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 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 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, Park District Attorney, and Auditor.

The operating principles governing each Board Member’s actions and interactions at board meetings are characterized by listening, mutual respect toward the ideas of others, and civility.

Mickey Archambault
President
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John Peterson
Vice President
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Teresa Claybrook
Commissioner
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Warren James
Commissioner
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Ian Larkin
Commissioner
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Eric Lussen
Commissioner
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John Thomas
Commissioner
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Board Committees & Liasons

The Board of Commissioners utilize a Committee of the Whole format with the exception of a few committees which include Audit, Stormwater, and other ad hoc committees as appointed by the Board President. The committee of the whole and committees meet as needed to review and evaluate staff recommendations and supporting documentation. After this meeting, the item is brought to the full park Board for final review and/or approval.

Audit Committee
John Thomas, Chair; Mickey Archambault, Member; Eric Lussen, Member

This committee considers recommendations on all issues relating to the Audit and approval of the Audit once completed. Committee involvement includes, but is not limited to: review of all policy-related staff recommendations, review annual audit, and review of miscellaneous audit issues impacting the overall District.

Stormwater Committee
Mickey Archambault, Member; Warren James, Member; John Peterson, Alternate

This committee considers recommendations on all issues relating to land-use for stormwater management. Committee involvement includes, but is not limited to: participate in meetings with the Village to discuss potential land use, provide direction related to any other proposed planning processes, and participate in developing methods to solicit resident input into planning processes.

Board Liasons

The Board of Commissioners can serve as one of several community liaisons to represent the Park District in the community. These liaisons include:

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association – Staff Liaison: John Muno, Executive Director
Winnetka Caucus Council – Board Liaison: John Thomas
School District 36 – Board Liaison: Teresa Claybrook
New Trier High School – Board Liaison: John Peterson
Winnetka Parks Foundation – Board Liaison: John Peterson
Winnetka Youth Organization (WYO) – Board Liaison: John Thomas

The responsibility of the liaison is to submit reports to the Board detailing community activity that is taking place within the village and other organizations. The purpose of serving as a liaison is to link the park district to other important functions of the village or organizations that support the park district, or that the park district has interest in. Responsibilities could include: attending meetings, reviewing meeting minutes, canvassing website information, and actively reaching out as needed. A liaison is not authorized to take any action unless directed by the Board.

Board FAQs

How can the public learn what is happening at the Park District?
The Park Board welcomes participation from residents. Residents who would like to learn more about the Park District are encouraged to read the Board meeting materials and are invited to attend meetings. To view the current meeting materials, click here. An archive of meeting agendas, board packets and approved minutes is also available on this website by clicking on Meetings, Agendas & Minutes.

The Winnetka Park District website is a great source for information on the District’s current initiatives, finances, facilities, programs, and events. Another source of information is the season program brochure which is mailed to all residents four times per year in January, April, July, and November.

In addition to the seasonal brochure, the Park District publishes a monthly email newsletter with information on upcoming park district events and programs. Click here if you would like subscribe to this monthly newsletter.

Residents can also follow the Winnetka Park District through social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

How can the public express opinions or share facts with the Board of Commissioners and staff?
At regular park Board meetings, there is an agenda item called “Remarks from Visitors.” Remarks may also be solicited at special meetings. Public hearings are specifically designed to seek feedback from the community. If you have a question or concern and would like to address the Board at any of these meetings, please comply with the basic guidelines below.

  • The Board President will chair the meeting.
  • Any resident or visitor wishing to address the Board, an individual Board member or a guest presenter, must direct their questions and comments to the President at the appropriate time or at the President’s invitation.
  • The Board will hear a resident’s comments only after the President has recognized the resident to speak.
  • Speakers will be allowed three minutes and may not yield their time to other speakers.
  • Persons wishing to speak for a second time may do so with the consent of the President, only after all others have had an opportunity to address the Board.
  • Please refrain from comment or question at a Public Hearing until the presentation has been completed.
  • At the discretion of the Chair, you may be asked to submit your question in writing on a 3 x 5 card and you will receive a written response within one week of the hearing.

