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My wife, Marian, and I moved to Villa Park 30 years ago when we were married. We were attracted to our town by its affordability, tree lined streets, and small town atmosphere. We are homeowners, and have lived on both the north and south side of town. We currently live in the southwest Villa Park neighborhood.
Our children, Maureen, Marty, and Elizabeth all attended pre-school at Iowa Community Center, District 45 schools, and are proud graduates of Willowbrook High School.
I worked as a facility project manager for Bridgestone Retail Operations for 32 years, before retiring. During my tenure with Bridgestone, I received three presidents awards for outstanding performance. I currently work as a fleet specialist for I-Go Car Sharing, which is a division of the nationally known Center for Neighborhood Technology.
It has been my pleasure to serve our community as a volunteer in many different roles. I am a block captain and founding member of the Southwest Villa Park Neighborhood Watch. I am also a past graduate of the Citizens Police Academy.
Since 1992, I have been involved in some capacity with the Villa Park Environmental Concerns Commission, and have served as a volunteer, commissioner, and board liaison. For almost four years, I served as the commissions chairperson.
I am a member of the Villa Park Community Bike Ride Committee, the Active Transportation Alliance, and the Sierra Club River Prairie Group.
In 1995 I was elected to the Villa Park Village Board, and served for two years filling an unexpired term. My brief service on the village board provided me with a wealth of knowledge on the workings of village government.
For over 15 years, I served as a Villa Park Library Trustee. I was chosen by the Library Board to serve as president four years in a row. I have also served as board treasurer and as a member of the Finance Committee and the Building Committee.
From 2003 until 2006, I was proud to be selected to serve as a board member for the DuPage Library System (DLS). In 2010, I served as a DLS representative on the merger sub-committee which helped oversee and guide the merger of five library systems into the current RAILS System, saving the citizens of Illinois thousands of dollars.
I am a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, and our family has been active members of St. Pius X parish for over 30 years.
I would appreciate your comments on any aspect of village government.