Ray Syverson, President

Ray has had an interest in the history of this area for many years, and also enjoys genealogy. He grew up in Palatine and moved to Lake Zurich with his wife in 1976. In 2016 he became actively involved with Ela Historical Society, and since then has had a great time uncovering some of the area's hidden history. He was flattered when nominated to be president in 2018.


Julie Vollbrecht, Vice President

Julie grew up with antiques and going to flea markets when she was younger. She got involved with Ela Historical Society in the 1980's when she moved here with her family to Forest Lake. Since then, she has learned quite a lot from the older residents like Spencer Loomis, Dale Blau, Carolyn Christensen, Phylis Keith, Gloria Heramb, and Ron Frank...just to name a few, taking the PAST to the PRESENT and saving it for the FUTURE. She wants to share what she knows with you and learn along the way.  Every day is a treasure hunt because you never know who is going to walk thru the door, call you, or send something in the mail that relates to Ela Township.


Mark Hay, Secretary

Mark moved to Lake Zurich in 2011 and joined the Ela Historical Society in 2014. He grew up in Waukegan, and works as a public school art teacher in Northbrook. He is technology minded and does a lot of work with computers and digital imaging. Along with his wife and two wonderful kids, Mark loves living in Lake Zurich and wants to stay for the long haul!


Dick Price, Director

Dick has been interested in history since high School and has a strong farm background. He grew up in Lake Zurich during the 1940’s and 50’s when everyone knew each other. He joined the Ela Historical Society in 2003 and has been a very active historian.

Diane Kostick, Director
Diane has been fascinated with history since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Her MA from NIU is in non-western history. Just as with the Ela Historical Society, Diane is a long-time member of both the Barrington and Chicago Historical Society Museums. She teaches U.S. History and Humanities at the Il Institute of Art in Schaumburg. In addition to her passion for history, Kostick writes books. Her most recent are Voices of Barrington and Chronicles of Barrington.

Nancy Loomis Schroeder, Director
  Pam Pannell, Director