Our Board of Directors

We have an extraordinary Board of Directors that, by tradition and practice, has always been active and deeply engaged in our work. The Board’s primary responsibilities include defining the mission, vision, strategies, and policies of the organization and overseeing Y.O.U.’s governance and financial management. In addition, Board members actively volunteer in Y.O.U. projects, they serve as mentors to our staff, and they serve as advocates for youth on local and state policy issues. Click one of the links below to navigate to a specific section:

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  Board of Directors

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Linda Blakley

Linda Blakley is assistant vice president, communication strategies for DePaul University. Before joining the university's Office of Public Relations and Communication, she spent more than 25 years in corporate and marketing communications.  She joined DePaul from GolinHarris, International where she was Executive Director for Business Development. Prior to GolinHarris, she was the senior director of PR and brand reputation for Walmart, where she led development and implementation of a fully-integrated, traffic-driving marketing PR program. Before that, Linda spent 16 years at Sears, Roebuck and Co., in jobs including public relations manager, community relations manager and director of corporate public relations and reputation management. Linda has a B.S. in journalism and an M.S. in integrated marketing communication from Northwestern University. She is a long-time Evanstonian, a member of St. Nick's and her son went through Evanston's schools.

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Susan Brenner

Susan Brenner has served the Chicagoland community through both her career and volunteer efforts. She earned a master’s degree in childhood leadership and advocacy and worked for 25 years in the field of early childhood in Evanston and as the Director of Unity Nursery School for ten years. After she retired, Sue served as President of the Childcare Network of Evanston and is currently the Disaster Chair at the Red Cross-Greater Chicago Region. As a member of the Disaster Services Client Casework team she went to New York several months after the September 11th and after Hurricane Katrina helped the Chicago chapter provide services to 7,500 people who came to Chicago.

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Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown has been a member of the Y.O.U. Board since 2002, when the youngest of her four children went away to college, leaving her with a little more time on her hands. She had known about Y.O.U. since the 1970s and had always heard great things about the organization. She had no doubt that it was the best place for her to spend her extra time and energy.

Sandra is the broker/owner of Weichert Realtors-Lakeshore Partners on Central Street in Evanston. She attended Kenyon College in Ohio before taking time off to travel in Europe for a year and half (because that was the place to travel in the ‘70s!). She graduated from the School of Education at Northwestern and taught for a short time at Haven Middle School in Evanston. She has been a co-owner of Weichert Realtors – Lakeshore Partners since 1991.

Sandra has lived in Evanston since 1968, when she moved here after two years at New Trier to finish high school at ETHS. She and her husband Charlie have four kids, Jacob, Geoff, Laura and Marisa and five grandkids, who have all loyally and wisely stayed in the Evanston area. Sandra serves on the Business Committee of Evanston Cultural Arts and has always been highly involved with Evanston youth sports, especially soccer and basketball. In her free time, she likes to weave, travel, and hang out with her grandchildren.

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Al Butkus

Al Butkus joined the Y.O.U. Board in 2011. He is an engineer and the Vice Chairman at
Grumman/Butkus Associates, a firm that specializes in energy efficiency consulting and
sustainable design engineering. He has designed and consulted for projects around the state of Illinois and the country, and has published several studies and articles in his field. Al received a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University.

Al has lived in Evanston since 1975. He has been active on the Board of the McGaw YMCA, including a stint as Board Chair. He and his wife Ellen have three children: Matthew, Abigail, and Gwendolyn, who all still live in the Chicago area. In his free time, Al enjoys travelling, road biking, and vacationing with his family.

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Ann Covode

Bio Coming Soon

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Phil Crihfield

Phil Crihfield has been a member of the Y.O.U. Board of Directors since 1999. Phil chairs the Facilities Committee and serves on its Executive Committee. Trained as a chemical engineer in undergraduate school, somehow Phil “wandered off” the reservation and is now a lawyer in the Chicago Office of Sidley Austin LLP, an international law firm where he has practiced for 40 years. He specializes in intellectual property law with a focus on corporate, technology and commercial transactions.

