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.
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, 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, 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Saeri came from Korea to pursue her education and after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, she is now a second year Master of Social Work student at Loyola University. She has been volunteering at a rape crisis center and has worked with adults providing direct service and case management at a social service center in the Near North neighborhood. Saeri will be focusing on The Village’s Healthcare Advocacy Initiative to help members navigate their healthcare interactions.