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Park board votes to fill vacant seat : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Park board votes to fill vacant seat
Appointee has been active in park district programs

by Lyle R. Rolfe


The Oswegoland Park District Board unanimously approved the appointment of Adam Sheinkopf, 39, of Oswego to a vacant seat on the board.

Sheinkopf replaces Deb Krase, who resigned last November after serving nearly 25 years on the board.

Park board members serve without compensation.

Sheinkopf was one of 13 park district residents who applied for the position.

He said he and his family came to the area about 10 years ago because of the park district.

"I know it sounds corny, but I think we have a phenomenal park district. The programs we offer are really incredible. My son goes to preschool right here," he said, referring to the classes just across the hall from the park board meeting room at South Point Center at 810 Preston Lane, Oswego.

"My weekends and evenings are pretty much all kids activities," he said, adding that most of them are spent at park district facilities participating in park district programs.

"In fact we're leaving right after this (meeting) to go to Indianapolis where my daughter has a gymnastic meet tomorrow morning through the park district," he said.

He said he and his wife moved to Arizona after getting married 12 years ago, but moved back to the area when they started a family. "My in-laws live just two miles from us in Oswego," he said. They purchased a home in unincorporated NaAuSay Township, just outside the village limits.

His two girls, ages 9 and 10, attend Hunt Club Elementary School in Oswego, the 3 year-old boy attends the preschool, and the 7-month baby stays home with mom.

"I do a lot of triathlons and road races and I do all of those through the park district and I'm always trying different activities. I've had kids on the swim team, gymnastics, basketball and soccer. All the different events really got me thinking that with the amount we use it and take advantage what can I do to help.

"So instead of just taking advantage of it and enjoying it which I love, I decided to do whatever I can to add a little extra here and there," he said.

Sheinkopf said his wife has also competed in the park district's annual Gobbler Hobbler 10K, triathlons and other races.

Sheinkopf is employed by a Chicago consulting company but works out of their Oak Brook office. He met his wife, then a Naperville resident, at work where she also was a project manager and management consultant.

He was raised in Florida, and the family moved to Washington, D.C., where he attended high school. He returned to Florida to attend the University of Florida where he received his bachelor's degree. He earned his master's degree in general business from Northern Illinois University at their Naperville Campus.

He said he did not know anyone on the board but is looking forward to becoming acquainted with them and becoming more involved in the district.

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