Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene A. Juracek was elected chair of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission on March 13, 2015. She is a highly regarded executive and civic leader with broad-based experience in the electric utility industry, local government and social service delivery and governance.
Juracek is also vice chair of the Northwest Suburban Joint Action Water Agency and serves on several committees as a delegate to the Northwest Municipal Conference. A Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, she has served on a number of non-profit boards and recently completed service as co-chair of the Board of Overseers, the Armour College of Engineering, at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).
Juracek, elected mayor in 2013, previously served as a Mt. Prospect village trustee for six years and as long-time chair of the Mount Prospect Planning and Zoning Commission. She retired in 2007 as vice president, Energy Acquisition for Commonwealth Edison Company, after a 34-year career. She also served as acting director of the Illinois Power Agency from 2011 to 2013.
Juracek earned a master's degree in management from Northwestern University and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical/aerospace engineering from IIT, Chicago.
She and her husband Edward own and manage Five Feathers Farm in Carroll County, Ill, a certified Illinois hardwood tree farm and prairie restoration project.
Joseph J. Annunzio, elected ONCC Vice-Chair in 2015, previously served as ONCC Technical Committee Chair for more than three years and as the committee’s vice Chair for two years. Annunzio previously served as the village attorney for Niles, a community of 30,000 residents, and has been an ONCC member since 2000.
Annunzio is a member of the lawyer’s section of the Northwest Municipal Conference. He is also a regional vice president and member of the home rule attorney’s committee for the International Municipal Lawyers Association and president of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association.
Annunzio earned a law degree from John Marshall Law School and was deputy chief in the environmental division of the Illinois Attorney’s Office before opening his own firm, Joseph J. Annunzio & Associates, concentrating on environmental law, in 1994. The same year he was appointed adjunct professor of environmental law at John Marshall Law School.
A graduate in music education from Northeastern Illinois University, Mr. Annunzio was a band director in the 1970s and earned a master’s degree in music composition from Roosevelt University before pursuing his law career.
Treasurer and Chair, School Sound Insulation Committee
Dr. Raymond Kuper has served as the Chair of the School Sound Insulation Committee since 1997, where he guided the development of criteria used to select schools for the Sound Insulation Program. In addition, Kuper served as ONCC Vice-Chair from the Commission's inception until 2015.
Dr. Kuper has worked in the field of education for over 30 years. He began his teaching career in the Chicago Public Schools where he taught for seven years. He has had additional experience in the North and Northwest Chicago suburbs where he has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent. Dr. Kuper retired in May 2009 as superintendent of Union Ridge School Dist. 86 in Harwood Heights, Ill.
Chair, Technical Committee
Catherine Dunlap was appointed chair of the Technical Committee in June 2015. She has represented Chicago Ward 41 since five Chicago wards were added to the commission in September 2011. Dunlap began her work with the ONCC in 2007 as a volunteer, testifying as a resident at committee meetings, and informing her neighbors about ONCC actions.
An experienced citizen activist with over 35 years of volunteer work in Chicago, Dunlap has held leadership positions in nonprofit groups including the League of Women Voters of Chicago, the Chicago Cable Access Corporation and two neighborhood associations. Dunlap’s professional experience includes project leadership skills, obtaining millions of dollars in support for crime victims, children’s literacy, and housing; securing national certifications; and managing complex programs and IT initiatives. Dunlap conceived and established the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, the only public organic greenhouse in the United States.
Dunlap serves on the committee of Friends of Marlene, the only charity devoted to raising funds for supportive services for cancer patients at Northwestern Hospital.
She is a graduate of Northwestern University. Dunlap lives in Norwood Park with her husband, Thomas Rieck, an attorney.
Vice-Chair, Technical Committee
Dennis K. Ryan, named Vice-Chair of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission’s Technical Committee in September 2011, has served as ONCC representative for the Village of River Grove since February 2009.
Mr. Ryan is a U.S. Navy disabled veteran who served as a radioman in Vietnam, the Philippines and aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bon Home Richard. He was a Second Class Petty Officer.
Mr. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in real estate and finance from DePaul University, Chicago. He founded the Dennis K. Ryan Realty Companies in 1972 and is a managing broker, builder and consultant.
As an active citizen in River Grove, Mr. Ryan introduced Building Ordinance Code Administration laws in the village and headed up the BOCA inspection department for four years. He was also a part-time police sergeant and radio operator with the village’s Police Department for 15 years. Mr. Ryan is currently vice president of the River Grove Public Library District Board of Trustees.
Mr. Ryan is an advanced class amateur radio operator and has received numerous awards for his volunteer work during disasters and emergencies, including recognition by the American Radio Relay League. He also volunteered for the Village of Melrose Park Emergency Services and Public Safety Department for 20 years.
Mr. Ryan and his wife, Noreen, have lived in River Grove since 1976.
Chair, Residential Sound Insulation Committee
Residential Sound Insulation Committee Chair Frank Damato has a diverse career history. He served as First Deputy Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Consumer Services. Mr. Damato also served as an Alderman and Democratic Ward Committeeman for the City of Chicago's 37th Ward, and Chair of the Chicago City Council Aviation Committee. Subsequently, he was a Commissioner on the Cook County Board of Commissioners and chaired its Committee on Building and Zoning. Currently, he is Coordinator of Community and Intergovernmental Affairs of the Cook County Forest Preserve District.
Jeanette Camacho, appointed Executive Director of ONCC in November 2012, brings extensive, in-depth knowledge about the commission to her leadership role.
Camacho joined ONCC in 2000 as an administrative assistant and gained valuable experience as ONCC grew from a fledgling advisory group into an internationally recognized community-based aircraft noise mitigation organization.
Camacho manages ONCC projects and day-to-day operations, works closely with the ONCC executive board of directors and provides assistance to individual municipalities and school districts.