Good news


Hinsdale’s Stephanie Seppanen received the 2022 Katharine Van Dusen Sylvester Service Award from The Community House earlier this month.

Seppanen’s involvement with The Community House began with her first performance in The Community Revue “Addicted to Hinsdale” after moving to town in 2011. Seppanen connected with many long-time TCH trustees while rekindling a childhood passion for musical theater. Since then, Seppanen has been in four more Revues and makes mental notes on Hinsdale life to contribute writing ideas for future songs and scenes. She chaired the Walk the Walk for Mental Health from 2016-18, with a focus on connecting with local schools walking the walk.

“I’ve lived many places, but my engagement with The Community House has always made Hinsdale feel like home”, she said.

Seppanen joined The Community House Board in 2017, the executive board in 2019 and became social services committee chair in 2020. In addition to her leadership roles, she also actively volunteers as a staff therapist in the Counseling Center, spending much of her time with District 86 students in the Bridge program. Her entire family is involved with TCH and her three sons have enjoyed Jodie Harrison Basketball, youth theater and Fortnightly.

“We all know that there is an ever growing need for dedicated volunteers in our community as a need for services has soared,” said Dan Janowick, The Community House executive director. “We are honored to recognize and congratulate Stephanie Seppanen, who has donated her time, faced the challenge head-on and made a significant impact for over a decade. We are so appreciative of her service to our community.”


The DuPage Foundation welcomed four new trustees to its board this month, including two who live in Hinsdale.

Julie Curran is a retired senior executive with 30-plus years of experience in program development and management, business strategy and financial management. Her experience includes human resources, change and program management, revenue and expense management and partner governance. She was recognized in the Business Ledger, among “Women of Influence” and among the “Most Powerful Women in Banking” for “Top Banking Team” from 2010 through 2016 from U.S. Banker. Curran has sizable experience in community leadership and fundraising through board engagement in human services, education, community development and the arts from organizations including Elmhurst University, Choose DuPage and Arts DuPage, a DuPage Foundation initiative.

Curran earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Northwestern University and has an MBA with an emphasis in accounting and finance from the University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Braden Waverley has served in multiple leadership roles, ranging from early stage technology companies to Global 100 enterprises and is currently the COO at RAY-ALLEN Inc., a global provider of information technology asset management and recurring revenue solutions. Previously he was the COO of CyFIR LLC, a Virginia-based cyber security software company serving global enterprise customers in the finance, government and technology sectors.

Waverley is the founder and managing director of ABW Holdings LLC where he has invested in multiple private placements over the past 15 years. Prior to his experience as a public company CFO, he worked with multiple private equity and venture capital firms on transactions throughout the investment cycle.

Waverley serves on DuPage Foundation’s Investment Committee and is a board member of the District 181 Foundation. He previously served as board chairman at The Community House.

Waverley earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.