Our President and Commissioners
The Forest Preserve District is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, which translates the open-space needs of county residents into ordinances designed to protect and enhance natural areas and support general operations.
DuPage County contains six districts. Voters elect one commissioner from the district in which they live. The seventh member — the president — is elected by the county at large by popular vote.
Daniel Hebreard was elected at-large to the Forest Preserve District's Board of Commissioners in 2018. Hebreard holds a bachelor's degree with honors in parks and recreation management and a master's in business administration and formerly served as a ranger for the organization. (Read Full Bio)
District 1 — Commissioner Marsha Murphy
Since becoming commissioner for District 1 in 2002, Marsha Murphy has helped guide efforts to acquire lands that provide wetland mitigation and flood-control management, important issues to her constituents. (Read Full Bio)
Tina Tyson-Dunne was elected to the Forest Preserve District's board of commissioners in Nov. 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. (Read Full Bio)
Linda Painter has been a Forest Preserve District commissioner since 2008. She has been instrumental in acquiring 89 acres of open space in District 3, including at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. (Read Full Bio)
Jeff Gahris was elected to the Forest Preserve District board of commissioners in Nov. 2020. A 30-year resident of DuPage County, Gahris has been an active volunteer for numerous organizations, including the Sierra Club's river Prairie Group, the DuPage Clean Energy Coalition, Illinois Solar Energy Association, and Citizens Climate Lobby. (Read Full Bio)
Barbara O'Meara was elected to the Forest Preserve District board of commissioners in Nov. 2020. She is a licensed environmental health practitioner with a 30-year career in the environmental health division of public health for the State of Illinois. She is an adjunct biology professor at Waubonsee Community College and a Naperville Public Library District board member. (Read Full Bio)
As a lifelong resident of DuPage County and an avid outdoorsman, Al Murphy has a keen interest in the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. He believes his passion to make green space available and accessible, as well as his political and business experience, have prepared him to serve on the District’s Board of Commissioners. (Read Full Bio)