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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Christina Codo
Commissioner
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Warren James
Commissioner
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Colleen Mitchell Knupp
Commissioner
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Eric Lussen
Commissioner
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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 Muno, Executive Director
Stormwater: Board Liaisons: Mickey Archambault & Warren James
Winnetka Caucus Council – Board Liaison: Teresa Claybrook
Winnetka Public Schools District 36 – Board Liaison: John Peterson
Winnetka Parks Foundation – Board Liaison: John Peterson

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: 2023

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 as a Park District liaison to Village Stormwater.

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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 the Winnetka Caucus Council.

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Christina Codo

Email: ccodo@nullwinpark.org
Became a Commissioner: 2019
Term Expires: 2023

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. Her family has enjoyed  the full range of Winnetka Park District activities- from T-Ball to tennis  and paddle to working as camp counselors (Beatrice-golf) and beach attendant and lifeguard (Daniel). Currently a substitute teacher in the Winnetka Public Schools, Ms. Codo has volunteered for every school her children have attended from Ronald Knox Montessori School to New Trier Township High School, served six years on the New Trier Township Youth Committee and helped organize her Block Party for 11 years. She brings 14 years of experience in the securities business- underwriting, trading, selling and restructuring international and domestic debt. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

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

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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 as a Park District liaison to Village Stormwater.

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Colleen Mitchell Knupp

Email: cknupp@nullwinpark.org
Became a Commissioner: 2019
Term Expires: 2023

Colleen and her husband, Jeff, moved to Winnetka in 2011 after residing in Chicago for 21 years. They have two children, both who attend Winnetka Public Schools.  Colleen grew up in the northern suburbs of New York City and earned a BA from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, IN.  Prior to retiring in 2011, Colleen was with R.J. O’Brien & Associates, a futures brokerage firm in Chicago, for 15 years. Colleen served as President for 9 years and was a member of its corporate board. Colleen and her family participate in many of the Park District programs and events and are avid users of the Park District assets. Some of their favorite Park District offerings are Golf Camp, A.C Nielsen Tennis Center, Winnetka Water Explorers Camp, Fourth of July Celebration, Bike Winnetka, Mother Son Date Night and Daddy Daughter Date Night.

Colleen strongly believes it is important to be active and involved in the community and more importantly to contribute back through volunteer opportunities.

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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.

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John Peterson

Email: jpeterson@nullwinpark.org
Became a Commissioner: 2015
Term Expires: 2023

John and his wife, Julie, have resided on the North Shore since 1991, moving to Winnetka in 2012. They have a daughter at Loras College and a son at New Trier High 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 recently retired from Aon plc after more than 30 years with the firm, where he focused on providing risk management expertise for management liability, cyber, intellectual property, and related liability matters.

In addition to his role with the Winnetka Park District Board, John also supports programs associated with Kenilworth Union Church in Kenilworth. John and his family are active participants in various park programs and extensive users of the Winnetka parks.

John serves as the Park District liaison for the Winnetka Parks Foundation and Winnetka Public Schools District 36.

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