Mayor Jacob C. Vandenberg
Jacob C. Vandenberg was elected as Tinley Park’s 26th mayor in April 2017 after serving for two years as a Village Trustee, where he oversaw the Planning and Zoning Committee.
Mayor Vandenberg is a lifelong resident of Tinley Park and a graduate of both St. George and Providence Catholic high schools. He resides in Tinley Park with his wife, Carrie and sons Oliver and Logan. He and his family are parishioners of St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Church.
Mayor Vandenberg is chief executive officer and a fourth-generation funeral director at Vandenberg Funeral Home, a family owned small business with locations in Tinley Park and Mokena. He has been a licensed funeral director in the State of Illinois since 2006.
Mayor Vandenberg served as Orland Township Trustee from 2009 to 2015. While in office he was co-chair of the Orland Township Finance Committee and co-chair of the Orland Township Scholarship Foundation. He has organized and managed annual community events, all of which benefited the Orland Township Scholarship and Orland Township Food Pantry.
Mayor Vandenberg is a member of the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and a member of the Knights of Columbus Fr. C.C. Boyle Council 4698.
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Village Clerk Kristin A. Thirion
Kristin A. Thirion was elected Village Clerk in April 2017. She has been a public high school educator in Consolidated High School District 220 for 12 years.
Clerk Thirion enlisted in the U.S. Army prior to her high school graduation to study Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. and served in the Military Intelligence Corps.
Clerk Thirion has a bachelor’s degree in German and Russian from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a bachelor’s degree in English secondary education from Governors State University, and a master’s degree in literacy education from Olivet-Nazarene University.
Clerk Thirion and her husband, Sven, have lived in Tinley Park since the early 2000s and were among the founding members of the Tinley Park Arts Council in 2004. They also were instrumental in establishing the first Tinley Park Fine Arts Festival in 2005.
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Trustee Michael J. Pannitto
Michael Pannitto is Chairperson of the Administration and Legal Committee. He moved to Tinley Park in 1993 and became active in the community three years later, running for Park District Commissioner because he opposed the park district's use of public funds to renovate buildings for a private daycare center and restaurant, rather than building parks. He was elected in 1995.
Mike served Tinley Park as a non-paid commissioner for 20 years. During the time Mike was a commissioner on the Park District Board, a vacant restaurant was transformed into the Vogt Visual Arts Center. Additionally, the recreation center, water park, fitness center, Freedom Park and numerous other smaller parks and projects were completed.
In 2015, Mike was elected to the position of Trustee. One of Mike’s goals, while serving the citizens of Tinley Park, is to ensure that the interests of the people of the Village of Tinley Park are represented.
Mike has worked for Cook County for the past 25 years. He started as a probation officer in 1991. While working full time, he attended law school at night. He earned his law degree and is currently employed as an attorney for Cook County.
Mike lives with his wife, a veterinarian, and two children, one a student at Prairie View Middle School, and the other at Andrew High School.
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Trustee Brian H. Younker
Brian Younker was elected to the Tinley Park Village Board in 2015 and is Chairperson of the Public Works Committee.
Trustee Younker spent 20 years as a volunteer commissioner for the Tinley Park Park District and 19 years as a firefighter/EMT with the Country Club Hills Fire Department. He is a small business owner and a past coach with the Tinley Park Bobcats and the Tinley Park Bulldogs.
Some of Trustee Younker's accomplishments include achieving Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency status for the Tinley Park Park District, becoming president of the award-winning Tinley Park Park District, and establishing neighborhood focus groups for planning new playgrounds. He also started an electronic recycling program for Orland Township.
Trustee Younker is a life-long resident of Tinley Park, where he currently lives with sons Brian and Tommy and daughter Oliva.
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Trustee Cynthia A. Berg
Cynthia A. Berg was elected to the Tinley Park Village Board in April 2017 and is Chairperson of the Economic Development and Marketing Committee.
Trustee Berg, her two adult children and their entire family are lifelong residents of Tinley Park. As a child, she attended elementary and middle school in Kirby School District 140. Following her early childhood education, she was in the first graduating class at Andrew High School. After graduating from high school, she continued her educational endeavors, enrolling at Lewis University in Romeoville, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Trustee Berg’s career in healthcare has included a variety of diverse experiences and settings, including management roles. Her specialty was providing leadership in the operating room, which encompassed the majority of her 31 years of experience as a registered nurse. She also volunteered in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic assisting in surgeries in some of the most poverty-stricken areas.
Trustee Berg works as the school nurse at Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights.
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Trustee William P. Brady
Bill Brady was elected to the Tinley Park Village Board in April 2017 and is Chairperson of the Public Safety Committee.
Trustee Brady and his wife, Bette have been residents of Tinley Park since the early 1990s and are the parents of Sean and Megan, both of whom are graduates of Andrew High School.
Trustee Brady ran a successful business in Oak Lawn for 33 years before retiring to devote his time to the Boy Scouts. He is one of the founders and committee chairman of Boy Scout Troop 911, chartered by the Tinley Park Police Department’s Crime Prevention and the Tinley Park American Legion Post 615, and is also a committee member of Scout Crew 422.
After retirement, Trustee Brady decided to give back to his community by taking on a part-time position with the Orland Township Senior Service Department as a driver and various other duties as needed. In his spare time, he also volunteers for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as a hunting and boating safety master instructor.
Trustee Brady and his family are members of St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Church. He and his wife are both Eucharistic ministers and have helped out on many church functions. Trustee Brady can be reached at (708) 444-5000 or email@example.com.
Trustee Michael W. Glotz
Mike Glotz was elected to the Tinley Park Village Board in April 2017 and is Chairperson of the Community Development Committee.
Trustee Glotz and his wife, Kristie have lived in Tinley Park since the mid-1990s and have two children, Katie and Kyle. He and his family attend Parkview Christian Church. Trustee Glotz is a member of Local 150 Operating Engineers and is a Union Steward for Local 150. Through many years in the field, his experience has been utilized by his company to manage many large projects and assist in sales due to the positive relationships he has developed with clients.
Trustee Glotz has volunteered as a girls softball and boys baseball coach for the Tinley Park Bulldogs organization and the Southwest Raiders Travel Baseball team in Orland Hills.
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Trustee John A. Curran
Trustee John A. Curran was appointed to the Tinley Park Village Board in June 2018.
Trustee Curran served as executive director for the Tinley Park Park District from 1996 until his retirement in 2017. He was instrumental in the development of the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, White Water Canyon Water Park, Tinley Fitness and expanding the park district to 42 park sites and 452 acres, all while achieving Illinois Parks and Recreation Distinguished Agency Accreditation.
In 2012, Trustee Curran was selected to the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administration. In 2014, he was awarded the Robert Artz Lifetime Achievement Award for Parks and Recreation. He is a current member of the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board of directors for the Oak Park Avenue Mainstreet Association.
Trustee Curran coached several years in the Tinley Park Bobcats baseball and soccer programs and has been chairman of the Tinley Park parades for more than 15 years. He currently serves on the board of the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation.
Trustee Curran and his wife, Lynn have lived in Tinley Park since 1991 and have two adult children, Tom and Kathy, who are both graduates of Andrew High School.
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