As an Oak Lawn resident with four young boys, Eileen has been a frequent Museum visitor since its early days on the lake. This past fall, she was asked to sit on the CMOL board and it was an opportunity Eileen knew she couldn’t pass up.
“I’m the coolest mother in town!” Eileen jokes. “My boys are very excited about my affiliation. I am also excited to serve Oak Lawn, a community I love.”
One of Eileen’s biggest goals is to help increase diversity among the Museum’s visitors. She understands the importance of play-based learning and wants to share that with as many families and children as possible.
“I have long noticed the homogeneous appearance of attendees at museums, art galleries, theaters, arboretums, etc.,” Eileen explains. “I would love to help CMOL in its already stellar attempts to improve outreach to diverse communities with less exposure to rich educational environments.”
How will she get this done, you ask? Eileen plans to strategically approach her new board position.
“I intend to be quiet and listen for a while,” she explains. “I will need to get the ‘lie of the land,’ find out how things get done, learn first and act second. When I see where I can help, I’ll go there.”
Outside of the Museum, Eileen is a principle attorney with her own law firm. She is also a motivational speaker, TV host and teacher at Moraine Valley Community College.
We are excited to bring Eileen on board this year and see her in action!