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Sister Cities Foundation

Recent Awards
2022, 2019, 2017, 2015 Best Overall Program - Sister Cities International
2022, 2018 Illinois - Sister City of the Year
2019 Illinois - Champion of Youth Award
2018 Innovation: Youth and Education Award -Sister Cities International

Foundation Details

Highland Park has three Sister Cities: Modena, Italy; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and Yerucham, Israel. Highland Park's sister city relationships were forged through cooperation with Sister Cities International, based in Washington, D.C. 

The mission of the Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation is to bridge cultures and promote goodwill and global peace by providing cultural and educational exchanges, governmental, professional and economic partnerships and humanitarian assist

New: The Pierce Garden
On Sunday, September 12, 2021, the Sister Cities Foundation dedicated The Pierce Garden in memory of its founder, former Highland Park Mayor Dan Pierce. Learn more

Highland Park Sister Cities- 2021 - 2023

Carol Wolfe


Nancy Richman


Rhoda Pierce


Rick Wolfe

Vice President-Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Lori Wyatt

Vice President-Modena, Italy

Matt Pestine

Vice President-Yerucham, Israel

Board of Directors

Phil Bettiker

Wendy Lipsman

Trudy Bettiker

Jamie Pestine

Abby Block

Matt Pestine

Larry Block

Rhoda Pierce

Luis Gonzalez

Nancy Richman

Julie Gordon

Sandy Richman

Gail Guggenheim

Marcia Rosenbaum

Holly Kerr

Silvia Rota

Carol Lazarus

Carol Wolfe

Phil Lazarus

Rick Wolfe

Cheryl Levi

Lori Wyatt

Non-Voting Members

Joe Adler

Rene Nissim

Maria Barbanente

Mary Jo Papich

Tony Bilotti

Zdenka Samson

Josephine Campagni

Aurora Santos

Alicia De La Cruz

Burt Schmarak

Emma Kowalenko Carole Schmarak

Lou Lamberti


Council Liaison

Andrés Tapia

Student Representatives

Nicole Arreola

Staff Liaison

Megan Cherry


Sister Cities meets on the third Monday of every month at the Highland Park Public Library.

Agendas for upcoming and past meetings can be found here

More information
Learn more about the work of the Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation at
Please visit the Sister Cities Facebook page here

For more information, please contact Megan Cherry, staff liaison to the Sister Cities Foundation, at 847-926-1008 or