1971, the year in which Y.O.U. was founded, also included some significant milestones for Phil and his wife Jackie. In that same year, Phil and Jackie moved to Evanston, and Phil graduated from law school, passed the bar examination and joined the Sidley law firm. Since then they have raised three children, all of whom were born in Evanston Hospital, attended Lincoln Elementary and Nichols Middle Schools and ultimately graduated from Evanston Township High School. Their two daughters, Katy and MaryJo went off to college (the Naval Academy and the University of Illinois, respectively) but have since returned to their roots and now live in Evanston. Their son Jay graduated from Vanderbilt University and is now married, lives in Palatine, Illinois and is the proud and sometimes overwhelmed father of Jackie and Phil’s two grandsons, Jack and Conner.

For many years Phil and Jackie have been active members of the First United Methodist Church of Evanston where Phil has served in many leadership roles. Phil seemed destined for his job as Chair of Y.O.U.’s Facilities Committee, having previously chaired the Renovation Committee overseeing a $2.5 Million renovation of “First Church,” and having lived in, renovated and cared for four Evanston homes, the “youngest” of which was built in the late 1920s. For several years Phil was a Board member of Contact Chicago, a Chicago based agency providing crisis intervention services. He currently is the Chair of the Board of Visitors of The John Marshall Law School. On a professional side, Phil was outside general counsel to the National Easter Seal Society for over a decade. In his “spare” time, Phil enjoys classical and (some) contemporary music, is a novice reader of American history, and infrequent golfer. For real exercise, he goes
for fast walks and rides his bicycle whenever possible.

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David Cutter

David Cutter joined the Y.O.U. Board in 2012.  David is a Chicago-based partner with Troutman Sanders, LLP and focuses his practice on insurance matters and complex commercial disputes.  David has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and is active in the legal community, serving as the partner in charge of pro bono for the Chicago office of Troutman Sanders and having served in leadership positions with the Chicago Bar Foundation Investing in Justice Campaign and the Chicago Bar Association Insurance Law Committee. 

David’s wife, Julie, is an Evanston native, and they have lived in Evanston since 2003.  Their two children, Ali and Zach, attend Evanston’s Dewey Elementary School.  David and Julie are Co-Chairs of the Noah’s Playground for Everyone Committee, which raised funds to build a handicapped-accessible playground at Lawson Park in Evanston and to provide an accessible route to the washrooms at the playground and onto nearby Lighthouse Beach.  Although David is not the native Evanstonian, he can often be heard telling people what a great place Evanston is to live (and using his legal skills to convince friends to move to Evanston).  David was introduced to Y.O.U. by two friends,  current Board member Margie Morrison Zivin and her husband, former Board member Mark Zivin.  He was immediately inspired by not only the wonderful work that Y.O.U does for kids in Evanston, but by the amazing qualities of Y.O.U.’s leadership and staff.  David gladly accepts the privilege of serving on the Y.O.U. Board to provide him with the opportunity to contribute in some small measure to Y.O.U and to the betterment of the community that he loves. 

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Heide Cygan

Before joining the Board of Directors, Heide served as Vice President and is currently Co-President of the Evanston Social Action Committee (formerly Y.O.U. Junior Board). Heide was introduced to Y.O.U. through her husband Mike, who did work at the organization through Campus Catalyst while a grad student at NU and is also on the ESAC Board. She worked as a public health nurse at the health center at Evanston Township High School for five years following her move to Chicago from Germany where she lived for two and a half years with Mike, who was in the military.

Heide grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a die-hard Detroit sports fan, although she roots for the Cubs, by default, now that she lives down the street from Wrigley Field. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan and worked for two years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago before her time in Germany.  .

Heide is an avid traveler, and she enjoys running when she is not busy with her Goldendoodle puppy, Penny.

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Shelley Gates

Bio Coming Soon

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Stephen Hagerty

Steve Hagerty, founder and CEO of Hagerty Consulting, joined the Y.O.U. Board in January 2014 in order to help the organization raise capital funds to meet its growing program and facility needs. His involvement in Y.O.U. is the result of his personal concern over the widening income/wealth gap in America and the difference organizations like Y.O.U. can make to address the gap.

