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 Lincoln Park 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!
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.
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.
Jake Boyle grew up in the Chicago area, went to college in California, then was a case manager at Connections for the Homeless in Evanston. Now a student in Loyola’s MSW program, Jake is happy his internship brought him to the Village. His avocations include a major interest in sports as well as playing guitar.
Stephanie Agnew came to the Village via Elmhurst College where she studied political science. In the spring of 2017 she will complete her Loyola undergraduate degree in social work and begin the MSW program. She hopes to continue working in Chicago. Stephanie’s many interests include the field of philanthropy and historical fiction.