The President will strive to allow all residents equal opportunity to address the Board. In general, the Board will not comment or respond to issues requiring Board consideration until the issue has been reviewed by the Board/staff.

The Board often has a full business agenda and must complete the work of the Park District at scheduled meetings. Please do not repeat comments or questions that have already been made by others and please do not interrupt Commissioners or other speakers.

Commissioner Bios

Mickey Archambault

Email: marchambault@nullwinpark.org
Became a Commissioner: 2015
Term Expires: 2019

Mickey and his wife, Judy, have lived in Winnetka for 32 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 as 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 and several other Men’s Club volunteers have participated in an off-season project at the Winnetka Golf Club to remove buckthorn and other invasive growth.

Mickey serves on the Audit and Stormwater Committees.

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Teresa Claybrook

Email: tclaybrook@nullwinpark.org
Became a Commissioner: 2013
Term Expires: 2021

Teresa and her husband Bob have resided in Winnetka for nine 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 managing 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.

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Warren James

Email: wjames@nullwinpark.org
Became a Commissioner: 2017
Term Expires: 2021

Warren grew up in Winnetka and he 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 a Commissioner, Warren served as co-chairman of the Lakefront Master Plan. He is actively involved in the Boy Scouts as assistant scoutmaster for Troop 20. Prior to that he was the assistant Cubmaster of Pack 18 and  an AYSO soccer coach for eight years. Among many interests, Warren is a commercial pilot, avid water skier/boater, and golfer.

Warren serves on the Stormwater Committee.

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Ian Larkin

Email: ilarkin@nullwinpark.org
Became a Commissioner: 2011
Term Expires: 2019

Ian and his wife, Nora, have resided in Winnetka for 20 years. They have six children ages nine to 19. Ian holds a BBA degree from the University of Notre Dame. He is a founding partner of Maranon Capital and has over 28 years of experience in leveraged lending, private equity, and investment banking. Ian and his family are active participants in many of the Winnetka Park District’s programs and extensive users of the Winnetka parks and beaches.

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Eric Lussen

Email: elussen@nullwinpark.org
Became a Commissioner: 2017
Term Expires: 2021

Eric and his wife, Meredith, have lived in Winnetka since 2014. They have four children ages one to seven.  Eric earned a BS degree from Boston College, an MS degree from Boston University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Eric is a vice president at Fidelity Investments with 18 years of experience in corporate retirement plan investments and services. Over the past year, the Lussen family’s favorite Winnetka Park District programs include the Family Camp Out, Fourth of July Parade, and the Winnetka Winter Express.

Eric serves on the Audit Committee.

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John Peterson

Email: jpeterson@nullwinpark.org
Became a Commissioner: 2015
Term Expires: 2019

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 from Northwestern University, a BA degree in Economics from Northwestern University, and 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 (as an alternate) and as the liaison for the Winnetka Parks Foundation and New Trier High School.

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John Thomas

Email: jthomas@nullwinpark.org
Became a Commissioner: 2005
Term Expires: 2019

John and his wife, Ellen, have lived in Winnetka for 44 years. Their two sons went to Winnetka District 36 Schools and New Trier. He attended The University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and School of Business Administration, earning a BS and MBA. In 1958, John started at Procter & Gamble in industrial engineering before shifting into a marketing role. In 1964, he joined P&G marketers in Westport, CT as a consultant for packaged goods companies. He came to Chicago in 1974 to manage an AMEX company. His last decade of work was spent managing a national consultancy.

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 ZBA and the Planning Commission which he joined in 2002. He was on the Executive Committee of the Northern Illinois Girl Scouts and was President of United Way-Winnetka/Northfield. John was recently elected a Trustee of the New Trier Township and 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 Committee as Chair and is the Park District liaison for the Caucus Council and the Winnetka Youth Organization.

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