Columbia College Chicago

Members of the Board of Trustees

Andrew Alexander, The Second City

Andrew Alexander is the chief executive officer/owner of The Second City Inc. Alexander spent most of his childhood in Brampton, Ontario after emigrating from London, England. He spent a year at Tri-State College in Indiana and completed his formal education at Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto, Ontario.

His introduction to show business came in 1971 when he was head of marketing for the John Lennon Peace Festival in Toronto. In 1971, he co-produced the iconic Canadian revue Spring Thaw. In 1973, he became the owner/­­producer of The Second City in Toronto. His first television project was the multiple Emmy award winning comedy series SCTV.

Alexander has developed and produced television programming for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX Television, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, A&E, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

In 1985, its founder and owner, Bernard Sahlins, offered Mr. Alexander the opportunity to purchase The Second City Chicago.  Alexander and his business partner Leonard Stuart became the sole owners. Since then, Alexander has led and expanded The Second City into a thriving 43 million dollar year business, encompassing the largest Training Center for Improvisation in the world and a highly active film and television division in both Canada and the US.

Andrew Alexander has received numerous including the Canadian Comedy Awards "Chairman Award", Gilda's Club Magic Award, The League of Chicago Theaters 2009 Artistic Leadership Award, and named Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Alexander has accepted on behalf of The Second City the Lifetime Achievement Award from Just For Laughs, The Spirit of Innovation Award, The NAB Spirit of Broadcasting Award 2012, and the Big Shoulders Award 2012 from the Chicago Film Critics.

Since acquiring The Second City in 1985, the company under Alexander's leadership has collected 152 Jeff Award Nominations and 30 Jeff Award wins. Mr Alexander was a founding shareholder of the Pay Television service Super Channel and also served on the Board of Directors. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the League of Chicago Theaters, Canada's Walk of Fame, and Gilda's Club Toronto and Chicago. He lives in Chicago with his wife Diane.

Lerone Bennett Jr, Emeritus

Lerone Bennett Jr. (Lifetime Trustee) has received numerous awards including the Salute to Greatness award of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has an A.B. from Morehouse College and is the recipient of honorary doctorates from 14 colleges and universities.

He is the author of ten books, including an award-winning biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America. His poetry and short stories have appeared in many books and periodicals, and his work has been translated into French, German, Japanese, Swedish, Russian, and Arabic.

In 1974 he was a delegate to the sixth Pan-African Congress in Tanzania, Africa, and in 1977, he was a delegate to the second World Festival of Black and African Art in Nigeria. He lectures on Black history and American culture at colleges and universities and was a visiting professor of history at Northwestern University. Mr. Bennett was recently named to the President's Committee on Arts and the Humanities.

He is a trustee of Morehouse College and has served as an advisor to several national organizations and commissions, including the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders.

He is married, has four children, and resides in Chicago.

Helena Chapellin Wilson, Emeritus

Helena Chapellin Wilson is a designer and fine art photographer. She received her baccalaureate degree with a major in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 1976, after having completed her architectural studies in Caracas, Venezuela and studies in art history in Italy.

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, she came to the United States in 1971. In her native Caracas, she designed many noted corporate headquarters and private residences, and was chief interior architect and designer for the massive renovation of the presidential palace, La Casona, the presidential yacht and summer residence. In Chicago, she is credited with the massive project to rehabilitate and redesign more than 100 public schools during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Her fine art photography is included in important private collections, and in the public collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, International Center of Photography, the Illinois State Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, LaSalle National Bank, the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Caracas, and the New Orleans Museum of Art, among others. One-woman exhibitions of her work were held at the Galeria de Arte Nacional (The National Gallery of Art) in Caracas (1990), The Art Center in Hargate at the St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire (1993), the Rachel Adler Gallery in New York (1994), reviewed in Art in America, (August 1994), and the group shows Illinois Photographers in the 90s: The Midwest Photographers Project (1996), Portraits: An Examination of Identity (1996), both at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and American Photographers - Recent Acquisitions at The Art Institute of Chicago (1993). She is listed in Who's Who in American Art.

Until 1995, she served on the exhibition panel for Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs. Currently she serves on the acquisition committee of The Museum of Contemporary Photography and until 2011 on the Committee on Photography at The Art Institute of Chicago. She has been active in Columbia College Chicago's alumni affairs for over 40 years.

