Staff & Board

Frank Lipo, Executive Director

Frank has led the Historical Society for more than 15 years, guiding it in growth and community service.  Responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Historical Society, Frank has planned exhibits, assisted researchers, coordinated public programs, and worked with volunteers and staff to oversee a wide range of other activities.  

Frank has been active in the community in many ways, including service for six years as a member of the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission. 

In 2009, Frank was co-author of Suburban Promised Land: The Emerging Black Community in Oak Park, Illinois 1880-1980.  In 2006, he was named a recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award by the Illinois Humanities Council.  

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame in history and American studies, he earned a Master's degree in Public History from Loyola University Chicago while employed by the Historical Society.  He lives in Oak Park with his wife, an Oak Park native, and their three daughters.

Emily Sterrett, Administrative Assistant

Emily has lived in Oak Park her entire life and attended OPRF High School.  She graduated from UIC with a B.A. in History in May 2015.  She is excited to work for the Historical Society after volunteering since 2013. 

Board Officers

Jan Novak Dressel

Peggy Tuck Sinko   
  Vice President, Programs

Mary Ann Porucznik

James Taglia

Kelli Kline                                        
  Past President 

Board Members
Caitlin Dreger
Kurt Etchingham
Jean Guarino
Connie Henderson-Damon
Carlotta Lucchesi
James Mahoney
Gary Schwab
Georgette Sinkler