Darcy L. Evon, Chief Executive Officer

 

Darcy comes to the Village with years of non-profit management experience including leadership roles at public and private universities, libraries, medical, technology, non-profit organizations and media companies. Most recently, Darcy was Chief Development Officer for the Chicago Public Library Foundation, where she led the organization to record-breaking engagement and community awareness milestones. Darcy is active in Chicago’s corporate and civic communities and is a member of the Economic Club, Executives Club, Chicago Innovation Advisory Board, and a variety of cultural and business organizations. In her spare time, she is an avid history buff and author who published an illustrated history of jewelry and metalwork entrepreneurs during the Chicago Arts and Crafts movement. Darcy lives in Chicago’s near north neighborhood.

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

Kathleen Kolodgy, 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.

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.

Beth Burn Joosten, Vice President

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Born and raised in Virginia, Beth has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia and a Master’s from Vanderbilt. She had a 35-year career in healthcare as a nurse, clinical administrator (Rush and Northwestern hospitals), and consultant to nurses, hospitals and health systems. Through her company, Healthcare Management Resources, she now consults with families as a patient advocate and advisor. Beth has been active on the boards of various service and community organizations. She and husband Fred are avid sailors, have three grown children and live in Lincoln Park.

Alan T. Lougée, Vice President

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From 1986 until 2002, Alan Lougée was President of the Chicago Faucet Co. which was, for more than 100 years, America’s leading manufacturer of commercial faucets. The family business was sold in 2002 and currently Alan serves as a consultant to Leveler Technologies, a manufacturer of electrical surge protection equipment, as well as overseeing several rental properties that he owns. Alan has been a member of numerous boards including the Old Town Triangle Association. He and his wife Janet have lived in Old Town since 1983 and are proud of their two children, Paul and Lauren, who were raised in the city.

Joan Goldstein, Secretary

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Joan Goldstein has more than 30 years of professional fund raising experience with such organizations as The Chicago Architecture Foundation, National Safety Council and The Museum of Science and Industry. As a senior fund raising consultant with Campbell and Company, she provided capital campaign and ongoing development program counsel for numerous nonprofit organizations. In retirement, Joan has volunteered with the Glessner House Museum, Field Museum, and Old Town Art Fair. Not limiting her talents to Chicago, she is a Trustee of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Colorado. Joan moved to Chicago from her home town of Nashville in 1972 and lives in Sandburg Village.

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

Karen Terry, Secretary

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Karen Terry is a human emergence coach and group leader with the Wright Foundation and adjunct faculty at Wright Graduate University. Trained in a trans-disciplinary approach to fostering human potential, she works with clients on advancing their careers and personal lives. Karen has also been an award-winning writer, corporate television producer, and creative team member with more than three decades of experience in communicating complex ideas to and for business and healthcare. She holds a master’s from Northwestern University, and a master’s and doctorate from Wright Graduate University. She and husband Tom live in Streeterville.

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.

Ruth Ann Watkins, Immediate Past President

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Ruth Ann Watkins was well equipped with a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago for her career at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) eventually becoming Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. In addition to teaching, writing and her professional career, she has served as a member and officer on a variety of boards including the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, the University of Chicago Women’s Business Group, the Rotary Club of Chicago, and The Retirement Research Foundation. She and her husband Tom divide their time between Chicago and Pompano Beach, Florida.

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.

Judy Carmack Bross

Judy began her career as a newspaper reporter and is Editor of Classic Chicago Magazine, an online weekly, and the author of Murray Bay. With a lifelong passion for hands-on voluntarism, Judy has chaired the Village auction, she and husband John do volunteer projects in Chiapas, Mexico, and she also participates weekly in a feeding program for the homeless. She has headed the USA Education Charitable Trust, served as Chair of the Board of the Latin School of Chicago, the Women’s Board of Northwestern Hospital, and Senior Warden of St. Chrysostom’s Church. Judy and John love having 12 grandchildren.