The Park Board is composed of five non-paid individuals, selected by you, to serve elected terms. The Board is primarily a policy-making body that reflects the needs and interests of all taxpayers. The Board of Commissioners meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Freedom Activity Center, 6252 W. Birmingham. The public is welcome to attend.
Rob is the President of the Board of Commissioners and is currently serving the first year of his fourth elected term. Rob has been instrumental in the abundant growth of the Park District and his dedication and pride reflect his accomplishments while serving on the Board. He has been a key part of the Freedom, Lombard, and Menard Park playgrounds as well as the Freedom Activity Center Mural. He also helped with the building of Ball Fore and Lily Pad Splash Pad. Rob takes extreme pride in making this Park District the best it can be and continues to look for ways to improve. As a lifelong resident of Chicago Ridge, Rob grew up and utilized the same parks that he still uses today. Rob is married to Kathy and they have three sons, Mike, Robby, and Donny. Rob is a member in good standing of IBEW Local 134 and the Our Lady of the Ridge Parish Men’s Club.
Mary is Vice President of the Board of Commissioners and is serving her fourth elected term. Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from the University of St. Francis and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Governor’s State University. Mary has achieved her Certified Parks and Recreation Executive Certification from the National Parks and Recreation Association. She is active in South Suburban Parks and Recreation Professional Association as past President and is currently serving on several committees. She is also active in Illinois Parks and Recreation Association serving on the Professional Services Committee and serves on the Distinguished Agency Accreditation review committee for the Illinois Association of Park Districts. She has worked for the Oak Lawn Park District for 18 years and is presently the Safety Coordinator and Aquatics Director. Mary and her family have lived in Chicago Ridge for 31 years. Mary is committed to maintaining the quality of the parks and facilities for all of the current and future residents of Chicago Ridge.
Jamie and her husband, Rich, have lived in Chicago Ridge for over fifteen years. They brought their four children back to Rich’s hometown of Chicago Ridge to raise them in a strong, family-based community. Jamie has a Master’s degree in Education and another in reading. She has taught in a local school district for sixteen years. Jamie is a former school board member who believes the needs of children come first. She feels parks provide an atmosphere for children and families to play and grow together. The parks are the center for learning teamwork, developing an imagination, and an overall love for the outdoors.
Dave and his wife Judy have been lifelong residents of Chicago Ridge. Dave is on his third term and is the chairman of special projects. Dave holds a degree in criminal law and business. He feels the parks help keep the community together. Good parks are a must and Chicago Ridge has some of the best around.