She lives in the South Loop. Her husband, Clarence, was an attorney who concentrated his practice in intellectual property, commercial, and international law, and was a United States diplomat in Caracas when they met in 1969. He is now retired due to a serious brain illness.

Lester Coney, Mesirow Financial

Lester Coney joined Mesirow Financial in 2006 as Executive Vice President in the Office of the Chairman. He is responsible for originating and nurturing new business opportunities as well as expanding and maintaining client relationships across all lines of business including investment management, investment services, insurance, investment banking, consulting and real estate.

At Mesirow Financial, Mr. Coney also makes it his unofficial business to make diversity a priority by identifying potential employee talent. Furthermore, he keeps the company connected to ethnic, minority, and community organizations by providing corporate support for key initiatives and events.

Prior to joining Mesirow Financial, he spent nine years at Aon Corporation. Earlier, Les spent 15 years at United Healthcare and Traveler's Insurance where he was director of key accounts and national sales director, respectively.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Coney holds a Bachelor's degree from George Williams University. Taught to appreciate culture while growing up, Mr. Coney developed a fondness for the arts, specifically live theater and museums. That background has manifested itself into his numerous seats on Boards of charitable and civic organizations. He is president of the DuSable Museum of African American History. He is also the founding chairman of the Congo Square Theatre's board. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for Chicago United and as trustee for The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Roosevelt University, Lincoln University, the Kohl's Children's Museum and the Athletes Against Drugs organization.

Mr. Coney's countless honors include the 2007 Executive Leader Award from AFP Chicago, the 2007 King Legacy Award from the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, Leadership in the Arts Award from the Arts & Business Council of Chicago in 2006, the Community Service Award by the 100 Black Men in 2005 and Crain's Chicago Business' Top 50 Minorities in Business in 2004. Chicago United's 2003 Business Leaders of Color recognized Mr. Coney as one of Chicago's top minority executives. In 2000 he was a delegate for the Governor of Illinois Trade Mission to South Africa. Other honors include recognition from N'Digo N'Fluentials and the Keeper of the Dream Award in 2001. In 2002 he was recognized with the Human Resources Development Institute's Seeds of Africa Award and the same year was chosen as Chicago United's first ever Member of the Month. Mr. Coney resides in Chicago's West Loop and he is the father of two children, Chanel and Javon.

Sharon Reese Dalenberg, CTL Global Inc.

From her start as a newspaper delivery girl with a paper route, to launching a courier business in downtown Chicago, Sharon has grown her business endeavors into CTL Global, Inc., a leading logistics, transportation and technology solutions provider. As President, CEO and Owner of CTL Global, she lends more than 35 years of expertise and leadership to the day-to-day operations of the business. Her extensive management credentials are corroborated by her spirited entrepreneurial ventures, and she currently chairs a group of corporations led by CTL Global.

Sharon is a member of key industry and professional associations including the American Bar Association and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. She is also active in logistics and transportation industry associations, including the Messenger Courier Association of America, Express Carriers Association, National Association for Retail Marketing Services, and the Brand Activation Association (formerly Promotional Marketing Association). She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for TCF Bank, Standard Federal Bank for Savings, D & N Bank of Michigan, and Chairman of the Board for Northern Illinois Business Association, Red Crown Marketing Company (formerly a division of Amoco). She currently sits on the Board of Republic Bank, and About, Inc., and is a trustee of Elmhurst College, and Columbia College.

Sharon is extremely active in the business community. She has published articles on management, employment law and sexual harassment, and performs executive coaching to top teams of major corporations, specializing in business development, liability strategies, and mentoring programs. Her client list included: Amoco, BP, Masterlock, ACCO World, American Library Association, Fairmont Hotel Corporation, Motorola, Liberty Bank, TCF, and numerous other companies.

Sharon received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University and her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University.

Steve Devick

Steve Devick, has founded/co-founded a series of successful public and private companies, including Platinum Entertainment (NASDAQ: PTET), which was the world’s largest publicly traded independent music company, Blue Rhino (NASDAQ: RINO), the first and largest propane cylinder exchange company and Platinum technology (NASDAQ: PLAT), a software company with annual revenue of almost $1 billion.

