Meet Buena Park Neighbor Colleen Fleming

Colleen Fleming moved to Buena Park last year and has since become involved in Buena Park Neighbors activities including the Block Captain program and Buena Park Young Professionals. A lifelong Chicago-area resident (aside from a few years in California and Ireland), Colleen was happy to find a condo in a neighborhood that has a strong sense of community.

Colleen currently works as an instructional design manager at the American College of Surgeons, where she oversees the development of educational content for surgical quality improvement programs. Prior to this, she was an instructional designer at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she collaborated with faculty to create business courses for MBA and executive education students.

Colleen has a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and a master’s degree in Popular Literature from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She enjoys art and completed a bookbinding certificate program at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Last year, Colleen earned a graduate certificate from the University of Illinois in Information Accessibility Design and Policy, which allows her to ensure that online educational courses and websites are developed to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

In addition to her involvement with Buena Park Neighbors Colleen is a member of the Young Leadership Committee for JDRF. JDRF is a global non-profit that funds Type 1 diabetes research in the hopes of finding a cure for the autoimmune disease. Her work on the committee includes graphic design, marketing, event support, and fundraising. Colleen is also serving as an election judge in Buena Park on November 6th and hopes to see you on election day if you haven’t voted yet!


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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