Little City LeadershipLeadership team and Board of Directors/Advisors
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.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Development Officer
Chief Finance & Administrative Officer
Chief Program Officer-Children’s Services
Chief Program Officer - Adult Services
Theresa A. Moran
Deputy Chief – Centralized Support Services
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 Lisa Mariscal, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles G. Fergus
Office of the Attorney General
Charles serves as the special consumer counsel at the Office of the Attorney General.
Board of Affairs Chair
Daily Herald Media Group
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.
Programs & Services Chair
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Dale is director of engineering at Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Eleni P. Bousis
Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation
Eleni serves on the board at Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation.
John M. Duffey
John has a sister with developmental disabilities, which lead him to join the board at Little City.
Alexander A. Gianaras
Alexander helps run the Alec K. and Viena P. Gianaras Foundation.
National Accounts LaSalle Investment Management
Candice joined the Board in 2020.
Andy is Senior Vice President at Cornerstone Research.
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Chad has served on the board since 2016.
B. Timothy Desmond
Campus Planning Chair
Project Management Advisors, Inc.
B. Timothy has served on the board since 2011.
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.
BMO Private Bank
David has served on the board since 2015.
Rit is the president at Spherade Inc.
Jeffrey has served on the board since 2021.
Marcus D. Montanye
Marcus is President, Structured Finance and Financial Institutions Group at CIBC US.
Greg has served on the board since 2016.
Jeffrey A. Krug
J. Krug & Associates, Inc.
Jeff has served on the board since 2013.
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.
Jennifer is senior vice president at Alliant/Mesirow Financial Services.
Amar has been on the board since 2018. He is the director of strategy at KPMG.
David J. Pfau
David has served on the board since 2014.
James V. Testa
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.
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
Kevin J. Conboy, Oracle
Thomas J. Dart, Sherriff’s Office of Cook County, Illinois
Lincoln D. Germain, Honeywell International
Jonathan C. Green, City of Chicago
Lisa J. Lewis
David Rose, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Jerry I. Siegel, Midway Moving and Storage, Inc.
Ron Sowadski, ADP
Sara Tyburski-Noyer, Mount Prospect School District 57
Alex Alexandrou, City of Aurora
Laura Dierking- Co-Chair
Ryan Van Stedum
John George, Akerman LLP