Village President Wallace Appoints New Trustee
Bartlett Village President Kevin Wallace has appointed Kristina Gabrenya to fill the trustee seat that was left vacant when Gabrenya’s mother, Trustee T.L. Arends died in April.
Nearly a lifelong Bartlett resident, Gabrenya also is currently a Bartlett business owner and a prominent civic volunteer in her own right. She grew up watching Arends serve the community, left for her undergraduate studies at Iowa State University and then earned her doctor of optometry at St. Louis College of Optometry in Missouri.
Gabrenya began her professional career in St. Louis and practiced in Chicago before returning to Bartlett in 2005 to open an optometry practice. Bartlett Vision, now located on W. Bartlett Road, has grown to a practice of three doctors and a staff of nine.
Teaching experience, as an adjunct associate clinical professor at Illinois College of Optometry and as an attending optometrist at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, round out Gabrenya’s professional credentials.
It wasn’t long after returning to Bartlett that the new trustee became active in Bartlett’s many civic organizations, including the Bartlett Rotary, the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bartlett Lions Club. Most notable are her seven seasons coaching for Bartlett Park District Youth Soccer and her role as the founder, chairperson and race director for the Bartlett Lions Labor Day Dash.
During the 12 years that the Labor Day Dash has been run, more than 1800 runners/walkers have crossed the finish line and $100,000 plus has been raised for the community. Gabrenya shares credit for the success of this popular community event with the “most caring and dedicated people you could ever know, the Bartlett Lions.”
Gabrenya recently researched and drafted an Emergency Action Plan for the growing race and presented it to the Bartlett Police Department and Village of Bartlett staff.
“We know that Kristina will be an excellent fit for this board position. Not only does she have an exceptional record of professional and personal accomplishments, she has the same enthusiasm for serving our community that her mom always showed,” said Village President Kevin Wallace.
Gabrenya will chair the Building Committee and serve the remainder of Arends’ term, which expires in 2019.