Phillip Yontez (Wayne Thomas) is a Highland Park/Highwood parent-volunteer whose two young daughters are enthusiastic members of the Wayne Thomas club. Phillip played on his high school chess team sometime in the last century and also represented Northwestern University one year at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Tournament. He is a software development project manager. Phillip made his chess coaching debut with the Highland Park program last year but has tutored students in math and other subjects for many years. He is a member of the Youth Committee of the Illinois Chess Association.