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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

Highland Park Sister Cities- 2019-2021

Carol Wolfe


Nancy Richman


Rhoda Pierce


Rick Wolfe

Vice President-Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Tony Bilotti

Vice President-Modena, Italy

Joe Adler

Vice President-Yerucham, Israel

Board of Directors

Joe Adler

Rene Nissim

Phil Bettiker

Rhoda Pierce

Trudy Bettiker

Matt Pestine

Anthony Bilotti

Nancy Richman

Abby Block

Sandy Richman

Larry Block

Marcia Rosenbaum

Gail Guggenheim

Burt Schmarak

Holly Kerr

Carole Schmarak

Emma Kowalenko

Carol Wolfe

Cheryl Levi

Rick Wolfe

Wendy Lipsman

Lori Wyatt



 Non-Voting Members

Maria Barbanete

Alicia De La Cruz

Avelina Barrera

Lou Lamberti

Salomon Sr. Barrera

Bill Lipsman

Salomon Jr. Barrera

Blake Novotny

Josephine Campagni

Mary Jo Papich

Liz Chavez

Aurora Santos



Student Representatives

Maddie Legator

Lucy Melinger

Allie Paige

Eliana Daugherty

Sara Steinmeyer


Sister Cities meets the fourth Monday of every month at City Hall (1707 St. Johns Ave.) in the Lower Level Conference Room.

Agendas for upcoming and past meetings can be found here

More information
Please visit the Sister Cities facebook page here

For more information, please contact Jennifer Dotson, Executive Assistant to the Mayor & City Manager, at 847.926.1006 or by email at