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.
Board of Directors
Karen Terry, President
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.
Nancy Felton-Elkins, Vice President
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.
Ruth Ann Watkins, Vice President
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.
Charles G. Cooper, Vice President
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.
Angie Levenstein, Secretary
Angie Levenstein holds an MA from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a PhD from the Institute for Clinical Social Work. She is now retired after 50 years in social work agency, private practice, training, supervisory, and consultation experience. She has served on the boards of Family Institute, Institute for Clinical Social Work, and Family Network, Inc., a Family Focus agency. As a member of The Village Chicago, Angie serves on the Research and Volunteer Committees and enjoys being on ‘the dream team’ planning village special events. 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.
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
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.
Thomas C. Eley III
Born and raised in the Old Town Triangle, Chicago. Husband of Victoria, father of TC, Teddy, and Katherine, walker of Cosmo and petter of Grey and White kitties. Son of Salli (Tom’s mother, Salli, was one of the first members of the Village). Still learning. Property manager.
Glen’s career was spent in higher education as a teacher and administrator in Chicago, Kansas City, and Jersey City. He served as President of Hudson County Community College (HCCC) in New Jersey for 26 years. Under his leadership, enrollments significantly increased and the College became a nationally recognized, award-winning institution with three campuses. He has received the The Hudson Pride Center Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the LGBTQ community. After returning to Chicago in 2018, Glen and his partner settled in Lakeview, and became active in the Village. They are the reigning champions of intergenerational Trivia Night. His broad interests include history, art, architecture and travel.
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.
Bruce Hunt had a 35-year career as a management and organizational development consultant. At the Industrial Relations Center of the University of Chicago, he was director of the Management Development Seminar until 1983, then served as a senior consultant with Harbridge House and later with Price Waterhouse Coopers. A graduate of Wooster College and McCormick Theological Seminary, Bruce has been recognized for excellence in teaching and leadership in neighborhood organizations, Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church as well as a shelter providing support for the homeless. Long-time residents of Lincoln Park, he, his wife Anne, and members of their family now live in a large intergenerational home in the Irving Park neighborhood.
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.
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.
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. Therese works with clients to determine their financial goals and then develops, implements and monitors a sound financial plan to meet those goals. 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.
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.
Leatrice Berman Sandler
Attorney Leatrice Berman Sandler works for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services focusing on program integrity. She shares her expertise by teaching and, previously, consulting; past employers include the University of Chicago Hospitals and the City of Chicago. Leatrice has faculty appointments at the University of Illinois School of Public Health and in the Preventive Medicine Department at Feinberg Medical School. As a community organizer, Leatrice spent 25 years as a board member of Chicago’s Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. Leatrice varies her activities by board membership with Bailiwick Chicago Theater Company, occasionally performing in musical theater productions. She and husband Steve live in Lincoln Park.
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.
Bob Spoerri has been involved in building, managing and leading high performance businesses for more than 30 years. He spent over 20 years at LaSalle Partners, including 10 years as Chief Operating Officer and President. Bob subsequently served as CEO of several other businesses in Chicago and London and currently, serves as President and CEO of Beneficial Reuse Management, a pioneering environmental services firm. Bob received an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Indiana University. He and his wife Emily divide their time between their homes in Chicago and Wisconsin and make frequent trips to London to visit their grandchildren.
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
Jan trained as a Psychiatric Social Worker, receiving her MSW from the University of Michigan after which she practiced for a decade as a clinician at Children’s Psychiatric Hospital and the University’s Psychiatric Clinic. During that time she developed a private practice specializing in intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy. After moving to Chicago, she sold real estate in Hyde Park, trained at Charlie Trotter’s as a dessert chef, and taught at Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma. Beginning in 2005, Jan joined the American Saddlebred Horse circuit, riding her own horse in 4 consecutive national champion events. She is the author of A Baker’s Walk Through New York City (unpublished), bringing together recipes from a dozen pastry kitchens in Manhattan. She has been a board member of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, and a volunteer for Y-Me, the (former) breast cancer charity. She lives in Kenwood with her husband and 6 pound Chihuahua Bitsy.
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.