Our staff is here to help you. Click on any of the emails listed below to get in touch with someone from the RPBA. We will do our very best to assist you.
Marketing and Events Manager
Ana Bermúdez joined the organization in 2009. Originally from Guatemala, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Northeastern Illinois University. She manages the marketing, organizing and social media for the Special Service Areas and for RPBA’s events, programs and initiatives. She coordinates RPBA’s Public Art initiatives including the Mile of Murals program. Ana staffs RPBA’s Membership & Communications Committee and organizes most RPBA events including the Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival. In 2015 Ana graduated from the LISC Businesses District Leadership Program.
Brandon Harding joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2005 and has been the Maintenance Director since 2009. With a background in landscaping, he applies his years of experience to improve the beauty and vibrancy of the community. Brandon supervises the Department of Human Services, EarnFare program. Participants provide snow and litter removal, landscaping and beautification services, as well as support to the Glenwood Sunday Market and other special events in the neighborhood. Brandon’s strong program administration has been recognized by the Heartland Human Care Services for the “Put Illinois to Work” job initiative.
Carolina Juarez joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2012. She has a background in organizational leadership and administrative management. Carolina manages the Clark/Morse/Glenwood Special Service Area #24 and is a liaison for the Spanish speaking residents and businesses in Rogers Park. She also serves on the Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival and Celebrate Clark Streets World Music Festival committees and is a member of the Leadership Group for the Glenwood Sunday Market Council. Her previous non-profit experience and deep commitment to diversity and balanced growth, make her a great asset.
Economic Development Manager
Cynthia Ryan has over twenty years in economic development, business assistance and access to capital. Most recently, Cynthia Ryan was Program Manager for VEDC’s Chicagoland Business Opportunity Fund, a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution providing small business loans for women and minorities from $50,000 to $250,000 for business owners that could not qualify for a traditional bank loan. In 2012, she was responsible for establishing and opening the Chicago office for VEDC’s expansion from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Chicago, New York and Miami. Overall, she personally packaged and received approvals for over $5 million for local business owners.
Membership & Business Services Coordinator
Rachel Bowen is our Membership and Business Services Coordinator. She comes to us from the sunny shores of Southern California. With deep Midwest roots, she has found her home here in Rogers Park. When she isn’t working, she is involved with her very own community, serving as the Vice President of the Junior Board for Glenwood Sunday Market. Most have seen her on Sundays supporting the vendors and customers. Rachel has great customer service skills that will be highlighted when she works with Rogers Park businesses. She strives to help others and is looking forward to working with the RPBA team to build a great community.
Sandi Price joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2002. Sandi graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with Business Administration and Marketing degrees and has been in the nonprofit sector since 1996. As a champion for Rogers Park, she has received numerous recognition and awards including the 24th Police District Community Builder award and the Spirit of Rogers Park award from the Rogers Park Community Council. Sandi staffs RPBA’s Executive, Finance & Fundraising and Nominating & Governance Committees. She also serves as a member of the Rogers Park Builders Group and Alden Village North’s Advisory Board. In 2012 Sandi received a certificate of Nonprofit Management from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Sheree Moratto joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2011. She works on economic, environmental and social sustainability initiatives. She is the Director of Glenwood Sunday Market, Partner Coach of Healthy Rogers Park Community Network, Project Manager for GROW Rogers Park, staffs the Finance & Fundraising Committee and oversee our Sustainable Rogers Park program. Sheree also serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Farmers Market Association and the Stakeholders Advisory Team for the North Region’s Community Health Needs Assessment. She also is on the Presence St. Francis Hospital Community Leadership board and the advisory board for the Heartland Health Centers. Sheree studied English Literature at Knox College and has a certificate in Adult Learning and Biographical Counseling from Sunbridge College.