In 1999 Platinum technology was sold for more than $3.6 billion; more than any software company had sold for before PLAT’s sale. Blue Rhino was sold for almost $400 million.  Prior to its sale to Ferrell Gas, Blue Rhino had more locations than McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s combined and in 2002 was among the 15 best performing stocks of the year according to the Wall Street Journal., After leaving Platinum Entertainment, Steve founded a high definition entertainment company, Concert Hot Spot, which in 2011, received a Gold Record for the sales of the video soundtrack of the Twilight movies saga and was listed in Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing media company in Illinois for the years 2006-2011.

As a noted industry resource, Steve has made numerous appearances on national broadcasts of CNN, Fox News and CNBC, including Market Watch with Maria BartiromoPower Lunch and Squawk Box, Fox Business Report, CNN Financial News, Your World with Neil Cavuto and many other TV and radio broadcasts. 

Additionally, he has been a keynote speaker at The Entrepreneurship Conference and many other conferences. Steve has been recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the Forty Under Forty business leaders; a regional finalist in Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch’s Entrepreneur of the Year; New City’s Most Influential People Top 20; and Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).  

Steve Devick also co-authored the King-Devick Test, (K-D Test) which initially studied the relationship between eye movements and reading fluency.  The King -Devick Test has been utilized worldwide in measuring saccadic eye movements.  The test is defined in most medical dictionaries; including Dorland’s and Mosby’s Medical Dictionaries and papers regarding the test have been published in 19 different countries.

Since 2012 the King-Devick Test has been the subject of at least 30 peer reviewed elite neurological journals as a rapid and accurate sideline screening test for concussions.  In addition, other peer reviewed published studies have shown the K-D Test to be a quality of life indicator in multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease and a measure of functionality in hypoxia and extreme sleep deprivation.

Steve received the Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award from the United States Sports Academy for outstanding sports related medical research in 2011 and that same year received an international patent for his co-development of a triangulation sensor system (Focus Brite), for focus specific  lighted magnifiers. 

In 2012 Head Games, a feature film, produced by Steve’s film company was released in North America.  Steve was the Executive Producer of the film, which was directed by Academy Award honored Steve James whose previous releases included Hoop Dreams, and The Interrupters.  Head Games, which addresses the seriousness of concussions in sports, won many industry awards including the Best Documentary at the 2012 Boston Film FestivalBest Sports Movie of 2012 by Sports Illustrated, and Best Sports Documentary of 2012 by movies.com.  The international version of the film, Head Games-The International Concussion Crisis will be released in the first quarter of 2014.

Steve completed his BS and OD degrees at Western Illinois University and the Illinois College of Optometry.

Susan V Downing

Susan V. Downing is a lifelong activist and philanthropist promoting culture and the arts in Chicago. She has been responsible for coordinating and developing numerous successful fund raising events around the city.

Downing was a former president of the Women's Board of the Alder Planetarium. She is a member of the Board of Gold Coast Neighbors and the Sarah Siddons Society.

She is also engaged with the Junior League of Chicago.

Sincere devotion to Columbia College is aligned with her son, Benjamin ('99), a Columbia College alumnus. Since her son's graduation, Susan has been a continuous donor to the President's Club.

In 2005 Ms. Downing was appointed to co-chair the Parent's Fund and to serve on the Institutional Advancement and Education Committees. She was also successful in securing a scholarship for theater students at Columbia College from the Sarah Siddons Society.

Ms. Downing has three grown sons and resides in Chicago.

Jeremy Daniel Efroymson

Jeremy is an artist, philanthropist, arts activist and advocate for small grassroots organizations.  As Vice Chair of the Efroymson Family Fund, Jeremy has been instrumental in advising and supporting organizations that contribute to the arts, cultural, vibrancy and enrichment of the city of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana and beyond. 

He is particularly passionate about supporting creative ideas, innovation and artistic talent. This passion is evidenced by his historical commitment as founder of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) and the vision behind the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowships, an annual awards program where he provides (5) $25,000 to contemporary visual artists in the Midwest.

Jeremy is very engaged as a volunteer and his interests range from urban farming, the environment, and historic preservation to international sustainability projects, recycling, and cryptozoology.

He is the president of the Indianapolis Progressive Rotary Club and serves as a board member or in an advisory capacity to the Big Car Artist Cooperative, the School of Physical Education and Tourism, Convention, and Event Management at IUPUI, the Immigrant Welcome Center, and Historic New Harmony. He currently serves as President of the Board of the Namaste Center in La Porte Indiana, an alternative medicine center. 

