Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Holy Trinity High School, located in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago
M.B.A. Loyola University of Chicago
B.S. Finance Illinois State University
Wife Becky, married 28 years
Children: Patrick age 23, Kevin age 20, Tommy age 18, and Allison age 12
Elmhurst AYSO Board of Directors for 6 years, including 3 years as commissioner
Elmhurst History Museum, Committee for Old Time Base Ball Game
Co-Founder Legendaries Travel Basketball Team – 6 years middle school boys competitive program
15 year involvement with Elmhurst youth soccer programs – travel and AYSO as coach, referee, parent rep and league leadership roles
8 year involvement as Elmhurst youth baseball coach – grade school through middle school
8 year involvement as Elmhurst youth basketball coach
Volunteer basketball coach at Immaculate Conception Grade School
Cub Scout Den Leader
Parishioner and Usher at Immaculate Conception
Previous elected offices held
Why have you decided to run for this office?
I am running for Park Board Commissioner because I want to give back to the community and feel strongly my experiences will add value to the Park Board and their mission.
What experience and strengths would you bring to this office if elected?
My experience as a parent raising four children who have been constantly involved in park district activities gives me a broad perspective on the valuable relationship the park district needs to maintain with the community. The results of the recent community survey will lead the Board toward new opportunities about how to best serve residents of Elmhurst. My finance background will be critical to the understanding of the economic feasibility of new programs and services as well as ensuring that new opportunities are introduced in a fiscally responsible way.
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 recently released community survey indicates residents have a strong interest in a dog park and a sports facility. As a result, I believe those projects should be explored. With any project the role of the Board is active oversight. Park District staff and contractors will have a specific Board-approved work plan with clearly articulated roles and responsibilities as well as timelines for completion. As a Board member, I will ensure that the Staff will regularly report back to the Board communicating progress toward critical milestones, costs compared to plan, and roadblocks, so they can be resolved.
How do you balance meeting park needs with being sensitive to taxpayers?
The Elmhurst Park District is a well-run organization that provides solid value for the tax dollars used. Of 39 DuPage County Park Districts, Elmhurst’s tax levy is the lowest third. Additionally, 60% of park district revenue comes from non-tax sources such as user fees, program fees, and passes. As the Board contemplates decisions that significantly impact those statistics, my promise as a commissioner is to publicly communicate such information to enhance public input as part of the decision-making process. Open communication and transparency will help the community understand the economic impacts of desired new programs and services.
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?
I will listen before coming to a conclusion. I will openly communicate, attempt to find common ground and seek common sense solutions to the issues we face. I will treat everyone with respect.