Rachel Ossyra has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University and has worked in the international energy and petrochemical business for over 25 years as an engineer, strategist, sales manager, change manager and international business manager. She has served as a local government official and community leader applying innovation and collaboration to improve local quality of life and humanitarian service locally and globally. She is currently the director of development for the Fox Valley Park Foundation and led the effort to reshape its mission to provide access to recreation for all residents to build a healthy, sustainable and equitable community. She is an active member of the board of trustees for Hesed House, homeless shelter in Aurora, Illinois.
Rachel is currently District 6450 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, President of the Rotary Club of Naperville and is passionate about The Rotary Foundation’s mission to “Do Good in the World”. Rachel is a member of the Paul Harris Society and is a Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation. She also served as the District 6450 Grants Subcommittee Chair from 2016-2019, with a focus on growing participation of all clubs in the Foundation grants process. She is a member of Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG) and Rotary Action Group against Slavery (RAGAS).
Rachel has served as her club’s international service director, public image chair, program chair and fundraising chair. She has worked with a team of fellow Rotarians in an impoverished community in south eastern Nigeria on grants to improve education and health infrastructure and provide clean water and sanitation, traveling there 7 times in recent years. She led her club’s effort to fund development of a prevention and education video to break the cycle of the sexual exploitation of children through local human trafficking. Rachel was her club's Rotarian of the Year in 2015 and 2016 and 4 Avenues of Service awardee in 2018.
Rachel has 2 adult children, John and Angie, who reside with their spouses, Jessica and Mike, and children, Jem and Ned, in Knoxville, Tennessee and Virginia Beach, Virginia.