Jeremy has a degree in film and video from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from Indiana University- Bloomington,  an M.B.A. from Butler University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia College in Chicago.  Jeremy lives in Indianapolis and has three daughters- Rachel, Emily, and Sabrina. 

Georgia Fogelson

Georgia Fogelson is a lifelong learner who grew up in a small mill-town in western Pennsylvania. After attending the University of Pittsburgh, Georgia moved to Chicago to become a wife and mother. Propelled by her curiosity about people and ideas, she embarked on a career that would span more than 20 years in qualitative marketing research conducting focus group discussions and depth interviews. Fogelson became the first woman vice president of Market Facts, then a leading market research firm.

In 1975, she founded Georgia Bender Research (GBR), a qualitative marketing research firm serving national and international clients, including Brown and Williamson, Carnation Company, International Harvester, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Sears and many others. GBR achieved strong recognition for its in-depth analysis on strategic decisions in product development, advertising direction, market positioning and branding.

When Georgia remarried, she slowly withdrew from her business to spend time knitting together a family of one teenager and two young adults. She returned to school, first at the Basic Program at the University of Chicago, then as a full-time student at DePaul University graduating with a degree in psychology.

Fogelson’s interests in the arts led her to assume the chair of Remains Theatre in Chicago. Her interest in art found full flower in California, where she and her husband reside about half the year. She joined the board of the Palm Springs Art Museum serving as the first trustee to become a museum docent. Fogelson currently chairs the museum’s education committee and participates on the executive committee, the development committee, the finance committee, the Contemporary Art Council and the Museum Associates Council.

The arts and arts education is central to Fogelson’s life. In addition to her work at the Palm Springs Art Museum, she also serves on the board of Young Women’s Leadership Charter School. In 2003, the Fogelson family launched the Fogelson Foundation, a privately funded foundation. As a director, Georgia takes an active role with many of the organizations supported by the foundation even as she monitors all of the foundation’s activities in Chicago, California and countrywide.

Georgia’s connection with Columbia College is two-fold: the Fogelsons’ son spent formative time at Columbia as a photography student; and friendship with Warrick and Laurel Carter has impressed her with the astonishing growth and development of the college.

John Gehron

John Gehron is currently a broadcast consultant, and COO of AccuRadio.com, an internet radio company based in Chicago.

Prior to consulting, Gehron was General Manager of Harpo Radio which developed "Oprah and Friends" a channel on XM satellite radio. His other experience includes Regional VP and Market Manager for Clear Channel Chicago's 7 radio stations(WGCI-FM, WVAZ-FM, WLIT-FM, WNUA-FM, WKSC-FM, WGRB-AM and WRLL-AM), as well as the Clear Channel stations in the Milwaukee, Madison and Eau Claire, Wisconsin markets. Gehron was the senior vice president of programming for CBS/Infinity Broadcasting, and before that served as Co- Chief Operating Officer at American Radio Systems. In 2001, Gehron was honored at the Radio and Records Annual Convention as the Group Executive of the Year.

Gehron began his broadcast career in 1970 as program director at CBS's WCAU-FM (now WOGL-FM) in Philadelphia. His Chicago background stretches back to 1974 when he was the program director and general manager at WLS-AM. Gehron created the national standard for the "smooth jazz" format and became a major factor in the nation's third largest radio market.

Devin A Gross, Emmi Solutions

Devin Gross is the Chief Executive Office and Board Member of Emmi Solutions, a healthcare technology company based in Chicago.  Prior to joining Emmi Solutions in 2003, Devin was the Director of Health Plan Practice at First Consulting Group. Additionally, he has worked as a Hospital Administrator at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Devin holds a Bachelor's degree from Lehigh University and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Temple University. 

Devin is active in the Louis Nettelhorst School, a CPS Magnet School and one first CPS Community Schools.  He also serves on the board of the Camp Shohola Scholarship Fund.

He lives in the Andersonville Neighborhood of Chicago with his wife Rachel and three sons.

Joan Hammel, President of Chicago Alumni Association

Joan Hammel is a professional entertainer performing live as well as appearing in commercials, on television, in films, and on radio.

