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Park Board Commissioners attain elite board member status

Bill Thoman and Syed Abedi
Bill Thoman (left) and Syed Abedi

Plainfield Park Board Commissioners Bill Thoman and Syed Abedi were recently honored at the Illinois Association of Park Districts/Illinois Park & Recreation Association Soaring to New Heights Conference held January 27-29 at the Chicago Hyatt Regency.

Bill, president of the Plainfield Park Board of Commissioners, attained IAPD Master Board Member status within the IAPD Board Member Development Program. Master Board members must attain 750 board member units (BDUs) through participating in educational programs, volunteer participation, event attendance, legislative communication, local board service, agency development and other various endeavors. Bill was elected to the Plainfield Park Board in 2017 and re-elected in 2019. He is the chairperson of the Plainfield Park Board Governance & Accountability Committee.

Commissioner Syed advanced from Notable Board Member to Distinctive Board Member by attaining 400 BDUs. Syed was elected to the Plainfield Board in 2019 and is the chairperson of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and co-chair of the Capital & Development Committee.

“When an individual decides to run for the office of Commissioner for the Plainfield Park District, they are choosing to accept an uncompensated office” explained Carlo Capalbo, executive director of the Plainfield Park District. “The District is privileged to have such dedicated and invested board members such as Bill and Syed who both give selflessly and set a high level of dedication to our parks and recreation system.”

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