Who We Are

Who We Are

Association of Horizon is a volunteer-led organization, comprised of a Board of Directors and other volunteers and local partners, who leverage their talent, network, and resources to advance the organization’s mission to empower and enrich the lives of adults with physical disabilities.

Executive Board

President

Dana Westley

Dana learned about Horizon through her family who have been involved since it’s early days, and began volunteering for Horizon in 2008. Dana has been an attendant and Team Leader at summer camp and volunteered at various fundraisers over the years. On the Recruitment Committee, she represented Horizon at volunteer events and schools. Dana makes media content for Horizon including promotional, memorial, and fundraising videos including My Giving Story. She joined the Board in 2019 and became Co-Treasurer in 2020 and now President in 2021. Since then, Dana has helped with engagement efforts such as Horizon @ Home, Holiday Care Boxes, Virtual Valentines Day, and our March Madness fundraiser. Dana has been thrilled to see how Horizon has adapted to the challenges of the pandemic and continued to grow and engage our community.

Outside of Horizon, Dana enjoys spending time with her family, especially many nieces and nephews. Dana enjoy’s cooking at home and posting it on Instagram, karaoke, and road tripping.

Vice President

Frances Clair

Frances Clair heard about Horizon through a friend who had been attending camp. She joined the board in 2018 and was elected as Vice President for the 2019-2020 year.

Frances stays involved with Horizon throughout the year by being a part of several committees. Last year she helped out with the camp, activities, and camp never ends committees. She is always trying to get friends who she has met through camp to get more involved with the organization. “I like doing whatever I can to help out, and I love encouraging others to help out as well.”

Outside of Horizon, Frances is one of the lead staff members at an after-school program for 90 children. When she’s not working, she spends time reading or working on various fiction writing projects. She also tries to maintain new camp friendships beyond the summer by doing things like having brunch and going to the Art Institute.

Treasurer

George Czerwionka

First learned about Horizon in 1995, through his aunt, who served as a volunteer nurse at camp.  He became very passionate about Horizon’s work and was quick to become an active volunteer with the organization.  

Throughout the years, George has volunteered with many of Horizon’s committees and has served in numerous capacities.  Every March, George and his family organize a March Madness fundraiser to benefit Horizon.  In addition, throughout the year George picks up in-kind donations of hospital beds and supplies for camp.  He has also submitted grant requests on behalf of Horizon.

George joined the Board of Directors about 10 years ago and currently serves as the board treasurer. He lives in Chicago with his wife and works as an accountant.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Treasurer

Dawn Burns

Dawn has been attending Horizon since 2010 when her friend Dana Andrews and her made the jump over from MDA camp. Last year was Dawn’s first year on the board and she is excited to be taking on the role of Secretary this year. Throughout the years she contributed to the organization in a variety of ways including several committees like Camp Committee, Fall and Spring Weekend, Proofreading, and Camp Never Ends. Dawn is particularly proud of the work everyone has done to increase interactions and provide programming over Zoom throughout the pandemic. She has also organized fundraisers like Bruegala and an online Trivia Night last year with her boyfriend and fellow board member, Gerry Walsh.

Outside of camp Dawn is a teacher and an avid reader. She serves as a teacher leader and Secretary on many teams in her school district; so the role of Board Secretary is a great fit for her. Sawn looks forward to a great year working with the board to continue all the great things the Association of Horizon has planned.

Board Members

Maeghan Anderson
Dawn Burns
Sheila Caplis
Emily Dalton
Diane Edwards

Donnie Flynn
Hector Hernandez
Anna Lopez
Lori Moore
Jeff Pickert

Gabriela Salgado
Terry Smith
Chris Viau
Gerry Walsh

 

Operations Managers

Michael Meyer

Andi Malitz

Local Partners

3eLove
Buster Creative
Hackney’s

Harbortown Industries
Jane’s Hallmark
Lincoln Park High School

Morton Grove Foundation
Park Ridge Community Fund
PNC Foundation

Association of Horizon is a tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Association of Horizon Tax ID number is: 36-3814090.