Elizabeth S. Kessler

Elizabeth S. Kessler is an enthusiastic and highly motivated professional with twenty years of experience in the field of parks, recreation and conservation. Elizabeth possesses strong communication and leadership skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Currently, Elizabeth is Executive Director of the McHenry County Conservation in Woodstock, Illinois. McHenry County Conservation District is the largest conservation district in Illinois responsible for managing and protecting five percent (5%) of the land in McHenry County totaling over 20,000 acres of open space. Recreational activities on conservation sites include hiking, horseback riding, fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, canoeing, and camping. Elizabeth actively seeks opportunities to advocate for the profession at the state and national levels to develop collaborative relationships to achieve professional and organizational goals. She currently serves as a Trustee for the National Recreation and Park Association and is past Chairman of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association. She networks with a variety of state and national organizations and agencies and has spoken on a variety of topics related to management, programming, sponsorship, special events, natural resources, cultural diversity and the arts. Member: National Recreation & Park Association, Illinois Park and Recreation Association, Illinois Association of Forest Preserve and Conservation Districts, Chicago Wilderness and the Nature Conservancy. Graduate of Illinois State University, Normal, IL with a BS Recreation and Park Administration and MBA with distinction from Keller Graduate School, Chicago, IL. She was named to the 2017 Women of Distinction for McHenry County by the Shaw Media, Northwest Herald and McHenry County Magazine; received a Professional Recognition Award (2001), President’s Award (2000), Meritorious Service Award (1999), Al Hattendorf Professional of the Year (1997) and Young Professional of the Year (1992) from the Illinois Park and Recreation Association. Elizabeth is also the First Lady of Mundelein. Elizabeth enjoys dancing, camping, canoeing, traveling, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking and traveling. She lives in Mundelein with husband Kenneth and sons Christopher and Andrew. [updated 5/2017]