Naper Settlement names new president and CEO

  • Rena Tamayo-Calabrese

    Rena Tamayo-Calabrese

Updated 7/8/2014 4:01 PM

A longtime Naperville resident and lawyer with experience leading organizations and helping them grow has been chosen as the second permanent president and CEO in Naper Settlement history.

Macarena (Rena) Tamayo-Calabrese will assume the settlement's top position beginning Monday, July 14.


She will succeed Interim President and CEO Mike Krol, who held the role for 14 months after the retirement of Peggy Frank. Frank had served for 44 years as the settlement's first leader.

Heather Eddy of Naperville, president and CEO of Alford Executive Search, helped the search committee sort through 70 applicants and choose Tamayo-Calabrese.

"Her expertise is seeing the big picture, the grand ideas and the strategic direction and then making it happen," Eddy said in a news release.

Tamayo-Calabrese worked for 15 years directing several departments at the American Bar Association in Chicago and previously served as executive director of the National Association of Women Lawyers. She has a bachelor's degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a juris doctoral degree from Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York.

Sally Pentecost, chairwoman of the Naperville Heritage Society board, said Tamayo-Calabrese's skills will help the settlement further its newly adopted vision, which is to "live history and inspire our future by preserving, educating, engaging and connecting."

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