Rick DeVriesInstructor

    Rick DeVries is a multifaceted change agent with high-level servant leadership experience in corporate and not-for-profit organizations. His diverse vocational background includes high tech startups, publishing companies, faith-based organizations, and consultancies. Strategically cultivating strategies and working with groups of executives, staff, and volunteers; Rick equips and empowers teams towards achieving impactful outcomes within the organization and beyond.

    A student of organizational leadership and strategy in the final stages of obtaining a terminal degree, he is an avid life-long learner. Building on a University of Illinois Chicago bachelor’s and an MBA from the University of Chicago – an organizational leadership Ph.D. in progress at Concordia University Chicago compliments his extensive experience with scholarly perspective.

    Rick and his wife of 38 years are native Illinoisans and continue to be blessed by their three daughters. In his free time, he cheers on the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks, enjoys all genres of music, leaves the decorating and shopping to the women in his life, and considers himself somewhat of a foodie (but no urchin or eel, thank you very much). His deep faith, family, and friends bring richness and joy to a life filled with a purpose of putting the interests of others before his own.