The Chicago Hyde Park Village Board is a group of long-time residents who are concerned about the livability of our community for older adults. Members of the group have all lived in Hyde Park for years and hope to continue living here for years to come, just as you do. This desire to transform Hyde Park into a community friendly and accessible to residents of all ages motivated this dedicated group of individuals to devote hundreds of hours to the creation of Chicago Hyde Park Village. Board members have all been community activists in areas from climate change to women's rights and the rights of the elderly.
Gary Worcester - President
Gary Worcester first lived in Hyde Park in the 1970s as a graduate student in the English Department at the University of Chicago. After living in Oak Park and then the Milwaukee area, Gary and his family returned to Hyde Park in 2000.
Gary's early work background was as an editor, but the heart of his career was spent as an attorney specializing in matrimonial law in both Chicago and Milwaukee. He later became a pioneering stay at home father for his three sons, all of whom attended the Laboratory School and have since completed college.
Since returning to Hyde Park, Gary has been an active member of Augustana Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry. He chaired several standing church committees and served on numerous specialized call committees. He has been a frequent member of church council and has served as council president. He enjoys volunteering for the individual acts that help members age in place. Gary adds, "I find the community that has built up around the Village a great, sustaining resource for myself."
Rita McCarthy - Vice President
Rita comes from the world of art museums where for over 25 years, in a curatorial and directorial capacity; she was intimately involved with fundraising, marketing and event planning. Since 2005, Rita has worked as a realtor/broker of real estate and in 2007 she helped found the Coldwell Banker Residential Charitable Foundation which has raised in its short history, over $800,000 for housing-related needs in the Chicagoland area.
Rita has undergraduate degrees in Art History and Education from Boston University and graduate degrees in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana and she has completed doctoral work in Art History at the University of Chicago.
Inagrace Dietterich - 2nd Vice President
Inagrace is an ordained United Methodist minister who served as the Director of Theological Research at the Center for Parish Development in Chicago, IL. She is a graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary and has a Ph.D. in Christian Theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Inagrace’s research and writing formed the biblical and theological foundations for the Center’s consulting and teaching processes. She participated in an ecumenical team from the Gospel and our Culture Network for the writing of two books published by Eerdmans: Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America and Stormfront: The Good News of God. Inagrace is married to Paul Dietterich, the Executive Director Emeritus of the Center for Parish Development, and together they have six children and ten grandchildren.
Joanne Michalski - Treasurer
Joanne says: "I grew up in Homewood, IL, graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor. My first "real" job was as a demonstrator at the Museum of Science and Industry where I gave submarine tours, counted visitors, took pictures in the old car etc. I have an MBA in accounting from the University of Michigan and worked in the accounting/finance field for about 40 years. My last job I was paid for was as the controller of Musicnotes.com. After college I lived in Detroit, returned to Chicago, married my spouse, Mike Weeda, moved to Traverse City, MI. and later Madison, WI. We returned to Chicago in 2009. I volunteer at Strive Tutoring and coach Girls on the Run at Shoesmith School. My interests include opera, piano, running and reading."
We have a son, Konrad, who recently completed his doctorate in Classics and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago."
Barbara Norrish - Secretary
Barbara is a retired nurse and health administrator. She has a PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis from the University of California, Berkley. She began her nursing career as an Army Nurse at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. She spent three years on the faculty of Samuel Merritt University as the Director of the Graduate Case Management program before leaving to join Kaiser Permanente, as the Director of Operations for Northern California Regional Patient Care Services (aka nursing). After retiring in 2013 she became a Volunteer in Park at the Rosie the Riveter World War II National Historical Park in Richmond, California; as a volunteer working with students on writing assignments in a Richmond High School English class, and as an usher at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Barbara moved to Chicago in 2016 to “share the journey of aging with my dear friend Terry Stumpf.” She became a docent at the Robie House, since she has been a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright for several decades. She serves as co-chair of the CHPV Program Committee, and chaired the 2019 Fall Fundraiser.
