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Board of Park Commissioners

The Park District of Highland Park is governed by a five-member elected Board of Park Commissioners. Members serve without compensation and are directly responsible to the electorate.   Commissioners serve staggered terms of six years with elections every two years. The Board establishes policy and strategic direction; creates ordinances that govern the District; appoints Board officers,  Executive Director, Park Board Attorney and Auditor. Each Commissioner individually acts as a liaison to the District’s internal and resident advisory committees. The  Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month and holds a workshop (meeting of the whole) on the second Tuesday of each month. Any resident of the Park District of Highland Park who meets the requirements set forth by the Lake County Board of elections is eligible to run for a seat on the Park Board.

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Brian
Brian Kaplan (Term ends: 2021)
President
bkaplan@pdhp.org
Brian Kaplan's passion for the Park District of Highland Park was born from his own experience forming, coaching and managing a local youth travel baseball team for six years.

Elected to the Park District Board of Commissioners in April 2011, he currently co-chairs the Athletics, Hidden Creek AquaPark, Recreation Center of Highland Park, Senior Program, Sunset Valley Golf Course, Sustainability, and Youth Program Advisory Committees. He also serves as the Park Board liaison to the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA).

A member of the law firm of Dickler Kahn Slowikowski & Zavell, Brian has over 28 years of litigation experience representing parties in civil litigation matters, including personal injury claims, contract matters, product liability claims, medical malpractice claims, third party and employers' liability claims, and arson claims. In addition, for the past 14 years he has handled workers' compensation claims on behalf of employers.

Brian's legal work is concentrated in all phases of trial work. He has successfully defended employers in numerous arbitration hearings and oral arguments before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, as well as several Circuit Court and Appellate Court appeals.

A Highland Park resident since 1969, Brian remains dedicated to the ongoing improvement of the community. He has two children with his wife Julie, who are all frequent users of the Park District of Highland Park programs and facilities.
Barney
Barnett Ruttenberg (Term ends: 2025)
Vice President
bruttenberg@pdhp.org
Barnett (Barney) Ruttenberg was re-elected to the Park Board of Commissioners in 2019. He serves at the Park Board vice president and as a member of the Finance Committee. Having earned his BA from the University of Illinois and his JD from Northwestern Law School, Barney's legal career focused on Real Estate transactions. His ability to listen to people, synthesize information, and negotiate solutions to problems serves him well in public service.

Serving on the Park Board is another in a long list of Barney's public service contributions. While actively engaged in his legal career, Barney served as a member and chairman of the Highland Park Plan Commission. He served on the Lakefront Advisory Committee, the Rosewood Beach Task Force, and on his synagogue's school board. Barney offered pro bono counsel to Openlands in the acquisition and development of the Fort Sheridan nature preserve site.

Raising two sons in Highland Park, the family enthusiastically used many of the Park District's programs, camps, and facilities. As energetic adults, he and wife Marsha are frequent users of the Recreation Center of Highland Park and Park Avenue Beach where Barney enjoys sailing and kayaking. Active in the North Shore Yacht Club, Barney served as both Commodore and Board President.

With a wealth of professional experience, his finger on the pulse of the community, and a focus on fiscal responsibility, Barney is well prepared to represent the residents of Highland Park as they look to the Park District to provide excellent programs, services, and facilities for residents of all ages.
Cal
Cal Bernstein (Term ends: 2025)
cbernstein@pdhp.org
Re-Elected to the Park District of Highland Park Board of Commissioners in April, 2019, Calvin ("Cal") Bernstein was named chairman of the Park District's Finance Committee in 2011. He co-chairs the Golf and the Baseball Advisory Committees and serves as the Park Board liaison on the Greenprint 2024 project team.

His commitment to Highland Park and its ongoing success is shown through his community involvement. Over the last 22 years, Cal has coached dozens of Park District-sponsored house and travel baseball teams. He is a former member of the City of Highland Park Zoning Board of Appeals and currently serves as a charter member of the Highland Park Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Cal Bernstein earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and holds a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law. Currently, he is a name partner in the law firm Samuels & Bernstein. Cal, his wife Julie, and his children continue to be active users of the Park District programs and facilities.

