Sales Executive for a healthcare IT startup
Bachelor’s Degree, University of Michigan
I’ve been with my Husband, David Staskowski, for 22 years. We have 2 dogs.
I volunteered for a City of Homes committee that got the Central Berwyn Bungalow Historic District listed as a national historic district. I also volunteered for Berwyn Development Corporation’s “Why Berwyn?” re-branding and marketing committee. I also formerly served as secretary of City of Homes board.
Previous elected offices held
Why have you decided to run for this office?
I’m most passionate about Berwyn’s many parks and preservation of these public resources. Berwyn Parks are a great asset to our community and it’s important for citizens to be actively involved so that parks continue to meet the needs of all residents, as well as attracting new residents to our city.
After the 2016 election, I decided to grab a clipboard and run for office. I also wanted my first run for elected office to be for a non-partisan, unpaid role, because I just want to contribute to Berwyn without ties to a political organization.
Certainly, as a dog owner, I’d love the board to explore making areas of our parks accessible to leashed dogs.
What experience and strengths would you bring to this office if elected?
I have experience working on other volunteer boards and advisory teams with limited budgets. Our park district board is similar, in that we serve in an advisory and strategic role to the Executive Director who manages the day-to-day park functions. As a resident of Berwyn for only four years, I hope to bring a fresh outsider perspective to our park district.
What project most needs to be completed in the Park District? How would you work to ensure the project is completed and done well?
The current park district commissioners are overseeing the redevelopment of a water feature in Proksa Park, and the new commissioners will need to ensure that the project is completed according to the terms agreed to with the contractor. Balancing ongoing maintenance needs with our budget limitations will require prioritization based on the recreational needs and safety of residents.
How do you balance meeting park needs while being sensitive to taxpayers?
I think every decision needs to take into account the taxpayer. We must always ask ourselves if we are providing the best services for the best value and look for any areas to cut cost prior to asking taxpayers for more dollars.
The current political climate across the United States seems more divided than ever. What will you do to foster cooperation and compromise on the board?
In Berwyn, people respect differing opinions and agree on seeking honesty and transparency. The current Executive Director has a track record of promoting openness within the Park District, and I’d like that to continue. I value and listen to other people’s opinions and the board should always be willing to compromise. The taxpayer needs should always drive board decisions.