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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, Glencoe, Council Chair, Senior Academic Advisor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Alisa Bergstein, Glencoe, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Rebecca Cutler, Lincoln Park, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador  
  • Pam Davis, Highland Park, Vice President, Wealth Management, GCG Financial
  • Terri Freeman, Gold Coast, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Michael Freeman, Gold Coast, Senior Managing Director, Skyway Capital Markets
  • Heath Fuller, Bucktown, Managing Director, NXT Capital
  • Rakhi Fuller, Bucktown, Finance Manager, The PepsiCo Foundation, Inc.
  • Ilene Goldman, Evanston, Content Editor, Discover Financial Services
  • Donna Greenberg, Highland Park, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Nicola Idehen Halsall,Kenwood, Chief Human Resources Officer, The Vistria Group
  • Stacy Jakobe, Evanston, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Amy Kaplan, Riverwoods, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Doug Meyer, Deerfield, Managing Director of Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors — Chicago
  • Stacey Meyer, Deerfield, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Carrie McNally, Lincoln Park, Special Counsel, Sheppard, Mullin, Ritcher & Hampton LLP
  • Debbie Michaelson, Bucktown, Vice President, OppenheimerFunds & Invesco US
  • Matt Michaelson, Bucktown, Managing Director, Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management
  • Nguyen Ngyuen, Bucktown, Principal Architect, N2TV Studio
  • Tan Vu, Bucktown, Managing Director, Prudential Capital Group
  • Brent Smith, Northbrook, Managing Director, Head of Consumer & Retail M&A at William Blair
  • Mara Smith, Northbrook, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador

Chicago Corporate Advisory Council

  • Amy Hughes,Corporate Advisory Council Chair, Bank of America
  • Neeren Chauhan, Vice President, Allstate
  • Julie Coffman, Partner, Bain & Company
  • Eric Feinberg, Vice Chairman, Co-Head Chicago Region, Chicago, Savills
  • Shana Hayes, Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Philanthropy, Northern Trust
  • Lori Healey,President, Chicago Business Unit, Clayco
  • Megan Herrmanns, Regional Vice President, Salesforce
  • Jim Hirshorn, Partner, Ares Management
  • Neill Jakobe, Partner, Ropes & Gray
  • Mohit Kalra,General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer, Numerator
  • Michelle Kilkenney, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Douglas Kush, Managing Partner, Egon Zehnder
  • Monic Lang, Chief of Staff, Strategic and Executive Communications, Employee Engagement, Aon
  • Derek Lopez, Head Managing Director, GEM Realty Capital 
  • Michael McMurray, President, Wight & Company, Chicago
  • Karuna Rawal, Chief Marketing Officer, Sustainable Bioproducts
  • David Whitaker, President & CEO, 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
  • Destiny Morales, 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
  • Leila Rahravan, Director of Financial Opportunity Center and Housing Counseling Center of Northwest Side Housing Center
  • Janene Ingram, Program Director of Pitch In at the Wood Family Foundation
  • Erinn McKune, Youth Intervention Specialist 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
  • Kenne’quia Howell, Membership Experience Director at South Side YMCA of Metro Chicago
  • Stephanie Miller-Brathwaite,  Professional School Counselor of John M. Smyth IB World School

Chicago Next Generation Council

  • Meghan Bower, Chicago Bears
  • Dan Brown, Chair, Beazley
  • 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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