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The Friends of Richton Park Foundation was founded in 2018. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization is governed by an eight-person board that works to support the Village of Richton Park in developing a safe, healthier, more prosperous future for youth, seniors, and others to grow and thrive in a dynamic community.


The foundation works to support and provide:

  • Scholarships for higher education

  • Quality youth programming and events

  • Support for the Rich Township Food Pantry


Each year we administer the Bill Fleming Scholarship, which was first awarded in 1998. The mission of this scholarship initiative is to reward Richton Park students who exhibit academic achievement and desire, with exceptional character.


We raise funds in a variety of ways, including support of the President’s Golf Outing, as well as fundraising events.


To contact us, please click here.



Felicia Charles


Felicia Chase is President of the Friends of Richton Park Foundation. A passion advocate for the community and especially young people, she has been a resident of Richton Park for 16 Years.


Because of her involvement in the community, Felicia was named 2020 Citizen of the Year for Richton Park. She is also President of Love Us, Inc., President of her homeowner's association and a member of the Police and Fire Commission of Richton Park.


Felicia holds Graduate Degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources from University of Phoenix.


She is a business owner, a mom and grandmother, and loves to quote Maya Angelou: "When you learn, TEACH. When you get, GIVE".

Alicia Mosby-Bobo


Alicia Mosby-Bobo serves as Vice President for Friends of Richton Park Foundation. She has been a resident of Richton Park for the past six years. 


Passionate about community and children, Alicia has been able to work with many organizations where she was able to motivate and inspire people of all ages. 


Alicia holds the position of Secretary for her HOA, where she is actively involved. 


A graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with two bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Communication. Alicia is also a graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a Paralegal Certificate. 


A wife and a mother of two who loves to spend time with family, traveling, shopping, and crafting!


Aaron Reaves


Aaron Reaves is Treasurer of the Friends of Richton Park Foundation.  He became a Richton Park’s resident in 2013 and been involved in several Community organizations since 2015.


Aaron honorably served four years in the United States Marine Corps and later graduated from Triton College with a Certificate in Computer Information Systems.

He has over 20 years of combined Government Service, including a career as an Information Technology Subject Matter Expert Auditor/Analyst.

Aaron has two children, one grandson; a passion for woodwork, music and being a DJ.  His Great grandmother taught him how to play the piano and organ.


Debra Shakoor


Debra Shakoor is Secretary of Friends of Richton Park Foundation.


She has lived in Richton Park for 29 years and is very involved in her community.

In addition to her role on the FORPF board, she also serves as a Commissioner for Parks and Recreation, also volunteers with YBARP (Youth Baseball Association of Richton Park) and Lakewood HOA and the Sister City Committee.

​Debra retired in June 2017 after 26 plus years of service from CTA. While there she was involved with many CTA community charity activities.


​She loves to travel, to visit, her son and grandchildren.

Team work makes the dream work.


Gloria Cox

Board Member

Gloria J Cox has been a resident of Richton Park for 36 years. She began her life of community service as a Sunday school teacher decades ago, which led to Gloria developing arts programs for underprivileged children.


She has a degree in Early Childhood Development. Gloria serves on the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, the Sister City Committee and Friends of Richton Park Foundation. She is also involved in  HOA.


Married with two children and five grandchildren, Gloria believes in making the world a better place for the next generation.


John Harris

Board Member

John Harris has served as a branding consultant to the Village of Richton Park. He is co-founder of a5 Branding & Digital, a Chicago-based marketing and communications agency.


In addition to Friends of Richton Park, Harris serves on the boards of Triton College Foundation and Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. 


A graduate of Carroll University, Harris and his wife are the parents of two grown children.


Harris has a passion for creating healthy, sustainable communities and loves that when you are in Richton Park, it is "your home".


Dedrick Richardson




Dedrick Richardson has been a resident of Richton Park for 4 years but lived in the neighboring villages for 16 years. He is a devoted volunteer and a strong advocate for youth sports in the village.

Dedrick attended Stillman College (HBCU) but left early to pursue a now 20+ year career in the financial industry.

In addition to his role on the FORPF (Friends of Richton Park Foundation), Dedrick is currently the President of Y.B.A.R.P (Youth Baseball Association of Richton Park), an organization that has been rooted in Richton Park for 35+ years.


He also holds the same role of President for the S.S.Y.B.L (South Suburban Youth Baseball League), in which he governs baseball activities for several surrounding villages. His passion of volunteering also stretches to basketball and football.

Dedrick is married with 4 children, a business owner, and a champion for youth sports in Richton Park.

Board Member


Ashley Turner

Village Liason

Ashley Turner, the Parks & Recreation Director for the Village of Richton Park, serves as the Ex-Officio Board Member for the Friends of Richton Park Foundation.


Ashley is instrumental in ensuring the Village of Richton Park and the Friends of Richton Park Foundation work collectively to serve the community.

Before becoming Director in 2020, Ashley served as the Parks and Recreation Supervisor for two years.


Under her supervision, the department increased participation in an after-school program, summer camps, and special events. 

A graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Kinesiology; she’s a mom who enjoys traveling and spending time with her son and family.


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