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.
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 6-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, 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.
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!
When Carmen Salas answered an ad for her job as Communications Associate, she moved from educational administration into the multi-faceted world of the Village. For more than a year Carmen, who is comfortably bi-lingual, has cheerfully interacted with Village members and become convinced that her career path will always be the non-profit world where people come first.
Loren has joined the office team full time as Administrative Coordinator. Loren comes to us from Whole Foods where she was a highly successful Customer Service Team Trainer. She is a native Chicagoan who earned a BA at Wooster College where she majored in Biology with the intention of becoming a dentist. Upon graduation, she realize that she wanted to work more directly in helping others – and now she can. In her leisure hours, she likes to spend time with her niece and godson and also likes to binge watch some of that super Netflix fare.
Nicole is originally from from Fairfield, Connecticut and in her spare time likes to read the classics of American literature (Little Women is a favorite book!), do yoga, and listen to music – especially Classic Rock. After only two days on the job, Nicole has already observed how connected the office team is with Village members and with each other – a fact that surprised and pleased her.
Audrey is a fourth generation Alaskan – also working toward her MSW at Loyola. In addition to her studies at Loyola she is part of their Division I cross country and track and field teams, her specialties being the 800 and 1,500 meter for which she trains some 15 hours a week. When back home in Alaska she loves to hike and her music taste runs to the greats of another generation – Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra being two favorites.