Our Board of Directors
The Rev. Julie Boleyn
The Rev. Julie Boleyn has served as an ELCA Lutheran Pastor since 2011. Julie earned her Master of Divinity at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and is pastor at Unity Lutheran Church in Berwyn, Illinois. Julie works with the Kaleidoscope Institute in congregational vitality, multiculturalism, visioning and strategic planning, and sustainable ministry. In addition, Julie is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory®.
Anna has been doing community-centered social change work for the past decade, mainly focusing on immigrant and worker rights, including working to pass the Welcoming City ordinance and protect the minimum wage increase and sick day policies in Berwyn. She leads racial equity projects with the Cicero Community Collaborative and the Evanston Elementary school district.
Alejandra is an educator with over 10 years of bilingual education experience. For the past two years, she has begun her journey as an administrator where she brings her passion for instruction, parent engagement and student achievement to her role. Alejandra has three brilliant and sweet children. They motivate her to stay engaged in her community and improve the quality of life of everyone around her. Alejandra has experience in event planning, fundraising and networking. She also spent several years working at a non-profit to support parents and help them build strong family supports. As a co-founder of the Berwyn Little Free Library Initiative, she has organized around bi-literacy and community resources for the past three years. Throughout this time, she has met amazing volunteers and organizations who also care about literacy, inclusion and equity.
Alejandra is thrilled to join the AWAKE board. She is most excited to learn from her amazing peers and and bring her passion, expertise and gifts to the team.
Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. Kris Ward is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to come to work every single day.
Lisa Polderman was born in nearby Maywood and has lived and traveled all over the world. She moved to Berwyn with her family in 2008, and loves the creative spirit, range of perspectives, and grittiness embodied in Berwyn's residents. One of the co-founders of Awake, she believes wholeheartedly in the organization's mission to be a catalyst for community-led change. Lisa earned a BA in Latin American History and Literature from Warwick University (UK) and currently works in fundraising at the National Museum of Mexican Art.
Hi, I am Astrid Schuler, and I have lived in Berwyn for 21 years. I love this community and its diversity. I feel at home here. I became an Awake board member three years ago. I love it! Awake is a community-oriented organization that provides services for ALL children and their families. As a retired educator, I joined Awake’s Educational Committee to coordinate reading, math, and science programs during the summer. During the year, we assist with a monthly program event for families.
Marge is a licensed attorney. She is an elected official and serves as Berwyn City Clerk, Berwyn Township Clerk and Berwyn Public Health District President.
Small business owner
Board Member since 2015, I lived in North-Berwyn community for 14 years. I have volunteered on several organizations as a Board member and board director in Berwyn / Chicago area. I served on North Berwyn District 98 school committees . PTO president at Jefferson Elementary school D98 for five years. Team membership with I-Noma project pipeline summer camp receiving 10 scholarships for District 98 students. Coordinated 1st National campaign Unity Day Anti-bullying campaigns in D98 receiving the first Proclamation for District in
I love that Awake stands by its mission of being a catalyst for relationships, justice, and leadership. I am grateful to be a part of Awake where I have had the opportunity to build relationships, advocate for justice in our community. and coordinate their Math and Science programs.
For over a decade, Joel has worked with youth in Cicero and Berwyn. He graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in Pastoral Studies and Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management from DePaul University. He loves that Awake consistently meets community needs through innovative outreach and programming. Children (his included) genuinely enjoy and benefit from the programs Awake provide.
Joel and his wife Jackie live in Cicero with their two sons: Deacon and Justus.