Naperville Heritage Society appoints new president

Macarena Tamayo-Calabrese
Macarena Tamayo-Calabrese
July 8 2:02 p.m.

The Naperville Heritage Society has a new leader.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Naperville Heritage Society Board of Directors and the Naper Settlement Museum Board announced the appointment of Macarena Tamayo-Calabrese as the Heritage Society and Naper Settlement’s second full-time president and CEO in its 45-year history.

She begins in her new position July 14.

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, chairwoman of the Naperville Heritage Society Board of Directors, said that 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 more than 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 that role, she directed several departments at the American Bar Association in Chicago, including the Office of the Executive Director.

Tamayo-Calabrese received a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a juris doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, N.Y., and was a visiting student at DePaul University College of Law. She begins her new position July 14.

Steve Grosskopf, chairman of the search committee and vice chairman of the Naperville Heritage Society Board of Directors, said that Tamayo-Calabrese is a great choice for the job.

“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,” he said.

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