- Aug 18, 2016
The Northbrook Park District recently announced that after conducting a nationwide search, it selected Molly Hamer to be its new Executive Director. She assumes her duties the first week of September.
Hamer has 30 years of park district experience, most recently as Executive Director of the Geneseo Park District located near the Quad Cities, where she oversaw the operation of multiple indoor and outdoor facilities, programming, and strategic planning for a community serving approximately 10,000 residents. Under her leadership, the Park District approved its first Master Plan and received recognition as an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency, and garnered other awards for excellence in financial reporting several years in a row.
Hamer is also the Board Secretary of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association which serves as a resource for Park Districts throughout the state. Hamer’s other experience includes the Schaumburg Park District for 11 years, where she was Superintendent of Recreation.
Hamer served as Chair of the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2015 and was past President of the Geneseo Rotary Club. Hamer says she looks forward to learning about the Northbrook business community and opening up the lines of communication. “In my experience, strong personal relationships build the best business partnerships, and this collaboration is of great benefit to our community,” she comments. “I look forward to working side by side with colleagues on committees, volunteering for service projects and attending meetings to learn more about business concerns and interests.”
Hamer was honored with the 2016 Joseph Bannon Practitioner Award from the University of Illinois Dept. of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. She holds an MS in Counselor Education from Western Illinois University and an undergraduate degree in recreation from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.