Board of Directors


David Starr

-Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Group Northern Trust


Pamela Daniels-Halisi

-Managing Director, Community Development, BMO Harris Bank


Sue Ellen Krause, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

-Executive Director & Owner, Krause Speech & Language Services

Board Members

Charlie Burt, M.A., LCPC

-Therapist, Chrysalis Consulting Group, LLC

Russ Campion

-Client Development Advisor, William Blair & Company

Sumitrajit (Sumit) Dhar, Ph.D.

-Chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University

Richard Gottfred

-Partner, Investment Counselor, William Blair & Company

Chris Hillcoat

-President, Metis Solutions LLC

Josh Holton

-Entrepreneur, Trader, Purview Trading, LLC

Lorraine Cole, Ph.D.

-Diversity Director, United States Department of Treasury

Mario Perez

– Executive Director, El Hogar Del Nino

Cyril Nichols

– Associate District Director of Athletics, City Colleges of Chicago



Catherine Gottfred, Ph.D., CCC-SLP: LEAP

Executive Director

Nina V. Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP

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