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Sister Cities Foundation

Recent Awards
2019, 2017, 2015 Best Overall Program- Sister Cities International
2018 Illinois -Sister City of the Year
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

Matt Pestine

Trudy Bettiker

Rhoda Pierce

Abby Block

Nancy Richman

Larry Block

Sandy Richman

Luis Gonzalez

Marcia Rosenbaum

Julie Gordon

Zdenka Samson

Gail Guggenheim

Burt Schmarak

Holly Kerr

Carole Schmarak

Cheryl Levi

Carol Wolfe

Wendy Lipsman

Rick Wolfe

Rene Nissim

 Lori Wyatt

Jamie Pestine


Non-Voting Members

Joe Adler

Alicia De La Cruz

Maria Barbanete

Emma Kowalenko

Aurora Santos

Lou Lamberti

Anthony Bilotti

Bill Lipsman

Josephine Campagni

Blake Novotny

Mary Jo Papich


Council Liaison

Andrés Tapia



Student Representatives

Tatum Rosenblatt



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  the City Manager's Office, at 847.926.1000.