Who we are.



NIFC Board: Nick Ryan, Dave Ferguson, Perry Bigelow, Michael Vickery

Executive Staff: Michael Vickery-Executive Director, Bill Barton-Directing Community Life

Advisory Board: Bruno Bottarelli (Founding Board member), Jon Ferguson (Founding Board Member), Troy McMahon (Founding Board Member), Neil Gerald (Casa de Luz Founder), Ginny Gerald (Casa De Luz Founder), Marilyn Brautigam (Casa de Luz Founder)

More of our Leadership:

Dave Ferguson is the lead pastor of Community Christian Church as well as a spiritual entrepreneur and founding partner of NewThing. He is a founding board member of the National Institute for Community and has been working with the IFC since 1998.  Dave lives in Naperville, IL with his wife Sue and their three children, Amy, Josh and Caleb.

(630) 388-5100 | daveferguson@communitychristian.org | @daveferguson

Michael Vickery began as the IFC’s first employee back in 1998 and serves as the executive director. His duties include developing program initiatives and working with the board of directors to ensure the IFC remains mission-driven and spirit-filled.  Mike graduated from Northwestern University’s Human Development and Social Policy Program in 1989.  Mike lives in Homer Glen with his wife Sondra, their four daughters and two dogs.

(708) 253-7090 | mvickery@instituteforcommunity.org | @MikeVickery





Nicholas M. Ryan is the CEO of Marquette Real Estate Investments, LLC, one of a family of related real estate companies called the Marquette Companies.

Mr. Ryan co-founded Marquette in 1983 and since its formation, it has designed, developed, acquired and operated more than $2 billion of apartments, master planned communities, student housing, mixed use developments, office and industrial properties.

Marquette Management, Inc., is the National Award winning apartment operating company of Marquette, has more than 250 employees, and currently manages 9000 apartment units throughout the central portion of the United States. The Marquette Principals have managed more than 50,000 apartment units throughout the country, during their careers.

Mr. Ryan co-founded Kensington / Marquette Partners in 1994, which has acquired more than $1 billion of investment properties on behalf of its clients, including apartments, senior housing and student housing.

Mr. Ryan is a civil engineer, graduating from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in 1975. He is a board member of the National Multi-Housing Council, the National Institute for Community, Choose DuPage and is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association.


Nick lives in Naperville, IL, with his wife Teresa and their numerous dogs.



Perry Bigelow is the founder of Bigelow Homes. In 2005, the company was honored by Professional Builder magazine as the recipient of the prestigious “Builder of the Year” award. The award recognizes one building company in the nation that best represents replicable ideas that can be emulated by other builders. Bigelow Homes was selected for “Doing Good by Doing Right.” Perry was named “Energy Builder of the Year” for eight consecutive years by the Chicago Sun Times. He has been featured twice on public television’s “This Old House.” Bigelow Homes developed HomeTown in Aurora, IL, a spiritually, culturally, and environmentally sustainable community of 1,300 homes located in nine real neighborhoods. Perry is perhaps best known for guaranteeing heating bills on his homes throughout Chicagoland for the last 25 years. His desire to use respectfully God’s gift of the earth is the foundation of his business philosophy.


Born in Michigan and raised in Florida, Perry received a B. A. in Mathematics from Taylor University and a B. S. in Civil Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Ohio State University. Perry was a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Environmental Building Association and an Adjunct Professor of Housing and Urban Development at Eastern University Graduate School of Business.




Bill Barton leads our Community Life endeavor.  Bill loves building relationships between the apartment community and finding ways to impact the world for good. 

630-340-1903| bbarton@communitylife.info | @communitylife

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