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Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Park Forest Cooperative is comprised of five Cooperative members who volunteer their time and talents to ensure efficient operation today and the future stability of the Cooperative. Like any successful corporation, the Board of Directors must know their corporation and be willing to devote many hours to keep up with cooperative trends, legal requirements, and market expectations. This Board of Directors does these things and much more.

Michael McGrath, President
Mr. McGrath has been a Park Forest Cooperative director for eleven years. He is an attorney practicing in the Chicago metropolitan area.

John Ostenburg, Vice President
Mr. John Ostenburg has been a Director of Park Forest Cooperative for twenty-eight years. He is the President of the Village of Park Forest and he has served in the Illinois State Legislature as Representative of the 80th District.

Margaret McDannel, Secretary
Mrs. McDannel has been a Park Forest Cooperative Director for twenty-five years. She currently serves on the District 163 School Board.

David Silverman, Treasurer
Mr. Silverman served the Cooperative as a director for nine years in the 1970's and the early 1980's. In 2007 he again became a director. Mr. Silverman is retired and is a vocal advocate of Cooperative housing.

S. Douglas Price, Assistant Secretary
Mr. Price has been a Director of Park Forest Cooperative for thirty years. He is a successful insurance broker and political activist. Under his leadership the Cooperative has completed several major capital replacement and improvement projects.

Management Staff
Tom Briggs, Manager
Tom Briggs has been associated with housing cooperatives for more than thirty five years. His background in business and construction has been put to good use for more than thirty years at Park Forest Cooperative-Birch Street Townhomes. His community service activities help keep Birch Street Townhomes in touch with the community.

Camille VanDyke, Assistant Manager
Mrs. VanDyke celebrated forty-three years of service to Park Forest Cooperative-Birch Street Townhomes in 2014. Her long term of employment is a testament to her loyalty to Park Forest Cooperative. Mrs. VanDyke works closely with the Maintenance Department serving as an important link between our Members and the Cooperative's Maintenance Department, handles a long list of administrative responsibilities, and is the management historian.

Robert Huffnagle, Maintenance Coordinator
Mr. Huffnagle oversees the work of our maintenance staff. His extensive experience in a variety of building system diciplines makes him well suited for the position he holds with Park Forest Cooperative. The extra concern he demonstrates for the well-being of the Cooperative helps to make him an essential part of our management team.

Mary Van, Administrative Assistant
Membership sales are coordinated by Mrs. Van. New Members usually have a great deal of contact with Mrs. Van from the time they first feel a spark of interest in cooperative housing, to the final closing of the purchase of a membership. Among her other responsibilities are accounts receivable and special projects.

Elaine Degenhart, Reception
For seven years Ms. Degenhart has been greeting Members, prospective Members, vendors and a multitude of other individuals when they call or visit the Management Office. When you call the Management Office the first person you will probably speak to will be Ms. Degenhart. In addition to being our official "greeter," she performs a variety of administrative tasks.

Maintenance Staff
Todd Dickerson, General Maintenance
With more than twenty-seven years of service to Park Forest Cooperative-Birch Street Townhomes, Mr. Dickerson is very familiar with our buildings and grounds. Whether it's a faucet, a furnace, or a foundation, Mr. Dickerson will fix it.

Ezell Johnson, Maintenance-Utility
Mr. Johnson is the newest member of the Cooperative's staff. He stands ready to lend a hand where needed and makes sure new Members find their new cooperative home ready to be enjoyed.

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