Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Elisabeth Payne, Board Chair
Verizon Media

John Bankhurst, Vice Chair – Board Development

Blake Overlock, Vice Chair – External Relations
Loud Capital

Vinu Ramasamy, Vice Chair – Program Development
Siemens Building Technologies

Bill Pekin, Treasurer
Pekin Hardy Strauss Wealth Management

La’Shawn Hill, Secretary
BMO Harris Bank

Brandon Barela

Emily Blum
National Able Network

Susan M. Boin
Bank of America

Thomas E. Dixon
Deloitte Consulting, LLP 

Catherine Faber

Lisa Hampton
Chicago Department of Family & Support Services

Travis Hughes
JP Morgan Asset Management

Lisa Jericho
Chicago Community Trust

Natalie Lynch

Kristen Nomura

John Bernard Potter
Morgante Wilson Architects, LTD.

Kaitlin Roe
The Kraft Heinz Company

Susan Weiss
Strategic Consultant

April Williams
NORC at the University of Chicago

Ben Yepsen

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
Kaufman Jacobs

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
Wilmette Park District Early Childhood Center

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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