Vernon Hills Park District
Vernon Hills Park District
Vernon Hills
Park District
Addressing the lifelong leisure needs of all Vernon Hills residents

Park Board


David Doerhoefer, President

Term Expires: 2022

David's Bio

David Doerhoefer, a Vernon Hills resident since 1989, was elected to the Park Board in 2005.  As an involved community member, David has served on various Vernon Hills High School Parent committees, was a room parent for six years at Hawthorn Elementary School, athletic coach for the Park District’s basketball, baseball and softball programs, the GLSA soccer program, currently coaches Vernon Hills High School softball and Stingers travel fast pitch program and is employed with Grainger.

David’s passion for recreation and athletics led him to the position on the Park Board.  He wanted to give back to the community by providing his leadership and volunteering his time toward the stewardship of the environment in the Vernon Hills community.  In 2013, David was awarded the Vernon Hills “Person of the Year” award. In 2010, David was recognized by the Illinois Association of Park Districts with the “Rising Star Award”, an award given to Park Board members with less than 10 years experience who exemplify outstanding effort in the Parks and Recreation field.


David resides in Vernon Hills with his wife of 28 years, Joyce, with their two children Sara, teaching in Overland Park, Kansas and Eric attending the University of Missouri.  In David’s spare time, he enjoys golfing, coaching kids, and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

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James Ballowe, Vice President

Term expires: 2021

James' Bio
Jim Ballowe, a Vernon Hills resident since 1991, was elected to the Park Board in 2009.  As an involved community member, Jim currently serves on the Vernon Hills Planning and Zoning Board.  Jim is employed with the Lake County Forest Preserve.

Jim became involved with the Park Board because many of his responsibilities at the Forest Preserve mirror the Park District’s mission.  He believed that his business experience in the field would be an added value to the Park District.

Jim resides in Vernon Hills with his two children, Ashley and Trent.  In Jim’s spare time, he enjoys golfing.

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Cindy Kessler, Commissioner

Term Expires: 2019

Cindy's Bio

Cindy Kessler, a Vernon Hills resident since 1989, was appointed to the Park Board in 2009.  As an involved community member, Cindy has volunteered through the years at Hawthorn Elementary school and Vernon Hills High School.  She has been a coach for the Park District and has taught classes at her church.

Cindy chose to become involved with the Park Board because she enjoys health and fitness.  She also wanted to become a member of a group that can make a difference in the community.

Cindy resides in Vernon Hills with her husband of 22 years, Steve, and their two children Mason and Duncan.  In Cindy’s spare time, she enjoys cycling, hiking, canoeing, and working out.

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Mike Meline, Commissioner

Term Expires: 2021

Mike's Bio
Mike has been a resident of Vernon Hills since 2000.  He has been an active member of the community since he moved to Lake County in 1991.  He’s a Vernon Hills Lion, former President of the Lake County Association of Realtors, former Governor of the Civic Center Foundation of Libertyville, and has served on committees ranging from the Vernon Hills 4th of July Parade Committee to the Hawthorn Student Assistance Program.  He has coached T-ball, softball, soccer & basketball.

Mike got involved with the Park District for the same reason he has always tried to be involved with his community.  His parents taught him that “everyone needs to take a turn at the wheel”.

Mike lives in the Deerpath neighborhood with his wife, Sara and two daughters, Megan and Dana and enjoys spending his free time playing basketball, squash and watching his daughters grow up.

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Bruce Robbins, Commissioner

Term Expires: 2022

Bruce's Bio
Bruce Robbins, a Vernon Hills resident since 2007, was appointed to the Park Board in 2009.  As an involved community member, Bruce is Chairman of the Behavioral Committee on the Illinois CPA Society Ethics Committee, Director of his Condominium Board, and a board member of the Deerfield District 109 Education Foundation.

Bruce chose to become involved with the Park Board because he wanted to serve his community.

Bruce resides in Vernon Hills with his wife of 32 years, Sandra. Bruce has three adult children; Joel, Lauren, and Jordan.  In Bruce’s spare time, he enjoys tennis, running and cheering on the White Sox.

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Resident Guide to Park Board Meetings

Park Board meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Sullivan Community Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills, unless otherwise posted. Special Meetings may be called with a minimum of 48 hours public notice.  Emergency meetings may be called at any time, as needed.

We recommend that you check the website or call 847-996-6800 to confirm dates/times for the most current meeting agenda. Meetings are open to the public, and residents are invited to share their comments during the designated Resident Comment period.

Click here to view the most recent board meeting.

To view past board meetings, please click here.


Upcoming Meeting Date & Agenda

The next Vernon Hills Park District Park Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be held at the Sullivan Community Center. The agenda will be posted at the District’s facilities at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.



Park Board Meeting Minutes

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners of the Vernon Hills Park District, Lake County, Illinois, takes place the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Sullivan Community Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois, unless otherwise posted.

Minutes are taken at each Board Meeting and then reviewed and approved at the following Board Meeting. A copy of the minutes for Park Board meetings can be obtained by contacting the Vernon Hills Park District administrative office at 847-996-6806, or by clicking on the appropriate link below.



May 25
May 3 Special Meeting

April 27

March 23

February 23

February 23 Special Meeting
26 January
10 January (Joint Meeting)

3 January (Joint Meeting)


15 December
15 December (Special Meeting)
17 November

27 October
22 September
25 August

21 July
11 July (Special Meeting)
23 June
26 May
12 May (Special Meeting)
28 April
31 March (Special Meeting)
24 March (Special Meeting)
24 March
25 February (Special Meeting)
25 February
11 February (Special Meeting)
21 January
21 January (Special Meeting)

Past Meeting Minutes


December 17
December 3 (Special Meeting)
November 19
October 22
September 24
August 27
July 23

June 25

June 25 (Special Meeting)
May 28

May 28 (Special Meeting)
April 23

April 16 (Special Meeting)
March 19

February 26 (Special Meeting)

February 26
January 29