Tina Tyson-Dunne was elected to the Forest Preserve District’s board of commissioners in November 2020.
A DuPage forest preserve volunteer and certified master naturalist, Tyson-Dunne is passionate about protecting and preserving DuPage forest preserve land and ensuring opportunities for the community to connect to nature and local history. Her priorities include habitat preservation and restoration work, solar energy opportunities, trail improvements and accessibility to preserves for residents.
Tyson-Dunne studied Illinois' geological history and its flora and fauna, waterways, and prairie restoration to become a certified master naturalist through the University of Illinois extension program. She must complete a number of volunteer and continuing education hours annually to maintain the certification.
Tyson-Dunne has been a volunteer bluebird, frog and dragonfly monitor as well as a special events photographer for the Forest Preserve District.
“Being part of the educational side with volunteer work is the most rewarding,” Tyson-Dunne said. “I am often amazed at how much young kids know from school about conservation, or when a child pulls their parents in to show them something they have learned. I once was that child, and found so much joy in seeing anyone at any age connect with nature and learn something new.”
Tyson-Dunne grew up rescuing wild native wildlife, taking the sick to Willowbrook Wildlife Center for help, and learning when to let nature handle the situation. She has watched history come alive at Mayslake Peabody Estate as the Oak Brook mansion undergoes extensive renovations.
The Lombard resident has an associate in applied science in photography from College of DuPage; a bachelor of arts in film from Columbia College; a master of arts in Irish history, literature and language from National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland; and a master of philosophy in medieval literature, language, history and law from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.
Tyson-Dunne recently completed CERT (community emergency response team) training and enjoys volunteering for events, training courses and assisting local fire and police with their training sessions. She has spent many early mornings volunteering with traffic control at the DuPage COVID-19 testing site.
She’s also a certified payroll technician and has a nature photography certificate from Morton Arboretum, which included numerous plant and tree identification courses.
Tyson-Dunne is chief of staff for State Rep. Deb Conroy, District 46, where she handles constituent services. She was elected chair of the York Township Democratic Organization in 2019 and sits on the executive committee for the Democratic Party of DuPage County. She is a member of the Villa Park Garden Club, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, and the Conservation Foundation.
Tyson-Dunne is married to Martin Dunne. She enjoys hiking, snowshoeing (in winter), attending programs and events, and volunteering in the District’s monitoring programs. She has lived in DuPage County her whole life minus the five years she lived in Ireland, where she met her husband. She has lived in Lombard since 1979.
Years of Service
Forest Preserve District Commissioner (Dec. 2020 – present)