Board of Directors


Kent F. W. Armbruster, MD

Dr. Kent Armbruster is a Nephrologist.  He lives in Westmont with his wife and they have three children.  He served in the Air Force, went to medical school at the University of Illinois, and did his residency at Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago.  He currently serves as an instructor of medicine at Rush Medical School and the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago.

Marvin Baldwin

Marv Baldwin was born and raises in Saginaw, Michigan; gradutated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan; resided in Costa Mesa, California served as President and CRO of Foods Resource Bank (FRB) since February 1, 2005.  Marv's initial experience with FRB in 2002 was as a volunteer.  FRB raises funds in the US to support agriculturally based food security programs in the developing world.  Prior to joining FRB, Marv was district manager for Nalco Co.  

Walter Busse, D.D.S.

Walter Busse grew up in Wisconsin, attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he received a degree in Chemistry.  After a short stint as a chemist, he returned to Marquette University where he received his DDS.  Following completion of his residency in oral surgery at Bellevue Hospital in New York, Walt began private practice in oral surgery in the Chicago area.  Residents of LaGrange, Walt and his wife, Sue, are members of the Edgewood Valley Country Club.  Sue, an RN has taught nursing courses and Walt taught oral surgery at Northwestern Dental School for many years.  Since his recent retirement from private practice, Walt has returned to teaching oral surgery at the University of Illinois Dental School.  Active members of the Grace Lutheran Church in LaGrange, Walt and Sue have two adult children and one grandchild.  

Doris Bryant

Doris Bryant is a retired attorney.  Before retirement, she served as Assistant Vice President, Investment Law, Allstate Investments, LLC, specializing in corporate bond investments and private equity transactions.  Prior to her years at Allstate, Doris wan an associate in the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.  She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.  Doris and her husband, David, live in La Grange Park.  They have five adult children and six grandchildren.  Doris is an active member of First Congregational Church of La Grange.  She has served on many church boards and ministries, including a terms as Moderator of the church.  She currently serves on the Saturday Meals Program Advisory Board, is a member of the Finance Ministry and plays in the handbell choir.  Doris's mother is a Plymouth Place Resident.

R. Dean Conlin

Dean Conlin is of counsel to the law firm of Locke Lord LLP where he has practiced corporate insurance law for the past 34 years. Prior to that, Dean served for four years as trial and defense counsel in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He graduated from the University of Illinois and Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Linda, recently celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary with their three adult children, Christen, Jeff and Anne, and three grandchildren. The Conlins are active members of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs, where Linda has been new member coordinator for the past 25 years. Dean first joined the board in 1995, and served as chairman of the board from January 2000 until May 2002, when planning for Plymouth Place’s redevelopment began. After serving as a director emeritus for one year, Dean returned as an active director in May 2005.

William D. Coates, Vice President of the Residents' Council

Bill grew up in Wilmette, graduated from the University of Michigan in 1952 with a BBA.  He is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society.  He was Vice President and Chief Actuary for the National Ben Franklin Insurance Companies for several years before opening his own insurance agency in Hinsdale, specializing in professional liability insurance.  Bill and his wife Mary Sue lived in Hinsdale for 44 years before moving to Plymouth Place in 2008.  He served on Residents Council as Chairman of the Christmas Fund and currently serves as Vice President.  His volunteer activities include 11 years service with the Hinsdale Fire Department, 18  years with Brookfield Zoo and 12 years at the Morton Arboretum where he continues to work in the Plant Clinic.

Raymond P. Felson, CCIM

Mr. Felson entered the commercial real estate industry in 1985 when he joined the Palmer Group, LTD., as Project Manager of the Atrium Mall development at the James R. Thompson Center.  Later, as Vice President of the company in the early 1990's, Mr. Felson provided development consulting to AT&T on an executive conference facility adjacent to their headquarters in Basking Ridge, NJ.  He then rose to the position of Senior Vice President and oversaw a joint-venture project with Trammel Crow in the corporate Crossings Business Park in Bolingbrook, IL.  In 1993, Mr. Felson started his own company, Nafta Corp., d/b/a TPG Realty Services.  Then in 1996 he formed TPG Realty Company.  As president of TPG Realty, Mr. Felson oversees the development, brokerage and management of all commercial property developed by, or assigned to, the company.  Mr. Felson holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of management degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, with concentrations in Finance and Urban Economic Development.  He is licensed in the State of Illinois as a Managing Broker and has earned the prestigious Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute.  Mr. Felson is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).  He has served many years on the Board of Directors of Plymouth Place and is now a Board Member Emeritus.  His prior board affiliations include the Chicago Association of Realtors and the Chicago Theological Seminary.  Mr. Felson is currently Moderator of First Congregational Church of LaGrange.

