John Ashton, President
Roselind Lindau, Acting Vice President
Heidi Zheng, Secretary
Roselind Lindau, Treasurer
Elizabeth Pridgen Underwood
Jules Gleicher (Rockford University liaison)
Ron Gorny (University of Chicago liaison)
Patti Ray (Loyola University Chicago liaison)
Katy Reedy (Lake Forest College liaison)
Judi Strauss-Lipkin (President Emeritus)
Interested in joining the Executive Board? Contact President John Ashton.
John Ashton received his key from Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in Archaeology. He holds an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley and is a practicing licensed structural engineer with completed projects that may be found in all four hemispheres of the globe. Outside of engineering, he has many diverse interests, including police procedural mysteries, board and card games both ancient and modern, languages in the Romance and Germanic/Scandinavian families, mixology, model-building, and collecting antiques. As a volunteer with his local alumni association and as a member of the PBKACA Executive Board, he has been, and intends to continue, fighting for truth, justice, and the American way. More recent accomplishments include learning to play the didgeridoo (an Aboriginal Australian musical instrument), adding English subtitles to a German-language murder-mystery movie on DVD, and writing three medieval-period rock ‘n’ roll musicals. And he even knows how to return a phone call.
Roselind Lindau earned her key at Northwestern University (Alpha Chapter) in 1967. She received her M.A. in 1968 from the University of Illinois. After teaching junior high and high school Latin, she joined The Chicago Trust Company and then Continental Bank as an estate tax accountant. She subsequently became a trust and estate administrator at Continental. She returned to Chicago Trust in 2000 and finished her career as a vice president in the estate settlement department at Bank of America, having come full circle through a series of bank mergers. She joined the PBKACA Executive Board in 2003 and has been its secretary since 2005. She is also a member the Scholarship Committee and an active participant in the Book Group. Other interests include tutoring an elementary student through the City Lights program, reading, travel, and theater.
Robert (Bob) Bruhl currently teaches Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is Clinical Associate Professor. His primary focus is on policy analysis and research design, and his specialties include economic history, voter behavior, and Congressional behavior. He is also the author of the statistics textbook Understanding Statistical Analysis and Modeling (2018, Sage). Most recently, he has focused his attention on political marketing and campaigns, presenting papers on this subject both nationally and internationally and contributing his expertise to both local and international media. Prior to his appointment at UIC, he taught at DePaul University in their Public Service Graduate Program, and before entering the academic world, he enjoyed a fifteen-year career in the private sector, holding various positions in management consulting, marketing, and business planning. He has a B.A. degree in Mathematics from Northwestern University, where he was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa. He also has an M.S. degree in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A. in Business Economics from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
John Hartigan graduated from Beloit College (Beta chapter of Wisconsin) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Philology. He received his M.A. in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin. He started with Follett College Resources as a technical writer back in the 90s. He moved to Rockwell Electronic Commerce in 2000. Next, he worked at Orbitz Worldwide where he moved into product management. He stayed at Orbitz until its merger with Expedia. He now works as a product owner at Applied Systems. He belongs to professional groups for technical communication and product management. He enjoys reading, playing games and riding his bike along the north branch of the Chicago river when weather permits.
Jennifer Idrovo is the Neighborhood Network Director at Latinos Progresando. Jennifer leads the Marshall Square Resource Network, a 35-organization coalition with four issue areas: health, education, peace, and capacity building. She works to strengthen relationships between member agencies, community residents and address emerging issues in Marshall Square. Prior to joining Latinos Progresando, Jennifer worked with the American Bar Association planning national environmental conferences for attorneys. She is the current Co-Chair of Programming for the Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area where she plans liberal arts and career development programming. Jennifer studied public policy and law and Hispanic studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Originally from Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, she is the daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants.
Caroline Ling graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Area Studies and a double major in Economics & Strategy. Since then, she has moved to Chicago and started her career at Deloitte Digital as an analyst. She enjoys having intellectual conversations with interesting people, and getting lost in the wonderland of humanities. In her spare time, she is a big fan of traveling, brunching, gym workout and servicing the Chicago community! A native from Shanghai, China, Caroline takes prides in her diverse cultural identity and global mindset. She also speaks four languages – English, Mandarin, Shanghainese (ask her what this is!), and Portuguese.
Dr. Jules Gleicher is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and former Chairman of the Political Science Department at Rockford University, where he has taught classes in political philosophy, constitutional law, American national government, and politics in literature. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Accidental Revolutionary: Essays on the Political Teaching of Jean-Paul Sartre (University Press of America, 1982) and Political Themes in the Hebrew Scriptures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and articles on Sartre, Moses Maimonides, Shakespeare, Plutarch, the Hebrew Scriptures, and various topics in constitutional studies.
Ron Gorny has worked with undergraduate students at the University of Chicago since 1979. He graduated from Missouri State University in 1978 with a degree in Antiquities and earned his Ph.D. from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in 1990. Specializing in Anatolian Archaeology and Hittite Studies, Ron went on to direct the Oriental Institute’s excavations at Çadır Höyük in central Turkey from 1993 until 2009. Those excavations led him to identify that site with the ancient Hittite cult center of Zippalanda. Besides Turkey, Ron has worked in Armenia (Horom) and Israel (Tel Dan) and has contributed numerous articles on the archaeology, history, and culture of ancient Anatolia. He left active archaeology in 2009 and started Crossfire Gang Outreach as a means of curbing youth violence in Chicago.
Judi Strauss-Lipkin has been active in PBKACA since the 1980’s when she came to an Annual Dinner and was recruited to be on the Board. She was president from 1993-97, when the PBK Triennial was held in Chicago, and has been the current president for several years. She is also secretary of the PBK Society Committee on Associations. Judi earned her PBK key from The University of Pennsylvania (Delta, 1964) with a major in psychology and has an MEd from Harvard University and a PhD from The Union Institute. She was Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at George Williams College and Benedictine University from 1969-2001. Currently, Judi is the owner of Strauss Tax Service, providing tax preparation and tax and financial consultation services to individuals and trust and estate representatives.
2017 PBKACA Organizaional Chart