Macarena (Rena) Tamayo-Calabrese

Macarena (Rena) Tamayo-Calabrese will succeed Peggy Frank as president and CEO of Naper Settlement living history museum. (Naper Settlement, Handout)

Naper Settlement's new leader will be a longtime Naperville resident with legal and management experience, museum officials announced today.

The boards of the Naperville Heritage Society and Naper Settlement chose Macarena (Rena) Tamayo-Calabrese from among more than 70 applicants to be their new president and CEO. She will be just the second full-time leader in the living history museum's 45-year history.

"I am excited for the opportunity to become a part of the team of dedicated professionals who develop the programs and create the memories, and ensure Naper Settlement remains a vibrant part of our community," Tamayo-Calabrese said in a news release. "Naper Settlement has been a part of my family's life for over 20 years. We have great memories of our visits."

Tamayo-Calabrese is an attorney who most recently served as executive director of the National Association of Women Lawyers. She previously directed several departments at the American Bar Association in Chicago and was credited with turning around two failing programs.

Naper Settlement's new leader has a bachelor's degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York.

"The skills Rena brings to Naper Settlement will be critical as the board seeks to advance our recently adopted vision, "Live History, and Inspire Our Future by Preserving, Educating, Engaging, and Connecting," Naperville Heritage Society Board of Directors Chair Sally Pentecost said in a news release.

Tamayo-Calabrese will take the helm July 14. She succeeds Peggy Frank, who retired in early 2013 after more than three decades at the helm. Michael Krol, former Naperville Heritage Society chairman, has been serving as the interim leader.

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