Board of Directors

Board of Directors

John Bankhurst, Board Chair
Korn Ferry

La’Shawn Hill, Vice Chair – Board Governance
BMO Harris Bank

Blake Overlock, Vice Chair – Resource Development
Loud Capital

Vinu Ramasamy, Vice Chair – Program Development
Whirlpool Corporation

Bill Pekin, Treasurer
Pekin Hardy Strauss Wealth Management

Kaitlin Roe, Secretary
The Kraft Heinz Company

Brandon Barela
McKinsey & Company

Emily Blum
Disability Lead

Susan M. Boin
Bank of America

Amie Ding

Thomas E. Dixon

John Garnett
Charter Next Generation

Lisa Hampton
Chicago Department of Family & Support Services

Elisabeth Payne
Pear Commerce

John Bernard Potter
Morgante Wilson Architects, LTD.

Susan Weiss
Strategic Consultant

Ben Yepsen

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

Auxiliary Board

Sam Teper, Chair
Kaufman Jacobs

Chris Bartlett, Vice Chair
Article Student Living

Tom Hargett, Secretary

Carolyn Fairbanks, Events and Community Outreach
Planned Parenthood

Ilana Blumin 

Andy Carpenter

Catherine Meeth
Wilmette Park District Early Childhood Center

Vanessa Mukhebi

Tony Ohlhausen
NAMI Illinois

Margot Tuchler

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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