WRCO Board

Evelyn Miks, Chair 

Evelyn Miks has been a West Ridge resident for 16 years.  She worked with AFSCME for over 20 years as a union organizer and then Regional Assistant Director.  Her background is also in community organizing.  Now retired she has been active in the community through the LEARN committee to get a new library in West Ridge and active in WRCO to promote economic development and establish a multi-cultural center. 

 



Andrew Rowlas, Vice-Chair 

Andrew worked in the public schools for 38 years in Indiana and with Chicago Public Schools – mostly as a school counselor but also with administrative experience as a principal. When he worked in Indiana and cChicago, Andrew was active in his professional organizations in the counseling profession and teacher bargaining rights in local school teacher associations. He is developing a Block Club for his residential block, active in newly formed Senior Village for our neighborhoods and serves on the Program Committee and, as WRCO Chair, initiated the re-establishment of the Warren Park Advisory Council. Andrew believes that the support of “community” is important in the emotional, social, psychological and spiritual wellbeing of everyone.

 


Irv Loundy, Treasurer 

Irv Loundy is the Senior Vice President of Devon Bank. Along with his work with WRCO, Irv serves on the 24th District Police Advisory Committee, West Rogers Park Economic Development Committee, and the West Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

 


Hillorie Morrison, Secretary 

Hillorie Morrison has lived in West Ridge since 2015. After receiving Master's degrees in Urban Planning and Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin, she worked for Baltimore County, Maryland as an urban planner for 15 years. Later, she earned a J.D. from the University of Maryland and continued working in the field of land use, zoning, and real estate. In Baltimore, she was on the board of several non-profit housing advocacy organizations and worked on many initiatives to encourage public and private investment. Now retired, she helps with the care of three young grandchildren who also live in West Ridge. She loves the diversity of the neighborhood and is especially interested in projects which bring different segments of the community together to promote their common interests.

 


Mirko Popadic, Board Member 

Mirko is an independent producer, director, videographer and editor. Based in Chicago's West Ridge community, he has executed a variety of projects ranging from education, theatrical art productions, ethnographic and bio documentaries, to advocacy related projects, medical education and marketing programs.

 


Ashish Sen, Board Member 

Ashish Sen is Professor Emeritus at UIC, having retired in 1998, when he was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate for a position at the Department of Transportation. He has also served on the Chicago Board of Education, the CTA Board, other government boards and panels, and on boards of several non-profits.

 


Shikha Sharma, Board Member 

Shikha has been a resident of West Ridge/ WRP for just shy of two decades. She was born and raised in the former British colony of India. She is a certified English Language Arts teacher in the state of Illinois, who has worn many hats, including Managing Editor at Encyclopaedia Britannica, Performance Artist with La Pocha Nostra, and a social worker with the Indo-American Center. She is parent to two lovely humans, two optimist canines, and the most benevolent feline in the world. Reading, gardening, and walking in West Ridge’s lush parks are some of Shikha’s favorite activities.