District Offices

Read about the 14 distinct offices that carry out the Forest Preserve District’s daily operations.

Executive Office

Mike Palazzetti, Deputy Director, Operations  
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email: info-DepDirOPS@DuPageForest.org  

Bob Vick, Deputy Director, Natural Resources
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email:info-DepDirNRS@DuPageForest.org 

  • Oversees all District operations
  • Coordinates responses to Freedom of Information Act-related requests. Contact Linda Klett, FOIA Officer at (630) 933-7200 or email foia@dupageforest.org 
  • Provides administrative support to the president and commissioners

Office of Communications and Marketing

Susan Olafson, Director of Communications and Marketing
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email: info-PUB@DuPageForest.org | District News» 

  • Produces brochures, signs, videos and the quarterly The Conservationist
  • Promotes District events, responds to public email and serves as the District's media liaison 
  • Develops ways for individuals and businesses to support the District’s mission of conservation, education and recreation with tax-deductible donations
  • Manages the District's Volunteer Services programming
  • Administers permits and addresses visitor inquiries

Office of Education

David Guritz, Director
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email: info-EDU@DuPageForest.org | Education» 

  • Provides educational, cultural and recreational enrichment opportunities that connect DuPage residents to District projects, services and facilities
  • The director oversees administration and planning for the Education Outreach Division and the District’s five education centers
  • Collectively offers on-site, off-site and online public education programs, tours, events, camps and other services for individual visitors, youth and adult groups, schools and DuPage teachers

Office of Environmental Services

Joe Benedict, Director
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email: info-ENV@DuPageForest.org  | Environmental Services» 

  • Oversees monitoring, maintenance, and operation of environmental control systems at eight retired District-owned landfill sites, one former land-farming site and two gas-to-energy plants
  • Provides environmental remediation support to other offices

Office of Finance and Administration

Jack Hogan, Director 
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email: info-FIN@DuPageForest.org | Finance and Administration» 

Laura A. Capizzano, Director
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email: info-HRS@DuPageForest.org | Human Resources»

  • Collects revenues and promptly satisfies debts
  • Safeguards financial assets and provides timely and accurate financial information to District management, bond holders, regulating agencies and constituents
  • Oversees recruitment, training and compensation analysis
  • Handles employee benefit administration
  • Enforces District policies and procedures
  • Oversees safety and liability programs

Office of Golf Operations

Ed Stevenson, Director
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email: info-GLF@DuPageForest.org | DuPageGolf.com» 

  • Manages and staffs the District’s three golf preserves, including the pro shops, maintenance facilities and food and beverage services

Office of Information Technology

Joe Potenza, Director
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email: info-ITS@DuPageForest.org 

  • Oversees computer, network and data-communications equipment and support

Office of Land Management

Justin Frederick, Director
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email: info-LAM@DuPageForest.org | Recreation» 

  • Maintains forest preserve grounds, buildings, vehicles and equipment
  • Operates recreational facilities
  • Administers permits and addresses visitor inquires

Office of Land Preservation

Kevin Stough, Director
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email: info-LAP@DuPageForest.org | Preserving Open Spaces» 

  • Manages and maintains records related to land acquisitions and conservation-easement programs
  • Assists with administering and maintaining databases of District property-related agreements (intergovernmental agreements, easements, leases, grants, etc.)
  • Monitors developments that may affect District property by administering the public-notice review program

Office of Law Enforcement

Tom Wakolbinger, Director 
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email: info-LAW@DuPageForest.org | Law Enforcement» 

  • Enforces federal, state and county laws as well as District ordinances via sworn officers with specialized District-relevant training

Office of Natural Resources

John Oldenburg, Director
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email: info-NRM@DuPageForest.org | Managing Natural Resources» 

  • Manages the District’s natural-resource preservation, restoration and conservation programs
  • Surveys, restores, enhances, manages and maintains ecological conditions to sustain plant and animal biodiversity to protect and preserve these resources

Office of Planning

Andrea Hoyt, Director
Phone: (630) 933-7200 | Email: info-PLA@DuPageForest.org 

  • Develops master plans for District forest preserves by using resource-based design principles
  • Implements and administers capital-improvement projects involving new structures, historic preservations, recreational facilities, trails and water-resource management
  • Prepares intergovernmental agreements and manages license and easement requests 
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