Little City LeadershipLeadership team and Board of Directors/Advisors
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, email@example.com.
Greg has served on the board since 2016.
Board of Affairs Chair
Daily Herald Media Group
Heather Ritter is the Executive Vice President 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 a senior director of engineering at Motorola Solutions, Inc and joined the Little City board in 2016. Little City’s mission of serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities was what moved him to join the board. With the Little City campus in close proximity to the Motorola Solutions Schaumburg campus, a primary goal for Dale has been to strengthen the long standing partnership between Little City and Motorola Solutions.
BMO Private Bank
David has served on the board since 2015.
Zurich Insurance Company
Bill Chepulis is the Head of Underwriting for the U.S. National Accounts business in North America and is responsible for the underwriting performance of the $9.5 billion National Accounts portfolio. Responsibilities and oversight include the development and execution of portfolio insights and underwriting actions, prioritization and development of new products, capabilities and training needs, underwriting quality, transactional pricing and the overall portfolio management of the National Accounts portfolio.
Before being named Head of Underwriting, Bill’s previous role was Head of Finance for U.S. Commercial Insurance where his focus was ensuring that the business had the appropriate support in terms of analytics, expense management, strategy, financial planning and forecasting. He has over 22 years of experience in the financial services industry with 20 years specific to insurance. Bill has held a number of management and leadership positions within the Zurich organization across Finance, Operations and Underwriting.
Alliant Financial Services
Jennifer Gavelek joined the board in 2014 and has a passion for working with nonprofits and those that serve the special needs community. She participates in the Little City programs and services committee which aligns with her professional experience in operational risk management.
Jennifer is a senior vice president at Alliant Insurance Services (formerly part of Mesirow Financial), with over 25 years working as an insurance and risk advisor in property and casualty. She founded a nonprofit practice group to provide services and consulting specialized for charitable organizations.
National Accounts LaSalle Investment Management
Candice Kemeny holds the title of National Account Manager and International Business Development. Candice joined the Board in 2020.
David J. Pfau
David Pfau has served on the board since 2014. Upon learning of the excellent work Little City does, he knew he had come to the right place to share his professional talent with the goal of building measurable incentives for corporate philanthropy that self-propel ongoing growth and giving.
Although David does not have any personal or family ties to the Little City client base, he immediately connected with the urgency and value embodied in the foundations mission.
David is the CEO of Hive10, LLC, a technology focused strategic business operations consultancy practice serving clients both domestic and internationally.
Outside of work, David is a professionally licensed motorsport racing driver, holds a second-degree black belt in Hapkido, and studies business innovation and law at Harvard University.
Charles G. Fergus
Charles “Gil” Fergus has been an integral part of Little for many years. Gil‘s son Marty is a participant, and has been for over twenty years, starting in the children’s program and then transitioning to the adult’s program. Through his time with Little City Gil served as the President for the Parent Family Guardian Group, a position he held for over 20 years. He is now currently the Secretary of the Board of Directors. Professionally Gil served as the special consumer counsel at the Office of the Attorney General and is currently enjoying retirement.
B. Timothy Desmond
Campus Planning Chair
Project Management Advisors, Inc.
Timothy Desmond is an accomplished senior executive with over 35 years of experience in real estate development, with proven expertise in all aspects of the development process including acquisition, planning, zoning, financing, legal, budgeting, design, construction, contract & lease negotiations, public relations, sales and marketing, and asset management. As an experienced team leader, he is skilled at collaborating with stakeholders and building strong working relationships with diverse professionals in the achievement of business objectives. His portfolio of first class assets includes commercial office, hospitality, convention, land development, and high rise luxury condominium residential development ranging from $70M to more than $1.5B, including over 30 high rise office buildings, 7,000 units of high-rise condominium/apartment buildings, 5M square feet of corporate office development, retail properties, and over 3M square feet of convention and hotel developments.
Tim has served on the board of Little City since 2011.
Matthew Schubert is the Immediate Past 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 St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife Tina and has two adult children, Adam and Rachel.
Julie Bell is a proud Board Member of Little City. Supporting Little City and improving the lives of disabled residents with quality life stages is Julie’s lifelong passion. Her sister, Andy, is an original Resident of Little City and has lived there for over 60 years. Supporting Little City’s mission will always be a priority in Julie’s life, and she is honored to be on the Board of Directors.
When it comes to her professional life, Julie is an internationally recognized Beauty Industry strategist and innovator with 40 years of dynamic experience across sales, marketing and product development. Known for her skill in creating unique marketing positioning with a perfect storm of storytelling, DNA names and creative copy that produce sales results. Julie was the EVP of Global Marketing for Benefit Cosmetics for 20 years. Julie also served as the Benefit brand spokesperson and key product expert for global media and influencer events. Julie was also an executive at Estee Lauder Companies with multiple roles spanning 20 years in sales and marketing.
Originally from Chicago, Julie currently lives in San Francisco and spends the weekends enthusiastically exploring the local neighborhoods, beachs and Golden Gate Park.
John M. Duffey
LionFish Capital LLC
John Duffey has a sister with developmental disabilities, which lead him to join the board at Little City in 2010. John is Managing Partner of LionFish Capital LLC and Retired President & CEO of Six Flags Entertainment. John, his wife Becky, and their Family Foundation have been strong advocates of children and adults with developmental disabilities and the support of education for disadvantaged children.
