Thank you for your gifts of time, talent, wisdom and expertise as we pool our diverse backgrounds, knowledge and skills to help children thrive and families flourish. -Merry Beth Sheets

Board Officers

Byron Taylor

President, Board of Directors
Byron Taylor

President, Board of Directors

President, Board of Directors;
Chair, Executive Committee

Board member since 2009

contact information

909 N. Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
Home: 708.660.0821
Office: 312.853.4717
Mobile: 708.359.2346

professional experience

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
1998–Present

Associate, Sidley Austin LLP
1990–1998

education

The University of Chicago Law School, JD, 1990

Yale University, BA, Economics and Political Science, 1987

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association, 2009–Present

birthday

December 23

Jackie Barlow

Member, Board of Directors
Jackie Barlow

Member, Board of Directors

Member, Finance Committee
Board member since 2005

contact information

304 S. Cuyler Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Office: 312.564.2605
Mobile: 708.522.8329

professional experience

Managing Director, Senior Credit Officer, CIBC US (formerly The Private Bank)
2017–Present

Managing Director, Senior Credit Officer, The Private Bank
2014–2017

Managing Director, Loan Management Solutions
2010–2014

Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank
2009–2010

Senior Vice President, Park National Bank
2000–2009

Vice President, First Chicago
1990–1996

Vice President, Marine Midland Realty Credit Corp.
1987–1990

education

Northwestern University, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, MM, Management, 1989

University of Wisconsin, BBA, Business Administration, 1984

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2005–Present

Elder, Member of Finance Committee, Chair of Stewardship Committee and Youth Leader, Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church
2006–Present

Treasurer, Renew Our Parks
2005

Sponsor, LINK Unlimited
2004–2008

Board member (1993–2003), President (2002), Vice President/Chair Long-Range Strategic Planning (1999–2001), Chair Fundraising (1997–1998), Treasurer (1994–1995), Oak Park Regional Housing Center

birthday

April 30

Terry Brown

Member, Board of Directors
Terry Brown

Member, Board of Directors

Chair, Audit Committee
Member, Development Committee
Board member since 2005

contact information

240 Home Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Home: 708.386.6638
Mobile: 708.609.4984

professional experience

Reporter, Wall Street Journal
1970–78

Business Editor, Editorial Writer, Bureau Chief, Chicago Tribune
1978–2004

Journalism Instructor, Northwestern University, School of Continuing Studies
1989–2003

Adjunct Professor, Communications, Dominican University
2007–2017

education

Loyola University-Chicago, MBA, Finance, 1979

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS, Communications, 1968

Princeton University, BA, English, 1965

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2005–Present

Board Member, Opportunity Knocks
2009–Present

birthday

February 4

Sherry Carbery, MD

Member, Board of Directors
Sherry Carbery, MD

Member, Board of Directors

Chair, Board Development Committee
Member, Operations Committee
Board member since 2009

contact information

427 E. Benton Place
Chicago, IL 60601
Mobile: 708.557.8044

professional experience

Attending Physician, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Internal Medicine
1999–Present

education

George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, MD, 1988

Yale University, BS, Neurobiology, 1983

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2009–Present

Volunteer, Erie House
2015–Present

Volunteer, Heartland Alliance
2005–2010

birthday

April 2

Anne Drougas

Member, Board of Directors
Anne Drougas

Member, Board of Directors

Member, Finance Committee
Board member since 2017

contact information

7241 W. Clarence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631
Office: 708.524.6938
Mobile: 847.868.6652

professional experience

Professor of Finance and Statistics, Dominican University
1997–Present

Peer Reviewer, Higher Learning Commission
2014–Present

education

University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD, Finance, Economics, Statistics, 1998

University of Illinois at Chicago, MA, Economics, 1994

University of Illinois at Chicago, BS, Mathematics, 1992

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2017–Present

birthday

June 30

847.868.6652

Carol Dunning

Member, Board of Directors
Carol Dunning

Member, Board of Directors

Member, Operations Committee
Board member since 2011

contact information

822 N. West Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
Home: 630.234.9580
Mobile: 630.234.9580

professional experience

Vice President, Human Resources, Sagent Pharmaceuticals
2015–Present

Director, Human Resources, Little Lady Foods
2014–2015

Director, Human Resources, NOW Health Group, Inc.
2005–2013

Director, Human Resources, SIRVA
2004 –2005

Manager, HRIS/Payroll, Bowne Business Solutions

2002–2004

education

Northeastern University, MLS (Master of Legal Studies), Human Resources Concentration, 2017

National Louis University, MBA, 2001

National Louis University, BA, Management, 1995

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2011–Present

birthday

October 2

Mark Fisher

Member, Board of Directors
Mark Fisher

Member, Board of Directors

Member, Audit Committee
Member, Development Committee
Member, Head Start Task Force
Board member since 2014

contact information

1301 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Mobile: 312.363.7326

professional experience

Principal, Park Five Capital LLC
2017–Present

Executive General Manager – International, James Hardie Building Products
2010–2017

