working from home, Beth took care of her ailing parents until their deaths in 2017 and 2020. Both Annelise and Sam are graduates of Geneva High School, like their mother Beth.
Bill and Beth are both active in the community. Beth has been a PTO president, Den leader for Cub Scouts, committee member of the local Boy Scout Troop. She currently heads up the Board of Christian Education teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School at the United Church of Geneva. Bill sings in the choir at church, is a lay reader, trustee, and helps with the church finance committee. Bill has also been on the board of trustees for Koinonia Camp and Conference Center, a Christian-based camp in Madison. Additionally, Bill has been the Scoutmaster of Troop 750B in Geneva for the past three years and has been active in Scouting for 8 years. Bill has achieved the highest level of adult leadership training scouting has to offer. Bill has been active in the city since he first attended a council meeting in 2010 to find out what was going to be done about the closing of the recycling center just north of the Austin Road bridge. He was instrumental in helping the city coming up with a plan that would allow residents to still get rid of their yard waste in an environmentally safe fashion while saving the city money in the process.
Bill has been working from home for the past ten years taking care of customers as a Senior Project Manager for CDW. CDW is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.
Bill is always approachable and being a Project Manager means that he has experience managing large budgets and driving projects to a successful conclusion. He will be a driving force as a member of the City Council as Geneva embraces the future.