Meet Buena Park Neighbors 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 community connections, 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.

She and her husband Borko love living so close to the Lake and try to swim as much as they can.

Twenty-five years ago I bought a condo in Buena Park. Six years ago I responded to a request for a writer for the BPN newsletter. As I learned more about the neighborhood I became more involved. When I had the idea for a neighborhood festival then-President Bill Petty said “that’s a great idea, why don’t you do it.”

With the help of some fellow volunteers Buena Park Open Day was born. For three years we experimented with different formats which was always centered around the idea of music, food trucks and architecture tours of Hutchinson Street.

When Bill Petty moved to Evanston in May 2015 I inherited the Presidency of BPN and shifted my energies from the one day of BPOD to working year round to strengthen and connect our community. I am assisted in this by a fantastic group of volunteers. Getting to know and work with neighbors has been one of the biggest pleasures of my BPN involvement.

In my other life I am a freelance producer of TV commercials and digital content. Currently, I am working on some commercials for LaQuinta Hotels. Last year at this time I was in Mexico City on a job for Corona Light. I have also shot and edited a number of short films and documentaries.

In my down time I love to read, potter in the tiny strip of garden behind our condo and swim in the lake when it warms up. My husband Borko and I share a love of soccer and are both keen World Cup watchers.


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 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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