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.

Warren James

President

Email: wjames@nullwinpark.org
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Christina Codo

Vice President

Email: ccodo@nullwinpark.org
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Mickey Archambault

Commissioner

Email: marchambault@nullwinpark.org
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Eric Lussen

Commissioner

Email: elussen@nullwinpark.org
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Cynthia Rapp

Commissioner

Email: cyrapp@nullwinpark.org
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Colleen Root

Commissioner

Email: croot@nullwinpark.org
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David Seaman

Commissioner

Email: dseaman@nullwinpark.org
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Board Liaisons

The Board of Commissioners utilize a Committee of the Whole format. 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.

Board Liaisons

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

New Trier Township High School – Board Liaison: Christina Codo
Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association – Staff Liaison: John Peterson, Executive Director
Stormwater: Board Liaisons: Mickey Archambault & Colleen Root
Village of Winnetka:  Warren James
Winnetka Caucus Council Parks Committee – Board Liaison: David Seaman
Winnetka Public Schools District #36:  Cynthia Rapp
Winnetka Parks Foundation – Board Liaison: Eric Lussen

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

Mickey and his wife Judy have lived in Winnetka for 32 years. Their three grown daughters attended Winnetka District 36 schools and New Trier High School and now live with their families in Arizona, New York, and Chatham, IL. Mickey was raised in Massachusetts, graduating from the University of Bridgeport with a BS degree. Before his retirement in 2019, Mickey spent more than 30 years as a commercial construction project manager. 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.

Mickey serves as a Park District Liaison to Village Stormwater.

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Christina Codo

Email: ccodo@nullwinpark.org

Christina Codo and her husband Pat Maloney are 24-year residents of Winnetka. They have two children in college who attended Winnetka District 36 schools and New Trier High School. She brings 14 years of experience in the securities business, including underwriting, trading, selling, and restructuring international and domestic debt. She graduated with a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Her children grew up enjoying the full range of Winnetka Park District activities, from t-ball to tennis to working as camp counselors, beach attendants, and lifeguards. Christina is a member of The School of Saints Faith, Hope & Charity Women’s Guild and The Winnetka Weeders (a hands-on gardening group).

Christina serves as the Park District Liaison for New Trier Township High School.

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Warren James

Email: wjames@nullwinpark.org

Warren grew up in Winnetka, attending New Trier High School. He and his wife Amy moved back to Winnetka in 1997 to raise their three children, New Trier classes of 2016, 2017, and 2021. Warren earned a BS from the University of Illinois School of Engineering and has been in the real estate development and construction industry for more than 33 years. Before becoming a commissioner, he served as co-chair of the Winnetka Waterfront 2030 Advisory Committee. He has been active with local Scout Troops Winnetka Pack 18 and Winnetka Troop 20 for more than 12 years, and is the founding director of Friends of Future Builder Scouts, an organization that supports Future Builder Scouts in Ghana. Warren coached AYSO soccer for eight years, is a commercial pilot, a water and snow skier, boater, and golfer.

Warren serves as a Park District Liaison to the Village of Winnetka.

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Eric Lussen

Email: elussen@nullwinpark.org

Eric and his wife Meredith have lived in Winnetka since 2014. They have four children who attend The School of Saints Faith, Hope & Charity. He earned a BS from Boston College, an MS from Boston University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a senior vice president at Fidelity Investments, representing the company’s investment solutions to asset allocators, corporations, endowments, and foundations throughout the Midwest. In addition to his role on the Winnetka Park District board, Eric is a Winnetka Hockey Club board member, a Saints Faith, Hope & Charity school board member, and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Eric serves as a Park District Liaison to the Winnetka Parks Foundation.

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Cynthia Rapp

Email: crapp@nullwinpark.org

Cynthia and her husband have lived in Winnetka since 2015. They have four children who attend Winnetka District 36 schools. Cynthia has a BA and MS from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Columbia University. Her professional background is in product management and marketing finance analysis. She spent several years working for a leading office equipment manufacturer, focusing on developing product requirements and regional marketing plans to meet customer needs and achieve revenue targets. Cynthia and her family are actively involved in Winnetka Park District programs and frequent fliers at many playgrounds throughout the village. In addition to her role on the Winnetka Park District board, she has been an active contributor to the Winnetka Public Schools Foundation, Winnetka Public School Nursery, Scouts BSA Troop 20, Pack 18 Cub Scouts, and the Winnetka School District PTO.

Cynthia serves as a Park District liaison to Winnetka Public Schools District #36.

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Colleen Root

Email: croot@nullwinpark.org

Colleen and her husband moved to Winnetka in 2019 to be close to their granddaughter Elsie who attends Winnetka District 36 schools. Colleen earned a JD from the University of Tulsa and spent more than 20 years as a corporate counsel, focusing on administrative, local government, natural resources, and environmental law. In addition to her granddaughter being a park district program enthusiast, Colleen was inspired to serve as a commissioner to continue Winnetka’s tradition of preserving and improving its many beautiful parks and beaches.

Colleen serves as a Park District liaison to Village Stormwater.

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David Seaman

Email: dseaman@nullwinpark.org

David Seaman and his wife Cathy Murdoch first moved to Winnetka in 2002. They have two children in college who attended Winnetka District 36 schools. David grew up in Ohio and earned a BS in Finance and Economics from Miami University. Before his retirement in 2018, David spent nearly 30 years in the financial industry focusing on institutional fixed income credit markets. In addition to his role on the Winnetka Park District board, David has been involved with Madonna Mission, Big Shoulders Fund, Our Lady of Grace School Board, and the Winnetka Caucus Council.

David serves as a Park District liaison to the Winnetka Caucus Council Parks Committee.

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