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Office sought: Lisle parks
Family: Married, three children
Education: JD, IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law (1986)
BA, Loras College (1983)
Civic involvement: Lisle Park District Commissioner
Lisle Convention and Visitors Bureau Board Member
Elected offices held: Lisle Park District Commissioner (1995-present)
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Continue to provide excellent staff, facilities and programs for our community while at the same time continuing to maintain our balanced budget every year since I came onto the board in 2005.
Key Issue 2
Complete the renovations to our newly purchased community center at 1925 Ohio Street, and create more indoor programs for our community.
Key Issue 3
Continue to increase the park district's revenues at its income producing facilities and through sponsorships, advertisements and other marketing opportunities.
What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?
From 2005 to present, the Lisle Park District has been extremely successful in increasing participation and revenues at its facilities. For example, Commmunity Park Fitness membership has increased by 37% since 2006, and Community Park Fitness net revenue from 2008 to present has increased 190%. Additionally, Sea Lion Aquatic Park net revenue from 2008 to present has increased 109%. Lisle Park District's program participation is 20% above the national average. As a result of the hard work of our dedicated staff, Lisle Park District is continuing to make excellent fitness and fun programs available for all ages. A few of our newer programs include an Adult Bags League (held at the View), the Caboose Club (a cooperative reading program with Lisle Library), a Classic Soccer League (competitive youth soccer league), No Name Teen Camp (summer camp for teens), Chicago History Author Series (a free program offered at Lisle Station Park where local authors talk about recent publications with question/answer session), Cookies with Mrs. Claus, Softball Leagues (adult leadues), Senior Trips including ""Mystery Trips"" (where the destination is not announced until everyone boards the bus!), and dance programs, just to name a few.
Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.
For the size of our community, Lisle has numerous parks and excellent facilities. I would eventually like to see the Lisle Park District acquire property for a park site in the Meadows Subdivision. The Meadows Center is currently owned by Lisle School District 202 and rented by the Lisle Park District. This would be an excellent site for a neighborhood park.
Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them? Or, should they wait until the economy improves?
We have excellent programs in place at Lisle Park District. We are always striving to develop new programs and to generate additional outside revenues (including through sponsorships, advertisements, and our income producing properties) to support these programs.
Would you support sharing/pooling resources (i.e. printing, vehicles) with other local governments (school districts, village, etc.)? If so, what areas would you consider combining or merging to save money or improve efficiency?
Lisle Park District already engages in many cooperative efforts with other governmental agencies and local groups including but not limited to the surrounding park districts of Bolingbrook, Downers Grove and Woodridge, SEASPAR, the Village of Lisle, Lisle area school districts 202 and 203, Lisle Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lisle Baseball Softball, Inc., Benedictine University, Partners for Parks, Lisle Heritage Society, Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club of Lisle, Eyes to the Skies, Character Alliance, Four Lakes of Lisle, Lisle Library, and numerous other local sponsors.
If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the park board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.
I have served on the Lisle Park District board since 2005. Here are some of our accomplishments:
-Maintained a balanced budget every year since 2005.
-Completed the Park District's first Comprehensive Master Plan in 2006.
-Remodeled Community Park Fitness, board room and lobby of the Community Center.
Increased Community Park Fitness membership by 37% since 2006.
-Park District Risk Management Agency Accreditation.
-Community Park Fitness net revenue from 2008 to present has increased 190%.
-Sea Lion Acquatic Park net revenue from 2008 to present has increased 109%.
-Numerous staff and park district awards and recognitions including GFOA Excellence in Financial Accounting Award 2005 to present, Park District Risk Management Agency, and IFRA Agency Showcase Awards.
-Excellent training of our staff including our lifeguards (which resulted in two lifesaving rescues in 2008 and 2010).
-Developed excellent cooperative working relationships with other local government agencies, groups and sponsors.
-Initiated numerous environmental initiatives including shoe collection, crayon collection, cans and bottles collection, abitibi paper retriever, water bottles, and our seasonal brochure is printed with eco friendly, soy based ink.
-Numerous new park district programs were initiated.
-Numerous park improvements including new playgrounds, tennis court rennovations, new exercise equipment, garden plot expansions, pathway rennovations, new electronic sign installed at the View Restaurant/River Bend Golf Club. Park renovations and improvements were made to Valley Forge Park, New Albany Park, Surrey Ridge Park, Beau Bien Park, Oak Hill Park, Oak Hill South Park, Candlewood Park, Barkridge Park, River Road Park, College Road Park, Timber Park and Community Park. We also recently built a beautiful new park at Woodglen Park.
-Various cooperative efforts with Partners for Parks.
Purchased a new community center building adjacent to Community Park at 1925 Ohio Street which will house administrative offices, preschool, active adults fitness and other indoor programming space.
-Various renovations and improvements at River Bend Golf Course and the restaurant facility there.