Candidates for the upcoming April 6, 2021 Election
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Mary and her husband, Dr. Emad Basta, moved to Bolingbrook in November 2003. They are parents of two sons, Peter (16) and Benjamin (15). Bolingbrook was their choice, because of its diversity and for all of the amenities that others have also found attractive about the community. While she found her career challenging and satisfying, she and her husband also wanted to raise a family here. Mary worked in the hospitality industry and left the corporate world to start a family. As her children grew, Mary found herself seeking more adult interaction, so she looked for ways to get involved, which led her to serving in the PTA. In all of her activities, both professional and community service, Mary enjoys problem-solving; finding ways to work smarter, not harder; and to take projects to the next level of success.
The Basta family is very involved in service to the Village of Bolingbrook and can be seen at many local events. Mary states that she was strongly influenced toward community involvement by her parents. Both her mother and her uncle are also residents of Bolingbrook. Mary has a passion for youth development, she currently serves on the Executive Board of the Bolingbrook Soccer Club. The Soccer Club celebrated its 40th year of “Service to Youth” in Bolingbrook in 2018.
Mary’s dedication to youth development has led her to support the school community as past PTA President of the Eichelberger Elementary School, past PTA President at the John F. Kennedy Middle School, Past President of the Plainfield Middle Schools Music Boosters, and is a current CAPE Representative (Coordination of Parent and groups for Educational Efficiency) for Plainfield East High School.
She continues to serve as a consultant for ECN Children’s Cancer Network in Newport Beach, CA. Where she maintains the organization’s legal registration status and works with auditors to ensure accurate financial reporting. Her community service is not limited to only youth, Mary previously served as President of the Bloomfield West II Homeowners Association. Mary served as the Chair of the Bolingbrook Plan Commission, which reviews new residential and commercial development in Bolingbrook and makes recommendations to the Village Board. Mary was Founding Vice President of Bolingbrook STEM Organization (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Association for youth.
Mary studied Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo, Egypt; and Hospitality Management at Tennessee State University.
Her professional background includes Hotel and Club Management at locations such as the Palmer House Hilton, Four Seasons, and the Chicago Yacht Club where she became the first female General Manager in the Club’s 125-year history and Social and Corporate Event Planning. She currently works as an independent Hospitality and Event Consultant.
Mary has received recognition as the recipient of the CAPE Award (Coordination of Parent and groups for Educational Efficiency) for Plainfield School District 202 in 2013, 2017 and 2019.
In honor of her exemplary service to the Bolingbrook community over the years, Mary was chosen as the 2018 Bolingbrook Female Citizen of the Year.
● Mayor of the Village of Bolingbrook
● Bolingbrook Village Trustee
● Serves on the Village’s Public Safety Committee and the Public Services Committee
● Thirty plus years of experience in major corporate hospitality management and event planning. She studied Hospitality Management at Tennessee State University
● Experienced in Village Planning and Development; served as Chair of the Bolingbrook Plan Commission
● Active leader in the School District community; past PTA President at both Eichelberger Elementary School and John F. Kennedy Middle School, CAPE Representative for Plainfield East High School; Return to School Parent Advisory Committee for Plainfield School District
● Serves as an Executive Board member of the 40 plus-year old Bolingbrook Soccer Club
● Founding Vice President of Bolingbrook STEM Organization (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Association for youth
● Dedicated wife, and mother of two sons
● 2018 Bolingbrook Female Citizen of the Year
● Active member of Saint Mark of Burr Ridge Church Community
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A native Ohioan, Marti Barton moved to Bolingbrook with her family in 1987, having been attracted to the village by its diversity and reasonably-priced housing options. Marti stepped right into public service providing auxiliary communications as a licensed ham radio operator during the Plainfield tornado disaster in 1990, and has been serving the community ever since.
She is a widow, after being married to her late husband Keith Barton for 28 years. She has four adult children/stepchildren, a daughter-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters, who all live in the area.
● As an ordained non-denominational minister, founded Joyful Promises Officiant Services in 2010, performing weddings, vow renewals, and civil union ceremonies.
● Established marketing/copywriting consulting firm WordCrafters, Inc. in 1999.