Professionally, Steve is a management consultant, entrepreneur, and business executive with more than 20 years of experience successfully managing large Federal programs and improving the public sector. He has helped communities across the country recover from some of the largest disasters of the 20th and 21st century including Hurricane Andrew, the Northridge Earthquake, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Sandy. Today, Steve’s company (www.hagertyconsulting.com) is one of the nation’s leading emergency management consulting firms that helps clients prepare for and recover from disasters. Prior to starting his company in September 2001, Steve worked for Price Waterhouse’s Office of Government Services for 8 years developing and growing a FEMA practice.

Steve and his family have lived in Evanston since 1999. After having their first child in 2003, Steve and his wife, Lisa, decided to settle down and call Evanston home. Since then they have become engaged with many non-profits in town including the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Evanston Community Foundation, Connections for the Homeless, the Moran Center, Noah’s Playground, YMCA, YWCA, and Youth Job Center. Additionally, Steve serves on the Advisory Board of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and on the Board of Directors of First Bank & Trust. 

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Mark Hall

Mark grew up on the east coast. He came to Chicago to obtain his MBA from the University of Chicago and decided to stay. He moved to Evanston in 1977.

He and his son were part of an Indian Guides tribe that included Y.O.U.'s founder Don Baker.  He and his family moved to Glenview in 1997, but Mark has continued his support of Y.O.U. He joined the Y.O.U. Board in fall of 2009 and chairs Y.O.U.'s Finance Committee.

Prior to his retirement at the end of 2008, Mark spent 31 years as a strategic and financial advisor to not for profit healthcare organizations of all types throughout the country. In 1985, he co-founded  Kaufman, Hall & Associates, Inc., which is counted among the country’s most respected independent strategic financial and capital markets consultants serving  the healthcare industry.

Since his retirement, Mark has come to appreciate life outside of airplanes and hotels. He keeps himself busy with reading and coursework in history, religion and science, karate and other athletic pursuits, involvement in service organizations, and care of his five dogs. So far his family remains glad to have him around more, and he is hoping that his tennis game will improve sufficiently that his wife Shelley will play with him.

He and Shelley have six mostly grown children, Brandon, Megan, Caitlin, JP, Sam, and Michael. Cats, fish and a lizard round out the Hall menagerie.

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Rachel Hayman

Rachel Hayman has lived in and been an active member of the Evanston community for almost 30 years. After receiving her Masters in English (with distinction) from Indiana University, Rachel worked as an Editor at World Book Encyclopedia, and then attended law school at Northwestern University before suspending her studies upon the birth of her first child. Over the years, Rachel has worked in communications, training and education at Mead Data Central, Presbyterian Homes, and Evanston Township High School.

Rachel’s three children (all now college graduates) attended D65 schools and graduated from ETHS.  In 2005 Rachel was elected to the first of two four-year terms on the District 202 Board of Education, serving from 2009-2011 as President of the Board. Rachel has also served as a member of the Board of the YWCA Evanston-North Shore for over a decade, and was a founding member of the YWCA’s Racial Justice Committee. Rachel also serves as a member of the advisory council of the Youth Job Center in Evanston, and is a docent at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.

Rachel joined the Board of Y.O.U. in 2013 and is a member of the Program Committee.

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Richard Hubbard

Richard Hubbard recently retired after a long career with Pfizer, Inc., most recently serving as the Executive Director of Global Research and Development and External Medical Affairs. Rick earned a Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard University, specializing in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, and Clinical Research. Additionally, Rick holds an undergraduate from Harvard University college. Rick is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Campaign for Public Health (Washington DC) and formerly a Board member of the Flip Flop Foundation, whose mission was to provide assistance to youth in Zambia, and he is a member of the Northwestern University Biomedical Institutional Review Board. He is the father of two children, Shanti and Eric who are happy, successful graduates of the Evanston public school system.

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Eamon Kelly

Eamon Kelly, the Chair of Y.O.U.’s Development Committee, is an associate at Sperling & Slater, PC, a boutique commercial litigation firm in Chicago that handles a wide range of complex disputes for plaintiffs and defendants. Previously, he has served as an associate in Jenner & Block's Chicago office, as the chief-of-staff of the Illinois State Board of Education, and as an aide in the Illinois Governor’s Office.

