Curt Wiley Is the New President of Buena Park Neighbors

Lisa von Drehle, President of Buena Park Neighbors, announced on Mon., March 26, 2018 that she is stepping down and will turn the reins of the organization over to Curt Wiley who currently serves as Vice President.

 “I have enjoyed my years as President and believe we have accomplished a great deal, but there is always a time for change and my time is now,” said von Drehle. “I look forward to continuing my life in Buena Park and will be involved in the neighborhood as it continues to change.”

 Wiley has lived in Buena Park with his wife, Priscilla Fossum, for three years. He retired and moved from Washington, D.C. where he served in the Obama Administration. He has been active in membership recruitment and in helping with management of Buena Park Neighbors.

 “I am pleased to become President of Buena Park Neighbors,” said Wiley. “Lisa von Drehle has done a wonderful job, and Buena Park Neighbors is doing more than it ever has because of her extraordinary effort over the years.”


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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