Our Leadership Councils

The energy, knowledge, and commitment of our Leadership Councils are major reasons for the ongoing success of Cradles to Crayons®. Meet some of the people who make us what we are. Their inspired efforts are invaluable to our daily operations, and to reach our vision for the future.

Chicago Family Advisory Council

  • Lisa Belcher, Family Advisory Council Chair, Glencoe
  • Rebecca Cutler, Lincoln Park 
  • Pam Davis, Highland Park
  • Heath & Rakhi Fuller, Bucktown
  • Ilene Goldman, Ravenswood Manor
  • Donna Greenberg, Highland Park
  • Jacqueline Hairston, Lakeview
  • Stacy Jakobe, Evanston
  • Amy Kaplan, Riverwoods
  • Doug & Stacey Meyer, Deerfield
  • Carrie McNally, Lincoln Park
  • Debbie & Matt Michaelson, Bucktown
  • Nguyen Ngyuen & Tan Vu, Bucktown
  • Catherine & Mike Rosenberg, Lakeview
  • Josh Shipley, Lincoln Park
  • Mara Smith, Northbrook
  • Shawn Strack, Lincoln Park

Chicago Corporate Advisory Council

  • Amy Hughes, Corporate Advisory Council Chair, Bank of America, US Trust
  • Darrah Bixler, Heitman
  • Julie Coffman, Bain & Company
  • Pam Dufour, Allstate 
  • Shana Hayes, Academy for Urban School Leadership
  • Lori Healey, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority
  • Megan Herrmanns, Salesforce
  • Jim Hirshorn, Ares Management
  • Neill Jakobe, Ropes & Gray
  • Mohit Kalra, Google
  • Michelle Kilkenney, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Douglas Kush, Egon Zehnder
  • Michael McMurray, Globetrotters Engineering Corporation
  • David Whitaker, Choose Chicago

Chicago Partner Advisory Council

  • Karina Cabrales, School Age Program Director at Casa Central
  • Lan Chaplin, Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  • Catherine Enright, Director of Early Childhood at ChildServ
  • Jeethu Oommen, Program Manager of at Youth Guidance
  • James Rudyk, Executive Director of Northwest Side Housing Center
  • Alex Scheidemantel, Program Manager of Pitch In at the Wood Family Foundation
  • Daphne Sherrod, Co-principal at Howe School of Excellence
  • Eric Werge, Executive Director of Community School Initiative at the YMCA and Senior Director of School-Age Programming at the YMCA

Chicago Next Generation Council

  • Dan Brown, Chair, RT Specialty 
  • Henry Cutler, Merrill Lynch
  • Clark Evans, Jones Lang LaSalle  
  • Jeanne Hoff, Fundraising/Events Lead and Vice-Chair, Ropes & Gray, LLP
  • Caroline Irwin, Allstate 
  • Andrew Markey, Madison Capital Funding 
  • Brittany McDonough, McDonald’s Corporation
  • Anna Timmerman, McGuire Woods Chicago 
  • Ryan Wise, Governance Lead, and Vice-Chair, ITW

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