Friends of Barrett F. Pedersen
A volunteer organization working for the betterment of our community
A few interesting facts about Barrett
Barrett was one of seven children born and raised in Franklin Park. He is
married to Jessica (Presperin) who has been an occupational therapist
for 30 years working with children and adults with physical
disabilities. She is a certified assistive technology provider
evaluating and recommending wheelchairs and seating products. She is
a frequent advocate concerning services for people with disabilities.
Barrett and Jessica have two sons attending the local elementary
school, who are active in scouting, band, baseball, basketball, ice
skating, rollerblading, and floor hockey. Barrett has been their
baseball coach and frequently volunteers at school activities to stay
involved with his sons’ activities.
Barrett has been involved in community service since he was a young Boy
Scout. His Eagle Scout project was to organize a walk-a-thon to raise
over $5,000.00 for the Reed Mental Health Center. He has volunteered
to assist Frank Grieashamer with his annual food drive held in July for the Leyden Family Services Food
Pantry. He also provides his office as a gathering and collection center
for Boy Scout Troop 158 for the annual Paul G. Ruch
Memorial Food Drive held each December. Barrett assisted with
sandbagging during the September 2008 Flood when Franklin Park residents
experienced severe flooding issues, and he is a consistent volunteer
for events such as Relay for Life, PADS and Holiday meals for the underprivileged.
Barrett enlisted in the United States Air Force after High School and served
Honorably as an aircraft electrician.
Barrett graduated from Holy Cross High school. Under the mentorship of Dr.
Andrew Prinz, Barrett received a degree majoring in Urban Studies
from Elmhurst College with Honors. He graduated from Chicago Kent
College of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. His continuing
education revolves around city planning, real estate, and estate planning.
Mayor, Village of Franklin Park
Trustee, Village of Franklin Park
Trustee, Franklin Park Public Library Board District
Commissioner, Village of Franklin Park Cable Television Commission