By Kristin Boza
For the last two years, West Beverly resident Brian Roberts has made an impact on BAPA’s Board, specifically on the Safety and Security Committee. After moving to the neighborhood with his wife 11 years ago, Roberts, an assistant principal at Shepard High School in Palos Heights, was impressed with BAPA’s community efforts and wanted to be a part of it.
“My work requires that I try to get people from diverse backgrounds and different perspectives to work toward one common goal: providing children with a quality education,” he said. “I think this transitions well to serving on the BAPA board; while the area is diverse and has residents from all walks of life, it is the goal of BAPA to make this one of the best neighborhoods in the city for all of the residents.”
His main goals are to boost up BAPA’s Safety Committee and use his voice to offer fresh ideas. “The board was already made up of very talented, smart individuals before me coming aboard; I simply try to add ideas and offer a unique perspective,” he said. “I also want to work with Susan Flood [BAPA Executive Director] and Gary Jenkins [BAPA Director of School and Safety Programs] to recruit residents for the Safety Committee and find the best way that the committee can serve the residents of Beverly/Morgan Park.”
The Roberts family, including first grader Xavier, is committed to BAPA’s mission and continually supports the organization. “Besides organizing so many great events, I feel BAPA does an outstanding job of shining a spotlight on the residents, businesses, organizations and everything else that makes this area great,” Roberts said. “When we first moved here, we were looking for a safe, diverse area that would be a good place to raise children; Beverly/Morgan Park had everything we were looking for.”