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Illinois Park & Conservation Legends Video Series

This video series records and memorializes the experience and dedication of citizen volunteers and park board members throughout Illinois.

Ed Karasek, Berwyn Park District

Listen to Ed Karasek, 50-year commissioner for the Berwyn Park District, talk about what he's learned over his career as a commissioner.


Sebastian "Buzz" Puccio, Bloomingdale Park District

Listen to Sebastian "Buzz" Puccio, 18-year commissioner for the Bloomingdale Park District, discuss listening skills as one of the most important attributes of an effective board member.

Colette Kubiesa , Elmhurst Park District

Listen to Colette Kubiesa, former Commissioner for the Elmhurst Park District for more than 18 years and former Chairman of the IAPD Board of Trustees, explain to Peter Murphy, IAPD President and CEO, the advice that she offers new board members is to watch, listen and learn.

Oscar Dahl, Northbrook Park District

Listen to Oscar Dahl, former commissioner for the Northbrook Park District and former IAPD Board President, speak about what he believes are the best characteristics of a good board member.


George Longmeyer, Schaumburg Park District

Listen to George Longmeyer, 15-year commissioner for the Schaumburg Park District and former IAPD Chairman of the Board of Trustees, speak about his advice for what makes a good commissioner.


Diane Main, Westmont Park District

Listen to Diane Main2015 IAPD Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, talk about her 38-year legacy of serving as a commissioner for the Westmont Park District.

Fred Hohnke, Woodridge Park District

Listen to Fred Hohnke, 26-year commissioner for the Woodridge Park District and former IAPD President of the Board of Trustees, speak about the importance of cooperation among board members and how your accomplishments are your legacy.