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 Advisors

Rev. Gerry Kelly
Spiritual Advisor

Chicago Council Board of Directors

2019 – 2020 Board Officers


Harry Ohde
President and CEO

Mike Syslo
Vice President and District III President

Jerry Noonan

Holly Robinson

2019 - 2020 Board Directors

Paula Haynes
District II President

Rosemary Ihejirika
District IV President

Regina Coleman Johnson
District IX President

Mike Lamb
District XII President

Kristin MacMurray-Schmelter
District I President

Jim Plepel
 District VIII President

Jack Hughes
MarCom Committee Chair
At Large


Elizabeth Wakefield
Dir. South Region Community Relations
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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