NDFA Leadership

Per our bylaws Northside DFA is led by a steering committee of up to ten members. That committee must include a Chair and Treasurer. Due to a change in the By-Laws in 2011, the steering committee, including the chair and treasurer, are now elected by the voting members in the spring of even-numbered years.

Northisde DFA Steering Committee 2014-2016

Melissa Lindberg (Chair, Chair of the Retreat Committee) has been a member of Northside DFA since its beginning. She volunteered to be a member of the Steering Committee at its inception, and was elected to the Committee during the first round of Steering Committee elections. She was the chair for the By-Laws Committee through two versions of the by-laws, including the final version currently in effect. She currently serves as the chair of the Retreat Committee, and formerly served as the recording secretary for meetings. She became interim chair early in 2011 until being elected to that position in the fall, and re-elected in 2014. She lives in Albany Park, in an area that has been remapped into the 33rd Ward. She has volunteered on numerous NDFA campaigns, and believes the best antidote for depression about the state of politics today is to get out and work for change.

Mary Koczorowski (Treasurer) Mary is an enthusiastic new (ish) member of Northside DFA, and has been a member of the Steering Committee since November, 2010. Mary was a long time resident of the western and northern suburbs, but feels she really "came home" when she moved to Chicago in August of 2009.


Kevin Allen has been an active member of NDFA for many years, despite living in the 8th Congressional District. He has been involved in many, many campaigns, including Tammy Duckworth for Congress, Greg Hose for Village Trustee, and his own race for state senate.


Joe Fedorko (Co-Chair, Fundraising Committee) has been a voting member of NDFA since 2006. His campaign work includes volunteering through NDFA for Dan Seals, Jeff Smith, and Miguel Del Valle, among others. He helped secure Roosevelt University for an NDFA training in 2009 and has also done campaign work for Jan Schakowsky and through the Illinois Education Association, and raised money for Dennis Kucinich and other worthy causes through his theatre company Democracy Burlesque. Joe is interested both in winning more elections and in exploring ways to make sure officeholders who win with help from NDFA continue to work to promote the issues they ran on ... or, he wants to keep the fire going and find ways to keep candidates' feet to said fire.

Tom Greenhaw (Chair, Website/Communications Committee) is the Founder and CEO of Cashier Live, a startup based in Chicago that provides cash register software and credit card processing to small businesses across the country. He has worked closely with hundreds of small business owners to help them improve their operations through the use of technology.
      Tom was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. After graduating from Glenbrook South High School, Tom attended Arizona State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.
      Tom has volunteered on the campaigns of Rep. Harry Mitchell, President Barack Obama, and MWRD Commissioner candidate Josina Morita over the years. He is currently enrolled in the University of Chicago's Leadership in Sustainability Management certificate program, and was named a New Leaders Council 2014 Fellow.

Nate Lefebvre was first introduced to Northside DFA by Carl Nyberg and John Burros through his work as a political consultant on John's campaign for State Representative, and has grown more attached thanks to the many friendships he made here. He particularly enjoys working to build NDFA's organizational strength (and the greater Progressive movement). To this end he was fortunate to lead a great team of activists from the Progressive Alliance to offer 20 full tuition scholarships to the DFA Campaign Academy in June 2011. This scholarship introduced many new people to NDFA. He intends to continue working on similar projects to train strong activists and develop our organizational capacity as a member of the Steering Committee.

Jon-Robert McDowell (Chair, Campaigns Committee) Quickly became a voting member working on the Mel Ferrand campaign.




Matt McWhinney first attended an NDFA meeting when Anne Shaw was running for committeeman, and racked up enough voting member activities to win NDFA's Frank Palmer Volunteer of the Year Award.

Carl Nyberg (Chair, Candidates Committee) is a Navy veteran who was raised in Oak Park. He has served on a number of non-profit boards, including as the chair of Illinois Peace Action and Campaign for UN Reform PAC. He wants Northside DFA to increase the number of people participating and the amount of volunteering on political campaigns.

Steve Spagnolo has been active in Democratic and DFA politics since his college days in New Jersey, and continues to be active now that he is back in the Chicago area.

Northside NDFA Steering Committee 2011-2014
Melissa Lindberg, Chair
Mary Koczorowski, Treasurer
Barry Aldridge
Joe Fedorko
Pete Kalenik
Toscha Ladd
Nate Lefebvre
Theresa Mah
Carl Nyberg
Anne Shaw
Steve Spagnolo

Northside DFA Steering Committee 2009-2011
Sandra Verthein, Chair
Ed Mullen, Chair
Melissa Lindberg, Interim Chair
Barry Aldridge, Treasurer
Mary Koczorowski, Treasurer
Owen Brugh
Cynthia Fox
Lisa Ginsburg
Frank Palmer
Jeff Waldhoff
Mike Wood

Northisde DFA Steering Committee 2007-2009
Sandra Verthein, Chair
Barry Aldridge, Treasurer
Owen Brugh
Shannon Fisk
Cynthia Fox
Jim Ginsburg
Lisa Ginsburg
Melissa Lindberg
Frank Palmer
Jim Schmidt
Jeff Waldhoff

Northisde DFA Steering Committee 2005-2007
Sandra Verthein
Shannon Fisk
Barry Aldridge
Owen Brugh
Cynthia Fox
Jim Ginsburg
Carol Levy
Melissa Lindberg
Michi Schulenberg