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.

Winnetka Park District
Board of Commissioners
Fiscal Year 2017


Ian Larkin
President

ilarkin@nullwinpark.org
member since 2011
(term expires 2019)
Bio

Mickey Archambault
Arthur “Mickey”Archambault
Vice President

marchambault@nullwinpark.org
member since 2015
(term expires 2019)
Bio

Teresa Claybrook
Teresa Claybrook
Commissioner

tclaybrook@nullwinpark.org
member since 2013
(term expires 2021)
Bio


Warren James
Commissioner

wjames@nullwinpark.org
member since 2017
(term expires 2021)
Bio

Eric Lussen
Commissioner

elussen@nullwinpark.org
member since 2017
(term expires 2021)
Bio


John Peterson
Commissioner

jpeterson@nullwinpark.org
member since 2015
(term expires 2019)
Bio

John Thomas
John Thomas
Commissioner

jthomas@nullwinpark.org
member 2005-2009, 2011-present
(term expires 2019)
Bio

Ian Larkin

Ian and his wife Nora have resided in Winnetka for sixteen years. They have six children ages 18 to 8. Ian holds a BBA degree from the University of Notre Dame. Ian is a founding partner of Maranon Capital and has over 27 years of experience in leveraged lending, private equity and investment banking. Ian and his family are active participants in many of Winnetka Park District programs and extensive users of the Winnetka parks and beaches.

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Mickey Archambault

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.

Mickey serves on the Audit and Stormwater Committees.

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Teresa Claybrook

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.

Teresa serves as the Park District liaison for School District 36 & New Trier Township High School.

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Warren James

Warren grew up in Winnetka and his wife Amy have lived in Winnetka for the past 20 years.  They have three children, including two daughters and one son, New Trier classes of 2016, 2017 and 2021 respectively.   Warren earned a BS from the University of Illinois School of Engineering and has been in the real estate development and construction industry for 30 years, developing residential and mixed use developments.  He is a principal of REVA Development Partners, LLC, presently focused on developing and constructing large scale multi-family properties in suburban Chicago.  Prior to serving as Park District Commissioner Warren served as co-chairman of the Lakefront Master Plan. He is actively involved the Boy Scouts, presently as assistant scoutmaster for Troop 20 and prior to that as assistant Cubmaster of Pack 18 and he coached AYSO soccer for eight years.   Among many interests, Warren is a commercial pilot, and avid water skier/boater and golfer.

Warren serves on the Stormwater Committee.

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Eric Lussen

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Eric serves on the Audit Committee.

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John Peterson

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 serves on the Stormwater Committee and as the Park District liaison for the Winnetka Parks Foundation.

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John Thomas

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 1958 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 1986-2007, 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 and was recently elected a Trustee of the New Trier Township. Currently he is on the Board of the Winnetka/Northfield Rotary, serving as the President in 2016-17. For his public services, he was named Winnetka/Northfield 2016/2017 Man of the Year.

He was first a Park Commissioner in 2005-2009, returned for a second term in 2011-2015 and is in his third term for 2015-2019.

John serves on the Audit (Chair) and Project Oversight Committees. He is also the Park District liaison for the Caucus Council and Winnetka Plan Commission.

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