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.
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.
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 Sox 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.