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Chicago Hyde Park Village

5500 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


Village Staff


Michelle Dassinger - Executive Director


MichelleDMichelle joined the CHPV staff in 2019, as our half-time E.D. She is responsible for building operational systems and growing institutional memory that will lead to the long-term sustainability of CHPV.

Michelle has worked with older adults in various settings for over twenty years. Her experience includes pastoral care for older adults in residential and healthcare settings, including memory support facilities. She was a part of the the complementary and alternative medicine team of Horizon Hospice/JourneyCare for 14 years. Additionally, she has worked with Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly in both direct service and administrative capacities. Michelle has an undergraduate degree from Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, and a master’s from the University of Chicago Divinity School.    

Dorothy Pytel - Special Projects Coordinator

Dorothy Pytel holds a master’s degree in Public Service Administration from DePaul University and has been involved in grassroots community activism and organizing for the past two decades.

Under her watch, the Brick Yard Community Garden in Woodlawn became a permanent green space (through Neighborspace) and the Hyde Park Refugee Project grew from an idea to a community-wide volunteer effort with 100+ volunteers working with refugees from Syria and the Congo as well as immigrants from all backgrounds in local schools.

At CHPV, Dorothy works to build relationships with local organization such as faith communities and university and community groups. She also manages Village Visitors, a CHPV program to connect older adults to caring volunteers in the neighborhood.

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