Dianne Campbell, Founding Executive Director
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.
Board of Directors
Kathleen Kolodgy, President
Kathleen Kolodgy is a partner at Maloney McHugh and Kolodgy, Ltd. and is a member of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys. For more than 25 years, she has regularly represented health systems, physicians, hospitals, other providers and payers in matters involving health care compliance, medical staff matters, 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. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Kathleen and her husband Bob have lived in Lincoln Park for six years and have three grown children and one adorable granddaughter.
Mary Ann Schwartz, Vice President
Mary Ann Schwartz is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Northeastern Illinois University where she served as chair of the Sociology Department for several years and was a co-founder of the Women’s Studies Program. She has co-authored two textbooks, one of which recently went into its eighth edition. A long-time union activist, Mary Ann held numerous offices while at Northeastern, and her involvement continues with retiree union organizations. Mary Ann was one of the founders of Lake View Village and helped organize its merger with Lincoln Park Village in 2010. She and her husband, Richard Brewer, have lived in the Lake View neighborhood for 39 years.
David E. Baker, Vice President
David retired in 2016 as Vice President for External Affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology where he helped create the University Technology Park as its founding Executive Director. He has formed a consulting firm, Fremont St. Associates and will now use his expertise as Managing Director of Smart Grid Cluster. His background includes membership in the Economic Club of Chicago, Executive Vice President of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Association of University Research Parks. He tempers professional pursuits with serious hobbies, including bird watching, golf and playing the trumpet. David is married, has two children and lives in Lincoln Park.
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.
Joan Goldstein, Secretary
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.
J. Dirk Vos, Treasurer
Dirk Vos is Chairman of the Board of Advisors, Alpha Capital Partners Ltd., a Chicago-based private equity firm. He also serves on the boards of several privately held for-profit and not-for-profit corporations. Dirk had a long and notable career in corporate finance and banking spanning three decades at First Chicago Corporation (which merged into what is now J.P. Morgan Chase). In 2004, he also founded Mapcarte which is an online dealer in antique maps. He and his wife Donna are residents of Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood.
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.
John A. Bross
John Bross is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and has an MTS in theological studies from Seabury Western Seminary. He practiced law in Chicago from 1965 until 1979 and then joined the Northern Trust Company where he became a vice president. John’s diverse interests are evident from the range of his board memberships: Chicago Area Project (CAP, a network of grassroots organizations aimed at promoting community-building), Facets Multimedia, and The Admiral at the Lake. He is a member of St. James Cathedral and has supported Seabury Western as a trustee since 2006. Now retired, John and his wife Judy live in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood.
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.
John Crain-Cox has lived in Lincoln Park since 1974; a daughter lives in Chicago and a son in London. Primarily an interior designer concentrating on older buildings, his initial experience with Chicago architecture was teaching training classes for the Architecture Foundation with a focus on historic preservation. For many years, he taught classes on the history of architecture and interiors with a special interest in retrofitting older buildings to bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Guidelines for Historic Restoration. A true renaissance man, John has taught classes in urbanology and history at Chicago’s Center for Life and Learning.
Hollis Hines had a distinguished career in New York as a network television host at NBC and then in Chicago at NBC, WGN-TV and WTTW. A mother of five, Hollis later turned her skills and talents to leadership for organizations such as the Juvenile Protection Association and an abused women program for Hull House. These interests led to a Master’s Degree in clinical social work, a ten-year career at Scholarship and Guidance and a private practice. She retired when her husband died in 1997. Hollis, currently a resident of Streeterville, is mastering the serious avocation of photography and puts that talent to good use for the Village.
John Kingsley Holton, PhD
John Holton is a social psychologist and as the Director of Illinois Department on Aging, served in the cabinets of Governors Patrick Quinn and Bruce Rauner. Under his leadership, the agency grew into the state’s third largest human services department, serving hundreds of thousands of senior Illinoisans and their caregivers. John is currently Director of the Gerontology Center at Concordia University Chicago. He has taught at Concordia, the School for New Learning at DePaul University, the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. A resident of Hyde Park, he and wife, Mirna Teresa, are raising a family of three children and on occasion, three grandchildren.
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.
Beth Burn Joosten
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.
Joe Lane’s extensive career in the banking industry began at First National Bank of Chicago, and included posts in international banking with ABN Amro Bank, N.V., and Global Integrated Energy Corporate Finance. Since retiring in 2002, Joe has actively participated on many boards and as a consultant to corporations such as Accenture and Marathon Capital. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, he is a guest lecturer there and a member of Kellogg’s Pete Henderson Society, Northwestern’s Leadership Circle and is also a member of the Civic Federation. He and his wife Kerstin live in Old Town and have three children and six grandchildren.
Alan T. Lougée
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.
Ann Taboroff Rusnak
Ann grew up in Palo Alto, California. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. and M.A. in History and attended the MBA program at Harvard Business School. She relocated to Chicago in June 2013 following 32 years in Istanbul, Turkey where she established her own company specializing in corporate communications and advertising sales for the Wall Street Journal. Ann is an active participant in many aspects of Chicago’s cultural and intellectual life. She has a college-aged son, two step-daughters and four grandchildren and is active in the care of her 94-year-old mother. She and her husband Ray live in Lincoln Park.
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.
John M. Simonds
John Simonds spent 35-years as a management consultant to professional service firms. Trained in management at General Electric, he began a private practice in Seattle in 1976. He was Vice President of the American Management Association and spent four years as Commissioner of Personnel for the State of Vermont. Now retired, John is a consummate sports fan, enjoys writing personal essays and is involved with the popular Writer’s Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He, his partner Mary Jo Field, and Bianca, their American Eskimo dog, spend their winters there. Back in Chicago, they live in River North. John is the father of three and has one grandchild.
Mary Ann Smith
Mary Ann Smith served as Alderman of Chicago’s 48th Ward for 22 years. She had a multi-faceted career focused on public safety, community-directed redevelopment, transit, walkability, and lakefront planning. She tackled Medicare-Medicaid fraud and the exploitation of the mentally ill. Operation Lakewatch, a grass roots effort to make voters aware of water contamination in Lake Michigan, is an example of her advocacy for the environment. Currently Mary Ann is a consultant and frequently lectures on community development. She and her husband Ronald C. Smith, a retired Naval Aviator and law professor, have two sons and have been residents of the Edgewater and Uptown communities since 1974.
With a degree from Oregon State University, Lois Stuckey began her 25-year career in Human Resources and Labor Relations, first with Air Liquide, a multinational company that supplies industrial gases and services to industries, then with International Paper Company. She has also been Production Manager for Jays Foods and Procter & Gamble. As a community volunteer, Lois worked with the Latin School of Chicago Parents’ Association and the board of CARE Chicago’s Women’s Initiative. Other interests include her book club, travel, food and poker. She and husband Rick have been active in the Lincoln Park neighborhood since they moved here in 1976. They have two daughters.
Richard W. Sullivan
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 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.
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.
Immediate Past President
Ruth Ann Watkins
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 extensive career at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), eventually becoming Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. In addition to teaching, writing and an active professional career, she has served as a member and officer on a variety of boards including, among others, 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.