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The Cara Program is grateful to its vibrant Boards of Directors (both our governing board and our associate board of emerging leaders) for their gifts of creativity, their personal contributions and their true compassion for our students and our mission.  Through our boards' efforts, we have a fiscally-sound and ever-nimble organization, capable of evolving its programs to meet the dynamic needs of our students and the communities in which they live.

Board of Directors

Daniel Brennan

Kristin Carlson Vogen
President & CEO
Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation

Mark Carroll
Cognitive Capital

Bill Conroy (Chairman)
Technology Consultant
Conroy Advisors

Terry Diamond
TDiamond Associates

Jeff Galowich
SA Ignite

Tim Hunter
Hunter Capital, LP

Pete Kadens
President & Chief Sales Officer
SoCore Energy

Maria Lin
Program Director of Human Resources
Northwestern Memorial Health Care

Jim Mabie
William Blair and Company

Katie Mulcahy
The Owens Foundation

Thomas M. Owens (Chairman Emeritus)
Vice President
The Owens Foundation

Robert Roche
Acorn International, Inc. - Shanghai, China

Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc. - Tokyo, Japan

Lance Russell
Founder & Principal
Russell Advisory

Daniel Ryan
Managing Director

David J. Ryan
Managing Principal
Gray Matters Group

Bill Steinmetz
Managing Director
BlueStar Ventures

Ron Zinnerman
Head of Business Banking Recruitment
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Maria Kim (ex-officio)
The Cara Program


Associate Board

Laci Baig
Advanced Resources

Collier Bern
BMO Capital Markets

Ben Brown
UBS Financial Services

Matt Coldagelli (Vice President)

Anna Coldwell

Katie Coogan 
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Kevin Fennell (Secretary)
BMO Harris Bank

Kim French 
French Paper Company

Paige Hennessy 
Jones Lang LaSalle

Betsy Issleib (Event Co-Chair)
Madison Capital Funding

Cory Morris (Event Co-Chair)
Rural Society

Lisa Siqueira (President)

Eric Wilson
McKinsey and Co.

Amy Wolcott
Sprout Social

Iris Chae (Emeritus)
Sarah Diorio (Emeritus)
Bela Gandhi (Emeritus)
Beth Kalisz-Todd (Emeritus)
Mendy Mayo (Emeritus)
Kate Shanahan (Emeritus)



Associate Board members at our 2012 Cocktails and Careers Event

The Impact

The Cara Program is a 4-Star Charity

Charity Navigator has awarded The Cara Program its most coveted 4-star rating!

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Our Partner Programs

  • Clean Slate
  • TCP Staffing

Our Supporters and Employers

  • Accenture
  • Engineered Glass Products
  • Armitage Baptist Church
  • Calumet Area Industrial Commission
  • Ravenswood Community Council
  • Skilken
  • Six Corners Association
  • River North Businesses
  • Various Private Groupon Customers
  • John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County
  • Illinois Medical District Guest House
  • Little Village Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Medical District
  • The Habitat Company
  • Union League Club
  • Scrub Inc.
  • Oce Business Services, Inc.
  • Charter One Bank
  • Standard Bank
  • Palmer House Hilton
  • Hilton Chicago O'Hare
  • Loretto Hospital
  • Gate Gourmet
  • Vacant Property Security
  • Sodexo @ Northwestern
  • Resurrection Healthcare
  • Greyhound
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago
  • Hyatt Regency O'Hare
  • Hyatt Regency McCormick
  • Standard Parking
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Securitas
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Pierce and Associates
  • Manpower
  • Mercy Housing Lakefront
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Terrace Paper Company
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cambridge Commercial Cleaning
  • Center For Working Families
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • Cleanslate
  • Digby's Security
  • Dyson, Inc.
  • ABM Janitorial Services
  • ACORN Housing
  • Allied Barton Security Services
  • Bank of America
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