Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Elisabeth Payne, Board Chair
Verizon Media

Larissa Chaikowsky, Vice Chair – Board Development
BMO Financial Group

Travis Hughes, Vice Chair – External Relations
JP Morgan Asset Management

Vinu Ramasamy, Vice Chair – Program Development
Siemens Building Technologies

Bill Pekin, Treasurer
Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management

Emily Blum, Secretary
ADA25 Advancing Leadership

Lisa Jericho
Chicago Community Trust

April Williams
NORC at the University of Chicago

Lisa Hampton
Chicago Department of Family & Support Services

Ann B. O’Shaughnessy

Natalie Lynch

Kristen Nomura

Catherine Faber

John Bernard Potter
Morgante Wilson Architects, LTD.

John Bankhurst
Salo LLC

Kaitlin Roe
The Kraft Heinz Company

Blake Overlock
LOUD Capital

Susan Weiss
Strategic Consultant

La’Shawn Hill
BMO Harris Bank

Brandon Barela

Ben Yepsen

Thomas Dixon

John T. Shapiro, General Counsel (non-voting)
Freeborn & Peters, LLP

Shannon K. Stewart, MSW (non-voting)
Executive Director & CEO, Inspiration Corporation

Auxiliary Board

Sam Teper, President
Focus Heathcare Partners LLC

Chris Bartlett, Vice President
CA Ventures

Tom Hargett, Secretary

Vanessa Mukhebi, Events and Community Chair

Ilana Blumin 

Carolyn Fairbanks
Planned Parenthood

Shannon Halloway
Rush University Medical Center

Kelly Kulasik

Derrick Luckie
MetCap Bank

Catherine Meeth
Rowe Elementary

Tony Ohlhausen
NAMI Chicago

Margot Tuchler
Old Salt Insights

Hallie Witmer, Staff Liasion
Inspiration Corporation

Success Stories

Our Foodservice Training Program empowers members of our community with the tools they need to succeed in the foodservice industry and prepares them for a sustainable career path.

One of our program graduates, Chef Anthony Scardino came to Inspiration Corporation almost 10 years ago to start working towards a career in the foodservice industry. After completing his training, Tony went on to work at popular Chicago restaurants, and eventually launched his own business, Professor Pizza! 

Read Anthony’s Story


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