Park Board

David Doerhoefer, President

Term Expires: 2023

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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Cindy Kessler, Vice President

Term Expires: 2025

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 volunteered through the years at Hawthorn Elementary school and Vernon Hills High School.  She coached for the Park District and taught classes at her church.

Cindy works for a Not-for-Profit organization helping patients and families going through a stem cell transplant.  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 Gregg’s Landing with her husband Steve.  They have two children, Mason and Duncan.  In Cindy’s spare time, she enjoys cycling, hiking, working out, and being outside.

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Bruce Robbins, Commissioner

Term Expires: 2023

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 a Partner in the CPA firm of Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond Ltd., President of his Condominium Board, and has been a practicing CPA for over 50 years.

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 36 years, Sandra. Bruce has three adult children; Joel, Lauren, and Jordan and four grandchildren..  In Bruce’s spare time, he enjoys tennis, running and cheering on the White Sox.

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Carol Sente, Commissioner

Term expires: 2027

Carol's Bio

Carol Sente has been a Vernon Hills resident since 1997, and returned to the Park Board via appointment in 2020.  She was re-elected to the Park Board in 2021. She first served on the Park Board in 2004-2009, until she became the Illinois State Representative for District 59 serving our community in this capacity for almost ten years.

Carol owns a small management consulting practice, serves on the Small Business Advocacy Council Board and is an active member of Willow South Lake church.  She chose to get involved with the Park Board because she has a strong understanding of park agencies through her former architectural firm as well as due to her passion for open space, lifelong fitness, the benefits of leisure, and environmental stewardship.

Carol resides in Georgetown Square.  She enjoys hiking, fitness, traveling the world, reading, and glamping.

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