Buena Park Neighbors Officers Elected at September Community Meeting

President Lisa von Drehle

Lisa has lived in Buena Park for more than 25 years. She has been active in Buena Park Neighbors for six years and assumed the presidency in May, 2015 when Bill Petty moved to Evanston. She has emphasized strengthening

Connections within our community, oversaw a re-design of the website, digital and social communications programs, updated the bylaws, organized the board and active volunteers into active committees and saw the mailing list and membership double. In her other life Lisa is a freelance producer of TV commercials and digital content. She and her husband Borko love living so close to the Lake and try to swim as much as they can in the summer.


Vice President Curt Wiley

Curt has been a resident of Buena Park for three years.  He and his wife Priscilla Fossum moved to the neighborhood from Washington, D.C. where he worked in the Obama administration.  He has been an active member of Buena Park Neighbors and has led a successful effort to increase membership in the past six months.  After originally serving as Secretary of Buena Park Neighbors he is moving on to Membership Development, will continue to focus on adding new members and will provide volunteer opportunities for current members.


Secretary Morgan Burch

Morgan Burch was born and raised on a farm in Iowa and now works at Guggenheim Investments in Chicago’s Loop. Before starting her job with Guggenheim here in Chicago she lived and worked in Boston and New York City. In January of this year she took up residence in Buena Park and is eager to give back to the neighborhood that makes her feel so at home. She is currently organizing the Block Captains and is honored to serve as Secretary.


Treasurer Alice Leahy

As a 30-year resident of Buena Park and a long-time member of Buena Park Neighbors Alice has been treasurer for three years. She watches our finances and delivers budget updates at each Executive Committee meeting. Prior to serving as Treasurer Alice spent three years as a co-organizer of Buena Park Open Day. Alice is now retired from a career as a property manager for large condominium buildings. She enjoys golfing and cheering on her favorite baseball team on the south side.


Author: bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is http://genetenner.com/ I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

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