Alicia is running for the Lake County Board and Forest Preserves Board to serve the people of Lake County. She will give YOU a voice in your county government. She will promote smart land use to reduce the negative impact of flooding. She will safeguard open spaces, protect clean air and water, and balance human needs and economic development. Alicia appreciates your consideration! 

Alicia muddy from planting a failed bioswale (a biofilter used to remove silt/pollution from surface runoff).

Current Leadership and Service Roles

Serves on Board of Directors and Volunteer Chair, Ancient Oaks Foundation – an organization preserving and restoring oak woodlands and educating the Lake Zurich community about natural areas and the importance of native habitat
Serves as Chair of Habitat Corridors program and Committee Member of Community Education program, Citizens for Conservation – an organization preserving and restoring native habitat in the Barrington area

Member, Openlands – a conservation group focused on the natural environment, urban growth, community health, and comprehensive land-use planning in Northeastern Illinois Member, Sierra Club – the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the U.S.
Member, Friends of Volo Bog – a group encouraging citizen awareness of Volo Bog, a Natural National Landmark in Ingleside
Member, Lake County Democratic Women – a group supporting women to run and be elected to local office in Lake County

Biography

Alicia graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies. After college, she spent a few years in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Portland, Oregon where she performed administrative assistant work for major coporations and as a recruiter of language translation, copy-editing, and proofreading services for a translation company.

Alicia returned home to family in Chicago and started working for a new and fun neighborhood grocery chain called Trader Joe’s. She worked there for 16 years. It was the perfect workplace to share her energy and love of helping people. When she and her husband started a family, Alicia was lucky to be able to work part-time so she could be available for her growing children.

Alicia serves on the Board of Directors of the Ancient Oaks Foundation. As the Volunteer Chair she helps lead restoration work days at Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park, Echo Point, Kuechmann Arboretum, and Manor Park Pond, among other Village of Lake Zurich natural areas. She also assists the group with fundraising efforts, event planning, and educational programs.

Alicia is currently the Chair of the Habitat Corridors program for Citizens for Conservation of Barrington. She and program volunteers help homeowners identify invasive species and advise on how to replace those with native plants, shrubs, and trees. The program encourages homeowners to adopt eco-friendly landscaping practices. The ultimate goal of the program is to create a contiguous “corridor” of properties that have protected and increased the area of native habitat (flora) for native fauna (wildlife) to call home. She also serves on the Community Education committee which develops and delivers programs and materials that involve many aspects of aligning people with nature.

This year, Alicia will complete the Natural Areas Conservation Training program (N-ACT) through Morton Arboretum. N-ACT is an in-depth training and certification program in natural areas restoration.