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.
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Karen Terry, 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.
Judith Gethner, Vice President
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.
David E. Baker, Vice 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.
Angie Levenstein, Secretary
Angie holds a PhD from the Institute for Clinical Social Work and MA from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. At retirement in 2010 from her career in social work she became an involved Village member, currently on the Research and Executive committees. She has served on the boards of the Family Institute, Institute for Clinical Social Work, and Family Network, a Family Focus agency. She and her husband Marc live in Lincoln Park near her favorite place, Caldwell Lily Pool Garden, where Angie is a volunteer docent.
Richard W. Sullivan, Treasurer
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.
Kathie Kolodgy, Immediate Past President
Kathleen Kolodgy is a partner at Maloney McHugh and Kolodgy, Ltd. For more than 25 years, she has regularly represented medical staffs in fair hearings, and represented integrated health systems, physicians, hospitals, and other providers and payers in matters involving regulatory compliance, medical staff issues, contracting, dispute resolution and litigation. She has worked with several nonprofit entities as a board member and consultant and currently serves on the board of The Retirement Research Foundation in Chicago. Kathleen and her husband Bob moved to Lincoln Park from Toledo, Ohio eight years ago. They have three grown children and two adorable granddaughters.
Donald M. Bell
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.
Pat has an M.S. degree from the University of Illinois and an M.A. from DePaul. She spent 19 years at Leo Burnett retiring as VP- Associate Research Director. She founded a consulting company for ADA compliance, taught disability awareness at Motorola University, and for seven years guided those who had lost jobs (some after age 50) as a career consultant with Right Management. She also served five years, first as VP then President of the Board of Hearing Loss Association of America, and was a member of Advisory Boards of the National Institutes of Health (NIDCD), Knowles Center at Northwestern University and the National Captioning Institute.
Charles G. Cooper
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, 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.
Thomas C. Eley III
Born and raised in the Old Town Triangle, Chicago. Husband of Victoria, father of TC, Teddy, and Katherine, Property Manager, walker of Cosmo and petter of Grey and White kitties. Son of Salli (Tom’s late mother, Salli, was one of the first members of the Village). Still learning.
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.
Ira was born and raised in New Orleans, and has a JD from Tulane Law School. For most of his legal career, he has written opinions for federal courts in both New Orleans and Chicago, as well as criminal appeals for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. He also sometimes teaches appellate advocacy at the John Marshall Law School. He is an avid moviegoer and was a member of the documentary film jury for the New Orleans Film Fest before moving to Chicago.
Molly holds a B.A. in History and Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. She currently serves as Associate Director Of Development at Facing History Chicago, an international educational non-profit organization. Prior to that, she was Manager of Mentoring and Inclusion Programs at Chicago Innovation, overseeing both the Ageless Innovator program and the Women’s Mentoring Co-op. Molly is passionate about building inclusive communities and is an eager participant in Village initiatives and programs including the Bridging Generations Board and the 2021 Annual Benefit She resides in Hyde Park, Chicago.
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.
Liz is an occupational therapist and global professional instructor with the Dementia Care Specialists, a part of the Crisis Prevention Institute. She also serves on the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Commission on Practice and has served on the Board for the Allen Cognitive Network since 2011, currently holding the position of treasurer. Liz was the Village Chicago’s first intern in 2009 and has since served in many roles including member of the Health and Wellness Initiative; part of the internal team that created the framework for the Brain Health/Memory Loss program, founding Whip of the Bridging Generations Board, and challenging question developer for Trivia Nights. Liz lives in Lincoln Park and in her free time enjoys being with her family – husband, Avi, daughters, Adele and Natalie, and mom, Judy.
Gail C. Moss
Gail holds a BA from Tufts University, a Master’s in Education from Temple University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her career has included public school teaching and real estate sales and development and she is currently an artist and lecturer. Gail has served on several boards including Hubbard Street Dance Company, Music of the Baroque Women’s Board, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Advisory Board for Cultural Affairs under Richard Daley and is currently a trustee of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Avid fisherman Gail with her rescue dog Frederick now divides her time between the Florida Keys and Lincoln Park where she resided for 38 years with her late husband Joseph.
