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Advisory Council

Wonder Works’ Spring 2018 Advisory Council focused on updating the council members with all the great things happening at the Museum. Starting with introducing our new board president, moving through our record numbers in 2017, our involvement in the community, happenings in 2018 thus far and our plans for this year and beyond. The Council had been surveyed earlier this year in preparation for the work the Board of Directors undertook this Spring for a three year strategic plan. The Advisory Council will be involved in the Strategic plan as we focus from 2019-2021 on Programs and Services; Organization Infrastructure and Effectiveness; Financial Sustainability; and Visibility and Community Engagement.

As always, we are incredibly grateful for the Council’s time, energy, thoughts and ideas.

The Advisory Council

Matt Baron
Owner, Inside Edge PR

Meg Braccco Liebreich
Physical Therapist

Mary Ann Brown
Retired Executive Director of Hephzibah

Christina Crumlish
Examination Coordinator, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Gary Cuneen
Founding Executive Director, Seven Generations Ahead

Angela Fowler
Project Director, Ericson Institute

Linda Francis
Director, Success for All Youth

Jo Ann Gantar
Owner, Oak Leaf Academy Child Care

John Harris
Board Member, past board president, Wonder Works

Nevin Hedlund
Owner, Nevin Hedlund Architects

Laura Jordhal
Board Member, Collaboration for Early Childhood

Doris Knuth
Retired Director, Concordia's Early Childhood Center

Mike Kozak
VP - Team Lead Business Group at Huntington National Bank

Jim Lencioni
Aria Group Architects

Kyle Lombardo
Board member, New Moms

Paula Maggio
Board member, Wonder Works

Eric Masoncup
Owner, Geppetto's Toy Box

Laura Maychruk
Buzz Cafe

Maureen McCarthy
Superintendant of Recreation, Oak Park Park District

The Advisory Council

Mike McGarry
President, Socratic Arts

Cheryl Munoz
Sugar Beet Coop

Julianne Nery
Board President, Wonder Works

Sarah Orleans
President and CEO, DuPage Children's Museum

Rev. Wiley Samuals
Former Board Members, Wonder Works

Kim Smith
Owner, Smith Architecture, Ltd.

Ann Schimmel
Vice President, Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest

Leah Shapiro
Child Development Specialist

Carrie Summy
Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation

Dr. Jerry Udelson
Pediatric Dentist

Sarah Valaika
Early Childhood Professor

Pam Van Natter
Owner, Prarie Home Kids Daycare

Michelle Vanderlaan
Owner, Sugercup Trading

Lauren Wellen
Professor of Literacy and Early Childhood Education

Joan White
Director, First United Nursery School

Camille Wilson White
Executive Director, Oak Park Area Arts Council

Jenny Yang
Board Member, Wonder Works