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Village Staff


Michelle Dassinger - Staff, Executive Director


Michelle DassingerMichelle joined the CHPV staff January 1, 2019, as our half-time E.D. She is responsible for building operational systems and growing institutional memory that will lead to the long-term sustainability of CHPV.

Michelle has worked with older adults in various settings for over twenty years, primarily on the South Side of Chicago. Her experience includes pastoral care for older adults in residential and healthcare settings, including memory support facilities. She was a part of the the complementary and alternative medicine team of Horizon Hospice/JourneyCare for 14 years. Additionally, she has worked with Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly in both direct service and administrative capacities. Her board & fiscal management experience includes homeowner’s board president, PTO treasurer for Ray School, and church vestry.

Michelle has an undergraduate degree from Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, and a master’s from the University of Chicago.  

Ava Salonis - SHARE Project Coordinator

Ava has major responsibility for planning and implementing programs that enhance health among residents on the South Side of Chicago, as part of the federally-funded South Side Healthy Aging Resource Experts program.


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.