Sergio Rodriguez is a lifelong resident of the Village of Summit and was elected to serve as a Trustee on the Summit Village Board in 2005.
An educator and teacher, Rodriguez was recently hired as a Special Service Coordinator for the Downers Grove North school district. He served more than nine years at the Morton High School District as a special education instructor, and as a Dean of Students.
Rodriguez, 35, attended Walsh school and later St. Joseph Elementary School where he graduated. He graduated from Argo High school and attended Columbia College of Chicago where he earned his bachelor’s degree while working at Fox’s Pizza and also part-time in the maintenance department in Summit School District 104. He received his Masters of Education Degree from Lewis University.
“I have lived all my life in Summit and I love this community,” Rodriguez said. He further qualified he is most particularly proud of serving on the Board with the current administration and successfully bringing new Senior homes to 63rd Place, the ongoing beautification project throughout the village, and the continued infrastructure improvements allowed through the CDBG program. There are so many projects we examine, but few have had as much of an impact within our community. By taking pride in the projects we have chosen and delivered in our community, we will see dividends in the very near future. By investing in our community, others will also see benefit.
“While working professionally as an educator and teacher, I always spent my after-work time volunteering in Summit to help our children. I believe education is very important and that every child deserves a good education. That’s what makes our community strong.”
Sergio A. Garcia
Marvel McCain Parker is an newly appointed trustee in the Village of Summit and has also served in various positions for the Village starting in 1998.
Trustee Parker served in many other positions for the village including as the Director of Community Development, Enterprise Zone Administrator, Chairman of the Summit Youth Commission, and Weed and Seed Program Administrator.
Trustee Parker previously served as the Executive Director of the Summit Community Task Force, 1992-2004, a 501C (3) community and faith-based initiative she and her husband, Pastor Wheeler Parker, organized in 1992. In 1984 she established Vel’s Travel Agency Inc. where she works as the company’s President.
Trustee Parker has an extensive educational resume. A Graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, Parker holds a Bachelors of Arts with majors in Nonprofit Administration and Social and Community Studies. She completed graduate work at Lewis University in the Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership Program.
A graduate of Harvard University Divinity School “Summer Leadership Institute” (SLI) class of 2004; an intensive Community and Economic Development Leadership Program. A graduate of Grace Theological Seminary, she received a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate of Divinity.
Trustee Parker also served as a member of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation, in Los Angeles, California, from 2008 until 2012. She is a board member of the Mamie Till Moberly Memorial Foundation.
She has received numerous awards for her commitment to education and advocacy for the poor. She has been honored with awards which include Citizen of the Year; from the Summit Chamber of Commerce, Woman of Distinction; from the Whispering Oaks Girl Scouts, Outstanding Service To The Community; from Northeastern Illinois University, Community Service Award; from Cook County Housing Authority.
A self-published author, in 2006 Dr. Parker published her thesis, “Breaking the Silence; The Impact of HIV/AIDS on African American Women and the Silence of the Church”, and in 2010 a HIV/AIDS Behavioral Intervention curriculum entitled, “LISTEN-LEARN-LIVE”.
In furtherance to her commitment to educate communities about the impact of this disease, she created in 2008 “AIDS Awareness Advocacy Inc.,” a US not-for-profit and NGO in Belize Central America where she serves as Executive Director and CEO.
“I really believe in working for the benefit of humanity, beginning locally to help our residents, and also internationally to take on the challenges that challenge humanity,” Parker said.
Karen J. Wasko
Aleco S. Julius
Setki "Sam" Dardovski