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Brenda Schnede Grusecki (President) is an English teacher who retired from Oak Park and River Forest High School where she chaired the English Division for seventeen years. Subsequently, she has worked as instructor and supervisor of student teachers at Northwestern University and Dominican University. She spent many years teaching in the gifted program (Center for Talent Development) for middle and high school students at Northwestern. As a Board Director of the Family Service and Mental Health Center of Oak Park and River Forest (re-named Thrive Counseling Center), Brenda served in several capacities including officer positions, gala co-chair, and co-chair of a successful endowment campaign. In 2009, she received the Rita Johnson Humanitarian Award from the organization. With her husband, Brenda administers a family foundation that funds education, the arts, and housing and social service initiatives and programs. The Gruseckis enjoy and support the many cultural opportunities that Chicago offers.
Richard Skolly (Vice President) is technology engineer for ArcelorMittal Inc. His professional interests focus on developing high strength materials and new equipment acquisition and commissioning. After work interests encompass the wide variety offered Chicago’s artistic scene. His past not-for profit board tenures include technical and artistic organizations. Richard is married to Kate A Feinstein and lives in Chicago.
Dave Weidenfeld (Secretary) retired (mostly) in 2012 after a 28 year career, mostly handling technology transactions for both McDonald's (24 years) and Xerox from both the legal and business functions. In that role he was responsible for Software Contract Management, Pricing and Decision Support, Asset Management and Customer Account Procurement Management. Prior to that he served in various positions and worked on technology transactions for McDonald’s Corporation from January of 1984 until his retirement in November of 2007. Dave has served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Chicago Graham School, where he taught "Harvesting Value From I/T," a course designed to train executives who were new to IT. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina's Principals' Executive Program and at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management on technology acquisitions and negotiations and has taught several Internet classes on various aspects of software licensing. Prior to his longer than expected sojourn in the world of technology Dave served as a stage manager for numerous productions for the Green Room Theater at Franklin and Marshall College.
Michael H. Nadler (Treasurer) is a C.P.A who has spent his career working for a number of real estate development and owner/management companies as a CFO/Controller. He currently is a CFO on the Go, working with businesses and non-profits applying his extensive problem solving skill sets to contribute positive growth and create value added enhancements. Mike is a long time supporter of live theater and dance as well as a life member of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a long time patron of Remy Bumppo, he is looking forward to spreading the word about this wonderful theater company.
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Pauline Adams (nee Seretakis) is a senior policy analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, an independent, nonpartisan congressional agency. Throughout the majority of her career, she worked on natural resources issues (e.g., environmental cleanup, agricultural technologies, and the humane slaughter of animals); however, in more recent years, she has been working on health care issues, particularly Medicaid financing. Her personal interests are mostly artistic and include oil painting, competitive ballroom dancing, piano, and learning Italian. She attends as many live performances as time permits—opera, ballet, symphony, and of course, theater. She has been a patron of Remy Bumppo for a long time and is pleased to have become a more active member of the Remy Bumppo community.
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Jeff Armstrong has 20 plus years of career IT experience in financial services, technology, healthcare and advertising. He currently serves as a Chicago-based Cloud architect designing Amazon Web Services implementations for fortune 500 clients with Cloudreach. With an established record of leveraging new technologies, Armstrong has streamlined and improved productivity for a half-dozen companies over the course of his career. Armstrong earned a Masters of Science degree in IT Security and Assurance from Western Governors University, a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Computer Information Systems from Thomas Edison University. His personal interests include reef-keeping, aviation, theater, dance, art and cultural institutions.
MJ Black is a real estate broker with Berkshire Hathaway Koenig Rubloff. Prior to entering real estate, MJ was in the computer industry for over 20 years. Having been employed by major and small corporations and now being self-employed, MJ brings multiple talents to the Remy Bumppo Board -- development and execution of marketing plans, financial analysis and goal setting, organizational analysis, negotiating, personnel development, long term/strategic planning, “educator” and “hand holder”. MJ has been interested in theater since junior and high school at New Trier - mostly in backstage activities! Over the years, she has been an avid attendee of many theatres in Chicago. MJ serves as Women’s Board Member at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago Chamber Music, The House of Good Shepherd, The Guild of the Chicago History Museum. She is a member of The Fortnightly of Chicago.
