Little City Leadership

Leadership team and Board of Directors/Advisors

Leadership Team

Shawn Jeffers

Shawn Jeffers

Executive Director

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Since March 2003, Shawn E. Jeffers has led Little City in fulfilling its mission of making each day better than the last for the children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities it serves. As Little City continues to redefine itself, Mr. Jeffers serves to champion the rights of participants to attain equality and dignity. The nonprofit includes a 56-acre campus in Palatine with a choice of housing, programming and educational options as well as a foster care placement office in Chicago. It has recently added the Duffey Family Children’s Village of state-of-the-art group homes for children and has doubled the square footage and capacity of its ChildBridge Center for Education.

Along with a volunteer governing board of 24 of Chicago’s public and private sector leaders, and an advisory board of 16 passionate Chicago-area professionals and volunteers, Mr. Jeffers has paved the way for new vocational and recreational programming. Mr. Jeffers oversees the operations of Little City, including a staff of over 500, and manages a $32 million operating budget.


Jayne Drew

Jayne Drew

Chief Development Officer

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

Chief Finance & Administrative Officer

Renee Watts

Renee Watts

Chief Human Resources Officer

Rich Bobby

Rich Bobby

Chief Program Officer-Children’s Services

Kelly Holm

Kelly Holm

Chief Program Officer - Adult Services

Theresa A. Moran

Theresa A. Moran

Deputy Chief – Centralized Support Services

Bill Brennan

Bill Brennan

Director of Facilities & Maintenance

Board of Directors

Little City’s Board of Directors oversees agency policies. The board is made up of community leaders from a variety of backgrounds, all who have a shared interested in furthering the mission of Little City.

Interested in joining the board? Contact Nancy Young,

Lianne Paterson


Schaumburg School District 54

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Lianne works as a school psychologist in Schaumburg School District 54 (Illinois). She has a son who lives at Little City.

B. Timothy Desmond

Vice President

Project Management Advisors, Inc.

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B. Timothy has served on the board since 2011.

Gregory Burns

Assistant Secretary

Allstate Insurance

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Greg has served on the board since 2016.

Julie Bell


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John M. Duffey

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John has a sister with developmental disabilities, which lead him to join the board at Little City.

Jennifer Gavelek

Alliant/Mesirow Financial Services

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Jennifer is senior vice president at Alliant/Mesirow Financial Services.

Amar Kapadia


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Amar has been on the board since 2018. He is the director of strategy at KPMG.

Marcus D. Montanye


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Marcus is President, Structured Finance and Financial Institutions Group at CIBC US.





James V. Testa

Show Sage, LLC

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James joined the Board of Directors to Little City in 2007. He became involved with Little City through a work colleague that had a connection to the organization. Having a cousin with Down syndrome helped James to understand the need for advocacy of children and adults with developmental disabilities.

James is the owner and president of Show Sage, LLC, a leading provider of multi-channel audio-visual technology solutions. Prior to acquiring Show Sage in 2010, James spent over 20 years as a management and information technology consultant.

Besides being on Little City Board of Directors, and being a businessman, he is also involved in the O’Hare Chamber, the O’Hare Rotary Club of Chicago, and with Boy Scouts.




David Bishop

Vice President

BMO Private Bank

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David has served on the board since 2015.

Jeffrey A. Krug


J. Krug & Associates, Inc.

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Jeff has served on the board since 2013.




Heather Ritter

Assistant Secretary

Daily Herald Media Group

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Heather is the Assistant Secretary on the board and has been a friend and advocate of Little City since 2016.

She had joined Countryside’s Board of Directors in 2011, and being a mother of a special needs son, Heather was happy to be an integral part of the merger between Countryside and Little City in 2016.

Heather is the Vice President of Human Resources for the Daily Herald Media Group in Arlington Heights. Her expertise in H.R. allows for valuable insight related to labor laws, and her 23 years working for a media company has allowed her to bring a new dimension to media relations and communications.




