Laona Heights Sugar River Colored Sands Sugar River Two Rivers Ferguson Hartley Memorial Trask Bridge Four Lakes Pecatonica River Pecatonica Wetlands Crooked River Grove Creek Seward Bluffs Klehm Forest Preserve Severson Dells Fuller Memorial Cedar Cliff Indian Hill Hinchliff Memorial Kilbuck Bluffs Trailside Kishwaukee Gorge South Kishwaukee Gorge North Rockford Rotary Kishwaukee River Oak Ridge Blackhawk Springs Deer Run Espenscheid Memorial McKiski County Line Kieselburg Roland Olson Stone Bridge Clayton Andrews Ledges Hononegah J. Norman Jensen Millrace Isle Macktown Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve Headquarters

Board of Commissioner Minutes Sept. 19

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District


District Headquarters

September 19, 2012 – 8:30 AM


PRESENT                                                                 STAFF

Mary McNamara-Bernsten – President                       Tom Kalousek, Executive Director

Judy Barnard                                                              Vaughn Stamm, Preserve Operations

Audrey Johnson                                                          Mike Durand, Golf

Lee Johnson                                                                Tom Hartley, Land and Development

Cheryl Maggio                                                            Jamie Johannsen, Marketing

ABSENT                                                                    GUESTS

Gloria Lind                                                                 Bev Moore

Randy Olson                                                               Lenae Weichel

Bill Charney


The meeting was called to order at 8:40 AM.  Recording secretary Vaughn Stamm called the roll.



Bill Charney of Charney Associates, Denver, Colorado, led the workshop entitled, “Defining Board/ Staff Roles, Relationships and Leadership: An Introduction to Policy Governance.”  Bill described the following ideals of board policy governance.


Challenges facing board members

  • Responsibly exercising authority toward goals difficult to measure.
  • Fulfilling accountability without unduly infringing on management capability and creativity.
  • Do this under difficult circumstances.



  • Episodic leadership                                         ●    Governance
  • Systems thinking                                             ●    Effective delegation
  • A “leading” board                                           ●    Ownership


Ten principles for effective, accountable board/staff relationships and performance

  1. Ownership
  2. Board’s purpose
  3. One voice
  4. Focus on ends
  5. Set clear performance expectations
  6. Board process policies
  7. Empower/Control executive director with parameters – not approvals
  8. Arrange policies by size
  9. Executive director is the board’s one employee
  10. Monitoring executive director’s performance



Meeting adjourned at 11:45.

Vaughn Stamm

Recording Secretary