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Park Board of Commissioners

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Vic Guarino, President

Vic is a third generation Oak Parker. He was elected to the Park Board of Commissioners in 2011 and again in 2015, currently serving his second term.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and two Masters Degrees in Mechanical and Structural Engineering respectively. Vic is an avid runner, amateur photographer and community volunteer. He lives by Rehm Park with his wife and daughters.
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Sandy Lentz, Vice-President

Sandy is in her second term as a Park District Commissioner. Following five years as President of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, she joined the District’s Greening Advisory Committee. She now serves as Board Liaison to that committee and to the Park District Citizen Committee. Sandy received the Master Board Member recognition from the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) in January of 2018. Her community activities include University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener and Trustee and co-chair of the Grace Care meal ministry at Grace Lutheran Church. She and her husband David have a son and two grandchildren.
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David Wick, Treasurer

David is currently in his second term – first being elected in 2013 and then again in 2017. He is a life-long resident of Oak Park, and received a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in River Forest. Mr. Wick is very active in Park District programming such as softball and volleyball. He is also an active volunteer with Hephzibah Children’s Home and other local non-profit agencies. David received the Master Board Member recognition from the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) in January of 2018.
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Kassie Porreca, Secretary

Kathleen Porreca, a school administrator, moved to Oak Park in 2008. She served on the Park District Citizen Committee from 2011 to 2015 and was a member of the Park District Comprehensive Plan Committee in 2010. She was elected in April 2015 to a four-year term as a commissioner of the Park District of Oak Park. She and her husband enjoy their two West Highland terriers. She has a grown son, who also lives in the Chicagoland area with his family.
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Paul Aeschleman, Commissioner

Paul is currently in his second term serving on the Park Board  – first being elected in 2011 and then again in 2015. He has lived in Oak Park with his family for the past 25 years and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, a Master's degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign, and an MBA from the Keller School of Management. Mr. Aeschleman and his family are active users of Park District programming and facilities such as athletic fields, walking paths, ice rinks and other amenities. He was a founding member of the I-GOV, an inter-governmental collaboration/education, and has been a long-time advocate for open/green space preservation/enhancement, youth sports, and alternative transportation (walking/cycling) accommodations. He is also an active volunteer with OPRF Food Pantry, Housing Forward, and 1st United Church of Oak Park.  
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Park Board Meetings
(2018 Scheduled Board Meeting Calendar)

Regular Park Board meetings are generally held at 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month at the John L. Hedges Administrative Building, 218 Madison Street, Oak Park. Committee of the Whole meetings are generally held at 7:30pm the first Thursday of the month also held at the John L. Hedges Administrative Building, 218 Madison Street, Oak Park. Public comment is welcome at these meetings.

To view current Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, please visit our Document Library. Any minutes not listed on this website, including released closed session minutes, are available at the Park District Administrative Center, 218 Madison Street, or by contacting Karen Gruszka.

The Park District of Oak Park welcomes the opportunity to assist residents and visitors with disabilities. If you need special accommodations for a Park Board meeting, please email Karen Gruszka or call (708) 725-2000.

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