Eamon graduated, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2008.  During law school, he served as the Managing Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review, and as a student clerk in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.  He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002.

Eamon is a member of the Illinois Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central  Districts of Illinois.

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John Koski

John Koski joined the Board of Directors in 2004 and is currently the President of the Board. He is a litigation partner in the Chicago office of SNR Denton US LLP, where he serves as General Counsel and Global Chief Legal Officer. In 2004, he was named one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. He attended college at Vanderbilt University and received his JD from the University of Miami Law School.

After finishing law school, John moved to Chicago in the early ‘90s, and he and his wife Lorena (a “recovering lawyer”) moved to Evanston in 2004 to raise their two daughters, who both currently attend Orrington Elementary. A client introduced John to Y.O.U., and he knew that the organization was the perfect way to get involved with the community of Evanston.

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Paul Lehman

Paul and his wife Ronna Stamm are very proud to have been Evanston residents for nearly 35 years. Paul began his career as a social worker in 1975.  For five years, he was the director of a Chicago youth service agency that helped inner city teenagers with social issues and substance abuse.  His early interest in youth issues and his commitment to Evanston were two important factors contributing to his current involvement in Y.O.U.

In 1980, Paul joined his family’s business, Fel-Pro, Inc.  A recognized leader in automotive parts, Fel-Pro was also known for its progressive human resources practices and was consistently ranked as one of the Top 10 Companies to Work for in the United States in Fortune and Working Mother magazines.  Paul was involved in purchasing, human resources, strategic planning, and sales and marketing.

After Fel-Pro’s sale in 1998, Paul combined his passions for travel, the outdoors, and physical activity with his experience in business.  For the next 10 years, Paul joined forces with Dan Austin to create Austin-Lehman Adventures.  As Managing Director, Paul was primarily involved in sales and marketing, customer and quality service improvement, governance, and trip development.  Paul is particularly proud that Austin-Lehman achieved a status similar to his family’s business when in 2009 the readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine named ALA the Number One Tour Operator in the World.  In 2011, Paul established Paul Lehman Adventure Travel, which provides consulting services to nonprofits and travel companies.

Now, Paul is semi-retired, focusing on the activities he loves most—time with his family, attending movies and theater, traveling, cooking, skiing, hiking, and being involved in the communities in which he lives, including community organizations and cultural institutions in the Chicago area and in Telluride, CO where he and his wife have a second home.

Paul received his BA from Middlebury College in 1972, an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 1975, and an MBA in 2008 from the Kellogg Executive Management Program at Northwestern University.

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Leslie Lehner

Leslie Lehner has lived in Evanston for 35 years and is an active community volunteer.  She served on various PTA Boards and committees as her children progressed through Districts 65 and 202, as well as the Booster Board at ETHS, and held several position on the Board of the Wildkit Swimming Organization where all three of her children swam on the age-group swimming team.  She is also an active member of Northminster Presbyterian Church and has served as a member of the McGaw YMCA Board of Directors, chairing both the Financial Development Committee as well as the Nominating Committee.

Leslie has a Masters degree in Speech/Language Pathology and worked for many years as a Speech/Language Pathologist before taking a break to spend more time with her children.  Once all children were in college, Leslie returned to the work force as Internship Coordinator for an off-campus urban semester program where she helped secure unpaid internships for college juniors and seniors.

Leslie joined the Y.O.U. Board in 2013 and serves on the program committee.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Paul, their children, and grandchildren as well as traveling, reading, the theatre, and gardening.    

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Peter Lewis

Peter is the Managing Partner of LFL Advisers, a private investment partnership that is based in Evanston. He grew up in Evanston, attending the public elementary, middle, and high schools. After a 23-year hiatus, he returned in 2012 with his wife Rachel and their two young children. Peter’s older child, as well as his two nieces, attend District 65 schools. Peter graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School. From 2002 to 2007, while living in San Diego, Peter served on and eventually led the Board of the Barrio Logan College Institute, a non-profit that shares many of Y.O.U.’s core goals. Peter was proud to join the Y.O.U. Board in 2014.

