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THURSTON BAILEY grew up in the Midwest, Texas, and North Carolina before attending college at the University of Chicago where he earned a B.A. in public policy studies. After college Thurston worked as a financial analyst at Northern Trust in Chicago. Two years later he decided to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming an attorney. After law school at the University of Michigan, Thurston practiced general litigation and labor and employment law in Houston for nine years before joining the Chicago firm of Schiff Hardin LLP. After leaving Schiff, Thurston was in-house counsel at Optiver US LLC, a company in the capital markets derivatives trading business. Over the years Thurston has volunteered extensively for programs that have involved some aspect of education , mentorship, or supporting children. His volunteer work has included chairing a program designed to help with legal representation of abused children. He chaired and participated in a middle school tutoring program; he's volunteered as a substitute teacher; and he worked in a program which encouraged children to read. In his spare time, Thurston enjoys reading, recreational cycling, and photography.
MONICA CAMPBELL is a Chicago native and proud graduate of the Chicago Public Schools. Early experiences at day camps across Chicago and sleepaway camp in rural Illinois provided exposure and an appreciation for the diversity of experiences within and outside of her community. Monica is also a proud alumnus of Florida A&M University (FAMU) where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Currently employed as a strategic advisor, procurement & supply chain with British Petroleum (BP), Monica began her 18-year corporate career in Cincinnati, OH and has worked in the consumer goods, retail, consulting, and food industries for Fortune 100 corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Sears Roebuck & Co., and Sara Lee. Over the years she has volunteered in multiple capacities involving youth through mentoring, college preparation, scholarship, and tutoring. Monica holds certificates in nutrition and group fitness and enjoys staying active and traveling in her spare time.
LORI COOMES was the Director of Operations for Camp of Dreams from 2005 until 2010. Prior to working with Camp of Dreams, Lori was a sixth-grade teach at Ella Flagg Young Elementary School in Chicago's Austin neighborhood. Lori received her B.S. in elementary education from the University of New England, and her A.M. in social service administration from the University of Chicago. Lori volunteers with Starlight Children's Foundation to assist with special events.
ADAM DAVIS, who with his brother Eric founded Camp of Dreams in 2003, is the executive director of Oregon Humanities (www.oregonhumanities.org) and the editor of multiple books including The Civically Engaged Reader and Taking Action. Before joining Oregon Humanities in the summer of 2013, Davis directed the Center for Civic Reflection where he trained thousands of discussion facilitators and founded Just Talking/Meaning of Service, a program for AmeriCorps and other service organizations across the country. Adam has also taught literature and philosophy for many years in the Odyssey Project and Humanity in Perspective, a college level course for low-income adults. Davis received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and he used to lead wilderness trail crews in the Pacific Northwest.
LOIS HAUSELMAN was the co-founder and executive editor of Other Voices, and award-winning literary magazine housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Previously she was an account executive in a San Francisco advertising firm and script writer and film consultant with Lifestyle Productions in Chicago, producing many short films including Where Is Dead, a short film dealing with death for children and adults. The film has been used in schools and won a prestigious Cinema-Chicago Film award. She takes great pride in having been the first woman in 120 years to become president of the Anshe Emet Synagogue. She equally values having been the coach of the girls softball team for 18 years at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School. Married to her husband Marty (who never stops practicing law) for more than 50 years, they have become very frequent-fliers to Los Angeles, Denver, and Japan visiting kids and grandkids. Between flights, Lois continues to write, paint, and play tennis.
BUD HERZOG grew up in Highland Park, IL and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. degree. He then began a 40-year career in the insurance business with Eliel and Loeb Co., followed by the Meeker-Magner Co. One of his specialties was acting as insurance agent for summer camps. At one time he represented 17 camps, including resident, day, and agency-non-profit camps. Camp Nebagamon in Lake Nebagamon, WI was Bud's first introduction to camping. He spent ten summers at Nebagamon as a camper and counselor and for the past 25 years, he attends Family Camp at the end of each summer. He also serves on the board of the Camp Nebagamon Scholarship Fund. Now retired, Bud enjoys time with his wife Hazel (also a Camp of Dreams board member) of 45 years and their three children and six grandchildren. His hobbies include traveling, fishing, biking, classical music, writing songs and attending adult education classes at Northwestern. He also is a diehard White Sox fan.