Susan Alitto - Board Member (Founding President)
President of the organizing Steering Committee for the Chicago Hyde Park Village and the former President of the Founding Board of Directors, initiated discussion on the idea with a group of friends and neighbors in her home.
Susan has lived in Hyde Park for over 30 years during which she has worked with several community organizations. She would happily stay in Hyde Park for her remaining days hence her interest in establishing a Village to support older residents in an age friendly community.
Before arriving in Chicago, Susan had moved over 20 times and lived in 12 different communities including Taiwan. Educated at Wells College in Aurora, New York, and Columbia University in New York City, she worked in a variety of fields from philanthropy and administration to education and a weekly Chinese TV show. She and her husband Guy have one daughter Emily who works in Shanghai and currently lives there with her family. . . . so she can't be expected to be on call if her parents need assistance as they age.
Ann Audrain - Board Member
Ann and her husband Cal have lived in the community for over forty years. They raised their four children in Hyde Park and over that time they have been involved in a wide range of community activities and organizations including political campaigns. After receiving her Master's degree, Ann taught at the U of C Laboratory Schools for 30 years and after retirement wrote curriculum and was involved in math workshops in the public schools. She has remained active in educational issues. She is an involved member of the United Church of Hyde Park serving on many committees and outreach programs. Being involved in the community and reaching out to others is an important aspect of Ann's life.
Jane Comiskey - Board Member
I have lived 50+ years in Hyde Park for 35 years in my present home on 54th Place. My house is call one of the clown houses, built for performers at the World's Fair of 1864(?).
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, moved here after graduation from DePauw University. I received my Master's Degree from Roosevelt University and taught in the Chicago Public Schools for 25 years, most of that time at Phillips H. S. on Pershing Road.
After retiring from teaching, I began volunteer work in the community serving on the boards of the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC), Nichols Park Advisory, the 53rd Street TIF (Tax Increment Finance) Council of Hyde Park, and participating in various reading programs in the local schools and parks. Now I am here at the Hyde Park Village!
Margaret Hellie Huyck - Board Member (Past President)
Margaret says, "I have lived in Hyde Park since 1961, when I arrived as a bride to begin my graduate studies with the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago. I became a gerontologist, specializing in Adult Development and Aging, and retired as Professor Emerita from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2010. My husband, Tom, and I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and went east for college (Dartmouth and Vassar). Our daughters attended Bret Harte and Kenwood Academy; Liz now lives in Woodlawn, and Karin (and John and Madeline) live in Alexandria, VA. Tom died in 2015, and in 2016 I moved out of our apartments where we had lived since 1965, and into the Promontory Cooperative apartment to begin a new era.
"I have been involved with CHPV since its inception. I believe strongly in our power to help each other grow older well, engaged in our community and providing mutual support. We must work to maintain an age-friendly community, nurturing all ages and diverse neighbors who share our goals. For many years I was involved with OWL, doing education and advocacy on issues of special concern to women 40+; and I have served on the Board of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. I have been an active member of the First Unitarian Church for four decades.
"While I currently serve as Past President and Secretary of CHPV, I'm happy to work in any capacity. I am working with the Fundraising Committee, the Communications Committee, and the Nominating Committee. I enjoy meeting the many interesting people who are on this journey of later life with me."
Ismail Turay - Board Member
"After migrating to the United States in 1975 I came to Hyde Park, Chicago where I have been living since.
"I received my undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the Industrial Engineering College of Chicago and my MS from National Louis University.
"I worked as a Quality Control Manager for Elgin and Waltham Watch Company in Chicago and upon my graduation, I accepted a job offer and worked for Kerr Glass Manufacturing Company in Summit, Illinois as a Plant Industrial Engineer. When the company relocated to Texas, I went to work for Leaf Candy in Chicago as an Industrial Engineer. Finally I accepted a job at Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc where I worked until my retirement in 2016.
"We have 6 children, all attended Hyde Park schools except one before going to universities.
"My community involvement includes Shoesmith Local School Council; the creation of “Friends of Shoesmith Organization”; Kenwood Academy’s LSC; HPKCC; School Committee; Hyde Park/Kenwood CAC and finally the CHPV."