● Many leadership positions with the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce:
12 years on the Chamber Board of Directors, One year as Chamber president, Co-chair for the Small Business Coalition (10 years), Co-chair for the Bolingbrook Area Networking Group (5 years), Chamber Ambassador, including co-chair for two years (21 years)
● English teacher and substitute teacher in five school districts in both Ohio and Illinois.
● Award-winning Toastmaster since 2002, serving in a variety of club and district leadership positions
● Business Manager for Industrial Flooring Supply/Preservation Polymers 1996-99
● Currently serving her 12th year on the governing board of the Illinois Aviation Museum, including leadership positions on the Marketing and Cavalcade of Planes committees.
● Served on the Alternatives to Suspension Committee for the Valley View School District.
● “Ham” radio operator since 1987, technician-plus class license KA9ZJJ.
● Lifetime member of the Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society
● Trained severe weather spotter, Six-County Skywarn Network since 1990
● 2019, awarded Bolingbrook Chamber’s Best of Bolingbrook Businesses award for Joyful Promises.
● 2017, earned Distinguished Toastmaster, Toastmasters International/District 30
● 2014, received Chamber's Women in Business Community Leadership award.
● 2006, honored as Bolingbrook's Female Citizen of the Year.
● 2005, Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce’s Best of Bolingbrook Businesses award for WordCrafters, Inc.
● Successful completion of the Illinois Municipal League’s “Role of the Clerk” which is a Municipal Clerks of Illinois training program.
● Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Speech/Theatre with a minor in Education from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan.
● Pastoral Ordination from the Universal Life Church and Monastery in 2010.
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Since moving to Bolingbrook in 1986, in addition to raising his five children, Village Trustee and Deputy Mayor Mike Lawler has been focused on supporting various community organizations and efforts to improve the quality of life in Bolingbrook, whether through direct involvement on a longer term basis or specific event volunteer support.
Mike has been involved in the service industry since the age of 15. The experience and skills he acquired along the way have enabled him to provide insight and support to some of the challenges faced by the Village over the years. His professional life focused in two major fields - Hospitality and Information Technology.
Mike studied Communications at American University in Washington D.C. Mike has also committed to ongoing professional development activities related to Municipal Government. He was a member of the inaugural Leadership Enhancement and Development program developed and delivered by the University of Illinois, Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He has attended several programs over the years offered by the Illinois Municipal League and National League of Cities to enhance his knowledge and to discuss ongoing innovations for local government with his peers in local government.
His direct involvement in community organizations has included:
· Den Leader and Cubmaster, Cub Scout Pack 32
· Member, Fundraising Committee for Rainbow Council, Boy Scouts of America
· Coach, Bolingbrook American Little League
· Coach, Bolingbrook Community Basketball
· Coach, Bolingbrook Soccer Club
· Member, Bolingbrook Jaycees
· Teen Godparent program, St. Dominic Parish
· Member, Knights of Columbus, Council 6521, St. Dominic Parish, 4th Degree
· Member, Bolingbrook Lions Club
· Founding Member and current President , Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation
· Member, Illinois Aviation Museum
· Honorary Chairperson, Citizens Against Abuse
· Member and Vice-Chairperson, Bolingbrook Plan Commission
He has supported many other organizations and community initiatives over the years either through financial support or as an event volunteer.
Mike has served on various committees since being appointed to the Village Board in July 1995 which includes:
· Land Use Committee, member
· Public Safety Committee, member
· Public Works Committee (now Public Services), member and Chair
· Finance Committee, member and Chair
· E-911, Chair
For a significant portion of his Hospitality career, Mike worked for Hyatt Hotels in several different locations. His experience with Hyatt encompassed Food and Beverage Management, Finance, and Information Technology. His experience in managing annual budgets over $100 million helped him understand the complexity of municipal government and the funding intricacies to deliver effective services.
After working with Hyatt for nearly 20 years, Mike joined an international IT Services firm where he assisted organizations in solving complex business issues with effective implementation and utilization of technology. His experience with delivering services to major corporations across the United States has helped him understand the support required for the business community as Bolingbrook has expanded so successfully since before he first became involved with Village government in 1990.
