The Naperville Heritage Society Board of Directors and the Naper Settlement Museum Board today announced the appointment of Macarena (Rena) Tamayo-Calabrese as the Heritage Society and Naper Settlement’s second full-time President and CEO in its 45-year history. Calabrese succeeds Michael S. Krol, who served as Interim President and CEO for 14 months.
“I am excited for the opportunity to become a part of the team of dedicated professionals who develop the programs and create the memories, and ensure Naper Settlement remains a vibrant part of our community,” Tamayo-Calabrese said. “Naper Settlement has been a part of my family’s life for over 20 years. We have great memories of our visits.”
Sally Pentecost, chair of the Naperville Heritage Society Board of Directors, said, “The skills Rena brings to Naper Settlement will be critical as the board seeks to advance our recently adopted vision, “Live History, and Inspire Our Future by Preserving, Educating, Engaging, and Connecting.”
Tamayo-Calabrese is an attorney with over two decades of experience in both the practice of law and association management. She previously served as Executive Director of the National Association of Women Lawyers, where she was responsible for managing all internal and external aspects of the organization’s $2.5 million budget. Prior to this role, she directed several departments at the American Bar Association in Chicago, including the Office of the Executive Director. During her 15-year tenure with ABA, she turned around two failing programs in which funding was jeopardized and grew them into the Africa and Asia Law Initiative Councils. She also started a similar program in Latin America and the Caribbean, where with $20,000 in seed funding, she turned the project into an entire department, which grew operationally to more than $10 million. All funding was generated through grants and relationships that Tamayo-Calabrese established, built and nurtured.
Tamayo-Calabrese received a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York, and was a visiting student at DePaul University College of Law. She begins her new position July 14.
Naperville Heritage Society Search
Steve Grosskopf, chair of the search committee and vice chair of the Naperville Heritage Society Board of Directors, said, “We were honored to receive more than 70 nominations and are confident that Rena’s experience and passion will benefit our immediate and long-term goals. It was a pleasure to work with Alford Executive Search in leading the search that also involved seven of my board colleagues, our staff and community members.”
Heather Eddy, President and CEO of Alford Executive Search and a Naperville resident, said, “The search committee was particularly excited about Rena’s experience and demonstrated ability to grow programs and people through revenue development. Her expertise is seeing the big picture, the grand ideas, and the strategic direction, and then making it happen.”
News release submitted by Donna DeFalco of Naper Settlement
Did you know? Naper Settlement is a nationally accredited, award-winning outdoor museum set on 12 magnificent acres in the heart of Naperville. Our grounds are where history comes to play and community comes to connect. With a commitment to the community and a focus to the future, the mission of the Naperville Heritage Society, administrator of Naper Settlement, is to collect, document, preserve and support the history of Naperville, Illinois, past and present. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.org or call (630) 420-6010.