Riverside Community Caucus Candidate Forum
October 2, 2022 at 2pm, the six candidates, seeking the Riverside Community Caucus endorsement sat before the community answering questions and helping the community to learn more about them.
Watch the video to learn more about the candidates!
Cristin Evans is an experienced communication strategist with 25 years of public service in the fields of government and criminal justice administration. She has served on the Riverside Village Board of Trustees since 2019 and is seeking a second term. In addition to her role as a trustee, Cristin is active in her community as a member of Riverside Junior Women’s Charity and Friends of the Library Board Secretary. She has lived in Riverside for 17 years, residing with her husband, John, their two children and their dog. Cristin earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Columbia College Chicago.
Alex Gallegos is a lifelong resident of Riverside and a sitting village trustee. He is currently a financial advisor with a long career in the banking and finance sector. He takes the village’s fiduciary role very seriously, and his background allows him to navigate the intricacies of the village finances. Alex is committed to serving the public as is evident in the organizations and activities that he has been a part of including the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post 488, and the Tri-County Illinois Police Association. Alex has a special interest in the emphasis of the river for recreational activities and subsequent economic benefits. He has initiated and organized several events and activities involving the use of the river, including: The Riverside Regatta, Lantern Nite, Music by the River – September 11th Remembrance (20th Anniversary), Kayak rental events, and environmental river clean-ups. Alex is running for his second term as a village trustee, hoping to continue to contribute to the ongoing issues of the village.
Michael Henaghan is a tax attorney and managing editor of tax research products, experienced at quickly synthesizing information from varied sources to make recommendations and decisions, in close collaboration with multiple stakeholders including sales, marketing, software developers, and his reports. Mike grew up in Brookfield, attended RBHS, moved from Lombard to Riverside in 2018 with his wife and young son because of the unique character of the village and the strong school system. Mike is interested in serving Riverside as trustee by listening to different viewpoints, making decisions after contemplation and reasoned communications, without being political. He has a LL.M from Northwestern University School of Law, a JD from DePaul University College of Law (JD), and BA in Finance and a BA in Political Science from North Central College.
Alex Layng grew up in Riverside and fondly remembers his participation in the Riverside Rec Department sports teams and the Village’s annual Fourth of July festivities. He moved back to the area in 2018 and he and his wife purchased a home here in 2021. Alex is the Manager of Strategic Projects for a privacy and security incident-management company serving the healthcare, insurance, finance and government sectors. He offers not only strategic business experience, but also project management and business process improvement skills, and an understanding of the importance of consensus decision-making. As a graduate of the University of Iowa (MS in Earth & Environmental Science) and Northwestern University (BA in Earth & Planetary Science, BA in Classics), he brings experience as a researcher and scientist as well. Alex believes Riverside’s greatest asset is its residents.
Derrick Mancini is a 26-year resident of the village and a 10-year owner of a local retail business. Derrick chose Riverside to raise his family and open a business because of its unique historical, physical environment, and strong sense of community. As well as being a retired scientist, Derrick has a degree in history and extensive experience managing multimillion-dollar projects during his career at a government laboratory. He served for a decade on the Riverside TV Commission, watching and attending many board meetings. Derrick looks forward to the opportunity of serving the village as a trustee. In that role he wants to help steward the future growth and maintenance of the village, represent and assist village residents, maintain and improve communication and transparency of village government, and foster the environment and community values that first attracted him to Riverside.
Jill Mateo is an associate professor of biology and psychology at The University of Chicago, where she studies the development of adaptive behaviors while teaching graduate and undergraduate students. A 19-year resident of Riverside, she has been an active volunteer for many organizations, including as President of Riverside Junior Woman's Charity and Riverside Arts Weekend. The Riverside Township Lions Club acknowledged her volunteer efforts with The Bill Jansky Distinguished Citizen Award. She has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for over eight years and is currently the Chairperson. She has attended nearly every Board of Trustees meeting since 2009, and believes she has the background, institutional knowledge, dedication and analytic skills to be an effective trustee.
The Recruiting Process
For more about the RCC's recruiting process, please see below
Thinking about running for the Village of Riverside's Board of Trustees?
If so, we're glad you're here!
Becoming a member of Riverside's Board of Trustees is a great way to make a positive impact on our community. The Riverside Community Caucus (RCC) is here to help, encourage, and support any resident who would like to run for Riverside's Village Board of Trustees.
Can I be a candidate? Yes you can!
How does it work?
The Recruiting Committee
To nominate yourself or someone you know please complete and submit the candidate nomination form.
The 2022 Nomination form, for 2023 prospective candidates has closed.
The next form will be published in the summer of 2024.
The form is sent directly to the Recruiting Committee. Upon receipt of the nomination, the Recruiting Committee will reach out to the nominee directly. It's that simple!