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It is a true privilege and honor to serve the residents of Oak Lawn as Mayor. Oak Lawn is a vibrant community that has yet to reach its full potential in terms of livability, economic development and security. Progress is a group effort and my goal is to work with the Board of Directors, area schools, the Oak Lawn Park District, the Oak Lawn Library, the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce, local hospitals and charitable organizations to move Oak Lawn forward. Better communication, teamwork, governmental transparency, ethics reform and networking are how we will let the world know that there is no better place to live, work and shop than right here in Oak Lawn!
I was elected to office on April 9, 2013 and was sworn into office on May 14, 2013. My family moved to Oak Lawn from Chicago's Marquette Park neighborhood when I graduated from Maria High School in 1979. I received my Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1995 and own Complete Vision Care in Oak Lawn.
"Service Above Self"
Community service, humanitarian service and service to my profession have been my passion. I have served as a Director of the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce from 1997 until my election in 2013. I am Past-President of the Oak Lawn Rotary Club and spearheaded the effort to construct the Oak Lawn Rotary Club's 9/11 First Responder Memorial at Patriot Station. I am Past-President of the Chicago South Suburban Optometric Society and Past-President of the Illinois Optometric Association. I am Past-President of VOSH-Illinois and Past Vice-President of VOSH-International. I have been on more than a dozen foreign humanitarian medical missions and have been just as active on domestic medical missions in Oak Lawn and Chicagoland. I have volunteered for many other local charitable organizations, including Park Lawn.