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David Marzahl

Mr. David Marzahl serves as President of Center for Economic Progress. Mr. Marzahl is a leading national voice and strategist on economic security issues, seeking to advance policies and practices to create a financial system that works for all Americans. In addition to his work with CEP, he helped establish the National Community Tax Coalition in 2003, which is a group of over 600 organizations that work to promote the economic progress of low-wage workers and their families. Prior to joining CEP in 1998, he was the founding director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, a statewide coalition promoting the rights and responsibilities of immigrants and refugees. He has worked in Chicago's non-profit community since 1981, serving as a community organizer, outreach worker and leader overcoming barriers and boundaries in the pursuit of social and economic justice. Mr. Marzahl holds a Master’s degree in Political Economy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  

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Nicki Pearson

Nicki Pearson has been a Board member since 2006 and is currently a member of both the Governance and Development Committees. She has been involved in the Evanston community for many years. Nicki’s biggest passion is kids. In 1982 she co-founded Rose Hall Montessori Preschool in Wilmette, where she is also the business manager. When her son was in high school, Nicki was active in the PTSA and served as a volunteer on many committees at Evanston Township High School.

Over the years Nicki has been a member of the Board of Directors of several Evanston non-profit organizations whose work is focused on meeting the needs of children, including the McGaw YMCA, Childcare Network of Evanston, and Warren Cherry Scholarship Fund. She has also served on numerous committees for the City of Evanston. Nicki considers herself to be a serious political junkie, having been involved in many municipal and school board election campaigns.

Nicki and her husband have been proud Evanston residents for 40 years. Her son is a graduate of ETHS and is currently attending law school in Chicago. Nicki is crazy about dogs – especially her own, Danny – and would love to find time to volunteer at the Evanston Animal Shelter in the future.

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Tom Scott

Tom Scott has been a Board member since 2010 and serves as Treasurer on the Executive Committee. In 2012 he retired as the Senior VP of Life and Group Operations at CNA Insurance in Chicago. His early career was spent at Washington National Insurance Company in Evanston where he served for a number of years as the company's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Actuary.

Tom was born in Evanston, and has lived here since 2002. He is active in Evanston’s First
United Methodist Church and volunteers his time in their soup kitchen and on their Human Resources Committee. He also volunteers tax preparation services for low-income families and teaches English as a Second Language with Literacy Chicago.

Tom graduated from the University of Michigan (and is still a diehard Wolverines football fan— Go Blue!). He has been married to his college sweetheart, Maryellen, for 41 years, and they have two adult children.

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Michael Turner

Michael Turner owns Senior Helpers of Niles-Lincolnwood, a home services agency providing in-home care for seniors and disabled adults.  Prior to opening Senior Helpers, Michael was  Director, Product Management at AT&T.  He has an extensive background in sales and marketing, with the last 10 years focused primarily in product development, marketing and sales operations. Prior to joining AT&T, Michael spent 4 years in National Sales for MCI and 8 years in strategic business development for Systems & Computer Technology Corporation, an educational software and IT outsourcing firm in Philadelphia.  Michael moved to Evanston from Philadelphia in 1995 with his wife, Janet and daughter, Savannah.  He is currently a Board member of the Lincolnwood Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Men’s Ministry at Second Baptist Church, a YMCA SOAR mentor and a member of the 2012 Leadership Evanston class.

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Michael Weston

Michael Weston served on the Y.O.U. Board in 1996-2006 and was president in 1998-2001.  He was again elected to the Board in 2011.  Mike worked at Northwestern for 28 years, serving as the University's chief legal officer for twenty of those years and retiring as vice president and general counsel in 2001.  Mike was very active in the National Association of College and University Attorneys: he was that organization's president in 1995-96, was accorded Life Membership, and is a recipient of its Distinguished Service Award.

Mike's other community activities include being a trustee of the Evanston History Center, and a member of the ETHS School Improvement Team.  Mike also volunteers with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, reflecting his long-held passion for the music.  Mike's sole recorded output is a tune he did on alto sax with high school friend Noel Stookey, later to be known as "Paul" of Peter, Paul, and Mary.  Some 50 copies were pressed, making it a truly limited edition.

