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 Chairman’s Council

  • Jack Greenberg, Retired Chairman McDonald’s Corp, Western Union; Council Chair
  • John Ettelson, President & CEO, William Blair
  • David Fisher, CEO, Enova
  • Ilene Gordon, Retired Chairman, President & CEO, Ingredion
  • Julie Howard, Chairman & CEO, Navigant
  • Tom Wilson, Chairman, President & CEO, Allstate

Chicago Family Advisory Council

  • Lisa Belcher, Family Advisory Council Chair, Glencoe
  • Alisa Bergstein, Glencoe
  • Rebecca Cutler, Lincoln Park 
  • Pam Davis, Highland Park
  • Heath & Rakhi Fuller, Bucktown
  • Ilene Goldman, Evanston
  • Donna Greenberg, Highland Park
  • Nicola Idehen Halsall, Kenwood
  • Stacy Jakobe, Evanston
  • Amy Kaplan, Riverwoods
  • Doug & Stacey Meyer, Deerfield
  • Carrie McNally, Lincoln Park
  • Debbie & Matt Michaelson, Bucktown
  • Nguyen Ngyuen & Tan Vu, Bucktown
  • Josh Shipley, Lincoln Park
  • Brent & Mara Smith, Northbrook

Chicago Corporate Advisory Council

  • Amy Hughes, Corporate Advisory Council Chair, Bank of America
  • Julie Coffman, Bain & Company
  • Eric Feinberg, Savills
  • Shana Hayes, Northern Trust
  • 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
  • Derek Lopez, GEM Realty Capital 
  • Michael McMurray, Globetrotters Engineering Corporation
  • Karuna Rawal, Sustainable Bioproducts
  • 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

  • Meghan Bower, Chicago Bears
  • Dan Brown, Chair, RT Specialty 
  • Shannon Comer, Chase Bank
  • Henry Cutler, Merrill Lynch
  • Emilie Greenberg, William Blair 
  • Jeanne Hoff, Fundraising/Events Lead and Vice-Chair, Ropes & Gray, LLP
  • Caroline Irwin, Allstate 
  • Andrew Markey, Barings 
  • Anna Timmerman, McGuire Woods Chicago 
  • Ryan Wise, Governance Lead, and Vice-Chair, ITW


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