Office team

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. Image courtesy of Mark Brown Photography, 2017

Sarah Brunner, Director of Engagement and Operations

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As an MSW student at Loyola, Sarah Brunner answered a Village listing for social work intern. What began as a 6-month internship turned into a 7-year position; she is now Director of Engagement and Programming. Sarah, a cyclist and outdoor person, is a wonderful asset, and she marvels at how Village members become important assets for each other.

Laurel Baer, Communications Strategist

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Laurel Baer, Communications Strategist, is responsible for most Village communiqués: Newsletter, Member Memo, Gigs and Bytes, even this website. Her years of experience in advertising as media director, account manager and consultant prepared her well. Laurel enjoys choral singing and, fortunately for the Village, enjoys writing, too; it gives her great satisfaction.

Eloise Barron, Engagement Coordinator

Eloise, who has joined as part time Engagement Coordinator, participated in the Village movement in Connecticut, and has worked in the health and wellness field. She enjoys being a member of The Village Chicago, meeting new people and creating new relationships. Eloise and her husband, Tim, are very happy to be here in Chicago with their three adult children and their families. She spends her leisure time outdoors biking, hiking, skiing, and has recently taken up golfing.

Betty Dayron, Social Work Field Instructor

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One of the Village’s first members, Betty Dayron has always been active: volunteer, participant, and since 2009 Field Instructor for Village interns from Loyola’s School of Social Work (she has supervised more than 20). Betty brings valuable career experience, but she too is learning: Village members from all walks of life have more in common than she anticipated!

Niki Fox, Member Services and Internship Coordinator

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Niki Fox began as a social work intern and has now joined the staff. She marvels at the way small actions can make a big difference. Members appreciate her warmth, possibly because her grandmother taught her that a smile is contagious, even over the phone! Niki is a quilter, scuba diver, avid reader and enjoys competitive sports.

Yoon Tae Chong, Administrative and Fund Development Coordinator


Yoon Tae joins The Village Chicago as the Administrative and Fund Development Coordinator. Previously, he served as the Development Manager for the Hana Center, which is a social service and community organizing/advocacy organization for immigrants. Having studied to be a philosopher and theologian but also being certified as a personal trainer, Yoon Tae provides an eclectic mix of skills and experience. He enjoys all types of cuisine, powerlifting, reading, and tinkering with things.

Susan Samek, Bookkeeper


Susan has spent her career in nonprofits working as vice president of finance and operations at the Healthy Schools Campaign, heading up historic house museums and early on serving as curator of costumes and director of exhibitions at the Chicago History Museum. Susan joined The Village Chicago in February 2018. Susan and her husband artist Michael x. Ryan have two grown children, Sam and Stella, who both live out of state. Susan looks forward to family gatherings, loves working on her family genealogy and is always at the ready to help others discover their roots.

Megan Byrd, Program and Communications Coordinator


With a varied background in photography, independent comic book publishing, and event organization, Megan enjoys combining her passions to serve the local community. As Editor-in-Chief of  Ladies’ Night Anthology, she works closely with a dedicated team of editors to publish an annual comic book collection featuring local emerging creators. Should you meet Megan at one of the Village events, she will happily show you photos of her cat Luke upon request.

Ben Kernan, MSW Intern


Ben is a first year MSW student at Loyola University Chicago. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Ben obtained his bachelor’s degree at The George Washington University. Ben has experience working with the LGBT community, and plans to continue to work with this population in the future. Ben is very excited to begin this internship and to meet the members of The Village Chicago!

Olivia Myers, MSW Intern


Olivia is a second year, part-time MSW student at Loyola University Chicago. She was born in Boston, went to college at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and moved to Chicago five years ago. During that time she worked at various non-profit organizations, including a CILA where she lived with adults with intellectual disabilities, a women’s housing center, and a special education classroom. Olivia’s favorite part of her work is building meaningful relationships with members and coworkers. She is excited to be at The Village Chicago!