Board and Staff

About the Board

Vickie Burke, President

Vickie was past Chair of the Board of the Frances Willard Historical Association and is currently a member of the YWCA Evanston North/Shore Advisory Council and member of the McGaw YMCA Leadership Council. She also previously Chaired the McGaw YMCA Board chaired the McGaw YMCA Camp ECHO Philanthropic Market Assessment Oversight Committee, as well as serving as past President of the Young Woman’s Auxiliary of The Woman’s Club of Evanston and past President of the Woman’s Club of Evanston. Additionally, she was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Evanston History Center. Vickie was a major funder and founding member Evanston Women’s History Project.

She is an active member of St. Athanasius church. She and her husband Tim have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandsons.

Sarah Ward, Vice President

Sarah has been a member of the WCTU for over 50 years, President of the National WCTU twice, and also President of the World WCTU, among holding a number of other offices. She is the only member of the Board who has both lived and worked on the WCTU campus. Sarah has also served as President of the Frances Willard Historical Association. She has a Master’s degree in Music Education from Indiana University and is active in her local community in Knightstown, Indiana, current serving on the City Council.

Ann Mammel Balusek, Secretary

Ann serves on the Board of the Mammel Family Foundation. She previously had a career in advertising sales and real estate. Ann is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and attended Iowa State University. Ann’s philanthropic focus is helping women and girls. She serves on several North Shore Boards and funds many non-profits throughout Chicagoland and internationally. Her personal passion is gardening and she serves on the Woman’s Board of the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Doug Honnold, Treasurer

Doug  was appointed to the CWHL Board in September 2017 and serves as Treasurer.  He is retired from a career in market and media research at the firms General Mills, Information Resources, and, most recently, comScore.  He served seven years as an elected member of the Board of the Evanston History Center (EHC), including two as the Vice President, Trustees and Governance and then four as President.  He is currently an EHC trustee emeritus and member of the finance committee.  Doug also served for seven years on the Board of the McGaw YMCA and, for six years, was both a member of its executive committee and chairman of its membership committee.  He currently serves on the McGaw YMCA President’s Leadership Council.  Doug volunteers for Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), which serves young people in Evanston and Skokie, and is currently a member of its Community Counsel and of its Workplace Advisory Committee.  Doug is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lois Anderson, Trustee

Lois has been a member of the WCTU as a youth thru adulthood. She serves as the Indiana State, National and World WCTU Treasurer.

Susan Comstock, Trustee

Susan is focused on active engagement in the Chicagoland nonprofit community having retired in 2016 as a managing director at JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking. During her career in banking, Susan had extensive experience banking industrial companies and managing banking teams in the multinational sector, both in Chicago and London.

Susan is currently active in both Social Venture Partners Chicago and its sister organization in Tucson.  SVP takes an engaged philanthropy approach to funding innovative and scalable nonprofits by volunteering time and expertise to build organizational capacity. Additionally, Susan sits on the board of the Unitarian Church of Evanston, where she holds the treasurer position.  She has co-chaired UCE’s pledge drive, and is currently co-chair of their annual fundraising auction.  Susan is a member of the North Shore Giving Circle for the Chicago Foundation for Women.  While in London, she had a board position on the Woolnoth Society Charitable Trust, a philanthropic society supported by banks in the City of London.

Susan has a BA from Harvard University with a concentration in geology, and a MBA from the Kellogg GSM at Northwestern University with a concentration in finance. She and her husband, Marc Rolfes, reside in Evanston, and have three grown children.  Susan is an active volunteer at the Frances Willard House Museum and the Chicago Botanic Garden, and is currently working to complete her Master Naturalist Certification through the University of Illinois Extension program.

About the Staff

Glen Madeja, Executive Director, CWHL

Glen began his tenure at the Willard House Museum in 2010, bringing more than twenty-five years of experience in the business world.  He became its first Executive Director in 2012. Educational credentials include an MBA degree from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and Master of Science degree in Plant Biology and Conservation, Northwestern University & The Chicago Botanic Garden. Glen is known for his dedication, hard work, and perseverance.

Lori Osborne, Director, FWHM

Lori comes to her new position with past experience at the site, including serving as a processing archivist at the Willard Library and Archives, and as President of the Frances Willard Historical Association. Osborne is also director of the Evanston Women’s History Project and formerly served as Archivist and Director of Outreach at the Evanston History Center. She also serves as Vice President for Operations of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites. Osborne holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Public History from Loyola University Chicago.

 Alice Burton, Director, Social Media and Visitor Services, FWHM

Alice is a copywriter and social media manager who writes about the 19th century American women’s rights movement for Book Riot and other online publications. She has a degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois and brings to the CWHL her passion for women’s history, communication, and work with the Frances Willard House.

 Emilie Hogan, Director, Advocacy and Community Engagement, FWHM

Emilie is a community activist and engagement strategist who has served in leadership roles for several not-for-profit organizations.  She is passionate about making meaningful connections between organizations and the larger community.  She is a founding member and current Board member of Books & Breakfast, a not-for-profit providing nutritious breakfast and academic assistance to Evanston students.  She also is an attorney and the mother of four daughters.

Cate LiaBraaten, Museum Operations Manager, FWHM

Janet Olson, Archivist, FWMLA

Janet has served as Volunteer Archivist for the Frances Willard Memorial Library & Archives since 2007. Prior to that, starting in 2004, she served the Frances Willard Historical Association as a docent, a Board member, and a past President.  As Archivist, she has worked to make the resources of the Willard Archives available to an ever-increasing number of researchers worldwide (on site or by email): scholars, college students, middle-school History Fair participants, and the general public. She has been the Assistant University Archivist at Northwestern University since 1998, is a Certified Archivist, and has held leadership roles in local, regional, and national professional organizations. She has an MA in History from Loyola University Chicago; her research focuses on 19th-century social reform.

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