Andrew S. Kimmel joined the Lake County Forest Preserve District in 1990. He currently is the Deputy Executive Director of the Lake County Forest Preserve District. He previously served as Director of Environmental Education and Public Affairs for the same organization. In that role, he oversaw Forest Preserve environmental education programs throughout Lake County for schools, families, children, adults and seniors; operation of education facilities at Ryerson Woods; outdoor recreation programs such as canoeing; volunteer conservation opportunities for school groups, community groups and adults; publications, web sites, advertising, special events and promotions; and fund raising. He also assisted with legislative issues and preserve planning, and coordinates Forest Preserve District participation in the Chicago Wilderness coalition promoting biodiversity. He played a leadership role in winning overwhelming voter approval of referenda in 2000, 1999 and 1993 to provide $170 million to expand and improve the Lake County Forest Preserves.
Previously, Andy worked four years (1986-1990) as Assistant to the Director of the MetroParks, serving Summit County (Akron), Ohio, and five years (1981-1986) as Communications Coordinator and Public Information Specialist for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Illinois. He has a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Environmental Communications from The Ohio State University (1981) in Columbus, Ohio, and a Masters of Public Administration with honors from Roosevelt University (1998) in Chicago, Illinois. He is a member and certified professional in the National Recreation and Parks Association and the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association. He serves on the Illinois Association of Park Districts Research Advisory Committee and on the Illinois Association of Conservation and Forest Preserve Districts Board. He has presented many sessions at state and national conferences on a wide range of conservation, park and recreation topics. In October 2000, Andy was inducted as an elected Fellow of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.