HAZEL HERZOG graduated from Northwestern University in 1966 with a BS and MS in speech pathology. She taught for two years at Niles West High School and 26 years at Highland Park High School. Hazel was a speech therapist; she tested students for learning disabilities; and she was assistant chairman of the Special Education Department at Highland Park. She also helped develop and direct an English as a Second Language (ESL) program In addition, Hazel served as the director of the Learning Center and created an Academic Assistance program that served students who were having academic difficulties but were not eligible for Special Education services. She retired from teaching in 1998 but continues to tutor students. Hazel lives in Deerfield with her husband Bud, a Camp of Dreams board member. They have three children and six grandchildren. Hazel also is involved with the Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and is a member of the High School District #113 caucus which endorses potential school board members.
A native Chicagoan, CINDY JEWELL has been involved in children's welfare and activities most of her life. She was president of the Advisory Board at her local park for more than10 years and
was responsible for raising over $600,000 to build a new playground. A former foster parent, she has also volunteered as a teacher at a local school. Her charitable activities include mentoring and interviewing candidates for financial at at the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, and she has been involved as a volunteer for the Glass Slipper Project, which provides financial aid and support for high school girls preparing to attend their school's prom. "I am always excited by my involvement with Camp of Dreams," says Cindy, who has taught Saturday classes as part of our Community Day program. In addition, Cindy's husband Bob brings two "Dreamers" to Community Days. The girls are part of a family which he and Cindy have been mentoring for many years, and Bob travels to their home every two weeks to pick up the girls who also attended summer camp in 2015.
Cindy's other passions include her two crazy dogs, Greek food, visiting Australia, and attending book club meetings.
KELLY M. JONES is an accomplished and driven leader with extensive experience in both the corporate and non-profit environment. Kelly most recently served as vice-president of marketing for GreyHeller, a software development company focused on mobilizing and securing Oracle PeopleSoft. Prior to GreyHeller, Kelly served as President of Notre Dame High School for Girls and Gordon Tech (now DePaul College Prep) in Chicago over a 10-year span. During her tenures she implemented aligned multi-disciplinary teams to create and enact strategic plans which resulted in increased enrollment, improved financials while enhancing public and community relations.
Kelly was invited to join an international symposium, visiting China twice, while serving as advisor and speaker on the importance of internationalizing education for a global and competitive work force. She currently serves as a non-profit consultant, working with well-known organizations to streamline and revamp their processes and strategic communicastions. Before turning her focus to consulting, Kelly's background included public relations and advertising. Kelly earned her Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and Communications from Missouri State University.
JESSICA RIO grew up in a Maryland town and spent the first part of summer waiting and packing for an annual week at camp. The rest of the she sang camp songs and wrote letters to the friends she made at camp. As a teenager she volunteered for an annual camp session that drew from neighborhoods in Baltimore's inner city. Though convinced that living on-site and running a woodland camp was the ultimate dream job, Jessica's head was turned by her move to Chicago 20 years ago. Now a committed city-person, Jessica remains happiest playing and learning outside. She was delighted to join the Camp of Dreams board in 2013. Jessica's career has been in public service—in policy, public information, and the use of performance data. Her academic background is in environmental science and urban planning and policy. She enjoys being active, especially cycling and running, and she likes to travel at every opportunity.
KANDACE THOMAS is a dedicated and experienced advocate for low-income children and their families. Currently, she is a program officer at the Irving Harris Foundation working to build systems for young children on the local, regional, and national levels. She also is a founder and the co-director of Camp Sojourner, an overnight, sleep-away camp for Philadelphia girls. She has a deep commitment to ensuring that children growing up in cities have access to the outdoors and an enriching summer camp experience. Kandace received a master's in public policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago in 2004, and a B.A. in sociology and African-American studies from Wesleyan (CT) University. She grew up in The Bronx and currently lives on the South Side of Chicago. She spends her free time as a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago and also enjoys running, yoga, and traveling.
