Darcy L. Evon, 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.

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.

Nancy Felton-Elkins, Vice President

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Nancy Felton-Elkins holds an A.B. with honors from Wellesley College; a Masters in Divinity, Theology, from Harvard University; and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. She currently is Principle, NFE Consulting, LLC. Nancy was at The Northern Trust Company for twenty-seven years, retiring as Senior Vice President and Fiduciary Division Head, Wealth Management Group. She is a lifetime board member of The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), and has served on the board of Mather LifeWays for eighteen years. Nancy lives in Lincoln Park.

Charles G. Cooper, Vice President

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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.

Judith Gethner, Vice President

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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.

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

Angie Levenstein, Secretary

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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

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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.

David E. Baker

 

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.

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.

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

Patricia Clickener

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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.