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Our Staff

Lisa Rosenberg, Executive Director

Lisa was a founding board member of The Kindness Connection and former school social worker for several years, as well as actively volunteers in the community. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and MSW from Loyola University in Chicago.

Shannon Valko, Program Outreach Manager

Shannon is also the owner and creator of a play cafe called Little Beans Cafe in Lincoln Park, where she leads all marketing, branding, programming, and partnership outreach. Previously, she worked as an account director in the experiential marketing and sales field with a focus on strategy, client service, program execution, and sales. Dedicated to leading strategy and account relationships, Shannon has worked with several big brands, including Wrigley™, Gatorade™, and Orbitz™. She earned a BA from Indiana University and MBA from Loyola University Chicago.

Audrey Pam, Operations Assistant

Audrey has practiced art education and art therapy for more than 20 years and worked in several settings with many different populations, including children with special needs and adults with mental health illnesses. For the last several years, she has taught art privately to school-age children to promote creativity, problem-solving, and healthy self-esteems using a variety of art materials and projects. She earned a BS in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MA in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago™.

Board of Directors:

Mary Roth, Interim President, Co-Founder

Jane Donaldson, Secretary

Nancy Dellamore, Director-at-Large

Suzanne Gayle, Director-at-Large

Jean Halferty, Corporate Programs Director

Julie Lipford, Special Projects Director

Diane Phillips, Finance Director

Cheryl Bickford, Director-at-Large

Mark Wierzbinski, Strategic Partnerships Director

Advisory Board:

Stephen A. Allison
(Principal of Allison-Whitlock)

Marla Bagan

Dr. Molly Cinnamon

Laura Eilts
(Grant Thornton, LLP)

Julie Kennedy

Eva Lu-Bonn
(Kellogg School of Management)

Carol L. Murphy
(Managing Director of Aon Risk Solutions)

Kristen Murtos
(President of Skokie Hospital, NorthShore University HealthSystem)

Pamela Allen