Mike, his wife Mary Ann, and their sons Christopher and Matthew moved to Evanston in 1973.  Chris and Matt went to Willard, Haven and ETHS.  Now retired, Mary Ann taught at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.  She is a member of the Evanston League of Women Voters, and of the Alumnae of Northwestern, which conducts extensive community continuing education programs.  

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Zach Williams

Zach Williams became a Board member since he saw firsthand the impact that Y.O.U. had on his children’s school in Skokie.  Zach is a former school Board member and President of Skokie/Morton Grove School District 69.  He is an attorney in private practice focusing on the representation of children in child custody cases.  Prior to entering private practice, Zach worked for many years at the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian where he exclusively represented children.  He is the father of Hannah and John and a longtime resident of Skokie; his wife, Laura, has taught in Skokie for over 20 years. Both Zach and Laura  are committed to equality for children and Skokie’s ethnically diverse community. 

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Cindy Wilson

Cindy Wilson is  a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic Center on Externships  at  Northwestern University School of Law.   Cindy teaches classes including the Public Interest Practicum, the Judicial Practicum, Legal Ethics, and Pro Bono in Large Law Firms.  She also advises law students who wish to pursue careers in public interest law.   Before she joined the law school in 2000, Cindy was the Director of the Employment Opportunity Project at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, where she worked on class action employment discrimination cases and other civil rights litigation and policy efforts.  Cindy started her legal career at Sachnoff & Weaver and also served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Seymour Simon of the Illinois Supreme Court.   She is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and Knox College. She and her husband Chip Peters have two children, Sarah and Dylan, who are proud graduates of the Evanston public school system and are now attending Williams College and Middlebury College.   Cindy was an active volunteer in the Evanston schools, serving as  PTA President at Washington Elementary and then Nichols Middle School and as a member of the ETHS Boosters Board.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Illinois.

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Margie Morrison Zivin

Margie Morrison Zivin has been a member of the Board since 2005 and serves on the Program and Personnel Committee. She also volunteers as a clinical consultant to the Y.O.U. counseling staff. Service at Y.O.U. runs in the Zivin family—Margie’s husband Mark is a former Y.O.U. Board member and received the Lora and Todd Wheeler Award for sustaining support and volunteering, and her son Jake has volunteered for Y.O.U.’s summer high school program.

Margie is a licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing psychotherapy since 1976. Margie was a clinical supervisor of graduate students and staff at the Child Psychiatry Clinic at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Also at the University of Chicago, Margie was co-founder and clinical case coordinator of the Parent-Infant Development Service, an early intervention clinical research project. She also worked for three years as a clinical consultant for the City of Chicago Department of Human Services’ Headstart Programs, evaluating and referring children and consulting with classroom teachers.

Margie and Mark have twin sons, Jake and Sam, who are very proud to have grown up in Evanston. Margie can be seen power-walking up the Evanston lakefront every morning with her dog.

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Jonathan Baum

Jonathan Baum has served on the Y.O.U. Board since 1990, when longtime Y.O.U. Board member and supporter Ned Lauterbach told him that there was no greater way he could contribute to the Evanston community than through Y.O.U. Ned was so right! Jonathan became an Associate Board member during his term on the District 65 Board of Education (2003-07) and currently serves on the District 202 Board of Education. An attorney with the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Jonathan serves as Director of Pro Bono Services. Jonathan grew up in Evanston, and he and his wife Bonnie are raising their four children here.

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Chip Brady

Chip Brady has been on the Y.O.U. Board of Directors for 15 years, and served in many capacities, including three years as Board President.

Chip has a lifelong connection to Evanston—he grew up here, and taught for 18 years in the History and Social Science department at Evanston Township High School. As a neighbor and teacher, Chip was drawn to Y.O.U. because he saw first-hand the work that was being done by the organization. He was impressed with a staff that went so much further than just keeping kids occupied—they helped the kids grow and be challenged. His mother is a former Board member as well.

