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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

Gail Guggenheim

Zdenka Samson

Holly Kerr

Burt Schmarak

Cheryl Levi

Carole Schmarak

Wendy Lipsman

Carol Wolfe

Rene Nissim

Rick Wolfe

Jamie Pestine

 Lori Wyatt

 Non-Voting Members

Joe Adler

Alicia De La Cruz

Maria Barbanete

Emma Kowalenko

Avelina Barrera

Lou Lamberti

Salomon Sr. Barrera

Bill Lipsman

Salomon Jr. Barrera

Blake Novotny

Anthony Bilotti

Mary Jo Papich

Josephine Campagni

Aurora Santos

 Liz Chavez


Council Liaison

Andrés Tapia



Student Representatives

Eliana Daugherty

Sara Steinmeyer


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 Elliot Hallett, Jr. Management Analyst for the City Manager's Office, at 847.926.1008 or by email at