A 20 year track record of working collaboratively within a variety of public and private organizations throughout St Charles. I take responsibility to research the issues, projects at hand and build consensus among stakeholders on best approaches. Pride of the Fox RiverFest Steering Committee-2 yrs,volunteer 6 yrs;STC Arts Council volunteer/all 5 pop-up galleries incl. created Charlie’s @ Charlestowne Mall 2012 Student Filmfest;Downtown STC Partnership Fine Arts Show 6 yrs, Holiday Lights parade 2 yrs, River Corridor Fdtn events volunteer; Co-founder of two neighborhood advocacy groups-2008 Near West, 2010 CCSS,Inc; 3rd Ward Aldermanic Candidate 2010; 2009 cofounder/Coordinator, Near West Neighborhood Watch; 2012 grad Citizen Police Academy;working currently w/ Kane Co. Office of Community Reinvestment as co-applicant/consultant for landmarking one of the last 2 remaining farms orig. owned by Col. Baker, Seven Oaks Farm on Red Gate Rd. My research ignited my interest in St Charles’ rich history of open space development, and the close working relationships between city and county. STC East HS P-ARTS Variety Show Chair 6 yrs; PostProm Decor. Chair 2yrs; Richmond Elem. PTA VPres & teacher aide; IL Arts Alliance Conference teacher; National Art Ed. Assn Convention Coord.-2 yrs; Illinois Youth Art Month Chair; freelance consulting, writing, design for commercial, non-profits, Fox Valley, Chicago,IL
As a 19-year resident of St. Charles with a family that heavily utilizes most or all of our wonderful facilities, I will bring to the park district board the perspective of a consumer of park district services combined with the clear focus of being a newcomer to the political scene.
These experiences and qualities will enable me to serve the citizens of the St. Charles park district without agenda.
Additionally, my background in managing human-capital, complex systems and financial resources in corporate settings over a two-decade period – along with extensive global travel experience – provides me with unique insights into how other cultures engage stakeholders at both a corporate level and at a community level.
I know how to motivate people to do more than they think themselves capable of doing. My profession as a technology advisor to many of the world’s leading corporations has taught me how to define and deliver on strategic planning. With these core skills, I feel confident that I will be able to tap the collective passion that we have as residents of the #1 Best Town for Families to maintain that status through the continued delivery of world-class park district services.
I am currently serving as a Park District Commissioner. I have been in the field of education for 28 years, the past 23 years living in St. Charles and working in District 303. The work I do as an educator requires collaboration with others to achieve goals and that skill transfers to being a good Board member. I have embraced the spirit of helping our students and can continue that passion through the Park District. Living and working in the community, taking advantage of Park District programs, and appreciating open space as an active adult are all experiences that I bring to the Board.
My experiences that make me a good candidate are twofold: As a Park District Board Member for the past eight years, four of which was spent as Vice-President and as current sitting President of the Board, I have assisted in guiding the District through a tremendous period of growth and quality responsiveness to the needs of the residents. The district has maintained a very high community/constituent approval rating (in excess of 90%), while continually increasing its services, facilities, and open space. A finalist once again in 2007, 2008 and 2012 for the National Park and Recreation Association Gold Medal and playing a large role in the award St. Charles received in 2011 by Family Circle Magazine as the best place to raise a family, the district continues to be successful without foregoing the district’s budget responsibilities. Secondly, my professional experience as a local transactional attorney and partner in a larger Kane County law firm has allowed me to give insight and share knowledge on many fronts, including land acquisition and development, operation of a service business, budgeting and management of personnel. In addition, I am actively involved in the community in many forms, including volunteer positions with local non-profit soccer groups as well as a member of the St. Charles Housing Commission. The first-hand experience as an incumbent on the Board as well my career experience makes me a good candidate for the St. Charles Park District Board.
My career in Mktg/Sales has enabled me to provide input into the PK District Social Media strategy. My experience as a Treasurer in other organizations plus the Financial training I have received in my career have enabled me to make positive contributions to the long-term financial health of the PK District & in my current role as Treasurer. Additionally my Family have been involved in PK District programs since pre-school. We continue to be very active customers of the PK District. This participation of PK District programs & facilities enables me to provide input to the excellent Team we have. I am very active in the Community which has enabled me to provide an active inter-face between user groups such as TRI-CITY Football,Girls Softball & Boys Baseball. Also as a BD Member of STC Storm & my past involvement at STCE, involvement with the City of STC I believe I have a unique perspective of our long-term recreation & green space needs & how we can best work cooperatively with the City & D303. My history has always been to get involved in the community. Then understand the problem or need and come up with a creative solution by bringing people together & have fun along the way!