Our Leadership Team

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Karie Friling, Executive Director
630-933-7215
kfriling@dupageforest.org

For FOIA-related requests, contact our FOIA officer Jordan Countryman at 630-933-7200 or email foia@dupageforest.org.

 

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Andrew Brown, Director of Finance & Administration
630-933-7200
info-AF@dupageforest.org

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Anamari Dorgan, Director of Community Engagement Services
630-462-5654
adorgan@dupageforest.org

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Scott Eisenmenger, Director of Public Safety & Services
630-871-6430
seisenmenger@dupageforest.org

  • Oversees Law Enforcement, Site Operations, Facilities Management, and Fleet Services
  • Directs initiatives promoting safety for District employees and forest preserve visitors
  • Collaborates with external agencies to strengthen District services
  • Manages facility and amenity rehabilitation projects
  • Ensures the District’s fleet is maintained
  • Supports education and community engagement initiatives

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Jeannine Kannegiesser, Chief Partnership and Philanthropy Officer
630-933-7220
jkannegiesser@dupageforest.org

  • Develops, enhances and maintains the District’s philanthropic relationships with external stakeholders, including DuPage County’s various corporations and businesses, other governmental entities, residents, nonprofits, and the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
  • Serves as executive director of the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
  • Assists with grant coordination throughout the District

 

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Erik Neidy, Director of Natural Resources
630-933-7227
eneidy@dupageforest.org

 

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David Pederson, Chief of Police
630-933-7689
police@dupageforest.org

  • Oversees public safety
  • Provides a safe environment for forest preserve visitors, volunteers, and employees by patrolling on bike, foot, boat, ATV, and squad car with 24 sworn officers
  • Protects the District’s natural resources, wildlife, and physical assets
  • Enforces state laws and District ordinances by effecting arrest, issuing citations, and using education whenever feasible
  • Engages the community via public events and educational based interactions

     

     

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Joe Potenza, Chief Information Officer
630-933-7200
jpotenza@dupageforest.org

  • Oversees computer, network and data-communications equipment and support
  • Oversees shared-services agreements

 

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Ed Stevenson, Executive Advisor and Director of Business Enterprise
630-451-3434
estevenson@dupageforest.org

  • Serves as an advisor to the Executive Director and Board of Commissioners
  • Advises the leadership team in developing department strategies
  • Participates in the negotiation of licenses, contract agreements, and intergovernmental agreements
  • Manages and staffs the Forest Preserve District’s three golf preserves — The Preserve at Oak Meadows, Maple Meadows and Green Meadows — including the pro shops, maintenance facilities and food-and-beverage services

 

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Christina Watson, Human Resources Manager
630-933-7200
foresthr@dupageforest.org

 

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Dan Zinnen, Director of Resource Management & Development
630-933-7200
dzinnen@dupageforest.org

  • Directs Land Preservation and Planning departments
  • Manages the Forest Preserve District's former landfills

Land Preservation

  • Administers Forest Preserve District property-related agreements and databases for easements, licenses, leases and intergovernmental agreements
  • Manages and maintains records related to land acquisitions and conservation-easement programs
  • Monitors developments that may affect District property by administering the public-notice review program 

Planning

  • Develops master plans for forest preserves by using resource-based design principles
  • Implements and administers capital-improvement projects involving new structures, historic preservation, recreational facilities, trails and water-resource management