Joan Callahan is a school nurse with the Sacred Heart Schools in Chicago. She resides with her husband, Michael Callahan, on the northside. She was an English/Theater major in college and taught theater at a private high school on the city's southside in the 70s'. She worked with the Blackhawk Restaurants as manager and educator, attained a Masters in Social Work and then worked as parish social worker at St. Clements in Chicago before staying home to raise their three children. She returned to school to get her RN and has combined all those previous careers to work as a school nurse. Theater has always been close to her heart and spirit. Thankfully Chicago provides well for this. Remy Bumppo has always been a favorite and appeals for its attention to language and complex ideas and being part of the board seems a perfect way to give greater support to Remy and Chicago theater.
Diane Falk is a residential lender with First Midwest Bank. She brings extensive experience in financial services and sales to Remy Bumppo. She has co-chaired the annual Gala for the last four years and considers it her mission to bring as many people as possible to the theatre and into the Remy Bumppo family. She is an avid theatre goer and a long time supporter of the arts having previously been involved with Music on Stage in Palatine and the “Patrons of the Arts” organization at St Viator high school. She also serves on the board for the North Shore Women’s Council of Realtors and is an active affiliate member of the North Shore Barrington Board of Realtors (NSBAR).
Nancy McDaniel (Founding President) had a 28-year career in the Research Department at Leo Burnett. She is the former co-owner of Dumela Contemporary African Art, contributing editor of GoInside Internet magazine, and a frequent volunteer for Chicago Greeters, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Earthwatch. She is a former Board member of the Goodman Theatre's Discovery Board and Wrightwood Neighbors Conservation Association.
Ann Mommsen formerly worked as the Director of Special Events for Notre Dame High School and volunteers for B-HIV in Evanston, Dream Halloween and CAFFA (dealing with children affected by AIDS).
Mary Pavia has been involved with theater her entire life. Over the years she has appeared onstage in over one hundred productions, has worked backstage, directed, and even helped to start a theater group. She is an active member of the Theater of Western Springs. Outside of the theater, Mary is an avid runner, and volunteer for PADS of DuPage County. She is a graduate of Elmhurst College and has studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Oxford. After seeing Remy Bumppo's first production (and all of the subsequent ones!) she knew she wanted to be a part of this amazing company.
Karen Randolph is a marketing consultant. She currently serves on the Board of the American Refugee Committee, a not-for-profit organization that works for the survival, health and well being of refugees, displaced persons and those at risk. Karen was a member of the Goodman Theatre's Discovery Board and has contributed many hours as a volunteer marketing and audience development consultant for the Goodman and the Ravinia Festival.
Marilyn Schaffer has worked as a fundraiser for non-profits for the past 18 years. She is currently working as the Director of Planned Giving at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. She is also a frequent speaker on planned giving topics. Marilyn is a graduate of Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. She earned a MAT from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, an MA from DePaul University in Chicago, and the designation of Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Marilyn and her husband Joel have 5 grown children scattered around the country and one grandson. She began her involvement with Remy Bumppo through the Benefit Committee. She is very excited to step up her involvement by joining the Board and helping to grow this wonderful theater.
Be in good company – by volunteering!
We’re looking for individuals who first and foremost love Remy Bumppo and theatre. Additionally, we are seeking individuals who have experience in the fields of finance/ accounting, information technology, fundraising, program planning/ development & evaluation, and/or strategic planning. Ideal candidates have diverse networks and/or ties to art-supporting companies in the Chicago area. Is this you?
Volunteers contribute, on average, about 6-10 hours a month attending board and committee meetings as well as board-related events. In exchange for your service, you have the opportunity to interact with a dynamic group of people and play a vital role in Chicago’s cultural community. From the members on our Board to our patrons, Remy Bumppo attracts a remarkable group of creative and diverse personalities.
To learn more about becoming a Remy Bumppo Board or Committee volunteer contact Karen Randolph at firstname.lastname@example.org.