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Access Chicago

Meet Our Staff


J. Larsen






Jennie Larsen
Director, Center for Chicago Programs
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 As Director, Jennie coordinates and supervises all Chicago-based College programs and events. She directs the Lake Forest College In The Loop program, at our Chicago residential campus, as well as ACTIVATE, the College’s premiere summer internship program. She facilitates all course trips to Chicago, as well as speakers brought to campus, and is happy to answer any and all questions related to the College and Chicago, including, but not limited to, how to get around using the city’s public transportation system, as well as where to find the best Chicago-style deep dish pizza. 

Jennie’s favorite thing to do in Chicago is to visit Lost Larson, an Andersonville bakery and cafĂ© specializing in Swedish pastries, where she can catch up with friends, get lost in a book, or sketch jewelry designs.

E. Mace






Emily Mace
Chicago Digital Humanities Coordinator

 As Chicago Digital Humanities Coordinator, Emily Mace oversees all aspects of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for Digital Chicago: Unearthing History and Culture. She worked for the past two years in circulation at Donnelley and Lee Library. Since 2011, she has been the director of the Harvard Square Library, a digital library and website devoted to biographies, texts, and visual media about religious liberalism in the United States.  

Emily has a B.A. from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in American religious history from Princeton University. She has written extensively about religious liberalism in America, and focused much of her research on an interesting character from Chicago’s religious history, Rev. Jenkin Lloyd Jones, a reformer and pacifist who helped to organize the Parliament of the World’s Religions at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.  

Emily enjoys taking the Metra downtown to explore Chicago’s vibrant history and culture. She regrets that Crosby’s Opera House burned down in the Great Chicago Fire, because she’d love to take a tour.

Stephen Green

Stephen Green
Chicago Program Coordinator

 As Chicago Program Coordinator, Stephen lives and works on-site at the College’s Chicago campus. He manages residential operations for the Lake Forest College In The Loop and ACTIVATE programs, teaches a .5-credit course as part of the In The Loop program, and oversees the Center’s 360 Chicago program.

Stephen holds a B.S. in New Media Communication with a concentration in Graphic Design from Indiana University Kokomo and an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University.

As a relatively new Chicago resident, Stephen spends most of his time exploring the city’s many neighborhoods and testing his skills in navigating the CTA. On any given weekend, you will likely find him hanging out at Volumes Bookcafe in Wicker Park.

Kathy Barnett






Kathy Barnett
Administrative Assistant

 Originally from Indiana, Kathy has lived and worked both in Chicago and the Northern Suburbs. With a degree in Social Work from Indiana University, she has also worked in special events and fundraising in a university setting and most recently did research in stained and decorative glass for a private museum in Evanston.

A great fan of public transit, Kathy enjoys the majesty of Lake Michigan, the great architectural variety of the Chicago area, and food adventures with friends and family.