Teaching Artists
The Warehouse Project

Bridget Ormins is a life-long Bedford Park resident.  Looking for ways to give back to her community after a stint on the local school board ended, Bridget joined The Warehouse Project & Gallery board just over 3 years ago.  Bridget leads our Parent Empowerment Circle and is active with students in the Promoters Program. A proud mom of three, Bridget spends much of her spare time supporting the efforts of the high school marching band and gold team.  

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.

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 is turning 5 soon!

Martin Rubio joined the board of directors at The Warehouse Project & Gallery in February of 2017. Prior to joining the board, Martin has performed with Living Out Loud, traveling to South Carolina, Minnesota and Michigan with the troupe.  Additionally, Martin acts as a volunteer and Teaching Artist for SLAM, our spoken work poetry program. Martin works as an electrician apprentice and enjoys hanging out with his dogs and working out in his spare time.  

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 is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in social justice, educational equity, social/emotional learning, relationship building and prejudice reduction and anti-bias education. Meredith uses theatre, spoken work poetry, music and a variety of other techniques to engage youth and adults in conversation and action about issues that impact both their personal and professional/community needs.  Meredith is a certified mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution and authored professional development for Teaching Tolerance’s Anti-Bias Framework. In addition to her work at The Warehouse Project & Gallery, Meredith is an adjunct faculty member at Aurora University and works full-time as a School Social Worker.  Meredith is also the principal consultant at Schilsky Consulting providing trainings and workshops focused on social/emotional learning, equity and diversity and prejudice reduction. Meredith recently began pursuing a Master of Education at University of Illinois with a focus in Diversity and Equity.

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 self-employed, working in the events and hospitality field, working in pre-production, on-site event management and post-production roles.  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.

Edith Crawford is a Summit native and joined the Board of Directors two years ago.  Acting as our 5k-race director, Edith combines her passion for running with her passion for fundraising for her favorite non-profit, The Warehouse Project 7 Gallery.  Receiving her master degree in instructional design just over a year ago, Edith works for AGL Resources. She and her husband are expecting a baby girl later this summer.  

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 couching 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 selling their free energy program. Marco enjoys the hands on work at The Warehouse and can often be seem making creative and artistic improvements to the space.

Nichole Massarello has been a member of The Warehouse Project & Gallery Board of Directors for the past two years.  Planning one of our biggest fundraisers and spearheading a new project to build a haunted house, Nichole is actively involved in ensuring the fiscal integrity of the agency.  Nichole is an Attorney, spending much of her time in court working with marginalized communities. She is a music fanatic and travels extensively to see her favorite bands in concert.  

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