President/CEO, Beechworth Windows
2013–2017

Vice President, Specialty Products and Emerging Technology, James Hardie Building Products
2004–2010

Europe General Manager, James Hardie Building Products
2001–2004

education

Harvard Business School, GMP (General Management Program), 2010

University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, MBA, Marketing and Strategy, 2001

University of Southern California, BSME, Mechanical Engineering, 1992

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2014–Present

birthday

October 2

312.363.7326

John McConville

Member, Board of Directors
John McConville

Member, Board of Directors

Member, Operations Committee
Board member since 2014

contact information

625 N. Taylor Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Home: 708.524.1516
Office: 773.702.0955

professional experience

Associate Professor of Medicine and Director,
Internal Medicine Residency Program, The University of Chicago

education

Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine, MD, 1994

University of Notre Dame, BA, Philosophy, 1990

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2014–Present

birthday

Marcia Preston

Member, Board of Directors
Marcia Preston

Member, Board of Directors

Board member since 2018

contact information

7424 Berkshire Street
River Forest, IL 60305
Home: 708.366.9096
Mobile: 708.790.5500

professional experience

Managing Director, The MÁCIE Group, LLC
2017–Present

Director of Institutional Advancement, LINK Unlimited Scholars
2012–2016

Volunteer Coordinator and Work Place Giving Campaign Manager, America’s Charities
1994–1997

education

Dominican University, BS, Organizational Development, Organizational Leadership, 2007

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
June 2018–Present

St. Ignatius College Prep High School Parent Organization
2008–Present

Women’s Board, The Art Institute of Chicago
2005–Present

Board Member, Chicago Sinfionetta
2005–Present

Board Member, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (Western Cook County Chapter)
1993–Present

Board Member, Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation
2008–2017

District 90 School Board Liaison, River Forest, Illinois
2012 and 2014

birthday

February 15

Donna Rolf

Member, Board of Directors
Donna Rolf

Member, Board of Directors

Member, Audit Committee
Member, Development Committee
Member, Head Start Task Force

Board member since 2017

contact information

712 S. Humphrey Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304
Mobile: 773.505.0998

professional experience

Executive Vice President, Fort Dearborn Land Title
2017–Present

President, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Board Member, ampCNG
2011–2017

Managing Broker/Branch Executive, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (formerly Koenig & Strey)
2005–2011

Vice President, Branch Executive, Lakeshore Funding and Guaranteed Rate
2002–2005

Associate, Gardner, Carton & Douglas (now known as Drinker Biddle & Reath)
2000–2002

Associate, Arnstein & Lehr, LLP
1999–2000

education

University of Illinois College of Law, JD, 1999

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA, Economics, 1996

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2017–Present

Board Member, Oak Park Auxiliary, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2014–2017

birthday

September 19

Eric Sorensen

Member, Board of Directors
Eric Sorensen

Member, Board of Directors

Member, Finance Committee
Member, Head Start Task Force

Board member since 2006

contact information

138 S. East Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Home: 708.445.8290
Office: 312.470.2315
Mobile: 708.752.2268

professional experience

Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
2012–Present

Vice President, The John Buck Company
2003–2012

Senior Vice President, The CoStar Group
1996–2003

Analyst, JMB Institutional Realty
1988–1991

education

University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Executive Training, 1998

Millikin University, BS, Finance, 1985

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2006–Present

Amate House
2008

Oak Park Baseball Coach
1998–2010

birthday

July 26

Cheryl ter Horst

Member, Board of Directors
Cheryl ter Horst

Member, Board of Directors

Member, Development Committee

Board member since 2006

contact information

516 N. Harvey Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Home: 708.848.8831
Office: 312.970.8214
Mobile: 708.334.7731

professional experience

Senior Writer, Public Communications, Inc.
1997–Present

Feature Writer, The Daily Herald, Provo, Utah
1984–1997

Editorial Assistant, Woman’s Day magazine
1982–1984

education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS, Journalism, 1982

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2006–Present

birthday

Craig Williams

Member, Board of Directors
Craig Williams

Member, Board of Directors

Member, Head Start Task Force
Member, Operations Committee

Board member since 2017

contact information

4 Elizabeth Court
Oak Park, IL 60302
Home: 708.445.1107

professional experience

Founder/CEO, New Control Direct Response Marketing
1995–2014

Creative Director, TargetCom
1990–1995

education

University of Bridgeport, BA Communications, 1978

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2017–Present

Board Member, Parenthesis Family Center, Oak Park
2015–2016

PTO President at both Holmes Elementary and Brooks Middle Schools, Oak Park
2007–2012