Combined with his business experience, Mike’s commitment to community organizations and the residents brings a unique mix of skills and experience for Bolingbrook.
· Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Award 2018
· Bolingbrook Jaycees’ Distinguished Service Award
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Troy Doris has been a Bolingbrook resident since July of 1995. He is the youngest of three from a family of Guyanese descent. Troy is an alumni of Valley View 365U, attending since 1st grade and graduating from Bolingbrook High School in 2007. While at Humphrey Middle School, Troy joined the School Band and Track and Field team. He continued his music career as a member of the Bolingbrook High School Marching and Concert bands. As a member of the Bolingbrook High School Track Team, Troy was able to succeed as Illinois State Champion in the Triple Jump and Long Jump for both his Junior and Senior years. He also competed and took First Place at the United States Track & Field Junior Olympics Nationals in both the Triple Jump and Long Jump.
Troy attended the University of Iowa on a Track and Field scholarship, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2012. Doris also completed the Career Leadership Academy program while at the University of Iowa, which focused on leadership, interpersonal skills, and team building. While preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Troy received an invitation to live and train at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.
Troy competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil representing Guyana. Troy advanced to the Triple Jump Finals and placed 7th. In 2018, Doris also became a Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist when he competed in Queensland, Australia. Doris is recognized as the first Bolingbrook resident to compete at the Olympics.
Troy moved back to Bolingbrook, IL from California in 2015. In 2016, Troy began his career as a personal trainer, helping athletes develop their fitness and preparing them for their transition into sports at the college level. Currently, he is an active member of the Team Ignite Non-Profit organization in Elmhurst and is a volunteer coach at Proviso West High School. Troy is currently training to compete in his second Olympic Games scheduled for the summer of 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
● Bolingbrook Resident Since 1995
● Bachelor of Arts in Political Science University of Iowa
● Bolingbrook’s 1stOlympian. 2016 Olympic Finalist, 2018 Commonwealth Gold Medalist
● Member of Team Ignite 4 Kids Not For Profit
● Volunteer, Proviso West High School
● 10 plus years’ experience in the Fitness Industry
● Currently, Professional Athlete and Social Media Manager/Sales.
● Proven track record of inspiring and motivating others through team leadership and community service
● Strong interpersonal and communication skills to function effectively both individually and as a part of a team
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Maria has lived in Bolingbrook since 1993 and has witnessed its tremendous growth and development. She enjoys participating in various community events and is particularly fond of her involvement with the H2O organization which services high risk youth. She supports all culturally diverse functions and is an advocate for the Latino community within Bolingbrook. It is important to Maria that Latino residents feel embraced within Bolingbrook while also contributing back to the community through their rich culture, work ethic, and family values. Maria encourages residents to participate in local Latino events and programs to learn more about their neighbors while also enjoying new customs and traditions.
Maria is entering her 8th year serving on the Village Board and has worked collaboratively to make a positive impact on the youth community. Through H20, she has helped raise funds for programs that assist students learn more about Mental Health Awareness and Prevention, after school tutoring programs that have led to academic improvement, and food drives that go towards families in need during the holidays. Such events that have made an immediate impact are the Christmas in July Golf Outing, H20 Cheesy Pretzel 5k Run, Character Counts 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and the H20 Family Thanksgiving Dinner.
Maria enjoys being a part of the Village Board and has worked to make things happen. The relationship between the Mayor, board, co-administrators and staff is always a work in progress. She supports this respectful process which ensures that everyone is working together for the good of Bolingbrook residents and the successful foundation that has been built.
Graduate, St. Procopius High School
● Member: Heart Haven OutReach (H2O) Board of Directors
● Member: H2O External Affairs Committee
● Former Member: Community Service Council Ambassador Program
● Former Member: Village's Civic & Cultural Affairs Commission
● Local Precinct Committeeperson
As the former Chief of Staff to Illinois State Representative Cynthia Soto of the Fourth District, Maria managed two Chicago district offices providing constituent services. The services provided at the district offices included children and family service issues, community outreach, healthcare and wellness, housing assistance and addressing senior citizen inquiries. Her experience and knowledge on Social Security Administration, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Department of Corrections assisted many constituents find solutions.