“I truly believe that community development and planning are intrinsically tied to land preservation and conservation” Friling said. “Quality neighborhoods and great communities are desirable because of balanced development that promotes recreation, open spaces, parks, trails and pedestrian connections. I am honored and excited to join the District’s team.”
The Forest Preserve District sought a creative and mission-driven professional to be responsible for general leadership and staff management; financial management; commissioner relations; community and volunteer relations; and external management. The position will supervise senior management and report to the Forest Preserve District board of commissioners.
“I am thrilled to welcome Karie to the District,” said Forest Preserve District President Daniel Hebreard. “Our current leadership team has the organization moving in a great direction, and the addition of Karie’s experience, talent and proven leadership gives us even more momentum as we implement our districtwide master plan.”
Friling has a B.A. from Western Illinois University, a master of public administration from Southern Illinois University, and a Leading Educating and Developing certificate from the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. She is a credentialed city manager and has Lean Six Sigma yellow belt certification from Northern Illinois University.
With board approval of her contract, Friling will assume her new role on April 9. Ed Stevenson, who served as executive director since November 2016, will transition into a new role as executive advisor and serve as an advocate for staff, a resource for the board of commissioners, and an advisor to the leadership team, including the new executive director.
Stevenson will also continue to have direct involvement in the oversight of the District’s golf operations, after serving as director of golf operations for the District since 2011. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 6.2 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blog, Facebook, Twitter
and Instagram pages.