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!
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.
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.
Courtney was a social work intern at the Village during the Summer of 2015 and now has her masters in social work. Courtney is excited to be back at the Village and looks forward to connecting with Village members in the coming weeks. In her spare time, she enjoys bike riding, knitting and crocheting, walking along the lakefront and going to the movies. She has two cats, Sergeant and Pepper.
Lauren, who recently relocated to Chicago from Seattle, has a background in fundraising, event planning, and volunteer management and her passion is working with people to build meaningful relationships. After only a few days with the Village, she is already inspired by the dedication and creativity of the membership and looks forward to supporting their efforts. Lauren lives in the Loop with her husband and enjoys travel, cooking, writing, and exploring this great city.
Alexandra is currently a second year graduate student at Loyola University Chicago, pursing her MSW and MA in Social Justice. She is very passionate about helping others in need and improving their livelihood. Before Loyola, she was an AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps member and served as a medical interpreter for the Spanish-speaking community. Alexandra is excited to be an intern at the Village and cannot wait to meet the community members.
Tia is a first year MSW student at Loyola University Chicago. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Tia completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton and has since lived in Chicago for a little more than two years. Tia has had experience working on the city’s south side in an elementary school and has a passion for relationship building. She is very much excited to begin to get to know the members of the Village!