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Contact Us/Staff

Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development
DePaul University

243 S. Wabash Avenue, Suite 9000

Chicago, IL 60604 USA

Phone: 312.362.5731
Fax: 312.362.5506


Joseph P. Schwieterman, PhD
Director of the Chaddick Institute & 
Professor in DePaul University Graduate School of Public Service

Dr. Schwieterman is a Professor in the School of Public Service​, Department of Public Policy, and Sustainable Urban Development​ program. He is an expert in the fields of public policy, transportation and urban planning, and is the author of numerous books and peer-reviewed articles on the development of cities and transportation.​

He has consulted with prominent national organizations on planning and development issues, and advised national trade groups and research organizations on trends in transportation. In addition to serving as the Director of the Chaddick Institute, Dr. Schwieterman serves as president of the Chicago Chapter of the Transportation Research Forum.​

In addition to having published more than 40 technical articles, Dr. Schwieterman has authored five books, including The Politics of Place: A History of Zoning in Chicago, which won an independent book publishers award. His most recent book, Terminal Town, offers an illustrated history of Chicago’s airports, bus depots, and train stations since 1939 and is presently featured in a traveling exhibit circulating throughout the metropolitan region. Since joining DePaul, he has also published an illustrated history of planning for the Chicago region, “Beyond Burnham,”​ and a book about the abandonment of American railroads, When the Railroad Leaves Town, which was a finalist for the prestigious George Hilton Award​.​

Dr. Schwieterman is frequently seen and heard on radio and television, making appearances on Chicago Public Radio​, and WBBM’s Noon Business Hour​. His work through the Chaddick Institute has also been featured in USA Today, Bloomberg News, and the Chicago Tribune.​

Marisa Schulz, LEED AP
Assistant Director 

Marisa Schulz manages a variety of all of the institute's programs, including the research series, technical workshops, Municipal Design Review Network, and community outreach initiatives. Marisa received her MS in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas School of Architecture. A native of metropolitan Detroit, she has extensive experience in both planning and urban design. Marisa is a LEED Accredited Professional, who oversaw the green building certification for Black+Vernooy, an Austin-based architecture and urban design firm. At Black+Vernooy, she also served in a supervisory role, managing a number of the firm's urban design and planning proposal efforts and projects.

Prior to her move to Chicago, Marisa worked as a policy advisor for the City of Austin Council Member, focusing on environmental, transportation, and land-use issues. She managed the creation of a large-scale corridor redevelopment initiative, coordinating the involvement of the city, local officials, stakeholders, and the media. She also served as a board member for the Congress for New Urbanism, Central Texas Chapter.​

Matt Michel
Program Mananer​

Matt was born and raised in Chicago and is
currently a graduate student at DePaul University, earning a Master's degree in Public Service Management. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Bradley University in Peoria, IL and has a professional background in both public and non-profit organizations. He joined the Chaddick team in 2014 as a graduate assistant, working on several research projects and was elevated to the Institute's Program Manager in January 2015. He also currently offers consulting services to non-profit organizations in the areas of grant writing and resource development.

Wilmar Molina
Community Engagement Associate

Mr. Molina's  professional background encompasses international and urban sustainable development. Previously, he was involved in public relations, marketing and finance for a non-profit in the Lake County region. He also led enterprise resource planning and small business development in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Wilmar is an MPA graduate of the School of Public Service at DePaul University, a 2011-2012 International Chaddick Scholar, and has served as a Community Engagement Associate with the Institute since 2012.

Martin Sellers
Chaddick Staff

Martin Sellers completed his undergrad at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a double major in Economics and History. He is currently studying Public Administration at DePaul with a concentration in Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs. He is a Graduate Research Assistant with the School of Public Services and has worked on projects including Terminal Town, city-to-city bus research, the SPS newsletter, Authentic Conversations, and research regarding leadership and speakers to the US House of Representatives. ​​

Susan Aaron
Civic Program Design

Susan Aaron's work for the Chaddick Institute reaches a broad variety of projects and initiatives. Along with her many civic affiliations, she is a contributing author to "The Plan of Chicago@ 100: 15 Views of Burnham's Legacy for a New Century" and is the 2009 recipient of Lambda Alpha International and Chapter awards. She was also an appointed member of the Burnham Plan Centennial Committee. Ms. Aaron has had a very successful career in the arts, as well as community and economic development. She was a primary leader in the creation, development and coordination of The Plan of Chicago Centennial Initiative, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 1909 Burnham and Bennett Plan of Chicago. She also served as Executive Director of the Grant Park Cultural & Educational Community (GPCEC) and as the Director of Promotion for the Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC).

