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.
Jan Novak Dressel
Peggy Tuck Sinko
Vice President, Programs
Mary Ann Porucznik