Member Spotlight

Shebnem Ozkaptan
Budget and Admin Services Coordinator
City of Naperville
Legacy Project Board Member


Q1. What is something most people don’t know about your job?  Opportunities to work on projects all over the City are available throughout the year.  I’m never limited to just the City Clerk’s Office.

 
Q2. What task/project are you most looking forward to working on this year?  We are in the process of moving to a new ERP.  I have been working on converting our liquor licensing to an online application process, it’s going to be awesome once it’s done.

 
Q3. What is something you cannot leave the house without? My cellphone!  It also doubles as a wallet, if I forget it I don’t have an ID or money.

 
Q4. What are you watching/reading/hearing right now?  I’m an international news junky.  I watch BBC news daily and listen to NPR on the way to and from work.  My guilty pleasure is 90 Day Fiancé, the Other Way – what are these people thinking!

 
Q5. What advice do you have for women looking to work in municipal services/public works departments?  There are so many opportunities in municipal services.  You can develop new skills and you won’t age out here!  There are so many stories coming out about people being forced to retire in their 50’s (https://www.propublica.org/article/older-workers-united-states-pushed-out-of-work-forced-retirement) We need good workers and age ain’t nothing but a number.   The nice thing about municipal services/public works departments is the diversity of the people working. In my department alone we range in age from the 30 ‘s to the 60’s, we represent at least 3 different religions, and have all come from different points of entry into local government. 

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Past Member Spotlights

February 2019
Erin Duffy

Water Plant Superintendent
Village of Western Springs

March 2019
Sharon Johnson

Business Workforce Compliance Coordinator
City of Evanston

September 2019
Shebnem Oskaptan

Budget  and Admin Services
Coordinator
City of Naperville

October 2018

Katie Lewis-Lakin

Senior Management Analyst

City of Evanston, IL
 

September 2018
Dorothy Ann David

City Manager

City of Champaign, IL

November 2018
Ana Elizarraga,
Community Development Intern Village of Elk Grove 

April 2018
Denise Burchard

Assistant to the Chair, Department of Public Administration,

School of Public and Global Affairs,

Northern Illinois University

July 2018
Nan Newlon
Public Works Director
Downers Grove, IL

August 2018
Megan Miles
Assistant to the Village Manager
Downers Grove, IL

November 2017
Jennifer Johnsen
Village Manager
East Dundee, IL

February 2018
Erika Storlie
Assistant Village Manager
Evanston, IL

March 2018
Pamela Reece
City Manager
Normal, IL

August 2017
Kimberly Richardson
Legacy Project Award Winner
Assistant to the City Manager
Evanston, IL

September 2017
Andrianna Peterson
Village Manager
La Grange, IL

October 2017
Allison Deitch
Assistant Village Manager
Flossmoor, IL

January 2017
Ashley Monroe
Promotion 
Assistant City Manager
Iowa City, IA

February 2017
Katy Rush
Retirement 
Village Manager
Woodridge, IL

March 2017
Heidi Voorhees

Founding Member 
President
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