Chip is also the co-founder and president of The DBQ Project, an educational publishing and consulting group dedicated to working with teachers and students on historical inquiry and writing. He and his wife, Katie, who is a pediatrician, have four daughters who are all current or former students in Evanston’s public schools. Despite his lifelong connection to the North Side, Chip is a White Sox fan.

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C. Louise Brown has been a Y.O.U. Board member since 2005. She has served on the Governance Committee and the Search committee to select the new Executive Director. However, her involvement in the Evanston community and her concern for the mission of Y.O.U. did not begin with her Board appointment. She has been actively involved in working for the best interests of Evanston children and families for several decades.

Louise is the retired Public Health Director for the City of Evanston and is an ordained Deacon. She has managed to successfully intertwine her faith in God and her skill as a health professional with her passion for helping people reach their full potential. She is a Registered Professional Nurse having received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Public Health Administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Louise is presently the International President of the Health Ministries Department of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc. (PNBC) with headquarters in Washington DC. She has served on mission trips to Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana in Africa and to the island of Haiti. In additional, she has traveled throughout the United States and to Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Hong Kong, Thailand, Turkey, the Bahamas, and St Martin.

Louise is an active member of the Evanston Alumni chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a member of the Health Advisory Board of Evanston Early Head Start and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Interfaith Action Council of Evanston. She has served on the Board of the Evanston Northwestern Health Care Home Health Advisory Board and the Cook County Tuberculosis Sanitarium Board. Louise is the mother of two adult children and three grandchildren all of whom attended Evanston Schools. She will gladly show you the bragging pictures of her four great grandchildren.

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Craig Collinson

Craig has served on the Y.O.U. Board for five years – most recently as chairman of the Finance Committee. His first involvement with Y.O.U. was as a volunteer in an after school golf program for middle school students.

Craig has lived in Evanston since 1978. After growing up in a small town in Kansas, he came to Chicago for graduate school in business at the University of Chicago. He recently retired after 33 years in Commercial Banking in Chicago–the last 23 with US Bank.

Married 30 years to Kate, Craig has two adult children. Besides enjoying golf, Craig is an avid runner—he has completed eight marathons to date, including Boston three times.

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Jim Hagedorn

Jim Hagedorn has been on the Board since 2005, and is VP of the Program and Personnel Committee. He is a veterinarian and hospital director of Bramer Animal Hospital Ltd. and has practiced in Evanston since 1985. Jim has been active in organized veterinary medicine, serving on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association.

Jim grew up in Mason City, Iowa and got his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. He then moved to Illinois and worked in Skokie and Northbrook before settling in at Bramer. He and his wife Sue met doing youth work and ministry at the First United Methodist Church in Evanston in 1985. As a youth counselor, he developed an appreciation of the impact caring adults outside of parents have on the growth of children. He was attracted to Y.O.U. because it provides this framework of caring through its programs and great staff.

Jim and Sue have two kids, Evan and Amy. Jim has continued to work with youth by being a part of junior high school mission work and currently teaching confirmation at FUMC. In his free time, he enjoys golf, landscaping, and reading.

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Barbara Hiller

Barbara Hiller serves on the Governance and Personnel Committees. She has lived in Evanston since 1969, and is currently a principal coach for the Consortium for Educational Change in Illinois. Barbara retired as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in District 65. She also served as a consultant to the University of Chicago Everyday Mathematics development project. As a Peace Corps volunteer in the early years of the program, Barbara taught mathematics at the Philippines Normal College, training new teachers and providing staff development throughout the country.

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Betsy Hohman

Betsy Hohman became a Board member in 2005 after attending a benefit for Y.O.U. and being amazed by the work that the organization was doing for Evanston’s youth. Y.O.U.’s “It Takes a Village” philosophy resonated with Betsy and she decided it was a great place to spend some of her time and energy. She is a Vice President at North Shore Community Bank, where she works in mortgage lending management. Before ending up in finance, she received a degree in Retailing from Miami University of Ohio.

