Since the Park District was established, it has been fortunate to enlist the dedication and expertise of numerous volunteers. At the center of this volunteer effort are the Park Commissioners. Residents of the Park District elect a non-partisan, five-member Board of Park Commissioners to govern the District. The Park Board determines the priorities and defines policies for financing, governance, operation and administration of the Park District. Board members are elected to serve unsalaried, overlapping four-year terms.

BOARD MEMBERS

Bob Gelwicks - President
Tom Salaba - Vice President
Cathy Mahoney - Treasurer
Frank Livorsi - Secretary
Sandra McDonnell - Commissioner

To email a Board Member directly, please click on their name above.

Please see Calendar of Events for Board Meeting dates.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS


BOARD MEETING VISITOR GUIDELINES

  • All Meetings of the Park District are open to the public. Workshop meetings are generally held the first Thursday of each month at various facility locations in the District. Regular meetings that take place during the third and fourth week of the month are conducted at the Downers Grove Village Hall Council Chambers. All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. Please call the Park District office at 630.960.7500 to verify the meeting schedule or click here.

  • Regular Meetings are formal sessions of the Downers Grove Park District Board of Commissioners. The Park Board President is the presiding officer. Roberts Rules of Order related to parliamentary process are generally utilized.

  • Public comments regarding any Park District business are welcome under the Visitors sections of the Agenda. At the appropriate time, the President will ask if there are any comments or questions from the visitors. If you wish to speak, simply raise your hand to be recognized. After acknowledgment from the President, please stand and state your name and address before proceeding with your question or comment. (If a microphone has been set up, please approach the microphone.) Comments should be addressed to the Board and not to the audience. If you wish to talk with another member of the audience, please leave the room.
  • Please limit your remarks to five minutes, if possible. Please do not ask a question for which you need an immediate response or attempt to enter into a debate. After public comment, an elected official may or may not respond to your question. Questions are often answered immediately in subsequent discussions during or after the meeting, or at a later date.


The Park District Board and Staff appreciate your attendance and participation!


BOARD HISTORY

YEARS OF SERVICE NAME
1946 - 1962
Otto Hummer
1946 P. S. Rinaldo
1946 William Bradford Winer
1947 - 1949
David W. Russell
1949 - 1952
Victor A. Galbraith
1950 - 1952
Phillips W. Goodell
1952 - 1955 Alfred A. Moore
1954 - 1958
Bartle R. Herrick
1954 - 1957 Raulin B. Wight, Jr.
1954 - 1957
E. Russell Bradley
1954 - 1955
Ernest A. Jensen
1955 Helen E. Stormer
1957 - 1962
Richard K. Kucera
1957 - 1969
Edward J. Doerhoefer
1958 - 1962 Schoenberg
1959 - 1963 Keeley
1960 Leonard Batemen (Retired)
1960 Frances Wander (Secretary)
1961 - 1976 T. W. McCollum
1962 - 1965 William Perkins
1963 - 2001 William Sherman, Jr.
1963 - 1974 Don Whitlock
1965 - 1973 Robert O'Brien
1966 - 1970 William Eichstedt
1969 Wander (Clerk)
1969 - 1971 JoAnne L. Baker
1970 - 1991 Linda Wander (Clerk/Commissioner)
1970 - 1971 Michael Musko
1971 - 1975 William Dietz
1972 Larry Wyllie
1972 John Woodson
1975 - 1985 Jan Kopis
1975 - 1978 Ray Kozak
1975 - 1989 Ruth Powers
1985 - 1993 Walt Sandine
1987 - 2004 Susan Dunlap
1989 - 1993 Paul Simmons
1991 - 1997 Mary Anne Bokholdt
1994 - 2005 Mary Thomson
1994 - 2001 Jerry Yoksoulian
1997 - 2003 Carol Doty
2001 - 2007 Janis Sleeter
2001 - 2007 Mike Salazar
2003 - 2009 Art Jaros
2004 - Present Robert Gelwicks
2005 - Present Catherine Mahoney
2007 - 2009 Kathryn Engel-Accettura
2007 - 2009 Ron Smith
2009 - 2013 Janet Barr
2009 - 2011 Fred Gusel
2010 - 2017 Matt Cushing
2011 - 2015 Mark Roman
2013 - 2015 Damienne Souter
2015 - Present Frank Livorsi
2015 - Present Tom Salaba
2017 - Present
Sandra McDonnell