Standing (l to r): Dave Donovan, Kane Connell, Ben Wilson, Joshua Nichols, Jackie Mathews, Theresa Olson, Joe Campagna, Curtis Edlund, Marko Ratic
Seated (l to r): Sheila Duda, Paula Besler, Gail Haller Not pictured: Linda Hills, Rick Pucci and Anna Wasyliw
Ex-Officios (Not Pictured) Bernadette Tramm, Park Ridge Niles School District 64 Janet Van De Carr, Park Ridge Public Library Ken Wallace, Maine Township High School District 207 Kathie Hahn, Park Ridge Recreation & Park District Juliana Maller, City of Park Ridge
Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 2012 Board of Directors pictured above. Photo by Diddy Blyth for A Sterling Design, Photographic Artists DIRECTORS (ALPHA)
Theresa Olson, President Resurrection Health Care
Theresa is the Senior Director of Marketing and PR for Resurrection’s ambulatory and physician services. Her professional portfolio includes market research, marketing / advertising, internal and change communications, community relations and strategic planning.
Joe Campagna, President-Elect Grant Merchant Services
Joe grew up in Park Ridge and took over his family’s business 4 years ago. He works with a variety of clients from retail to corporate providing cost effective credit card processing. He’s previous professional experience is in restaurants, marketing, finance and management.
Anna Wasyliw, Treasurer BMO Harris Bank
After graduating from Northeastern University with a major in Economics, Anna has spent the last 25 years in the financial industry. Anna spends her time supporting the Park Ridge community and its organizations such as the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce as the Treasurer and The Center of Concern.
Gail Haller, Secretary Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce
Gail, a Park Ridge resident since 1991, came to the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce in April 2008. She has her MBA in Entrepreneurship from DePaul and her MA in Security Management from Webster. Gail served as a USAF Captain working on the Space Shuttle Program.
Jacqueline K. Mathews, Immediate Past President Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care
As Director of Major Gifts and Special Events at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, Jackie has created fundraising events, such as the recent “Promise of Park Ridge” public art exhibitions, that successfully showcase the mission of Rainbow Hospice. Jackie’s keen relationship building skills and strong bias for action have resulted in professional success within the public sector, the private sector and other non-profits.
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Paula Meyer Besler, Director Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital
Paula Besler is the Director, Community and Health Relations. Paula is responsible for assessing community health needs, developing programs to address these needs and reporting these assessments and programs to the state and federal government. She also partners with community leaders and organizations to further extend the hospital’s mission out in the community. Paula joined Advocate Lutheran General in 2011 after practicing as a medical defense attorney for 22 years.
Kane Connell, Director Liberty Bank for Savings
Kane has been the Branch Manager of Liberty Bank’s Park Ridge office since 2008. He has been in banking since he received his undergraduate degree in 2006 and is currently pursuing an MBA at Northern Illinois. He takes pride in working for a financially strong and ethical neighborhood bank that is committed to its customers and the community.
Dave Donovan, Director E.J. Coyne & Company, Inc.
Dave, a Park Ridge resident since 1971, is happily married to Judy Donovan. They have 3 sons: Matthew, Andrew and Peter, all Eagle Scouts. Dave is involved in various community organizations: Community Fund; Center of Concern, Senior Center, Boy Scouts, Park Ridge Prayer Breakfast, Farmers Market, Jaycees, Kiwanis, Chamber, C.E.R.T. and Friends of Park Ridge Library.
Sheila Duda, Director TeaLula, LLC
Sheila opened TeaLula, a tea lover’s urban oasis in Park Ridge, in 2008. A certified tea specialist, she offers over 150 varieties of the finest loose leaf teas and can be found most days sharing her knowledge and passion of tea at her tasting bar. Sheila credits the Chamber for opportunities to grow her business and become more involved in the community.
Curtis Edlund, Director Larsen and Edlund
Curtis is a partner in the law firm of Larsen & Edlund in Park Ridge. He received his law degree with honors from Loyola University Chicago. School of Law and has practiced since 1977. For more information, please visit Curt’s Web site at www. larsenandedlund.com
Linda Hills, Director Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Linda loves making delicious traditional treats from scratch like fudge and caramel apples in the shop window! She enjoys creating good quality chocolates for special events like weddings, birthdays and holidays. Living here for 25 years, she is encouraged that Park Ridge residents and businesses shop local.
Joshua Nichols, Director Unbound Technology
Joshua, who moved to Park Ridge with his family in 2009, is the owner of Unbound Technology, LLC. He started the company in 2006 in Washington, DC to provide high level IT leadership and reliable infrastructure to nonprofit organizations, foundations, and growing businesses.
Richard P. Pucci, Director Park Ridge Financial
Rick is the owner of Park Ridge Financial Services member FINRA/SIPC under Pacific West an elite broker dealer supporting Independent Financial Advisors for 55 years, offering independent, unbiased financial plans for families and businesses. The focus is on providing customized plans for business, investment, estate and retirement planning with emphasis on tax mitigation.
Marko Ratic, Director Express Auto Center
Marko Ratic is the owner of Express Auto Center, an automotive service facility that boasts a pick-up/drop off service. Marko graduated from Loyola University Chicago with his degree in business management human resources. He also was a member of Loyola’s division one volleyball team.
Ben Wilson, Director Falkor Group LLC
Ben and his family have enjoyed Park Ridge since 2006. The Falkor team provides enterprise class IT services to small and medium sized business through Assured-IT. Assured-IT is a ‘managed service’ combining access to a professional support team and support systems. We provide cloud services, phone service , IT consulting & more. Ben supports the community through his work at the chamber and his children’s school. Falkor turns 10 this year!
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