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Ava Salonis - Staff, SHARE Netwok Liaison, Program Coordinator


A Chicago native, I have worked in healthcare providing non-clinical, health and social service related programming for 25 plus years.  I built programs with a focus on families, maternal and child health, adolescent health, senior health and wellness, training and employment, parenting education, nutrition education, case management and more.  I completed my undergraduate education at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL with a B.A. in Education and a minor in English.  My M.S. in Community Health was completed at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.


Roderick Sawyer - Staff, Operations Manager/Support


Roderick SawyerI married into Hyde Park. Since then, I have raised two children who are now in college, and have lived here for 26 years.


I was an engineering major at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. After graduation, I began work at Sears Roebuck, where I would later meet my wife. After a short stint at the Tribune Company, I decided to launch my own company, Teffecx, which is still going after 18 years. I have worked mainly in technology-related fields for various clients, including many in Hyde Park.


I have been active in the community, from working to form Cantor Middle School (now Kenwood Academic Center), serving on the board of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, to being a member of the 53rd Street TIF Committee. I even had a guest column with the Hyde Park Herald for three years.


At the Village, I handle all things operations. My "unofficial" job description is to make it all work. On some days, I think I would make McGuyver proud.