JUDY WALLENSTEIN has been a Camp of Dreams board member since 2005. Prior to that she and her husband Roger, board president of Camp of Dreams, were owners and directors of Camp Nebagamon for Boys in northern Wisconsin. Nebagamon is a traditional, overnight boys camp, founded in 1929, with 240 campers and a staff of 120. Being responsible for the fun, planning, health, and management of this camp community—let alone paying the bills—were among her daily duties. Before owning Nebagamon, Judy was a free-lancer in the food industry, owning specialty food store, Food Works on Armitage Ave. (1979-82). She also taught cooking classes at Marshall Field's and tested recipes for the food section of the Sun-Times. In addition to the Camp of Dreams board, Judy also served on the board of Notre Dame High School for Girls. Judy has an education degree from the University of Illinois. After college she was a teacher and social worker.
ROGER WALLENSTEIN, Camp of Dreams board president since 2013, has worked with young people for more than 40 years as a teacher, camp director, coach, and volunteer. Having graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Iowa, Roger was a sports reporter and assistant sports editor for almost five years with the Pioneer Newspapers on Chicago's North Shore before entering a teaching career for 15 years. Roger was a faculty member teaching English at the Francis W. Parker School for nine years before he and his wife Judy, also a Camp of Dreams board member, owned and directed Camp Nebagamon for Boys in northern Wisconsin from 1988 until 2003. Since Judy and Roger retired from the camping business, he has served on the board of Notre Dame High School for Girls (200410) as well as sitting on the advisory board to the dean of the School of Education at Loyola University (2010-14). He coached summer high school baseball at Welles Park (2005-11) and also spent one spring (2005) coaching the junior varsity at Kelvyn Park High School. Being a lifelong White Fan, you can read Roger's weekly column on the Sox during the season at beachwoodreporter.com.
LYNN WATKINS is an attorney at Schiff Hardin LLP. Prior to law school at the University of Illinois, Lynn served as a staff member/intern for several non-profit and community service organizations where he was involved with grant writing, program development, and teaching and assisting with planning. Since becoming an attorney, Lynn has voluntarily sought out pro bono work on behalf of several nonprofit and community service organizations in addition to his regular legal work. Specifically he has focused on setting up corporate structures for non-profits and helping them organize the manner in which boards operate. Lynn is most proud of the extensive work he has done with Smarty Pants Are Leaders, an organization which teaches children leadership development through urban arts and gardening. He also has been a board member of the KIPP Ascend Charter School, and he has been involved with Developing Community Project Inc., an organization which trains and empowers residents in Rosewood to engage in community development and leadership. Lynn is a graduate of Oberlin (OH) College, and he received a master's in public policy from the University of Michigan.
JESSICA WOJTOWICZ is a solo attorney known for her ability to multi-task and adapt to the ever-changing legal environment. She concentrates on Estate Planning, Advanced Estate Planning, Business Planning, Asset Protection Planning and Charitable Planning. Ms. Wojtowicz earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of Toledo and her Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. While at John Marshall, she actively participated in the Pi Alpha Delta law fraternity, the Corporate Law Society, and the International Law Society.
Ms. Wojtowicz is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association, where she has served as chair of the Asset Protection Committee for several years. In addition to her involvement in professional organizations, she is a President of the Board for Le Ballet Petit Guild, Inc., a small ballet company in Chicago, Treasurer of the Board of Luna Troop, a small modern dance company in Chicago, Treasurer of the Board for Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center, NFP, a workspace for makers, a Member of the Board of Directors for The BTB Foundation, a small not for profit corporation focusing on helping local families with cancer and Secretary of the Board of Directors for ABC For Adoption II, NFP, a small not for profit focusing on adoption. Jessica joined the Camp of Dreams board in January, 2016.