Darcy L. Evon (she/her), Chief Executive Officer

 

Darcy brings a wealth of experience to the Village, including leadership roles at public and private universities, libraries, medical, technology, non-profit organizations and media companies. She is active in Chicago’s corporate and civic communities and serves on the boards of Ingenuity Inc., The Guild of the Chicago History Museum, The Kalo Foundation, and the Chicago Innovation Advisory Board. Darcy is a member of the Economic Club, Executives Club, and a variety of cultural and business organizations. She is an avid history buff and author who published Hand Wrought, an illustrated history of jewelry and metalwork from the Chicago Arts and Crafts Movement.

David E. Baker, President

 

David is currently President of Fremont St. Associates, a consulting firm specializing in the development of innovation spaces for tech start-ups. As Executive Director of America’s Urban Campus, David oversees the operations of a consortium of 22 of Chicago’s universities and colleges, whose mission is to promote Chicago as a global destination for higher education. From 1995 to 2016 David served as Vice President for External Affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology He was responsible for the University’s governmental relations, marketing and communications, and trustee relations. He managed all university strategic plans from 1993 through 2009. He also founded University Technology Park at IIT, to support start-ups and growth companies in life sciences and energy technologies.

Joan Goldstein, Vice President

 

Joan Goldstein holds degrees from Washington University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She was a professional fundraiser for more than 30 years for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, National Safety Council and Museum of Science and Industry and most recently was a senior consultant with the national fundraising consulting firm, Campbell & Company. In retirement, Joan has volunteered with the Glessner House, Field Museum, and the Old Town Art Fair. At The Village Chicago, Joan is chair of the Fund Development Committee and has served two previous terms on the Village Board’s Executive Committee, one as Secretary. Joan is a native of Nashville, TN, has lived in Chicago for nearly 50 years, and winters in Boca Raton, FL.

Therese Meike, Vice President

 

Therese graduated Magna Cum Laude from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Business Administration, completed her CPA in 1990, and her CFP® certification in 1995. She has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and is currently a Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President, Investments at Raymond James. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity and the Community Career Center in Naperville. Therese enjoys spending time with her husband, Bill, their children and their grandchildren. When not traveling, her hobbies include gardening, painting and yoga.

Judith Gethner, Secretary

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Judith, a native Chicagoan, is a strong and passionate leader with an impressive combination of private and non-profit experience, specializing in building and stewarding successful start-up organizations. Most recently, she served as the founding Executive Director of Illinois Partners for Human Service. She became a powerful and trusted voice within the human service sector in Illinois and lent her expertise to numerous state government councils, commissions and work groups. Previously, she led international sales and marketing teams within the IT industry. To support her steadfast commitment to social justice, Judith was trained by the Industrial Areas Foundation in organizing and advocacy. She currently volunteers for the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, Menttium Corporation, SketchPad, Chicago Grand Neighbors Association and others.

Richard W. Sullivan, Treasurer

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Dick graduated from Harvard College in 1969 and received an MBA from the University of Chicago (cum laude) in 2002. In 1969, he joined the Chicago office of Accenture Ltd (then a division of Arthur Andersen & Co.) specializing in information technology and business process improvement. He was promoted to partner in 1980 and retired in 2000. Currently he focuses on the growth of two not-for-profit organizations that organize policy debating leagues for secondary school students in large inner city school systems. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of MIS at DePaul University. Dick is unmarried and has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Karen Terry, Immediate Past President

 

Formerly an award-winning scriptwriter and video producer, Karen redirected her career midlife to coaching and teaching. She is currently a lecturer in the School of Education & Social Policy at Northwestern University and a Coach Educator in Northwestern’s Executive Learning & Organizational Change (ELOC) program. She’s also a life coach with the Wright Foundation and adjunct faculty at Wright Graduate University. Karen is a graduate of the University of Michigan; she also has a master’s degree in Radio-TV-Film from Northwestern. She received a second master’s degree and her doctorate in Transformational Leadership and Coaching at Wright Graduate University.

Dianne Campbell, Founding Executive Director 2008-2019

 

Successful startups are Dianne Campbell’s forte! From classroom teacher to helping open Chicago’s first magnet school, she became the Founding Director and President of the Chicago Children’s Museum which she directed for 17 years. Subsequently, Dianne helped build one of Chicago’s first public charter schools into a network serving more than 2,200 students. When she was selected in 2008 as Founding Executive Director of the Village, she was pivotal in building the organization it is today. The national Village to Village Network recognized her excellence: she served on their inaugural Advisory Board and led the Research Committee. She and husband Tom live in Lincoln Park. Image courtesy of Mark Brown Photography, 2017

Donald M. Bell

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Don is a native Chicagoan with a deep commitment to social justice. Don spent his professional career in higher education administration/student affairs at the University of Illinois, Governors State University, Joliet Junior College, and IIT. He is a founding member and past president of the Association of Campus Activities Administrators. Don provided serial long-term care for his two parents while raising two sons as a single custodial parent and now has six beautiful grandchildren. Don is a member of the first “out” generation of LGBT+ seniors and finds solidarity in the commitment of the Village to active aging and diversity.

Stefanie Clark

Stefanie Clark graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Commercial Science. She worked in accounting at Arthur Anderson before launching her own business as a corporate problem solver, catering to clients from around the world. After joining the Village in 2017 Stefanie has been very active in the LGBTQ+ community and has introduced many new friends to the organization. In her free time, she enjoys music, walking, social events, and fashion modeling.

Charles G. Cooper

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Chuck Cooper, who was a 1st Lt. in the army in the 1950’s, spent most of his professional career with Helene Curtis from which he retired as Chief Operating Officer. Boards on which he has served include Helene Curtis, Sportmart, Devon Bank, Spertus Institute, and CJE Senior Life. In 1998, a documentary co-produced by Chuck, In Our Own Hands: The Story of the Jewish Brigade in WWII, was selected by the Motion Picture Academy as one of the outstanding documentaries of the year. Chuck and wife Nancy have four children, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and live in Streeterville.

Caryn Curry

 

Caryn Curry, LCSW, is a Social Worker and Mental Health Consultant for Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience (CCR). With almost 30 years of experience in the field, her work has included clinical practice, program development and management in hospital, residential, community and educational settings. Ms. Curry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Practice from the University of Chicago. Ms. Curry serves on the Board of Directors of the West 40 Educational Foundation and the Advisory Council of The Holy Family Ministries School. She enjoys volunteering as a mentor, playing tennis and spending time with friends.

Advisory Council

Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD

Senior Examining Cognitive Neurologist, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center; Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences; Director of Research, Rush Heart Center for Women; Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Robyn L. Golden, LCSW

Director of Health and Aging, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Joanne G. Schwartzberg, MD

Scholar-in-Residence, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Mary Ann Smith

Consultant and Lecturer on Community Development; Former Alderman of Chicago’s 48th Ward