Alexander A. Gianaras
Alexander helps run the Alec K. and Viena P. Gianaras Foundation.
Jeff Julian is the chief of staff at Harper College, also manages legislative affairs and government relations. He previously served as the executive director of communications at Harper, overseeing media relations, legislative affairs, internal and external communications, community relations and crisis communications. He has also served as the director of public awareness at the American Library Association, the executive director of communications at Elgin (Ill.) Community College, and the director of communications and external relations at Joliet (Ill.) Junior College.
Jeff has a Masters Degree in English Studies from Elmhurst (Ill.) College and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Communications from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Ill. He is a member of the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) and AGB’s Prime Chief of Staff and holds a certification from the Crisis Leadership in Higher Education Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Jeff serves as the Secretary-Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the NCMPR Board of Directors. He also hosts NCMPR’s podcast Peer and Simple. He previously served as the District 3 Director from 2018-2021.
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Chad Werkema is the Vice President of Supply Chain and Procurement at Motorola Solutions and is a recognized and awarded supply chain advisor and sales leader. His background includes extensive international and transformational supply chain roles.
Chad is a first-generation college graduate who brings high energy to everyone he engages and high impact to all endeavors. his goal is to inspire others to lead in this way.
Chad is honored to serve as a Board Member and Executive Committee Member at the Little City Foundation– a vital and vibrant community that offers a full range of services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Jeffrey A. Krug
Jeff Krug is the retired Founder of J Krug, an Itasca, IL based Risk Management and Insurance Consulting firm. Upon leaving the board of CASA of Lake County, Jeff reached out to longtime Little City Board member David Rose to inquire about volunteer opportunities and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. He has served on the Poker, Golf, Finance and Budget, and Executive Committees and is currently the Treasurer of Little City.
Jeff lived his entire life in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago until his retirement in 2019 when he relocated to Pinehurst, NC to pursue his passion of golf. Jeff and his wife of 42 years Lorraine have three adult children and two grandchildren all of whom reside in the Chicagoland area.
Donor Development Chair
Andy Richmond is a Senior Vice President at Cornerstone Research, a leading economic consulting firm. He is a CPA, a Certified Fraud Examiner and Accredited in Business Valuation. Andy has served on the Boards of Countryside Association and Little City for over 12 years including terms as Board President, Finance/Audit Committee Chair, and Investment Committee Chair. Supporting people with disabilities and their extended families is Andy’s passion project. Andy lives in Barrington with his wife Kim and their daughters Abby, Emma and Lily.
Eleni P. Bousis
Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation
Eleni Bousis is a dynamic advocate in diverse organizations in the fields of humanitarian endeavors, both nationally and internationally. She has administered successfully many acclaimed fundraisers to support and sponsor people’s specific needs. Eleni is a strong, defendant and reliable leader in the Greek, American, and Hispanic Communities. Aside from aiding, with the continuous influence of spreading Greek Culture throughout the World.
Eleni has a Certificate of Proficiency in speeches from the University of Michigan, Bachelors Degree from North Park University in Psychology- Human Development. Along with being on the Board of Directors for Little City Foundation, Eleni is the Chair of the Board of the Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre, Serving the Board of Directors “Leaders 100”, Serving Presidents Counsel “Maryville Academy”, member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society and supports many other charities in different capacities.
Rit Faisal is a strategic IT and business consultant, advising CIOs and IT leaders. He is the owner and principal consultant at DuarIT Inc.
Amar Kapadia is a Managing Director in the Strategy and M&A practice at KPMG. Amar joined Little City’s board because he is passionate about improving the health and wellness of communities around him and KPMG is a strong supporter of community engagement and giving.
In his day-to-day job, Amar helps corporate and private equity healthcare clients with difficult strategic topics, such as growth strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and performance improvement. Amar has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to Little City, he served on the board of Pressley Ridge, a leading human services not-for-profit based out of Pittsburgh, PA. He is also an active supporter of Boy Scouts and serves on the Community Advisory Council for Edward-Elmhurst Health.
Marcus D. Montanye
Marcus Montanye is a Managing Director with CIBC Bank, USA where he serves as President of the Bank’s Structured Finance and Financial Institutions Group. Marcus has been with CIBC dating back to October 2007. He began his career in 1996 with LaSalle Bank, progressing through several commercial banking and business development officer positions, becoming a Commercial Bank Division Head in 2007.
Marcus serves on the Board of Directors for Little City Foundation, an organization whose mission is to serve children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Marcus has been involved with Little City dating back to 1998. Over the past 22 years he has served on the Planning Committee for the Little City Foundation’s Annual Golf Invitational Tournament. In addition, he served on Little City’s Board of Advisors from 2005 thru 2013, at which point he transitioned to the Board of Directors where he continues to serve in that capacity.
Marcus and his wife, Melissa, along with their two daughters, Kaitlyn and Madeline, reside in Clarendon Hills.
James V. Testa
Show Sage, LLC
James Testa joined Little City as an advisor in 1997 and moved to the Board of Directors to Little City shortly thereafter. 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, SalesForce
Thomas J. Dart, Sherriff’s Office of Cook County, Illinois
Lincoln D. Germain, Honeywell International
Jonathan C. Green
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)
Kyle Prentice (Co-Chair)
Ryan Van Stedum
John George, Akerman LLP