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Board of Directors

Julianne Nery, President, more...
Jenny Yang, Vice President, more...
Doug Hyman, Treasurer, more...
Simon Breuer , Secretary, more...
Ashley Collins
Patty Coogan
Preston Jones
Bob Planek

The youngest of six, Bob was born in Chicago and his family moved to Oak Park when he was 7. He attended Fenwick High School and Loyola University where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in business. Bob is also a graduate of the Loyola University Rome Center, where he spent a year studying art and architecture in Italy. Along with his wife Wendy and two college aged children, Bob still lives in Oak Park just down the street from the museum.

For the past twenty-nine years, Bob and his brother have owned and operated a real estate company(, owning and managing over 1,500 apartments in the Oak Park area.“When I was asked to be a member of the WonderWorks Board, I immediately thought of my time in Rome and how I was forever impacted by the creativity and passion that was on display in Italy, helping a organization that fosters creativity seemed like a natural fit for me.”

In addition to Bob’s current participation on the WonderWorks Board, he has recently been involved in capital campaigns at St Giles (Oak Park) and Trinity High School (River Forest). Bob has also been a trustee on the Oak Park Police Pension Board for the past six years.

Sara Yount

If you are interested in joining the Wonder Works Board, please contact Julianne Nery at