Supervisor, Vera A. Wilt has more than 25 years of public service experience to this community, most recently having served 5 years as a Village Trustee in North Riverside, where she has lived for nearly 34 years. Vera's late husband Gary was the Supervisor of Riverside Township from 1997 until his death in 2004, and following his passing she was Township Clerk from 2004 to 2009. Vera was a NR Civil Service Commissioner for 18 years, 17 of those as chairman, and has held offices in the North Riverside Library Foundation since 2009. She also served several years as an At-Large member of the State Board of Health. Vera is a lawyer, has more than 20 years of management experience in non-profit and financial institutions, and a lifetime of volunteer and organizational leadership experience in professional, fraternal, and ethnic organizations. She shares the goals of her late husband in making the Town Hall a center of community activity, and keeping the historical building in top shape.
Phone/Office: (708) 442-4400
Assessor, Frances Sitkiewicz holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from DePaul University. She has worked in the Township Assessor's Office since 2001 and has been the Assessor since 2010. Fran has resided in Riverside for 23 years, and has served as President on the boards of three different parent organizations for the schools of Central Elementary, Hauser Junior High, and Riverside Brookfield High while her children were students there. Fran has also been an active and associate member of the Riverside Junior Woman's Charity and is also an active member of the Riverside Township Lions Club and St. Mary's Church. Beyond her CIAO designation, Fran continues to stay knowledgeable and informed as Vice President of the Cook County Township Assessors Association and Treasurer of the Township Officials of Cook County. With the primary goal of educating and informing the tax payer, Fran has brought the Township Assessor's Office into the digital and social media age. Activity in the Township Assessor's Office has quadrupled since she has taken office. She is committed to watching over our tax dollars by providing constituent assistance in the most cost-effective way possible.
Phone/Office: (708) 447-7700
Clerk, Liane J. Blauw has been a North Riverside homeowner and resident for 19 years, and has served as Township Clerk since first elected in 2009. She was introduced to township government by Judy Baar Topinka, whom she had the privilege of working with when Topinka was Illinois' State Treasurer. Judy instilled in her the importance of local government and how to assist constituents to make not only Riverside Township, but all of Illinois a great place to live. Liane's professional career includes over 20 years of management, accounting, and credit. She has been employed for the last 10 years at Edward Don & Company in the Credit Department. Liane was saddened when Edward Don left the Village of North Riverside and relocated to the Village of Woodridge, but then again, the relocation of the long-time company as allowed new businesses to move into our Township and strengthen the community.
Trustee, Mary Rob Clarke is a lifelong resident of the Village of Riverside and is currently serving her second term as a Township Trustee. She was instrumental in starting a monthly senior program in the Township, and began a twice weekly senior exercise class. Mary Rob led the way to start a Township Speaker Series, where past topics have included: children hidden during the Holocaust, the Eastland Disaster, and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Foundation, featuring the leading historian on President Abraham Lincoln. Locally, Trustee Clarke is an active member in the Riverside Presbyterian Church, a Director of the Riverside Township Lion's Club, and a member of the Riverside Chamber of Commerce, and the Friends of American Writers. Nationally, she serves on the Board of the Entomological Foundation and professionally, Mary Rob works for a global environmental products and services company.
Trustee, Timothy Heilenbach has been a resident and homeowner in Brookfield for the last 11 years. For the past 16 years, he has been employed by a mid-level accounting firm as a supervising senior in the compliance auditing department. Tim is also a paid-on-call Rehab Unit Crew member of the Pleasantview Fire Protection District, which services Countryside, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, and Burr Ridge. He is also vice president of the Pleasantview Firefighters Association and was recently appointed to the Brookfield Police and Fire Commission. Time served as the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee in the Village of Brookfield for 4 years, and for the last 3 years, he has been a member of the Riverside Township Mental Health Board, having been elected President last year. Over the years he has volunteered for the Special Olympics, Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, PeopleCare, and the Berwyn Recreation Youth Football League as a coach.
Trustee, Michael C. Dropka is a lifelong resident of the Village of North Riverside, and a homeowner for 6 years. He has a B.A. Degree in Political Science from North Central College, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Michael is currently employed by the State of Illinois and has been employed for over 10 years in other various roles within state government, where he has been responsible for monitoring local government financials, community development, public policy and outreach, as well as public relations. He has also served as an elected member of the Komarek School District #94 School Board in North Riverside. Michael is the Riverside Township Republican Committeeman, and has served on several community, ethnic, and political boards. He belongs to numerous government, fraternal, and philanthropic organizations including the Illinois City/County Management Association, the Polish National Alliance, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elk.
Trustee, Tom Lupfer has lived in Riverside for over 10 years and is a small business owner and a graduate of Northwestern University. He has won many awards, distinctions, and honors in his professional career and currently serves on the Board of Directors for his industry's trade association. Tom has served on the Riverside Economic Development Commission, with part of that time having served as its Chairman. He is the founder of the Jr. Bulldog Wrestling Club and is a dedicated coach for Riverside Parks & Recreation Department programs. His volunteer work includes service to: the Riverside Public Library, the Riverside Swim Club, the Riverside Junior Woman's Charity, Blythe Park School, and the Riverside Garden Club. He is a proud supporter to area charities like Pillars and the Boy Scouts of America. As a side philanthropic project, Tom has been a leader in bringing safe drinking water to impoverished areas in Africa.
The Riverside Township Board
Back row, left to right: Trustees Tom Lupfer, Mary Rob Clarke, Timothy Heilenbach, Michael C. Dropka
Middle, left to right: Assessor Frances Sitkiewicz, Clerk Liane J. Blauw
Front: Supervisor Vera A. Wilt
The Riverside Cable Commission currently records and broadcasts the Riverside Township monthly board meetings. They can be viewed live on Riverside TV, Comcast Cable channel 6. Past meetings can also be viewed online through the Cable Commission's website at www.riversidetv.us.