WSHS Board

   Officers:

Vicki Lezon, President

Vicki Lezon, President

Vicki joined the board in 2009. She organized the Preservation Awards for a couple of years before taking over the bi-annual house walk in 2011. Other projects have included costuming for the mannequins at Ekdahl House and the Water Tower Museum. Vicki is currently President of the Historical Society. She is active in her church and, when not involved with the Society, enjoys crafting, quilting and gardening. She has lived in Western Springs for 18 years.

 

 

Pete Caris

Pete Caris, Vice President

Pete grew up in Western Springs and met his wife Nancy at the old Pretty Penny dress shop in town. A long time supporter of the Historical Society, he joined the board in 2000 and has served as President, Vice President, and Editor of the Newsletter. In addition to his VP responsibilities, Pete currently serves as a docent for the 3rd grade history program and gives multi-media presentations on WS history. His favorite WS memory was when he was demonstrating an old Royal typewriter to a group of 3rd graders and one of the students pointed out that the letters in the top row formed the word “typewriter”…..Pete later discovered that this was so that salesmen could easily demonstrate their product to customers without knowing how to type!

 

Lori Mitchell, Secretary

Lori Mitchell, Secretary

Lori is one of four Trustees who joined the board in November 2013. She has previously shared her talents by volunteering for the last two House Walks but now helps out at the Archives, researching and documenting various aspects of the Village’s history. She also serves as secretary of the board. In addition to the Historical Society, Lori is very active in her church and her children’s schools. An avid sports fan, she enjoys keeping score at all the baseball and basketball games she attends. She has lived in the Village for 15 years.

 

Mike Medema

Mike Medema

A CPA with experience in finance, Mike joined the WSHS Board in the fall of 2014 after having his home featured on the 2013 House Walk.  He recently took over as Treasurer of the Historical Society and also serves as the Treasurer of the Western Springs Baptist Church. Mike has lived in Western Springs for 24 years. When he first moved here, he was serving in the Air Force flying C130s out of O’Hare. One of their annual missions was flying over the Western Springs Memorial Day parade and in 1991 Mike had the privilege of performing the Memorial Day parade flyover. It’s a nice view from 1,500 feet!

 Trustees:

 

Paula Buttel

Paula Buttel

Paula joined the Board in November 2013, having recently shared her talents with the Society as one of the table-scapers for the 2013 House Walk. She is co-owner of Design Studio here in town and will be using her merchandising expertise to help us expand our selection of WSHS branded products. In addition to her design skills, Paula is also an actor who enjoys doing commercials and print work….not to mention tap dancing! She has lived in the village for 38 years.

 

 

Susan Cardamon

Susan Cardamone

Susan was previously a WSHS trustee in 2007-08 and returned to the board in the fall of 2014 after an absence of 6 years. During her first term, she helped organize the Society’s “Measure Your Treasure” fundraiser. She also volunteered as a docent at the Tower Museum for many years and served as a docent for the 2011 House Walk. She looks forward to helping the Society implement some of the new ideas that are currently on the drawing board and will be responsible for overseeing docent training/scheduling at the Tower Museum. A long time resident of the village, Susan is also an active member of the Theater of Western Springs and is a lector at St. John of the Cross. Two fun factoids about Susan: she is a full-fledged chocoholic and has sung on stage at Symphony Center!

 

 

Jim Havlat

Jim Havlat

Jim is one of our long time trustees, having joined the Board in 2001. Since then he has worked on the Society’s newsletter, the Ekdahl House move, and is currently responsible for the Preservation Awards along with co-chairing membership. Jim grew up in Western Springs and is a graduate of Forest Hills, McClure and LT. His favorite Historical Society memory is hearing Alan Gornik talk about “old” Western Springs!

 

 

Susan Morrow

Susan Morrow

A long time resident of Western Springs, Susan became a WSHS trustee in September 2014. Prior to joining the board, she sold tickets for the bi-annual house walk and helped with our first ever MayFest. Susan is an architect by training and looks forward to using her skills to help document the Village’s rich architectural history. She is also interested in social media and how it can be used to help spread the word about the Society’s mission. Her other volunteer work includes acting as a department co-chair for her church’s rummage sale. One of Susan’s favorite ways to relax is solving crossword puzzles.

 

Grace Pekar

Grace Mattera

Grace joined the board in 2012. Since then she has worked on the creation of the Ekdahl House exhibits and several of the Water Tower Museum’s 2nd floor exhibits. She is also responsible for cataloguing artifacts donated to the Historical Society. When not working on projects for the Historical Society, Grace serves as a docent for the Loyola Museum of Art. Her other interests include crocheting, camping, and dogs!

 

 

Lena Perona

Lena Perona

Lena served as the WSHS’ treasurer from the time she joined the board in 2009 through the spring of 2015. She now serves as a trustee, advising our current treasurer.

 

 

 

 

Dan Ruzic

Dan Ruzic

Dan joined the Board in November 2013 but has been active with the Historical Society for many years. He has served as a judge for the biennial Preservation Awards and was instrumental in managing the relocation of Ekdahl House.  He looks forward to supporting the Society’s historic preservation initiatives and working with the Village to identify and prioritize infrastructure repairs to the historic Water Tower. Dan has lived in the village for 26 years and also volunteers with BEDS.

 

 

Bruce Vogele

Bruce Vogele

Bruce is one of our newest Trustees, having joined the Board in November of 2013. He is a designer at SP+ with a background in art history and looks forward to using those skills to help the WSHS reach more people through print and web based media. He is also interested in photography and helping the Society photograph their collection of artifacts. Other volunteer commitments include membership in his church’s Diaconate Committee. One little known but fun fact about Bruce is that his nieces and nephews consistently rank him as their “most fun uncle”!

 

Leslie Walters

Leslie Walters

Leslie joined the board in 2006 and is responsible for sending out our periodic e-blasts as well as monitoring the organization’s e-mail. Leslie has lived in the village for almost 30 years. In addition to the Historical Society, she sits on the corporate advisory board for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is a religious ed teacher at St. John of the Cross.

 

 

 

Mark Tobin

Mark Tobin

Mark loves the “charm” of Western Springs and is interested in helping spread the word about the village’s history and what makes it so special. Although he has a background in economics, Mark is an artist at heart. He enjoys woodworking, painting, singing and playing guitar. He has put those talents to use teaching art to under-privileged children and used to run a small art gallery in downtown Western Springs. He has also been active in the local sports scene – coaching basketball/ little league baseball and coaching AYSO soccer. Mark joined the board in 2015 and hopes to use his creativity and contacts to help raise the Historical Society’s profile through special events like the House Walk.

Susan Wyckoff

Susan Wyckoff

Susan was drawn to the Historical Society by her curiosity about how people in the past lived their daily lives. An active member of the community who has volunteered for many school and church related functions, Susan previously served as a docent for the 2011 and 2013 House Walks as well as the Ticket Sales Co-Chair for the 2015 Walk. She joined the board in 2015 and has also volunteered to co-chair the House Walk in 2017. One little known fact about Susan is that in 1983, she and her sisters met the Queen Mother.