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 as well as helping organize the Society’s bi-annual May Fest Celebration and coordinating the Adult Ed lecture series. 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 19 years.

 

Susan Wyckoff, Vice President

Susan Wyckoff,    Vice President

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.

 

 

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 and is a membership co-chair. 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 16 years.

 

 

Mike Medema, Treasurer

Mike Medema, Treasurer

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 25 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:

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 is currently 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!

 

Pete Caris

Pete Caris

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. 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!

 

Liz Haskins

Liz Haskins

Liz Haskins joined the board in September 2016. Having spent part of her childhood in the village, Liz feels incredibly lucky to be raising her children here now. An active member of the community, Liz is also on the board for the Western Springs Village Club and helps out at her children’s school. She will be taking over the Historical Society’s Oral History Project and looks forward to hearing about long-time residents’ stories of years gone by. This past spring she also helped out with the Society’s 2016 May Fest celebration, organizing the children’s drawing and writing contests and helping to staff the treat table.  In her spare time, Liz is an avid reader who loves the discussions and recommendations for thought provoking books that she gets from her different book clubs.

 

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!

 

 

Anne Kozak

Anne Kozak

 

Although not a resident of Western Springs, Anne Kozak has served as the head librarian of Thomas Ford Library for 30 years and is very familiar with the village. Having recently retired Anne is now sharing her talents with the Historical Society where she will be responsible for managing the organization’s artifact collection. She also volunteers with the Morton Arboretum Library in Lisle. One fun fact that not many people know – Anne has seen the Beatles live in concert not just once but twice!

 

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 has used those talents as co-chair of the Historical Society’s bi-annual Preservation Awards. She is also one of the co-chairs for membership and has used her interest in social media 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.

 

 

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 supports 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 27 years and also volunteers with BEDS.

 

 

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 is currently responsible for coordinating our annual 3rd grade tours.

 

 

Leslie Walters

Leslie Walters

Leslie joined the board in 2006 and is responsible for sending out our periodic e-blasts as well as managing the organization’s Facebook account.  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.