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Cara 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

John Bennecke
Managing Director
True Partners Consulting LLC

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

Alexander Giannoulias
Senior Director
BNY Mellon

Tim Hunter
Hunter Capital, LP

Pete Kadens

Maria Lin
Program Director of Human Resources
Northwestern Memorial Health Care

Jim Mabie
William Blair and Company

Katie Mulcahy
Board Member
LaGrange Area Department of Special Education

Cheryl Johnson-Odim
Provost Emerita and Professor of History
Dominican University

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

Tom Owens, Jr.

J. Todd Phillips
Parson Partners

Patricia Provenzano
Senior Vice President, Private Client Manager
Bank of America

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

Amanda Wilson
Managing Director
J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Ron Zinnerman
HR l Talent Acquistion Leader - Marsh
Marsh & McLennan Companies

Maria Kim (ex-officio)
President & CEO


Associate Board

Betsy Booth
TwinBrook Capital Partners
Anna Coldwell (Memership/Recruitment Chair)
Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Ltd.
Emile Dawisha
Kevin Fennel (Vice President)
BMO Capital Markets
Kim French (Special Events Chair)
French Paper Company
Daniel Goodman
Laci Hernandez
Sean Lightner
BMO Harris Bank
Molly McCann
The Wunderland Group
Morgan McGreevy
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Joanna Meagher
Hensen Consulting
Cory Morris (Summer Social Co-Chair)
Rural Society/Loews Chicago Hotel
Larrell Olin
Jones Lang LaSalle
Rob Perry
Pranitha Patil
Celina Roth
Daniel Scott
HBR Consulting
Brendan Shannon
Slayton Search Partners
Lisa Siqueira (President)
CDW Corporation
Christal Virgilio
Kandice Walker
McGuireWoods LLP
Amy Wolcott (Secretary)
Sprout Social
Eric Wilson
McKinsey & Company
Collier Bern (Emeritus)
Banjamin Brown (Emeritus)
Iris Chae (Emeritus)
Catherine Coogan (Emeritus)
Matt Coldagelli (Emeritus & Former VP, Secretary)
Sarah Diorio (Emeritus)
Bela Gandhi (Emeritus)
Paige Hennessy (Emeritus & Former President)
Beth Kalisz-Todd (Emeritus)
Mendy Mayo (Emeritus)
Kate Shanahan (Emeritus)


Associate Board members at our 2012 Cocktails and Careers Event

The Impact

Job Placements

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Our Partner Programs

  • Clean Slate
  • TCP Staffing

Our Supporters and Employers

  • Morgan Stanley
  • Kellogg Company
  • Lurie Children's Hospital
  • Mariano's
  • Rebuilding Exchange
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Sodexo
  • Salvation Army
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Levy Restaurants
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Rivers Casino
  • Fitness Formula Clubs
  • Eataly Chicago
  • Housing Authority of Cook County
  • Catholic Charities
  • Harvard Maintenance Inc
  • Gotham Greens
  • Engineered Glass Products
  • The Habitat Company
  • Union League Club
  • Palmer House Hilton
  • Hilton Chicago O'Hare
  • Loretto Hospital
  • Resurrection Healthcare
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago
  • Hyatt Regency O'Hare
  • Hyatt Regency McCormick
  • Standard Parking
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Pierce and Associates
  • Mercy Housing Lakefront
  • Center For Working Families
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • Cleanslate
  • ABM Janitorial Services
  • Allied Barton Security Services
  • Bank of America
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