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Karen Adams - Commissioner


Karen was elected to the Park Board in April of 2019. Karen and her husband,Dave, grew up in Roseland, where they graduated from Fenger High School. Karen and Dave moved to Lansing in 1964, with their children, Mike, Kathy, Bob and David (DJ). Their children attended Sunnybrook, Nathan Hale, Heritage, TFS and Illiana Christian.


 They are members of Cornerstone Church, volunteers at the Lansing Food Pantry (which Karen is the Co-Chairman), board member of the Lansing Volunteer Recognition Committee, volunteer at Shedd Aquarium and a member of the Just For Fun Ukelele Strummers.


In 2013, Karen was chosen by Thorton Township Human Relations Committee as a Woman of Honor.


A few years ago, Karen and Dave made a committed decision to stay in Lansing. "Our hearts are here and we love this village, warts and all!"

Karen wants to be a part of the health of the town, She feels that parks serve so many purposes: a place for children to play together, for families to meet each other, for many forms of exercise and sports, for celebrations, a place to be quiet and to breathe. Parks are a place for recreation, which means re-creation.

"Thank you for your confidence on electing me to this board. I promise to do everything in my power to work alongside all those involved in the Lan-Oak Park District to make our parks a wonderful place to enjoy."

Karen Adams

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Robert Tropp - Commissioner

Appointed to the Park Board in November, 2013.  Bob has been a resident of Lansing since 1999 and has two children, Tim and Collete.

Bob is currently on the Executive Board of the Lansing Old Timers as Vice President.  He also helped coach Lansing Lions Football and served as President during his 13 years of being involved in the organization.   He would like to get the community more involved in the programs/organizations and open up communication.

Bob started his career in the shop of Metron Steel Corporation and has been working for the same company for 30 years (even though the company has changed names 5 times). He is currently employed by Kloeckner Metals as a CAD Specialist.

Robert Tropp

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John Kelly –Commissioner

John was elected to the Park Board in April 2009.  He has lived in Lansing and been married for 20 years to Lisa, and they have 4 children: Elyse, Sean, Erin and Shannon.

He has served as the Chairperson for the Planning and Bike Path Committees, served as a memebr on the Finance and Personnel Committee.  His goal on these committees is to use his financial background and project management experience to create a reasonable and sound plan to renew and revitalize our parks in Lansing.  He also would like to open the lines of communication to the community and expand services and programs that are being requested. 


John is currently employed with NOKIA, as a Program Manager.  He has over 10 years of project management experience running hundreds of projects for many of Chicago’s Fortune 500 companies.   He received his MBA in Finance from DePaul University and his Bachelors in Applied Computer Science and Industrial Technology from Illinois State University.

John is currently presiding as the President of the Magic Tree Resort Board of Directors.  He continues to serve the community not only as a Park District Commissioner but also as a director and/or coach in many other Youth Organizations such as Little League, Girls Softball, Volleyball, and St. Ann’s Basketball. 

John Kelly

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James Long - Commissioner


Commissioner Long was first elected in 1995.

A resident of Lansing since 1966 Jim taught and coached at Memorial Junior High School for three years, spent 32 years at Thornton Fractional High School where he taught, coached, served as girls athletic director and held the position of department chairperson for health and physical education. Upon retirement Jim served as Athletic Director at St. Francis deSales High School for five years. He currently coaches baseball at Griffith High School in Indiana.

In 2005 Commissioner Long was named Athletic Director of the Year by the Illinois Athletic Directors Association and was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall Of Fame in 2006.

Jim and his wife Suzanne have two sons and six grandchildren.


Michaela Smith –Commissioner

Appointed to the Park Board in October, 2017. Micaela has been a Lansing resident since 2003.

Is a graduate of U of I @ Champaign-Urbana and St. Xavier University. She is currently the Chief of Staff to State Representative Marcus C. Evans, Jr, of the 33rd District. Her community involvement includes participation with organizations such as the National Urban League, the IL Public Health Association, Girl Scouts of America and AmeriCorps.

In addition she is also a Board member of Project Increase, Inc., Treasurer for Cook County Young Democrats (2017-2019), member of the National Association for Professional Women (NAPW) and the International Women’s Leadership Association. She was named and awarded VIP woman of the year in 2014 by NAPW.

Micaela’s goals are to Inform and Involve community residents in Park District programs, services and developments.

Michaela Smith

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