James P. Gage, President of the Residents' Council

James was born in Philadelphia, PA and attended the Drexel Institute of Technology after serving in the Unites States Marine Corps from August 1943-June 1946.  Jim and his wife Doris celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in September 2011.  They have two children and two grandchildren who all live in the Chicago area.  They raised their family in Western Springs and lived there for over 34 years.  The Gages moved to Plymouth Place in June 2008.  Jim worked for Liquid Carbonic Corporation.  He started as Plant Manger of their largest CO2 plant in 1955 and retired as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1988.  During his tenure there he held several jobs including National Director of Productions, Vice President of the Carbon Dioxide Group, Executive Vice President and President and Chief Executive Officer.  Jim also served on the Plymouth Place Board of Directors during the 1980's.  He has served as Chairman of the Residents' Council Finance Committee for the past two years and has recently been elected as the Vice President of Resident's Council in May 2011.

Diane L. Hamburger

Diane's career has been in marketing communications and public relations.  She started in the field with the Quaker Oats Company where she held various marketing positions and was employed over 23 years by Nalco Chemical Company, Naperville, where she held the position of Division Vice President and managed the global promotional and advertising programs of Nalco's diverse business centers.  A few years later, Diane joined the Illinois Finance Authority in Chicago as their marketing and public relations manager.  She is now retired.  Diane holds degrees from the College of Wooster where she majored in Biology and a Masters in Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University.  Over the years, Diane has served on the not-for-profit boards of the Business Marketing Association, Openlands, and the College of Wooster.

Dr. Loren B. Horton

Dr. Horton did his undergraduate work at St. Ambrose University, graduating in 1947 after four years in U.S. Army Ordinance, including one year in Japan after hostilities cessation. In 1951 he received his M.D. from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, and interned at Cook County Hospital and AAFP MacNeil Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. Dr. Horton had an industrial practice in La Grange from 1953-1990, where he also raised his family. He was on the founding staff of La Grange Memorial Hospital and has been involved in social, medical and medical organizational activities for many years. While Dr. Horton is retired, he does maintain his license to practice by continuing to attend medical education seminars. Dr. Horton provided medical assistance to Plymouth Place residents from 1953-1990.

Leslie Ritter-Jenkins

Leslie holds a Bachelor's degree from Carleton College and a master's degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School.  She worked for two United Churches of Christ over 19 years, contributing to pastoral care, programming, strategic planning and organizational development.  She is committed to interfaith dialog.  Leslie's studies in Bowen Family Systems and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) have provided effective tools in counseling individuals, teams and organizations.  She recently passed her assessment and pending paperwork, is a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communications.  Leslie is a partner with the institute for Empowering Communication and is currently serving the First Congregational Church of La Granges as the interim pastor.  She enjoys gardening, reading, wine tasting, yoga, swimming and gathering with friends and family.

David D. Onion

David serves as CEO of Chicago Capital Holdings, LLC, a family business which he co-founded in 1990 to make investments primarily in distressed metal forming businesses and commercial real estate.  Prior to Chicago Capital, he was a commercial lender at Security Pacific National Bank(now Bank of America) and The First National Bank of Chicago (now JP Morgan) where, among other things, he managed portfolios of distressed corporate loans to borrowers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to lower middle market companies.  He completed his undergraduate and post-graduate education at Western Illinois University and The College of St. Thomas.  Mr. Onion married Meredith (Gilchrest) in 1987.  They are active members of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs, where Meredith has served as Seminary Pastoral Associate since 2010 and will become Associate Pastor in August 2013.  They have lived in the La Grange area since 1987 where they have raised their children, Alexandria, Connor, and Aaron.    

Nancy Sutherland, Chairperson of Board of Directors

Nancy Sutherland received a B.A. from the College of Wooster, Ohio, and an M.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She spent time as an economics teacher in School District #102, before joining the firm of Mesirow & Company as an investment research and portfolio management assistant. In 1972 she joined Continental Bank, where she began as an investment assistant and worked her way up to vice president, Small Business Lending Group. From 1993-1999, Nancy worked for Shorebank Corporation in Chicago as vice president & team leader of the Austin Branch Commercial Lending Group, and as manager and vice president of the Portland, Oregon office. Nancy has been affiliated with the following not-for-profit boards: Chicago Theological Seminary, Openlands and the College of Wooster. She enjoys music, gardening and travel, and resides in Western Springs with her husband, George. 

Harriet VerGowe

Harriet VerGowe serves as a Volunteer Coordinator at Community Nurse Association in LaGrange.  Harriet and her husband, Wayne, moved to Western Springs 24 years ago as the head of IBM's worldwide education center for large systems.  She directed IBM's first Internet Consulting Business Unit assisting businesses to establish a strategy and presence on the Internet.  She took an early retirement  opportunity in 2001 to spend more time with her two sons.  Harriet is a University of Illinois Alumna with a Marketing degree and post graduate training at Harvard University.

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