Our Board of Directors

The Rev. Julie Boleyn

Board Chair

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 Marin

Vice President

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 Reyes

Secretary

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.

Ana Rios

Treasurer

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

Director

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.

Michelle Colucci

Director

Awake

Astrid Schuler

Director

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.

Margaret Paul

Director

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.

Shawnda Steer

Director

Shawnda Steer, 

Small business owner

(Creative Hands)


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

October 2019.

William Hudson

Director

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.

Joel Wallen

Director

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.

Beth Gunzel

Director

Awake

Subscribe Form

708-207-3430

6720 31st Street
Berwyn, IL 60402

  • Facebook

©2021 by Awake. Proudly created with Wix.com