Meredith Schilsky, LCSW is the founder of The Warehouse Project & Gallery. Meredith has a passion for art of all kinds and enjoys performing and directing as well as being an audience member. Meredith received her Master of Social Work from Loyola University three years ago and has worked as a School Social Worker for School District 104 in Summit since then. Taking notice of the number of young people who were interested in arts based programming, Meredith began talking with a variety of young people about what they felt was missing in their community. Hearing over and over that youth needed a safe, creative, brave space to be heard and tell their stories, she began to think that there was something more that could be done. Joining forces with some young people in the community, they began conversations on the best way to engage youth, create community change, and develop a passion for the arts. After a few months of conversation, The Warehouse Project & Gallery was born. She is excited to combine her life’s passions for music, theatre, spoken word, and visual arts with her professional passions of community engagement, organizing and change. When Meredith isn’t at The Warehouse, she can be found in a kitchen, cooking up something delicious to share with loved ones.
Marco Lopez is a Summit native and a co-founder of The Warehouse Project & Gallery. Marco has a passion for working with young people, spending the last ten years coaching students at the National Hispanic Institute. In addition to his work at NHI, Marco has strong community ties having taught English classes at The Summit Library and participating in The Voice of Summit community meetings. Marco works for Nicor Gas as a marketing representative . Marco enjoys the hands on work at The Warehouse and can often be seen making creative and artistic improvements to the space. Marco can also be seen running around town as he pursues nine marathons in the next year to complete his goal of running 30 marathons by his 30th birthday.
Bella Patel is a proud member of The Warehouse Project & Gallery Board of Directors. She is thrilled to bring her passion for success and her Human Resources background to her work with The Warehouse. As an Executive Vice President of Human Resources at FCB, Bella brings a unique perspective to the Board. Bella has been instrumental in working with TWPG students as they transition from high school to college and from college to the working world. Her expertise is crucial to the success of the young people involved. Outside of work, Bella spends time traveling, enjoying the city and being an aunt to a fabulous niece and nephew.
Emily Bouchard has been involved with The Warehouse Project & Gallery since its inception. She is excited to share her passion for special events and fundraising with an organization that has relevant ties to her hometown community. On a professional level, she is the Events and Hospitality Manage for Terlato Wines International, a job which continues to develop her tales for the events industry, which she has been actively involved in since her college years. Outside of professional interests, she enjoys spending time traveling, trying new restaurants and exploring the City of Chicago, which she is proud to call home.
Jose “Berto” Ortiz is a life long Summit resident. Jose joined TWPG’s Board of Directors just over a year ago after learning about the agency at a community open house. Jose is passionate about working with the young people in the community and is committed to giving them a safe, brave space to grow up. Jose works for Williams-Hayward, a Summit based company, and is a soccer official. He can be seen all around the City of Chicago and suburbs refereeing. Jose and his wife Mayra, have just welcomed a baby girl into their family. The Warehouse family is proud to welcome Emma!
Jennifer Romero is a life long Summit resident and joined the Board of Directors just after its official incorporation. Jennifer developed her dance skills while performing with the dance team at Dominican University. After graduation, she returned to Summit with the intent to help develop the community in a variety of ways. Jennifer is an elected Trustee on The Village of Summit Library Board and can be seen running around town as one of the founders of “We Run Summit” running club. Professionally, Jennifer works as an Executive Assistant at William Blair. Jenny is a proud mom to Emelia, who just turned 3!
Edith Crawford is the newest member of the Board of Directors. She was raised in Summit and still considers this her hometown, even though she is no longer a resident. Edith continues to maintain close ties to Summit and is excited for the opportunity to work with both the adolescents and the community. She is a strong advocate of driving change through the development of confident young leaders. Edith attended DePaul University where she earned a degree in Information Systems. Currently she is furthering her education by working on a master’s degree in Instructional System Design. Edith works for Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Inc. where she is an Instructional System Design intern.. On her spare time Edith enjoys running, traveling and spending time with family