Shelley Brickson – Board Treasurer and Organizational Leader

Shelley was born and raised in rural southern Wisconsin. She attended Carleton College in MN, where she received a BA in psychology. Shelley moved east for graduate school, receiving an MA in psychology and a PhD in organizational behavior from Harvard University. She and her husband, Michael Liang, moved farther east to London, England, where they spent a few years before finding their way back to the Midwest. They have lived in Little Italy since 2006. They live here with their two young daughters and their dog.

Shelley is a professor at UIC, where she is on the faculty at the Business School. She researches issues related to organizing, identity, stakeholder relations, and diversity management. She teaches MBA students negotiations and leadership. Shelley has worked with other faculty to create a new area of study for MBA students, Social Innovation and Leadership.

Shelley has a long-standing interest in nonprofit organizations. After college, she worked for a number of nonprofits in Costa Rica. She also spent a year as a Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard.

Shelley is a member of C4C’s board. In this capacity, she has helped to develop C4C’s organizational blueprint and is involved in overseeing the organization’s structures and processes. She believes that C4C can be a vital organizing vehicle for the community and is excited to see where community members take it.

Mark Hauser – Board Secretary & Communications Transition

Mark Hauser

Mark has lived in little Italy since 1999 when he and his wife Dana built and renovated a house. Mark has a son who helps him get all over the C4C neighborhood: riding bikes, visiting parks/facilities, and playing with friends.

Mark has background in event management which lead to being part of building of SignMeUp, a web-based registration application with thousands of customers all over the USA. At SignMeUp, Mark works to build bridges between customers and SignMeUp’s technical team.

Prior to helping build SignMeUp, Mark worked in event management, over a span of 12 years directing, consulting and/or owning 200 events in Australia and the U.S.A.

Mark holds a bachelor degree in Education from Deakin University in Australia (formerly Victoria College).

Inside C4C, Mark is the board secretary and leads the organization’s communication re-organization.