Eleni P. Bousis

Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation

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Eleni serves on the board at Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation.




Rit Faisal

Spherade Inc.

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Rit is the president at Spherade Inc.




Candice Kemeny

National Accounts LaSalle Investment Management

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Candice joined the Board in 2020.





Andy Richmond

Cornerstone Research

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Andy is Senior Vice President at Cornerstone Research.




David J. Pfau

Hive 10

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David has served on the board since 2014.

Chad Werkema

Motorola Solutions, Inc.  

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Chad has served on the board since 2016.





David A. Rose

Vice President & Secretary

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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David’s family has been involved with Little City for 50 years. David’s brother, Jerry, is multiple-challenged with autism and has been blind since birth.

He entered Little City in 1969 and David’s parents became instantly involved with the organization. They were advocates of an environment which fostered growth and development of its residents and enabled them to live a rewarding and meaningful life. David, along with his sister, Andrea Hockfield, and brother-in-law, Ed Hockfield, have been integrally involved with Little City to help it maintain its high standards. David’s mother, Dorothy Rose, was involved in the parent organization and upon her death, the Horticultural Center was named in her honor.

David is Managing Broker of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in The Groves. He has used his position to help foster Little City’s growth with several purchases of CILA group homes and is a huge proponent of campus environments including the Duffey Children’s Village and his involvement with Little City’s fundraising activities.

Charles G. Fergus

Assistant Treasurer

Office of the Attorney General

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Charles serves as the special consumer counsel at the Office of the Attorney General.

Matthew Schubert

Past President

Paramount Staffing

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Matthew Schubert is President of the Board of Directors at Little City and has been a dedicated partner and friend of Little City for 10 years. Matthew first got involved with Little City after learning about the organization from a co-worker whose son lived at Little City. As owner of Paramount Staffing, Matthew has shared valuable insight that has helped bolster Little City’s community employment program and opened new opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to find meaningful and rewarding work. Matthew has also taken a role in coordinating numerous events that has enriched Little City both financially and through new connections. Matthew lives in Northbrook with his wife Tina and has two adult children, Adam and Rachel.

William Chepulis

Zurich Insurance Company

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William joined the Board of Directors to Little City in 2015. His employers at Zurich were very committed to Little City and its mission.

It was something that motivated William to give back to his community by joining the Little City Board.

William’s desire was that it had to be a place that matched his passion as well as be family friendly because of his young children. He chose wisely.

William is the Finance Director for the Commercial Insurance business in North America. He has had 18 years of financial services experience and his knowledge of field underwriting and insurance background are very complementary to the needs and vision of Little City and its future.

Alexander A. Gianaras

Alec K. and Viena P. Gianaras Foundation

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Alexander helps run the Alec K. and Viena P. Gianaras Foundation.




Monu Kalsi

CNO Financial Group

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Monu joined the board in 2019.





Dale Rublaitus

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

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Dale is director of engineering at Motorola Solutions, Inc.





James H. Stone

J.H. Stone Consulting, Inc.

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James is the owner at Stone Consulting.

Board of Advisors

Timothy Bleuher, Department of Building and Zoning of Cook County

Randi B. Blume, BMO Harris Bank

Paul A. Castiglione, States Attorney Office

Amit Choksi

Kevin J. Conboy, Oracle

Thomas J. Dart, Sherriff’s Office of Cook County, Illinois

Sylvia Davis

Lincoln D. Germain, Honeywell International

Jonathan C. Green, City of Chicago

Lisa J. Lewis

Brendan Scanlan

Jack Shum

Jerry I. Siegel, Midway Moving and Storage, Inc.

Ron Sowadski, ADP

Sara Tyburski-Noyer, Mount Prospect School District 57

Emeritus Board

Alex Alexandrou, City of Aurora 

Associate Board

Laura Dierking- Co-Chair
Kyle Prentice-Co-Chair
Lauren Fifarek
Jena Mosca
Ryan Van Stedum

Learn more about the Associate Board. 

General Counsel

John George, Akerman LLP