Sima is a real estate attorney with a concentration in condo and HOA law and has owned operated the Law Office of Sima L Kirsch for over 40 years. She has served on numerous boards during her prolific career. Sima lives in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood and spends her free time with her son and grandson, doing yoga, and volunteering in the community.
JEN SANFORD - Treasurer
Jen Sanford is a marketing professional with over 10 years of experience in branding, content creation, product and communication marketing, project management, and strategy. She currently acts as Senior Product Marketing Manager for Blue Lava, a cybersecurity startup out of Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Blue Lava, her past roles include Director of Community Engagement and Strategy with social good tech startup ShoppingGives, Creative Services Trainer with Apple, and VP of Creative with CA Ventures. Outside of the office, Jen is an active volunteer in her community. She holds positions as both Leadership Committee Chair and board member for the Chicago Leadership Alliance.
KELLY PEASE - Secretary
Kelly Pease is known as a sustainability guru, fitness enthusiast, and jack of all trades. Besides her passion for empowering Chicago youth, she has a natural ability to organize and mobilize communities. By day, Kelly is the Interim Executive Director at Catapult Chicago, the only non-profit, peer-selected startup incubator in Illinois. She helps startups with traction scale to the next stage of growth. Kelly spends her free time outside and likes to travel. She currently resides in Lincoln Park, Chicago with her boyfriend and cat, Tiger.
DIANE BERGAN - Director
Diane Is a Consultant and Executive Coach. She is Founder and Principal of Lakewood Reputation Strategies, which specializes in strategic communications, change management, leadership and governance consulting. Prior to transitioning to consulting, Diane was a senior corporate communications and public affairs executive. Diane has deep and diverse experience in U.S., global, corporate, and non-profit organizations. Diane held leadership roles with global bank HSBC for eight years, including Senior Vice President Communications and Head of Regulatory Communications, as well as key roles with United Airlines for 10 years, including global Director of Customer Relations. Diane was also Chief Strategy and Communications Officer for JourneyCare, the largest nonprofit hospice in Illinois. Diane is active in a number of other volunteer activities and has a passion for education and life-long learning and adventure. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Papaji’s Pages, a non-profit that provides funds and materials for education in a school in India. She is a member of the Cultural Commission in the Village of Barrington, IL, a member of the Communications Advisory Council for the Barrington 220 School District, and a coach for the Business Incubator Program (developing business entrepreneurs) in the District. She resides in Barrington with her husband, Tim, and daughter Abigail.
ERICA FROHM - Director
Erica is the owner of 01 Insights, a systems development firm who's clients range from Las Vegas gaming companies to the Chicago Public Library. Erica and her team are experts in developing the systems that bring their clients' ideas to life. Erica lives in Evanston with her partner and their dog Mac. In her spare time Erica spends time with her family and attends Chicago Red Stars games whenever possible.
DONALD PARKER - Director
PGA Golf Professional and writer, Don is a former teacher of Literature and Language Arts. His non-fiction writing and thinking focuses on collaborative learning and the dynamics of resistance and confidence in individual learning processes. His fiction writing originates in his love of mythology and figuring out all the things that went over his head in school.
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