Associate Board of Directors


Executive Committee

Jesse Slovenec, Director, FDIC Enterprise Implementation, BMO Harris Bank

Alexis Allegra, Non-Profit Consultant, Allegra Consulting

Communications Chair
Aimee Light, Analyst, Seyfarth Shaw

Mentor Outreach Chair
Ulric Shannon, Education Consultant

Programming Co-Chairs
Andrew Schwertfeger, Independent Producer
Ashlie Tyler, Director of District Partnerships, SAGA Innovations

Development Co-Chairs
Jenna Hess, Finance Manager, NFP
Robert Sheehan, Associate Director, Regional Major Gifts, The University of Chicago



Anjali Johnson, National Territory Manager- P&C Sales, The Jacobson Group

Emanuel Johnson, Program Officer, Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Janene Maclin, Senior Director, Teacher Support, OneGoal

Morgan Marler, Process Coordinator, Chicago Public Schools

Collen MaxwellBusiness Development Manager, 1871

Ashley McKeithen, Management Consulting Analyst, Accenture

Melissa Weaver Nelson, Training & Development Coordinator, Sidley Austin LLP

Danny Newman, Account Executive, Resolute Consulting

Asia Ousley, Operations Manager, Junior Achievement

Nicole Paprocki, Medical Student, Midwestern University CCOM

Raveen Rathi, Consultant, IBM

Carlos Rivas, Alumni Counselor, Noble Network of Charter Schools

LaRue Robinson, Associate Attorney, Jenner & Block

Karla E. Sanchez, Attorney, Seyfarth Shaw

Gigi Stender Schwertfeger

Simmone Seymour, Consultant, Deloitte

Reena Sikdar, Associate Attorney, Jenner & Block

Clyde Souza, Assistant Director, EY

Anna M. Valencia, City Clerk, City of Chicago

Vanessa Valentin, Associate Director, Marketing, Women's Business Development Center

Kyriakos Anastasopoulos, Business Analyst, Commonwealth Edison

Eloise Bahrmasel, Consultant 

Karina Banuelos, Trade Finance Associate, First American Bank

Winston Blake, Vice President, Attucks Asset Management

Brian Brammeier, CEO, Brammeier Computer Services, Inc.

Frank Brown II, Economist, US Securities and Exchange Commission

Ashleigh Cortes, Associate Business Analyst, ComEd

Margaret Cox, Executive Assistant to the Director of LCGA, City of Chicago Mayor's Office

Paula Daniliuc, VP, Managed Care Growth, Oak Street Health

Shelby Edwards, Project Manager - Investment Banking, William Blair

Emmett Fitzpatrick, Executive Advisor, CEB

Bridget Geraghty, Communications Manager, Singola Consulting

Shay Ghazimoradi, President, Washington Square Liquors, Inc.

Nicole Granacki, College Relations Manager, IES Abroad

Elizabeth Grisanzio, Project Manager, Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness

Emily Guglielmo, Financial Representative, Fidelity Investments

Thomas Guzman, Incoming Associate, Sidley Austin, LLP

William Heard, CEO, CIO, Heard Capital LLC

Tina Hrabak, Senior Program Manager, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Julie Jiganti, Associate, Sard Verbinnen & Co