The Park Advisory Committee (PAC) is comprised of community members who assist the Park District by providing feedback, direction and suggestions.


  • Engage citizen members in direction of the agency
  • Provide voice from community (business, agencies, general public, etc.)
  • Means to generate suggestions for improvement
  • Collect multiple perspectives and skill sets
  • Advocate for Parks, Recreation, Open Space Conservation and Environmental Education

Responsibilities & Expectations

  • Offer suggestions, not policy or governing
  • Knowledge of services, departments, and people connected to the organization
  • Understand the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic plan
  • Building community support and visibility
  • Focus on long range planning, community needs, land acquisition/development, facility use, partnerships/funding opportunities, etc.


  • Each member would serve a three-year term.
  • There shall be no term limits.
  • Terms shall be staggered. One-third each year.
  • They will be appointed by the Park Commission, recommended by the PAC.
  • The chair and vice-chair shall serve one-year terms, appointed by the Board.

Committee Members

  • Ann Baird
  • James Hartzell Jr. 
  • Nick Nolan
  • Dan French
  • Mandy Havenar
  • Todd Rappold
  • Dan Kerber
  • Theodore Ristoff
  • Arthur Haddad
  • Melissa Kleptz
  • Chris Schmiesing
  • Chris Haines
  • John Murphy
  • Andrew Wannemacher