NOMCO's Executive Committee members are elected by the membership, and serve a term of one year, beginning in September (the start of the fiscal year).
Michael Rogers is pleased to serve as NOMCO President after many years of membership and community involvement. He has been appointed and elected as a Trustee in both Bellwood and Maywood. He has previously served as Zoning Board Chair, Plan Commission Chair, and Youth Committee Chair in local communities, and in 2001 was named the Proviso Township Citizen of the Year runner-up.
He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Architecture and also holds a certificate of Construction Management from Triton College.
As the 2010 president of the American Institute of Architects in Illinois, Mr. Rogers was the first and only African American to ever hold that post. He is former chair of the AIA Illinois Advocacy Committee and has served the Northeast Illinois Chapter as 2002 President and received their Outstanding Professional Member Award. In 1994, he became the youngest President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).
Mr. Rogers practiced architecture at McDonald’s Corporation for 32 years. He worked on design and construction projects producing more than 1000 developments, some in all 50 states, including the Maywood McDonald’s and Underground Railroad Memorial at 1st & Lake St.
Mr. Rogers grew up in Chicago’s Robert Taylor Homes which were documented as the nation’s largest public housing development and the most impoverished (lowest per capita income) community in America at the time. He is especially committed to providing mentorship and motivation to youth in economically depressed areas as well as the redevelopment of such areas. He is a frequent career speaker at schools from elementary through college and also champions community engagement and advocacy.
Gary Woll could genuinely be described as “Mr. NOMCO”. He was there when it all started in 1968 as the first president and has served as president several times since. He is still serving, … this time as Vice President and liaison to 50 years of NOMCO history.
Gary grew up in Chicago’s Englewood community as the first in his family generation to attend college. He had a desire to become a teacher or a sports announcer. He would later achieve both after obtaining a degree from the University of Illinois in 1961 and becoming a teacher at Elmwood Park High School. For the next 32 years he taught full time at Elmwood Park and added 17 years of substitute teaching there and at Walther Lutheran HS in Melrose Park. During this tenure he became known as the “Voice of the Tigers” due to announcing 40 years of boys and girls sports for Elmwood Park, fulfilling his dream.
In 1965, Gary moved his family to Maywood where he has been deeply involved in the community in unprecedented ways. For 34 years he served on the Maywood Village Board, 30 years as Trustee, 4 as Clerk. He has been instrumental in countless policies and developments of impact in the community.
He also has served with the Maywood Library, Proviso Senior Citizen Organization, and is a passionate Maywood Rotarian for 25 years. His core beliefs have led to his history of civil rights engagement and membership at Frank Lloyd Wright’s gem, Unity Temple, a church in Oak Park. His devoted community service to Maywood has resulted in many accolades including a street that now bears his name in north Maywood, “Gary Woll Way”.
Loretta Brown was born in Chicago, grew up, married and raised her two children in the Chatham and Hyde Park neighborhoods on Chicago's South Side. In 1983, she bought a home in the Village of Maywood to be near her grandmother and aunt who had lived in North Maywood since 1953.
She graduated from Roosevelt University with a double degree in psychology and sociology, and graduated from the University of Illinois, Jane Addams School of Social Work. Loretta holds a Master Gardener Certificate given by the University of Ill. Extension.
During her 30-year career as a Social Worker for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services she was a case worker, sex abuse supervisor, monitored out-of-state residential and community-based child welfare agencies, and worked as an administrator for the DCFS Office of Program Review.
After retirement in 2003, Loretta served 2 years on the Proviso Township Mental Health Association Board of Directors and 3 years on the West Suburban PADS (Housing Forward) Board of Directors. She also has served with the Maywood Special Events Commission, as secretary to the Mayor. She is currently a Commissioner with the Environmental Beautification Commission where she is chair of the Village Pride Village Wide event presented by the EC Commission yearly since 2014.
Her passion for gardening, beautfication and community outreach led Loretta to partner with Dr. Lena Hatchett to start a Maywood Farmers Market that operated from May, 2009 until Sept., 2012. From that continuing partnership grew community collaborations including Cook County Green Corp, Urban Gardens Connections, community gardens and the Giving Garden. Proviso Partners for Health was co-founded by Loretta and Dr. Hatchett in 2014.
Laura Rogers has long had an interest in art, graphic design and communications, all of which she looks forward to putting to good use as the Communications Officer for NOMCO.
After graduating with a degree in Finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s School of Business, Laura spent several years supporting trading and operational functions as a bank analyst, followed by a transition into financial Information Technology (IT) services.
Taking a break from the banking area, she later spent several years as an IT consultant, during which she honed her skills as a public speaker and presenter. She returned to the banking space to take on the support and management of IT projects in the wake of the 2008-2009 financial crisis.
In 2015, she was a speaker at the annual Illinois Renewable Energy Conference as she presented on a favorite interest: retrofitting older homes with solar, geothermal, wind, and other forms of alternative energy, while implementing simple practices to conserve for optimal energy efficiency.
In keeping with this interest, Laura chairs the Environmental Beautification Commission for the Village of Maywood, which combines pursuits of environmental concerns for the good of the community with endeavors to bring about community interest in beautifying the village.
Having grown up in a historical home just a few hundred yards from the DesPlaines River and Lake Street, Laura has considered it a privilege to participate in and contribute to several of the Maywood Historic Homes Housewalks. Learning more about Maywood’s history brings full circle a reconnection with family history of residence and activity in Maywood dating back to the 1920’s and continuing to the present day.
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