Board of Commissioners

Board function

The Board of Commissioners is made up of 22 members elected from 11 Board Districts that comprise Will County. The Board approves Forest Preserve District resolutions that come out of the Board's Finance Committee, Operations Committee, and Ad Hoc Rules Committee. It is also responsible for establishing all rules and regulations that govern the Forest Preserve District of Will County.

Board membership

President: Meta Mueller
Vice President: Annette Parker
Treasurer: Sherry Newquist
Secretary: Raquel Mitchell

Board meetings

The Board of Commissioners meets the second Thursday of each month (unless changed by the Board) at 9:30 a.m.

VIEW THE MEETING SCHEDULE

Board meetings are held on the second floor of the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St. in Joliet. View a Google Map of the meeting location. 

Board meetings are open to the public, and anyone who wishes to address the Board may do so at these meetings.

View Board meeting documents, including agendas and minutes.

You may also view meeting schedule for 2023 or view meeting documents for the Board’s two standing Committees, the Finance Committee the Operations Committee, or the Ad Hoc Rules Committee.

View Ad Hoc Rules Committee meeting documents, including agendas and minutes.

Board of Commissioners directory

The Forest Preserve District's Board of Commissioners consists of 22 members, two each from 11 Board Districts. Below is each of the Commissioners' contact information and Committee assignments.
 
If you are unsure what Board District you live in, visit the Will County Clerk's website

District 1



Katie Deane-Schlottman

1312 Benham Drive
Joliet, IL 60431
708-516-0495  Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Deane-Schlottman has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2023.

She serves on the Operations Committee and is Chairwoman of the Ad Hoc Rules Committee.



Joe VanDunyne

841 Wilshire Court
Wilmington, IL 60481
815-530-4388   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner VanDuyne has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2018.

He serves as the Chairman of the Operations Committee.  

District 2



Judy Ogalla

28560 S. Will Center Road
Monee, IL 60449
708-710-3701  Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Ogalla has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2012.

She serves on the Finance Committee.  



Frankie Pretzel

348 E. Joliet Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
815-405-9054   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Pretzel has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2020.

He serves as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee.

District 3



Daniel Butler

209 Center Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
708-805-0156   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Butler has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2023.

He serves on the Finance Committee.
 



Sherry Newquist

3511 Union Avenue
Steger, IL 60475
708-280-9453   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Newquist has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2019.

She serves as Treasurer of the Board.

District 4



Steve Balich

12259 Derby Lane
Orland Park, IL 60467
815-557-7196   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Balich has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2012.

He serves on the Operations Committee.



Jim Richmond

19712 Therese Lane
Mokena, IL 60448
708-308-3205
[email protected]

Commissioner Richmond has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2023.

He serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

District 5



Annette Parker

1620 Clement Street
Crest Hill, IL 60403
815-955-9778   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Parker has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2014.

She serves as Vice President of the Board.



Sherry Williams

1441 Berta Drive
Crest Hill, IL 60403
815-354-7291   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Williams has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2023.

She serves on the Operations Committee, the Finance Committee, and is Vice Chair on the Ad Hoc Rules Committee.

District 6



Janet Diaz

202 S. Reed Street
Joliet, IL 60436
815-585-1899   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Diaz has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2023.
 



Denise Winfrey

1108 Richards Street
Joliet, IL 60433
815-258-2403
[email protected]

Commissioner Winfrey has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2009.

She serves on the Finance Committee. 

District 7



Natalie Coleman

P.O. Box 572
Plainfield, IL 60544
815-530-8687   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Coleman has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2020.

She serves on the Operations Committee.



Vince Logan

3505 Old Renwick Trail
Joliet, IL 60435
630-399-2100   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Logan has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2023.

He serves on the Finance Committee and the Ad Hoc Rules Committee.

District 8



Mica Freeman

16134 S. George Court
Plainfield, IL 60586
217-474-5565   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Freeman has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2020.

She serves on the Operations Committee and the Ad Hoc Rules Committee.



Mark Revis

13713 S. Quail Run Drive
Plainfield, IL 60544
815-557-0252   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Revis has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2023.

He serves on the Finance Committee.

District 9



Raquel Mitchell

553 Sonoma Drive
Bolingbrook, IL 60490
630-936-9578   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Mitchell has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2020.

She serves as Secretary of the Board.



Destinee Ortiz

708 Geneva Avenue
Romeoville, IL 60446
815-693-9304   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Ortiz has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2023.

She serves on the Finance Committee.

District 10



Julie Berkowicz

405 Gateshead Drive
Naperville, IL 60565
630-881-3139   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Berkowicz has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2018.

She serves on the Operations Committee.

 



Meta Mueller

2280 Shiloh Drive
Aurora, IL 60503
630-854-3473   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Mueller has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2018.

She serves as Board President.

District 11



Elnalyn Costa

433 Delaware Circle
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
708-302-3808   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Costa has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2023.

She serves as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee.
 



Jacqueline Traynere

1109 Jennifer Lane
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
630-783-0929   Home
630-240-9178   Cell
[email protected]

Commissioner Traynere has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 2008.

She serves on the Operations Committee.

Mission

The Forest Preserve District protects and enhances Will County’s natural and cultural resources for the benefit of current and future generations.

Motto

Bringing People and Nature Together

Guiding principles

  • Staying true to our purpose.
  • Being good stewards.
  • Connecting people and nature.
  • Focusing on wellness.
  • Working with others.
  • Promoting sustainability.