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Patrick Gulotta - Commissioner


Pat was elected to the Park Board in April of 2013. A Lansing resident since 1997, Pat has been married to Mary Jo for 20 years.  The couple has one son, Nick.  


As a board member, Pat is looking to improve facilities and assist in the redevelopment of parks within the Park District.  He is constantly looking for new revenue streams for the District.  


A Purdue University Calumet graduate, Pat is currently employed by Intersport as the Senior Technical Producer.. 


Pat also serves on the Little League Board and is a member of the Lansing Old Timers. 

Patrick Gulotta

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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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