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Office of the President

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees serves as the highest governing body of North Park University. A portion of the membership is elected by the Evangelical Covenant Church with the remaining members appointed by the Board itself. All members serve a five-year term with a mandatory one-year leave between consecutive terms.


The work of the Board is organized according to several committees:

  • Academic Committee
  • University Advancement Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Seminary Committee
  • Committee of Student Recruitment and Retention
  • Committee on Trustees
  • Marketing Committee

Meeting Schedule

The Board of Trustees traditionally meets three times during the academic year; in late October, February, and mid-May.

Board Meeting Documents

Current Members of the Board of Trustees

David Otfinoski

David Otfinoski

Board Chair
Catamount Medical Education
Chester, CT

Jay Carstenbrock

Board Vice Chair
VP of Operations Support
Wheaton, IL

Mary Miller

Board Secretary
Covenant Village of Cromwell
Middleton, CT

Dawn Helwig

Dawn Helwig

Board Treasurer
Milliman USA
Chicago, IL

Mary Surridge

President, North Park University
Chicago, IL

Sally Carlson

Associate Pastor
Shoreline Covenant Church
Shoreline, WA

Greg Crawford

Gregory Crawford

Vice President
Human Capital Management Assured Partners
Lisle, IL

Marvin Curtis

Raclin School of the Arts
Indiana University – South Bend
South Bend, IN

Andrea Dennis

Physical Therapist
Mary Free Bed, Rehabilitation Hospital
Grand Rapids, MI

Greg Dolezal

Gregory Dolezal

Renewed Vision
Alpharetta, GA

David Dwight

David Dwight

Retired President
Covenant Ministries of Benevolence
Chicago, IL

Beth Fredrickson

Executive Director
Harbor Point Ministries
Wauwatosa, WI

Arriel Gray Jr.

Arriel Gray Jr.

Deputy Fire Commissioner, Fire Prevention Bureau
Chicago Fire Department
Chicago, IL

Michael Harper

State Farm Insurance
West Linn, OR

Donna Harris

Minnehaha Academy
Minneapolis, MN

Curtis Ivanoff

Alaska Conference of the ECC
Anchorage, AK

Marcia Jimenez

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
Swedish Hospital
Chicago, IL

Paul Johnson

Former Executive Director of Ministries
Willow Creek Community Church
Dundee, IL

Joanna Kanakis

Director of Enterprise Sales
Halo Investing
Chicago, IL

Gricel Medina

ECC Clergy
Carrollton, TX

Jodi DeYoung Moore

Jodi DeYoung Moore

Executive Pastor
Arvada Covenant Church
Golden, CO

Peter Nelson

Peter C. Nelson

Dean – College of Engineering
Wilmette, IL

Erin Oleniczak

Occupational Therapist
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
Lincolnwood, IL

Aaron Olson

Chief Operating Officer
Aon Corporation
Chicago, IL

Christine Rosell

Lincolnwood, IL

Karen Stein

Attorney at Law, Self-employed
Estate Planning and Elder Law
Greeley, CO

Tammy Swanson-Draheim

Evangelical Covenant Church
Park Ridge, IL

Krist Werling

Krist Werling

McDermott, Will and Emery
Chicago, IL

Greg Wittrock

Gregory Wittrock

Retired VP, General Counsel, and Secretary
Masco Corporation
Taylor, MI

Dennis Wolff

Dennis Wolff

Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
Bellevue, WA