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Advisory Council

Wonder Works Children’s Museum’s Advisory Council is comprised of 36 amazing individuals from all walks of life and backgrounds from early childhood educators to bankers, museum executive directors and developmental therapists and everything in between! An Advisory Council is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which enhances the knowledge and skills of the formal board of directors. Their collective wisdom allows a Board of Directors and management to more effectively guide an organization.

We formed our Council to give advice and recommendations to our Board of Directors and to the management of the Museum. Our Council act as our ambassadors, our supporters, our experts and our advisors. We are forever grateful for their time, ideas and energy.

Wonder Works held the first Advisory Council meeting on March 11, 2016, where we welcomed 22 members to spend the morning at the Museum. We had an amazing speaker, Angela Fowler (see below for Angela’s credentials), a tour of the museum and a brainstorming session.

Please see below for a list of our Advisory Council Members 2016:

The Advisory Council

Angela Fowler (speaker)
Project Director, Erikson Institute

Matt Baron
Owner, Inside Edge PR

Meg Braccco Liebreich
Physical Therapist

Amy Crowther
Berwyn Development Corp

Christina Crumlish
American Dental Association

Jo Ann Gantar
Owner, Oak Leaf Academy Child Care

Nevin Hedlund
Owner, Nevin Hedlund Architects

Laura Jordhal
Board Member, Collaboration for Early Childhood

Doris Knuth
Director, Concordia's Early Childhood Center

Mike Kozak
Senior VP - Market Manager, Middle Market Group

Kyle Lombardo
Board member, Parenthesis

Eric Masoncup
Owner, Geppetto's Toy Box

Maureen McCarthy
Superintendant of Recreation, Oak Park Park District

Sarah Orleans
President and CEO, DuPage Children's Museum

The Advisory Council

Colin Reynolds
Kindergarten Teacher, Bennet Day School

Kim Smith
Architect, Oak-Leyden Board Member

Amy Starin
Executive Director, Parenthesis

Mani Swarnam
VP, Commercial Banking

Jerry Udelson
Pediatric Dentist

Sarah Valaika
Early Childhood Professor

Pam Van Natter
Owner, Prarie Home Kids Daycare

Michelle Vanderlaan
Owner, Sugercup Trading

Kristen Vogen
Community Foundation of Oak Park River Forest

Lauren Wellen
Professor of Literacy and Early Childhood Education

Joan White
Director, First United Nursery School

Penny Williams-Wolford
Collaboration for Early Childhood

Camille Wilson White
Executive Director, Oak Park Area Arts Council

Rachel Woods
Division Chief of Children's Services, Oak-Leyden