Board of Directors
The HNA will, in perpetuity, remain a membership-based corporation for the intent and purposes of electing a board of directors.
Members of HNA are those who:
Share a commitment to the values espoused in the organization’s mission statement
Live- , and/or own property- , and/or own businesses-, in-between the boundaries of Pulaski Rd., Belmont Ave., Cicero Ave., North Ave.
Volunteer or attend at least eight (8) HNA meetings per year
Complied with all these criteria over the past 12 months
Each Elected Director shall serve a two (2) year term. Beginning on January 1, 2016, Elected Director terms shall be staggered into Class A Directors (made up of five (5) Elected Directors) and Class B Directors (made up of five (5) Elected Directors). The board can appoint up to three (3) appointed board members who do not have to meet any of the above criteria of membership.
The current average board member has lived in Hermosa for over 20 years. There's a mixture of old and new residents on today's HNA board.
Ruperto Medina – President
Ruperto Medina Jr. is a retired telecommunication sales and service manager. Mr. Medina has lived in the Hermosa community for over 30 years and graduated from Kelvyn Park High School, where he was the student council Vice President for two years. Mr. Medina has also served in the United States Marine corps and is heavily involved in the community. Mr. Medina has been instrumental in the advocacy of infrastructure improvements in the 31st Ward through Participatory Budgeting. Mr. Medina has also been involved in Local School Councils, serving on two different councils and represented Hermosa’s school district as a School Board Nominating Commissioner.
Alejandra Fleck – secretary
Alejandra Fleck, also known as Alex, works for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy. She has 4 children - two girls and two boys, her oldest daughter works as a Kindergarten dual language teacher and the other three children attend Disney II Magnet School. Mrs. Fleck has Lived in Hermosa since 1981. Besides being the block captain of her block, she, along with four other community members, founded the nonprofit Hermosa Neighborhood Association (HNA) in November 2014 and sits on the Board of Directors. Mrs. Fleck works towards improving and making Hermosa - a clean, safe and unified community.
Alma Kreuser – Vice PRESIDENT
Alma Kreuser has worked as a Project Manager for three large advertising agencies since the early 80's. She is now a stay-a-home-mom and housewife and loves every minute of it. Her parents purchased a home in Hermosa in 1982 and they have been proud members of the community ever since. Alma has since married and moved out of the neighborhood. but with her family still in Hermosa, she felt the need to unify the community. She posted a message to social media in November of 2014 and four other Hermosa members met and the rest is history. Those four members founded the Hermosa Neighborhood Association (HNA) which became a nonprofit in early 2015. Mrs. Kreuser works closely with neighbors and her Wards' representatives to ensure we all work together to make the changes necessary for our main goal - a clean, safe and unified community.
jorge Felix – Treasurer
Jorge Felix is a true artist in every aspect of the word. A gardener, kind soul and amazing in the kitchen, you can find Jorge putting on art shows in the Humboldt Park area as well as getting his hands dirty right here in his home of Hermosa.
HNA was founded in October, 2014 in a local Hermosa bar called The Levee Hall when the following board members came together and decided to create an organization to bring structural change to their community. Those board members include:
Former Board members
The following board members served on the HNA interim board
Joshua "Xeno" Martinez
Angela Becker Serrano
Kristen Pratt Kalaman