Wackerlin Center Staff

Ted PargeTed Parge, Executive Vice President, Interim Director of the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action

Ted serves as Executive Vice President at Aurora University. Prior to his current position, he served eight years as the university’s Vice President for Advancement. Under Ted's leadership, the Aurora University development program experienced significant growth with more than $64 million in philanthropic support received during his tenure.

In his current role, Ted continues to oversee the university's advancement programs while also providing administrative leadership to select strategic program initiatives at Aurora University, including the Wackerlin Center and Servant Leadership Initiative.

Ted earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education from Illinois State University and has more than 30 years experience in not-for-profit management and higher education.

To contact Ted, call 630-844-5262 or e-mail tparge@aurora.edu

Barbara Calvert

Barbara Calvert, Director of Programming

Barb joined Aurora University in 1997. Prior to working at the Wackerlin Center, she served as the Director of Alumni Relations for eight years and held a variety of roles in Student Life for four years. She is also an Aurora University alumna and holds a bachelor's degree and MBA from the university.

The Wackerlin Center is a central resource on campus for students seeking volunteer and service opportunities. It provides students with a creative environment for the development of programs and initiatives that focus on service and volunteerism. Barb works closely with students interested in serving others in the community as well as organizing large-scale volunteering events, such as Morning of Service. She also played a large role in the development of Volunteer Fox Valley, a virtual volunteer center created in partnership between the Wackerlin Center and the Fox Valley United Way. Volunteer and other community-driven opportunities help students see the need in the world around them.

To contact Barb, call 630-844-6865 or e-mail bcalvert@aurora.edu

Mark Woolfington

Mark Woolfington, DMin, Chaplain

Mark joined the Wackerlin Center staff in July 2015, to serve as the Interim Chaplain. After graduating from AU in 1993, he went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, and then the Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Ordained in the Advent Christian Church, he has served congregations in Texas, California and Illinois. In addition to the local church, Mark has worked as a hospital chaplain, and been involved in several local service organizations, including Kiwanis and Boy Scouts. He currently serves on several committees for the Advent Christian Church. Mark is excited to return to AU and begin serving students and the greater AU community.

To contact Mark, call 630-844-6175 or e-mail mwoolfington@aurora.edu.

Kris JohnsonKris Johnson, Wackerlin Center Fellow

Kris came to Aurora University in 2002, where she served as an assistant professor in the recreation administration program and eventually transitioned to the Director of Student Leadership. She created the L.E.A.D. program (Leadership, Education, and Development) and teaches the Wellness and Social Responsibility course. Through her connection to the Wackerlin Center, Kris is able to enhance the existing service projects, as well as develop more service opportunities for students, faculty and staff members.  Through these types of activities, she feels that students are able to develop a better sense of social responsibility and well-being as well as awareness about the world around them.

To contact Kris, call 630-844-5624 or e-mail kjohnson@aurora.edu.