Board of Directors

Steve Green, Chairperson

Chairperson for Galewood Neighbors, Inc. Consummate community organizer and local activist. Former member of Alderman's Galewood Economic Development Committee. UW Badger alumnus. 11 year Galewood resident and local residential & commercial realtor. 



Tom Drebenstedt, Treasurer

22-year Galewoodian in a bungalow.  Retired from construction management. Rebooted the Rutherford Sayre Park Advisory Council, co-steward of the Rutherford Sayre Park Natural Area, officer of the Garden Club of Galewood Montclare, created many tours/programs for Chicago Architecture Center including Bungalow Belt, Louis Sullivan, Pilsen, Humboldt Park, the 606, Galewood, and Austin. Member of teams evaluating North Avenue and Mars.


Michael Woods, Asst. Treasurer

Long running career as a public servant (Chief Operations Professional).  Lived in Galewood for over 25 years. Enjoys volunteering and being of service as giving back is extremely important to him.  Empathy, respect, courtesy, kindness and understanding are mantras he strives to live by. Everyday of existence is a teachable moment.  Loves traveling, always immersing himself into the culture where he travels whether overseas or here in the USA.


John Boratto


Wanda Gilmer

Wife and Mother. Executive professional in the retirement industry and entrepreneur in the catering industry. Has a passion to assist those suffering from food insecurity. Adheres to core values of family, love, integrity, quality, and service.

Beth Ranucci, Vice Chairperson

Mom of two, wife, lawyer, and law firm manager. Promoter of all things Galewood including Sayre Language Academy and Galewoodstock.  Loves traveling, languages, trees, animals, native gardening, and being part of a team that makes things happen. 



Kia Barbee, Secretary

Career in education and passion for personalized learning.  Transformational leader, supportive, organized, and inspiring to others. Believes in fostering a culture where all voices are heard. Enjoys reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband and daughter.


Kisha Buford, Asst. Secretary

Born and raised on the west side of Chicago, Tikisha always desired to live in Galewood.  By profession, she is an executive at a Fortune 500 insurance company. By passion, she serves her community joyfully by volunteering with several organizations.  As a current resident of Galewood, she enjoys meeting neighbors and spending time with her family and friends. 


Charlie Byrne

A 35-year Galewood resident. Married to Nancy. Retired, former sales professional and high school teacher/coach. "Traveling makes returning to Galewood all the better."



Emily Pokryfke

A Galewood resident for 27 years and a ‘West sider’ for 36 years.  Wife to Kevin and Mom to my fur baby Chip.  Professional in Human Resources Information Systems.  Loves this neighborhood because of its diversity and friendliness.  Enjoys reading, canine massage therapy, blogging and trying to help to make the world a better place.


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