Kathleen Gillespie joined the Impact Board in October 2015 because she wanted to both advocate for the extraordinary clients Impact serves and provide energy and support to the talented staff, board and generous donors who assist Impact clients as they recover from serious mental illness. Following a career as a healthcare consulting firm partner, Kathleen serves on several nonprofit boards involved in healthcare for older adults, education for underserved and minority communities, and civil liberties, including Three Crowns Park Senior Living, the Barat Education Foundation and the Nominating Committee of the ACLU of Illinois. Kathleen has an undergraduate degree in History and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.
Don Pollak is a seasoned Financial Services Executive with vast experience across all aspects of asset management. His responsibilities included portfolio, product and client management, governance, risk management, and strategic planning.
Throughout his nearly 40-year career at Northern Trust, Don has held various management positions across business units. He joined asset management from the investment risk and analytical services group, where he had responsibility for analysis and interpretation of clients’ investment program performance. Within asset management, he most recently served as head of relationship management for the Institutional Group. His team worked side by side with portfolio managers, client investment officers, consultant callers, retirement solutions and other investment specialists to create and implement customized investment strategies for clients.
Actively involved in volunteerism, Don has served as Treasurer of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has held a number of board positions with Congregation Hakafa.
Peter Michaels has spent his entire professional career as a Financial Adviser, working with individuals, companies, pension plans, endowments and foundations to help achieve their goals for their investment programs. Peter obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
It is his passion for working with clients and helping them achieve their objectives that attracted him to volunteering for Impact. The agency’s ability to provided tangible, measurable services, such as affordable housing, clinical services and employment education, to those with chronic mental illness, is very meaningful to Peter. He has volunteered with the organization for over 15 years, and during that time he has assisted Impact in bringing additional housing units to the agency and maintaining its financial stability during challenging budgetary times.
Carol Henes joined the Impact Board in August of 2016, although she first learned about the organization during its early years. Carol has lived in Evanston since 1981 and has served on several not-for-profit organizations including the Evanston Mental Health Board, the Evanston Community Foundation, and the United Way. She strives for creativity, simplicity, and really good communication when addressing problems and needs. Carol has been an administrator at Northwestern University for close to 20 years. Before transitioning to higher education, she worked in the health care field. She has an undergraduate degree in music and a master’s degree in public health.
Renee Lanam is a senior executive with over 20 years experience in the areas of finance and legal. Former CFO and General Counsel for Equinix, Inc., a multi-national company that designs, builds and operates Internet data centers and former attorney at Gunderson, Dettmer, a business law firm for entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies and venture capitalists.
Renee chose to be on Impact’s board because she believes that those in need must be part of our communities and provided with the services they need to succeed. Impact’s model of scattered sites in our community and wrap around clinical and job placement support is successfully executed by a passionate team of professionals.
Dr. Anne Chodzko has been a licensed clinical psychologist for the past 24 years and spent the early years of her career as the Clinical Coordinator for Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Housing Program, a housing and clinical stabilization program for homeless individuals whose life trajectories had been altered by serious and persistent mental illnesses. Dr. Chodzko spent the next 17 years providing clinical treatment in a 400 bed psychiatric residential facility in the Edgewater/Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Dr. Chodzko has been referring clients to Impact Behavioral Health Partners for over 20 years. As her professional career has moved more towards private practice, joining Impact’s Board of Directors in July of 2017 enables her to remain actively engaged in her passion of improving the lives of those directly affected by serious mental illnesses.
Dan smith is a Level II Bank Manager and Mortgage Professional at TCF Bank.
His interest in Impact began thanks to its talented and enthusiastic staff and board. He has great confidence in the Impact team to deliver services and care to our community. Seeing the lives affected by this good work keeps his passion and engagement strong in the organization.
Known both as a tenacious advocate and a consummate team player, Jeanne Tromp has spent the majority of her career as a corporate attorney, in both law firm and in-house corporate settings. Jeanne currently serves as the Professional Practice Manager for Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, LLP, a law firm that has a heightened focus on maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. Jeanne spent the early part of her career in finance with Accenture.
Erika is a senior marketing professional at Walgreen Co., leading digital strategy for health and pharmacy marketing campaigns.
Her interest in Impact stemmed from her former career as a Clinical Social Worker when she provided clinical and crisis services for adults with mental illness. She witnessed the challenges that people with mental illness encounter when they don’t have stable housing or clinical support. As a member of the board, she hopes to help improve the lives of participants in the program and to expand the services to more individuals and communities.
Molly joined the Impact Board in November 2020. She is an experienced development professional and has held positions in higher education and healthcare systems for the last 15 years. Molly has significant experience in individual giving and working with major gift donors as well as corporate and foundation giving.
Molly is currently a Director of Philanthropy at NorthShore University HealthSystem working across many clinical areas to raise significant support for research, education and care for the medically underserved. She grew up in Evanston and is looking forward to helping the team at Impact advocate and provide services for people with mental illnesses.
Pedro joined the Impact board in June 2021. He was born and raised in Chicago, growing up in the Logan Square neighborhood and proudly attending Chicago Public Schools. He is a graduate of Roosevelt University with a double major in Psychology and Mathematics.
For the past 11 years, Pedro has worked for the non-profit Ravinia Festival in various roles in public relations, social media, marketing and client services, and more recently in data analytics and research efforts. Currently, Pedro helps lead digital marketing strategy, and is the program manager for Ravinia’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.
Outside of work, Pedro is a self-described tech junkie who enjoys building custom PCs, experimenting in crypto currency mining, and coding challenges.
Catherine joined the Board at Impact in September 2021. Catherine is an attorney and spent several years serving as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County, including many years in the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Division. During her time as a prosecutor, Catherine routinely encountered individuals suffering from the devastating and cyclical effects of mental illness, housing insecurity, and unemployment. The absence of adequate support for the mentally ill and their families within the criminal justice system and elsewhere motivated Catherine to join the Board to help advance Impact’s mission.
Catherine currently works for Rush University System for Health furthering the institution’s efforts toward policy and equity compliance for its employees and patients. Catherine grew up in Evanston and is grateful for the opportunity to give back to a community that gave her so much.