Board of Directors

The Chicago Council Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up entirely of volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and service in leading the Chicago Council and preserving the values that lay the foundation of our mission.

Chicago Council Spiritual Advisor


Rev. Gerry Kelly
Spiritual Advisor

Chicago Council Board of Directors

2021 – 2022 Board Officers

Harry Ohde
President and CEO

Mike Syslo
Vice President

Curt Schubert, CPA

Holly Robinson

2021-2022 Board Directors

Frank Ziegler
District II President

Rosemary Ihejirika
District IV President

Regina Coleman Johnson
District IX President

Mike Lamb
District XII President

Kevin Fahey
District I President

Carol Davidson
District VIII President

Mike Syslo
District III President

Tom Moritz
District X President

Dana Pyzik
District VI President

Jack Hughes
MarCom Committee Chair
At Large


Elizabeth Wakefield
Dir. South Region Community Relations
At Large

Kathy Donahue
Member At Large

Get to Know the Chicago Board of DirectorsHarry Ohde, President and CEO



Harry Ohde is the current President and CEO of the Chicago Council. Harry is a very proud “south-sider” and previously was the Assistant Director of Training for IBEW 134/NECA Technical Institute until his retirement.

Harry truly lives the mission of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul always focusing on helping those in need. Harry passionately advocates for creating and expanding programs to serve unmet needs and has established key partnerships with Catholic Charities, the Archdiocese of Chicago, local unions and other non-profits.

“We’re stronger than ever and growing our programs and services every day. We have a commitment and with your support we will realize our vision of a better tomorrow for those in need. “Harry’s enthusiasm for the work of The Society is contagious as he forges new relationships every day to help us achieve our mission.

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