Board of Commissioners
The Winnetka Park District is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners. These individuals are slated to run for election by the Winnetka Caucus Council and are elected by the residents of the District. Commissioners serve staggered four-year terms without compensation. Elections to fill three or four of the seven positions are held every two years. Any resident of the Winnetka Park District who meets the requirements set forth by the Caucus Council is eligible to run for a seat on the Park Board. Visit the Winnetka Caucus website for additional information on the caucus system.
The Park Board’s major function is to establish policy through the majority vote at duly called and authorized Park Board meetings. Through its policy-making functions, the Board determines fiscal procedures, personnel matters, operational procedures, fees and charges, land dispositions, and facility development. The Board is also responsible for the appointment of the Executive Director as well as the Park District Attorney and Auditor.
The operating principles governing the Winnetka Park District Board Member actions and interactions at board meetings are characterized by listening, mutual respect toward the ideas of others, and civility.
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Ian and his wife Nora have resided in Winnetka for fifteen years. They have six children ages 17 to 7. Ian holds a BBA degree from the University of Notre Dame. Ian is a founding partner of Maranon Capital and has over 26 years of experience in leveraged lending, private equity and investment banking. Ian coaches various kids’ sports and is captain of the worst softball team in WPD history (the Washington Generals). Ian and his family are active participants in many of the park programs and extensive users of the Winnetka parks.
Mickey and his wife Judy have lived in Winnetka for 30 years. Their three grown daughters attended Winnetka Public Schools and New Trier and now live with their families in Arizona, New York and Chatham, IL. Mickey was raised in Massachusetts and holds a BS degree from the University of Bridgeport. He has a 30 year history as a commercial construction project manager and is President of ACRE Project Management, LLC. He served as a coach for his daughters’ soccer teams and a board member of the Winnetka Men’s Golf Club. He is a member of the US Golf Association and has been a volunteer at several major PGA events, including the US Open and the Ryder Cup. For several winters, he has participated, along with several other Men’s Club volunteers; in an off season project at the Winnetka Golf Course to remove buckthorn and other invasive growth.
Brad has been a resident of Winnetka for 20 years. He and his wife Dede, have one child at Skokie School and two who went through Winnetka Public Schools and New Trier. Brad holds a BA degree from Yale in Architecture and Organizational Behavior, an accounting certificate from Cornell, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. For the past 20 years, he has been an executive search consultant focused on recruiting Chief Marketing Officers. Over five years ago he rejoined the founder of his former firm starting the Chicago office of RSR Partners and is on the firm’s Executive Committee. Prior to that, he held marketing and brand manager roles with Ralston Purina in St. Louis and Coca-Cola in Houston; which was followed by two entrepreneurial, start-up businesses in Houston. He started his career as a “liberal arts program” auditor with Price Waterhouse in their New York office.
Brad served as Chair of the Winnetka Caucus Council in 2001 and Chair of the Village Committee in 2000. He was a Commissioner on the Winnetka Plan Commission (2002-2005), board member on the Winnetka Parks Foundation (2002-2008) and a board member of the Winnetka Paddle Tennis Club (2003-2007). He is the Past Chair of Winnetka Congregational Church’s Executive Committee. Brad has been involved in a number of youth programs in the Village including set building and acting in the Winnetka Children’s Theater; and coaching in the Kenilworth Winnetka Baseball Association, the Winnetka Park District softball program and the Winnetka Hockey Club’s House League.
Teresa and her husband Bob have resided in Winnetka for 9 years. They have three boys who all attend Winnetka Public Schools. Teresa received her BA degree from Colorado College with a double major in Biology and Economics. Teresa has an 18 year history in professional services, and currently works for Ernst & Young helping manage four of their global priority accounts. Prior to working at Ernst & Young, she was a Director at Balanced Scorecard Collaborative where she helped companies execute upon their strategic plans. Prior to that, she held a variety of leadership roles at Gartner Group. Teresa and her family are active participants in many of the park programs and extensive users of the Winnetka parks.
Gerri has been a resident of Winnetka for 21 Years. She and her husband have four children, one working professionally for the Levy Organization in San Diego, one in medical school, one attending Vanderbilt University for his master degree in Special Education and one working for Goldman Sachs in Chicago. Gerri holds a BS degree in Accounting from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and a MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Gerri has been an active trustee on the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, currently serving as the Past-Chairwoman. She also serves on the board of the Jewish Federation-Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago and is also a Trustee for New Trier Township. Among her numerous local activities, she has served as a Peer Jury Adult Advocate and chair of the Health and Human Service Committee of New Trier Township, past treasurer of the Winnetka Parks Foundation and various school related activities.
John and his wife Julie have resided on the North Shore since 1991, moving to Winnetka in 2012. They have a daughter at New Trier and a son at Skokie School. John earned a BS degree in Journalism and a BA degree in Economics from Northwestern University, as well as a Masters in Management from the Kellogg School of Management. John has worked with Aon plc for 27 years, with an emphasis on providing risk management expertise for management liability matters.
In addition to his role with the Winnetka Park District Board, John also supports Lawrence Hall Youth Services, the Springboard Foundation, and programs associated with Trinity United Methodist Church in Wilmette. John and his family are active participants in various park programs and extensive users of the Winnetka parks.
John and his wife Ellen have lived in Winnetka for 41 years. Their two married sons attended Winnetka Public Schools and New Trier. He attended the University of Michigan College of Engineering and School of Business Administration, earning a BS and MBA. In 1957 John started at Procter & Gamble in industrial engineering and went to marketing. In 1964 he joined ex-P&G marketers in Westport, CT as a consultant to packaged goods companies. He came to Chicago in 1974 to manage an AMEX company. His last decade of business was managing a national consultancy. Now retired, he continues to publish The Procter & Gamble Alumni Directory as a charity fund raiser.
John chaired the 1999 Caucus Parks Committee and the 2000 Winnetka Caucus Council. He served on the Winnetka Youth Organization board from 1986-2002, which he rejoined in 2011 as Chair. He has served on the Village Zoning Board of Appeals, the Executive Committee of the Northern Illinois Girl Scouts and was President of United Way-Winnetka/Northfield. John is currently on the Winnetka Planning Commission which he first joined in 2002. Currently he is on the Board of the Winnetka/Northfield Rotary, serving as the President.
He was first a Park Commissioner in 2005-2009, returned for a second term in 2011-2015 and is now starting a third term for 2015-2019.