Terry Grossberg (Term ends: 2023)
tgrossberg@pdhp.org
Terry Grossberg is enjoying his first term on the Park Board and serves as the Park Board liaison to the Parks Foundation of Highland Park. He is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and went on to earn a master’s degree in Music Education. Terry has been a teacher for 34 years and currently serves as the Instrumental Music Department Chairman in Deerfield District
109. Terry and his wife Marla moved to Highland Park in 1993. They made the move in part because of the parks and the lakefront which made Highland Park stand out above other communities.
Along with his two children, Emily and Danny, they are proud to call Highland Park home. Terry is a passionate volunteer and dedicates most his free time to a variety of causes. He is the liaison
to the City's Human Relations Advisory Group (HRAG), organizer of the MLK Day of Service, a volunteer for the Moraine Township Food Pantry and the Stupey Cabin Restoration. Terry is a recipient of
the City’s Character Counts Award and is the founder of HPForward – a pro-kindness initiative on the
North Shore. As the head of HPForward, Terry has helped build a community of over 1,200 – mostly Highland Park residents, which aims to volunteer more, do more random acts of kindness, and overall simply look out for each other around town. The HPForward community has done several initiatives around town, but the two of which he is proudest are “Dinners with Dignity”, in conjunction with Catholic Charities at St. James Church in Highwood and “Tree Hugs.” In the past year, Tree Hugs provided coats and other warm winter gear to over 200 residents in less fortunate neighborhoods.
Terry is an avid tennis, paddle and pickle ball player and enjoys playing golf at Sunset Valley Golf Club.


Lori Flores Weisskopf (Term ends: 2021)
lweisskopf@pdhp.org
Having been both a Park District of Highland Park camper and counselor, Lori Flores Weisskopf was re-elected in April 2015 and is serving her second term as a Park Board Commissioner. A lifelong Highland Park resident, her own children have gone through many PDHP programs, including gymnastics, tennis and summer camps.

Lori currently works in Business Development for UPS. She is a proud 1989 graduate of Highland Park High School and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her professional background includes public relations experience with the Chicago Bulls and Procter & Gamble.

Locally, Lori serves on Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) Advisory Board and is a past Board member of Family Service of Lake County (May 2013-May 2017), the District 112 Education Foundation (June 2009-June 2013) and Community Family Center (January 2012-June 2015).

As a PDHP Commissioner, Lori served as the Park Board liaison to the Rosewood Beach project and is the Board's current liaison on the GreenPrint 2024 project team.
She was selected to serve on the Illinois Association of Park District Joint Editorial Board (IAPD) and IAPD Program Committee from 2015-2017 and 2017-2019

Regularly scheduled meetings of the Park District of Highland Park Board of Commissioners are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month and a workshop (meeting of the whole) on the second Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted by (*) because of holidays.  Meetings are held at 6 pm at West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road on the dates shown below.

Meeting dates are subject to change by action of the Board of Commissioners. Special or Emergency Meetings may be scheduled in addition to Regular Meetings. Notice of these meetings will be posted on this website, in the lobby of West Ridge Center, and sent to local news media. If you are interested in meeting agendas and minutes that are not archived on the website please call: 847.831.3810.

2019 Meeting Schedule

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3       Workshop Meeting

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12   Regular Meeting

2020 Meeting Schedule

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14          Workshop Meeting

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28         Regular Meeting

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11        Workshop Meeting

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25       Regular Meeting

TUESDAY, MARCH 10              Workshop Meeting

TUESDAY, MARCH 31              Regular Meeting

TUESDAY, APRIL 14                 Workshop Meeting

TUESDAY, APRIL 28                Regular Meeting

TUESDAY, MAY 12                    Workshop Meeting

TUESDAY, MAY 26                   Annual Board Meeting

TUESDAY, MAY 26                   Regular Meeting following the Annual Board Meeting

TUESDAY, JUNE 9                   Workshop Meeting

TUESDAY, JUNE 23                 Regular Meeting

TUESDAY, JULY 14                  Workshop Meeting

TUESDAY, JULY 28                  Regular Meeting

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11             Workshop Meeting

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25            Regular Meeting

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8      Workshop Meeting

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22    Regular Meeting

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13          Workshop Meeting

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27          Regular Meeting

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10      Workshop Meeting

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17      Regular Meeting

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8        Workshop Meeting

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17   Regular Meeting

 

The Park District provides a live stream of the Regular Board meetings, which will be offered below on the scheduled nights.
Live Streaming of Regular Board Meetings