Linda is a semi-retired psychotherapist, with over 30-years of experience working with individuals, couples and groups. She holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University, which she accomplished while working two jobs and raising a family. She also has had special training in Gestalt Therapy. Linda’s interests lie in establishing relationships, connecting people and creating communities. She has been an active member of The Village, working on many committees. She lives in Lakeview and has two grown daughters and two fantastic grandchildren. She loves to travel and recently returned from the Alabama Civil Rights Trail. She is a RIGHT NOW (rhtnow) person and can be counted on to get things done.
Wally came to the United States in 1961 after graduating from the University of Bombay majoring in chemistry and physics. He received his engineering education in air conditioning in Milwaukee and started working for architectural and engineering firms in Chicago. He started his own engineering company in 1979 and worked on several high profile projects. He later started a general contracting company and worked on several commercial and residential projects before retiring a few years ago. Wally enjoys playing tennis, bridge and driving for the village. Wally lives in Lincoln Park with his partner Liz Ware.
Carol earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University, Chicago. Carol was an English teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and a social worker in the Mundelein Public Schools. She has been a board member of Thresholds; Personal Pac; The Medical Research Institute Council; The American Jewish Committee; and she was president of the Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs. Currently she serves on the foundation board of The Chicago High School for the Arts. As an actor Carol has performed in theater, film and commercials. She has been involved with the Village since 2014. She currently serves on the Life 3.0 Committee and organizes exciting activities for the “Adventurer’s Club.”
Lois has been involved with the Village since its inception in 2008. Before rejoining the Board in 2019, she served two terms and was instrumental in developing the Program Committee. She enjoys entertaining in her home with husband Rick, including the Annual Barbecue. During her career, Lois held management positions at Jays Potato Chips, Procter & Gamble, and International Paper Company. She now enjoys travel, theater, music, food, meditation, gardening, reading, and movies
Vamse Kumar Subbiah
Vamse Kumar was introduced to The Village Chicago through Board Lead, a national organization that selected the Village through a rigorous competition to participate in their board diversity program. Vamse Kumar currently manages a team of Data Scientists and Engineers as a part of Emerging Tech – an AI team at world-renowned consulting firm PwC (formerly PriceWaterhouse Coopers). He has built several AI enabled wellness tools, including an advanced Retirement Planning Simulator which has become a part of the Financial Wellness program at PwC and is also used by many major banks. Vamse Kumar has a master’s degree from W.P Carey School of Business (ASU) where he was also a Student Ambassador. Vamse Kumar lives in Lincoln Park with his wife Sivamalini.
Jan practiced as a Psychiatric Social Worker, trained at Charlie Trotter’s as a dessert chef, and was a competitive horseback rider on the American Saddlebred Horse circuit. She practiced at the University of Michigan Children’s Psychiatric Hospital and Psychiatric Clinic, and in private practice specializing in intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She has been a board member of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists and a volunteer for Y-Me. Jan is a graduate of the University of Michigan (MSW).
In 2015 Mel retired from his partnership in the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP where he had been an attorney since 1987. Prior to attending law school, Mel received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He also worked full-time as a paramedic/firefighter for nine years. Mel is currently a student in The Second City Training Center, where he studies script writing and improv performance. He and his wife Pam have lived in the Lincoln Park and Lake View neighborhoods since 1987.
Joyce’s background is a rare combination of journalism, business strategy, marketing, PR and communications. She held senior newsroom and executive positions at the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Publishing and served as Managing Editor for the Chicago Sun-Times. She was President of Tribune Content Agency and Chief Marketing and Experience Officer at PCMA, the premier organization serving the business events industry. A native of Evansville, Ind., Joyce holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is President of the YWCA Metro Chicago board of directors.