The current Executive Director of the Blue Gargoyle is Rev. Julian DeShazier, senior minister of University Church, who has a deep commitment to the mission of the organization. He is enthusiastic about the resurgence of the new Blue Gargoyle because of the urgent need for youth services in our community. His primary responsibility is to lead the strategic vision of the organization, focusing on resource development, and establishing the Blue Gargoyle as one of the “go-to” centers for creative programming and workforce development services for youth.
Our Director of Programs is Ramona Bamgbose; she oversees the current programs of the Gargoyle, as well as assists with managing and developing relationships with key partners and external stakeholders. She ensures that all programming focuses on the mission of the organization. In addition, Ms. Grant will assist with the development of critical new programming and partnerships.
Internationally acclaimed singer/director Maggie Brown serves on the Board of Directors and also as leader of the Youth Repertory Theatre Troupe. Her goal is to provide inspiration and knowledge for the youth involved. She teaches them about the contributions of their ancestors, in order to inspire a greater sense of responsibility and hope in service of positive outcome for their future.
Board member Julie Less, along with a planning committee of committed volunteers, leads the Open Mic Nights. Ms. Less was a part of the original Blue Gargoyle programming, and is excited about the revival and our new mission and programming.
In addition to Rev. DeShazier, Ms. Brown and Ms. Less, other board members include Vivian Loseth and Almarie Wagner, both members of University Church and retired executives with long experience in non-profit leadership.
BG also has a Junior Executive Board, where youth can gain executive experience in helping to manage the Blue Gargoyle programs. Olivia Cheng (from UChicago – Lab School) and Adam Wilson (from UChicago – Woodlawn) serve as inaugural chairs of the JEB.