As Program Coordinator for Navy Pier for the City of Chicago's Department of Public Works during Navy Pier's early years of redevelopment in the late 1970s, she was responsible for public programming, marketing, public relations and leasing of the facility; and worked with real estate research consultants hired by the city to create a development plan for the Pier. During the city's celebration of the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial, Ms. Aaron also served as Director of Art and Historical Exhibitions at Nay Pier for the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry.

John Hedrick, JD
Municipal Design Review Program Advisor

John Hedrick is the founder and Chair of Scenic Illinois, which supports public land-use, planning, and design. He also organized the Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN) for the Chaddick Institute, which focuses on municipal design review practices. A licensed attorney for over 30 years, Mr. Hedrick specialized in advertising, corporate and regulatory matters. He has also served on various municipal planning committees, including Village Commissioner for building and landscape design review. Currently, Mr. Hedrick is Chair of the Glenview Appearance Commission and has recently served on special facade improvement and comprehensive planning committees for the village. In his latest legal work, John specialized in board planning and organizational issues.

Laurie B. Marston, AICP
Land Use and Planning Specialist

Laurie Marston has been a consultant since 1997 and provides planning, zoning, urban design, economic development and consensus building services to municipalities, developers, small businesses and not-for-profits. She has organized and moderated 40 workshops for municipal planners at the Chaddick Institute as well as training workshops for Plan Commissions, Zoning Boards and Appearance Commissions. Prior to consulting, she worked for 22 years in municipal planning, including nine years as Director of Community Development for the Village of Wilmette. The Wilmette Chamber of Commerce presented Ms. Marston an award in recognition of her service to the business community. She has an MA in Urban Studies from the University of Chicago.

Ms. Marston was a citizen volunteer on the Evanston Plan Commission and chaired the Minority, Women and Evanston Business Enterprise Commission. She has spoken at APA national conferences and moderated two symposiums for the Northwest Municipal Conference. She served on the board of Women in Planning Development for three years and was inducted into that group's Circle of Honor. A member of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land economics organization, she is the Central Regional Vice President for the International Board of Governors. Ms. Marston was awarded the Distinguished Chapter Service Award for her work as Vice Chair of the committee that published "The Plan of Chicago @100: 15 Views of Burnham's Legacy for a New Century." 

Advisors/Visiting Scholars

Peter A. Creticos, PhD
Research Fellow

Peter Creticos is President and Executive Director of the Institute for Work and the Economy, a Chicago-based think tank in workforce and economic development, and Principal of Peter A. Creticos, Ltd., a policy consultancy. He is a former Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and a former Senior Research Associate at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University. He has taught graduate and undergraduate level political science and public administration courses at three Chicago area universities. Creticos has served in several senior positions in state and local government, and in national and state NGOs.

Creticos earned his PhD for his research on job matching at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  He has a Master of Management from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis.

Denis Alcides Rezende  
Visiting Professor   
Denis Alcides Rezende is a Professor and Researcher in the Post-Graduate Program of Public Administration and Urban Management at PUCPR Catholic University (Pontifcia Universidade Catlica do Paran, Brazil).  He is an author and co-author of 18 books and more than 200 academic articles on strategic planning in public and private organizations, public management, information systems, strategic digital city, and information technology management. He regularly serves as a consultant to businesses and the public sector on these issues.  He is currently serving as a visiting research fellow at the Chaddick Institute.  Mr. Alcides Rezende's post-doctorate work at the University of So Paulo in Brazil, focused on Municipal Public Administration.  He received his PhD in Information Technology and Public-Private Strategic Planning (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), MS in Information Technology (Universidade Federal do Paran, Brazil), and bachelor's in Administration (Faculdade De Plcido e Silva, Brazil).

Laurence Audenaerd, PhD
Visiting Scholar
Laurence Audenaerd, PhD, is a transportation engineer/economist with a focus primarily on urban and intercity passenger transportation and the influence of geography. He has an extensive background providing national and regional transportation research and policy analysis for federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Transportation, NASA, and the Department of Defense, as well as state and local units, such as the Illinois Governor's Office, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and New York City MTA. Audenaerd has an extensive publication record and holds membership appointments on several transportation-related committees, including the Transportation Research Board. Additionally, Audenaerd volunteers his time advising members of the Illinois General Assembly on transportation issues. He holds a PhD from Northwestern University and master's degrees from Princeton University and Rutgers University.