Betsy grew up in Dayton, Ohio, but has lived in Evanston for the past 18 years. In addition to her work at Y.O.U., Betsy has served on Evanston’s Preservation Commission (motivated by her love of old houses and architecture), and Northwestern Neighbors. She loves tennis and is a regular at the Evanston Athletic Club. Betsy and her husband Don have one daughter, Jane, who attends the University of Wisconsin.

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Marti Lannert

Marti Lannert is the Co-Chair of the Program Committee and has served on Y.O.U.’s Board since 2002. She taught at Chiaravalle Montessori School in Evanston for over 20 years before retiring from teaching in 2005.

Marti grew up in Glenview, but has lived in Evanston since 1976. She has been involved with Northminster Presbyterian Church’s Mission Committee, through which she was introduced to Y.O.U. Marti has been a member of Invest and the Garden Club of Evanston. She also served on the Board for Evanston’s “I Have a Dream” project.

Marti and her husband George have two grown daughters whom they raised in Evanston. Marti and George enjoy doing triathlons and cross country and downhill skiing. Marti has also been studying French.

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Sheila Merry

Sheila Merry joined the Y.O.U. Board in 1998 and served for many years as Vice President for Programs. She is currently the Executive Director of the Jane Addams Juvenile Court Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation dedicated to the reform of the Cook County Juvenile Court. Sheila has worked in social services for over 30 years and got to know Y.O.U when she met Don Baker many, many years ago when they were both young and scrappy Executive Directors of youth serving agencies. Sheila was impressed from the start by Don’s integrity and commitment and the great work of Y.O.U. and welcomed the opportunity to join the Board to help keep this important organization thriving.

Sheila was introduced to Evanston when she came to study speech pathology at Northwestern, where she regularly ridiculed those NU “hangers on” who couldn’t seem to make a break from Evanston. While speech pathology didn’t stick, she has now been an Evanston resident for well over 20 years, having seen the light on the wonders of Evanston. She is the proud parent of two children who have enjoyed the benefits of all that Evanston Public Schools have to offer—as Washington Thunderbirds, Nichols Lions, and ETHS Wildkits—including enjoying time at the Y.O.U. Nichols School site!

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Betsy Sagan

Betsy Sagan, a member of the Governance Committee, has lived in Evanston for over 16 years. She has served on the District 65 school board.

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Kent Swanson

Kent Swanson a member of the Associate Board. He is the Chief Financial Officer at Newcastle Limited, a real estate advisory and investment firm.  He was formerly CFO at the John Buck Company, a real estate development company and one of the largest leasing and management companies in the Midwest. He received a BS in Economics from Duke University, and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kent has lived in Evanston for 18 years. In addition to his work on the Y.O.U. Board, Kent has also served on the Boards of the Chiaravalle Montessori School, Lutheran Social Services, Evanston Inventure, and the Evanston History Center.

  Life Directors
 

Jackie Quern Berry

Basil Clunie

Matthew Cohen

Thomas Cook

Fay Godman

John Hamal

Roland J. Hinz

Horton Kellogg

Ned Lauterbach

Robert P. Magee

Sam Pettineo

Barbara Putta

Mary Anne Snyder

Emory W. Williams

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Life Director in the Spotlight:

Barbara Putta

Barbara Putta is a Life Director at Y.O.U. She is Senior Counsel at Chicago-based Butler Rubin, a litigation firm assisting clients nationally and internationally in reinsurance and commercial litigation. Barbara leads the firm’s real estate practice. She has done pro-bono work through the International Senior Lawyers Project in Bangalore, India, where she was stationed for three months. She attended college at the University of Illinois and graduate school at Columbia University. Barbara received her J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law, and was Notes and Comments Editor for the Northwestern University Law Review.

Barbara currently serves as a Commissioner of the Plan Commission of the City of Evanston and on the Board of Directors of the YWCA-Evanston/North Shore, in addition to her service at Y.O.U. She has also served the City of Evanston as Commissioner of the Zoning Board of Appeals and as a Member of the Economic Development Committee.

Barbara and her husband live in Evanston and have two adult children. Through the years, she has lived and traveled extensively throughout Western Europe, the Middle East, Central, South and Southeast Asia, China, East Africa, and Central and South America.