Maywood Park District Hires New Executive Director

Lonette HallWednesday, August 2, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The Maywood Park District has hired a new executive director, according to a press release issued by Park District Board President Dawn Rone on Aug. 2.

The district hired Lonette Hall (pictured) to succeed former executive director Antonette Dorris, who announced earlier this year that she would not request an extension of her one-year contract that expired in July.

The search for Hall was conducted by the Illinois Association of Park Districts, according to district officials. In the Aug. 2 statement, district officials said that Hall “has a litany of resources that she will be bringing to our district for the people of Maywood.”

“Executive Director Hall brings 26 years of experience and talent in the park and recreational management industry to our district,” the statement read. “Through her endeavors, she has increased budgets 70 [percent], garnered programming from resources that never existed in those communities [and as a grant writer has] a 65 [percent] receiving ratio.”

According to her LinkedIn profile, Hall previously worked as a park professional at LCH Enterprises based in South Holland. She also worked in permits, rentals and concessions for the Cook County Forest Preserve for a year. Between 2012 and 2014, her LinkedIn notes, Hall served as director of programs and superintendent of recreation, respectively, for the Harvey Park District.

Hall’s LinkedIn shows that she has a bachelor’s in recreation administration from Chicago State University.

The Maywood Park District has scheduled a meet and greet for Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 6 p.m., at 921 S. 9th Ave. in Maywood. After the meet and greet, the district will open a regular park district board meeting at 7 p.m.

The district is asking the public to RSVP for the event by calling (708) 344-4740. Press ‘0’ for the front desk to confirm attendance. For more information, call the aforementioned number. VFP

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5 thoughts on “Maywood Park District Hires New Executive Director”

  1. All I can say is that I wish the new executive director for the Maywood Park District all the best, and hoping that she succeeds better than Ms. Antoinette Dorris. I hope that she can bring fresh ideas and resources to help the Maywood Park District be the mecca for the children in the village of Maywood, to bring activities and programs to keep them off the streets and proactive.

    Residents of the village of Maywood should attend and RSVP! It is very important for the children.

    1. I guess they didnt look into her background to much because it definitely looks as she has been fired from harvey park districts for mismangment of money. Also there was others issue with her at the dolton park district having conflicts of intrest with the hiring of family and freinds. I dont think they did thrre research on the hiring of ms. Hall ,i think she has a very sketchy pass. Whe reallyvthis park district of maywood to thrive and all of the resources we do received be hiven to the kid for the many programs they deserve. Also for some reason the article where she was fired from harvey park district was mysteriously deleted. I dont think they did due diligence in choosing her or the same thing is going on here in maywood where someone appointed her for there own benefit. I hope someone will read this reply and forward it to someone who could inquiry about these questions because the kids of maywood deserve more.

      1. TANYA HALL: Wow! I’m really not that surprise that you found out some detailed information about her. If you are attending the meet and greet at the Maywood Park District and the meeting, please RSVP and voice your opinion about this. It’s very sad that the village of Maywood cannot find some “common sense” to think about the children when finding resources to help the Maywood Park District to have activities and programs. SMH

    2. The Answer Inc started a project under Antionette Dorris and look forward to continuing servicing families impacted by autism/developmental disorders. The new Executive Director has a wealth of resources that our village can truly use.

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