2020 Meeting Information

DATEAGENDAVIDEOMINUTES
Tuesday, January 14 Workshop Meeting

2019 Meeting Information

Date VideoMinutes
Thursday, December 12 Regular Meeting12-12-2019 Regular Board Meeting PacketVideo
Tuesday, December 3 Workshop Meeting12-03-2019 Workshop Meeting Packet
Tuesday, November 12 Regular Meeting11-12-19 Regular Board Meeting PacketVideo
Tuesday, November 5 Workshop Meeting11-05-19 Workshop Meeting Packet
Friday, October 25 Finance Committee MeetingFinance Committee Meeting Agenda 10.25.19
Tuesday, October 22 Regular Meeting10-22-19 Reg Board Meeting PacketVideoMinutes of Regular Board Meeting Oct 22,2019
Tuesday, October 15 Workshop Meeting10-15-19 Workshop Meeting PacketMinutes of Workshop Meeting Oct 15, 2019
Wednesday, October 2 Regular Meeting10-02-2019 Regular Board Meeting PacketVideoMinutes of Reg Board Meeting 10-02-2019
Wednesday, October 2 Finance Committee MeetingNotice of Finance Committee Meeting 10-02-2019
Thursday, September 19 Special MeetingAGENDA -September 19, 2019 Special MeetingMinutes of Special Meeting September 19, 2019
Tuesday, September 10 Workshop Meeting09-10-19 Workshop Meeting PacketMinutes of Workshop Meeting September 10, 2019
Tuesday, August 27 Regular Meeting08-27-19 Regular Board Meeting PacketVideoMinutes of Regular Board Meeting August 27, 2019
Tuesday, August 13 Workshop Meeting08-13-19 Workshop Meeting PacketMinutes of Workshop Meeting August 13, 2019
Tuesday, August 6 Special MeetingAGENDA-August 6, 2019 Special MeetingSpecial Meeting Minutes August 6, 2019
Wednesday, July 24 Finance Committee Meeting7-24-19 Finance Committee Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, July 23 Regular Meeting7-23-19 Regular Meeting PacketVideoMinutes of Regular Board Meeting July 23, 2019
Tuesday, July 9 Workshop Meeting07-09-19 Workshop Meeting PacketMinutes of Workshop Meeting July 9, 2019
Tuesday, June 25 - Regular Board Meeting06-25-19 Regular Board Meeting PacketVideoMinutes of Regular Board Meeting June 25, 2019
Tuesday, June 11 Workshop Meeting 06-11-19 Workshop Meeting PacketMinutes of Workshop Meeting June 11, 2019
Tuesday, May 28 - Regular Board Meeting05-28-19 Regular Board Meeting PacketVideoMinutes of Regular Board Meeting May 28, 2019
Tuesday, May 28 - Annual MeetingAnnual Meeting Agenda 05-28-19VideoMinutes of Annual Meeting May 28, 2019
Wednesday, May 22 - Special Meeting AGENDA -May 22, 2019 Special MeetingSpecial Meeting Minutes May 22, 2019
Sunday, May 19 - Special Meeting AGENDA -May 19, 2019 Special MeetingSpecial Meeting Minutes May 19, 2019
Thursday, May 16 - Finance Committee Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda 5.16.2019
Tuesday, May 14 Workshop Meeting 05-14-19 Workshop Meeting PacketMinutes of Workshop Meeting May 14, 2019
Wednesday, May 1 - Special Meeting AGENDA -May 1, 2019 Special MeetingSpecial Meeting Minutes May 1, 2019
Tuesday, April 23 - Regular Board Meeting04-23-19 Regular Board Meeting PacketVideoMinutes of Regular Board Meeting April 23, 2019
Tuesday, April 9- Workshop Meeting 04-09-19 Workshop Meeting PacketMinutes of Workshop Meeting April 9, 2019 - Revised 4-24-19
Tuesday, March 19 - Regular Board Meeting03-19-19 Regular Board Meeting PacketVideoMinutes of Regular Board Meeting March 19, 2019
Saturday, March 16 - Special Meeting AGENDA -March 16, 2019 Special MeetingSpecial Meeting Minutes March 16, 2019
Friday, March 15 - Special Meeting AGENDA -March 15, 2019 Special MeetingSpecial Meeting Minutes March 15, 2019
Friday, March 15 - Finance Committee Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda 3.15.2019
Thursday, March 14 - Special Meeting AGENDA -March 14, 2019 Special MeetingSpecial Meeting Minutes March 14, 2019
Tuesday, March 12- Workshop Meeting 03-12-19 Workshop Meeting PacketMinutes of Workshop Meeting March 12, 2019
Tuesday, March 12- Special Meeting 03-12-19 Special Meeting PacketSpecial Meeting Minutes March 12, 2019
Tuesday, February 26 - Regular Board Meeting02-26-19 Regular Board Meeting PacketVideoMinutes of Regular Board Meeting February 26, 2019
Monday, February 18 Special Meeting AGENDA - February 18, 2019 Special MeetingSpecial Meeting Minutes February 18, 2019
Saturday, February 16 - Special Meeting AGENDA - February 16, 2019 Special MeetingSpecial Meeting Minutes February 16, 2019
Friday, February 15 - Special Meeting 2-15-19 Special Meeting AgendaSpecial Meeting Minutes February 15, 2019
Tuesday, February 12 - Workshop Meeting02-12-19 Workshop Meeting PacketMinutes of Workshop Meeting February 12, 2019
Monday, January 28 - Regular Board Meeting01-28-19 Regular Meeting PacketVideoMinutes of Regular Board Meeting January 28, 2019
Tuesday, January 22 - Regular Board MeetingCANCELED
Monday, January 21 - Special MeetingAGENDA - January 21, 2019 Special Meeting Special Meeting Minutes January 21, 2019
Tuesday, January 8 - Workshop Meeting01-08-19 Workshop Meeting PacketMinutes of Workshop Meeting January 8, 2019
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - Special Meeting 01-02-19 Special Board Meeting AgendaSpecial Meeting Minutes - January 2, 2019

 

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