Board Member Camp Pinewood, Twin Lake, Michigan
(part of YMCA Metropolitan Chicago)
2006–2010

birthday

June 4

Audrey Williams-Lee

Member, Board of Directors
Audrey Williams-Lee

Member, Board of Directors

Chair, Operations Committee

Board member since 2008

contact information

1046 Woodbine Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Home: 708.445.1516
Office: 312.487.5025
Mobile: 708.351.8570

professional experience

Vice President, Corporate Human Resources and Global Philanthropy at Hyatt Hotels Corporation
2017–Present

Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Opportunity International, Inc.
2015–2017

Vice President, Human Resources-Americas, W.W. Grainger
2012–2015

Senior Director, Talent Management, McDonald’s Corp.
1999–2012

Human Resources Manager, Unilever
1994–1999

education

Benedictine University, MS, Organizational Behavior, Concentration in Organizational Development

Northwestern University, BS, Industrial Engineering

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2008–Present

Executive Board Member, Circle Urban Ministries
2006–2008

Board Member, Youth Guidance
2018–Present

Member, OPRFHS Community Council Member, Imagine OPRF

birthday

May 18

708.351.8570

Kenna MacKinnon

President-Elect, Board of Directors
Kenna MacKinnon

President-Elect, Board of Directors

Member, Executive Committee
Member, Finance Committee
Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Board member since 2008

contact information

612 N. Kenilworth Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Home: 708.445.1423
Mobile: 312.282.3063

professional experience

Real Estate Development Consultant, Building Solutions
1998–2005

Investment Analyst, Elkor Realty
1996–1998

Assistant to Housing Director, Pine Street Inn / Paul Sullivan Housing
1993–1996

education

Harvard University, JFK School of Government, MPP/UP, 1996

University of Notre Dame, BA, Economics, 1993

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2008–Present

Co-Chair, St. Giles Parish Facilities Committee
2018–Present

Volunteer, Horizons for Youth
2016–Present

Co-President, St. Giles PTO
2016–2018

Co-Chair, St. Giles Parish Renovation Committee
2013–2016

Leadership Team Member, St. Giles Parish Capital Campaign
2013–2015

Treasurer, St. Giles PTO
2008–2015

Member, Women in Planning and Development
1997–2002

birthday

May 24

Lisa Emerson

Vice President, Board of Directors
Lisa Emerson

Vice President, Board of Directors

Member, Board Development Committee
Member, Executive Committee
Member, Head Start Committee
Member, Operations Committee
Board member since 2014

contact information

169 Bryant Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Home: 630.263.9679
Mobile: 630.263.9679

professional experience

Head of Compensation and Benefits, Ferrara Candy Company
2016–2018

Vice President, Total Compensation, McDonald’s Corporation
1997–2015

Director, Compensation, Kraft Foods
1992–1997

Director, Compensation and Benefits, Ameritech Information Systems
1984–1992

education

St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, BA, Business Administration and Spanish Translation, 1982

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2014–Present

birthday

July 25

630.263.9679

Jennifer Ellis-Jackson

Senior Manager
Jennifer Ellis-Jackson

Senior Manager

Chair, Development Committee Member, Board Development Committee
Member, Executive Committee
Board member since 2016

contact information

111 Frank Lloyd Wright Lane
Oak Park, IL 60302 
Office: 773.398.4096
Mobile: 773.398.4096

professional experience

Principal, Simple Mantra Marketing
2013–Present

Account Director, Taproot Foundation
2011–2015

Marketing Consultant, OHED Partners, Inc.
2010–2014

Senior Brand Manager, Johnson Publishing Company-Fashion Fair Cosmetics
2012–2013

Senior Manager, New Products and Business Development, Sunstar America
2008–2011

education

Clark Atlanta University, MBA, Marketing and Finance

Tennessee State University, BA, Mass Communications

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2016–Present

Member, Board of Directors, Westside Justice Center
June 2018–Present

Volunteer and Fundraiser, American Cancer Society
2012–Present

Volunteer, Feeding America
2012–2018

Account Director, Taproot Foundation
2011–Present

Outreach and Marketing Strategy Volunteer, The Night Ministry
2008–2010

Outreach Assistant, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
2013–Present

Volunteer, Greater Chicago Food Depository
2010–Present

Technology Chairman, Monarch Awards Foundation
2016–2018

birthday

January 24

John Ide

Treasurer, Board of Directors
John Ide

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Chair, Finance Committee
Member, Board Development Committee
Member, Executive Committee

Board member since 2015

contact information

2317 N. Geneva Terrace
Chicago, IL 60614
Home: 872.829.3370
Office: 312.732.6349
Mobile: 312.420.7648

professional experience

Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
1991–Present

education

Loyola University-Chicago, MBA, Finance, 1991

Lawrence University, BA, Economics, 1985

board service and other volunteer activities

Board Member, Hephzibah Children’s Association
2015–Present

Executive Steering Committee Member, Aspire
2015–Present

Member and Volunteer, Mid North Association
2016–Present

Member and Volunteer, Professional Development Advisory Group, Chicago CFA
1996–Present

birthday

August 14

Staff Leadership Team