Joan has been nominated five times for Entertainer of the Year by the Chicago Music Awards. She is a multi year winner of the ASCAPLUS Writer’s Award and the YMCA of Lake County Women of Achievement Award winner in the Arts category. The Robert M. MacNamara Foundation awarded her one of its residencies, the only one ever awarded to a singer/songwriter.

Her CD entitled joanland was on the Grammy Award Nominations Ballot and Joan was also the vocalist on the recording of Oh Lady Di for the late Princess of Wales benefiting her Foundation and charities. The song America, recorded after 9-11, is a part of New York's National 911 Memorial Artist Registry and was chosen for the first Flight 93 National Memorial website in California. The song also led to Joan being chosen by Washington for a nine-day USO tour to entertain the troops including New Year’s Eve. Other performance highlights include the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and working all around the globe in places like the Caribbean and Las Vegas. She has shared billing with entertainers like Buddy Rich, Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, the Chi-Lites, the Cryan’ Shames, Shirley King, Johnny Frigo, Frank Mantooth, Rare Earth, James Moody and the Second City Comedy Troupe. She has sung at Holy Name Cathedral many times and performed a concert as a part of acclaimed cellist Yo Yo Ma’s yearlong Silk Road project in Chicago.

The film Last Day in Chicago, in which she had a starring role, won its division of the Chicago International Film Festival. It’s Fun to be Fit!, a television program she worked on at CBS-TV Chicago, won an Emmy for Best Children’s Program.

She hosted and produced The Midday Show at ABC Radio affiliate WKRS, winning the Lake Country Women’s Coalition’s Woman in Communications Award and the Illinois’ Public Health Association Media Award. She also hosted a show for Wauk Town Radio averaging over a million hits per month. She has done shows with James Brown, Steve Allen, Richard Marx, Alan Thicke, Bart Starr, Jim Otto, Astronaut Jim Lovell, chef Jacques Pepin, Elektra Records founder Jack Holzman, Jennifer O’Neil, Livingston Taylor, Robert Guillaume, Oak Ridge Boy Joe Bonsall, Statler Brothers’ Don Reid, Dick Van Patten, Janis Joplin guitarist Sam Andrew, and Hemingway’s travel companion, A.E. Hotchner, among others.

She served on the Board of Governors in Chicago for the GRAMMY Awards for about a dozen years, and was a part of the first female President/Vice President team in Academy history. She served for over ten years as Trustee and then President for Lake County Discovery Museum Board. She is the current President of the Columbia College Alumni Association.

John McClain Holmes, AAR Corp

John Holmes is the Group Vice President, Aviation Supply Chain with AAR Corp, a publicly held commercial and defense services company. Mr. Holmes leads the company’s supply chain group of businesses which offers inventory and repair management to commercial and defense customers through its offices and facilities in over 20 countries.

Prior to joining AAR, Mr. Holmes worked in the Corporate Finance Group of William Blair and Company. Following William Blair he joined Bank of America Capital Investors. Mr. Holmes joined AAR in 2001 as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions. He became General Manager of AAR Allen Aircraft in 2003 and took on increasing levels of responsibility for other commercial businesses over the next several years. In 2012, Mr. Holmes assumed additional responsibility for the Company’s Defense Systems and Logistics business and was appointed Group Vice President, Aviation Supply Chain. He was also elected as an Executive Officer by the Board of Directors.

Mr. Holmes grew up primarily in Georgia and Connecticut. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He serves on the Board of Directors for Alliance Francaise, the National Board of the Commanderie de Bordeaux and is also a member of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, the Wings Club, the Executives Club of Chicago, and was recently named by Aviation Week Magazine as one of the 40 Under Forty Rising Stars of Aeronautics and Aviation. He is an active supporter of the Anti-Cruelty Society and World Wildlife Fund. John lives in Chicago with his wife, Jenni, and their son, George. 

Chester T Kamin

Chester T. Kamin is counsel at the Chicago-based law firm of Jenner & Block LLP, where for forty-five years he had a business trial practice. He acted as lead counsel in many significant trials and appeals, including the landmark antitrust case of MCI Communications Corp. v. American Telephone & Telegraph Company, which resulted in a substantial jury verdict and led to the break-up of AT&T.

Kamin has been active in public service, serving as Special Counsel to the Governor of Illinois and Commissioner of the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. He has held leadership positions in bar associations at the national, state and local levels and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Law School in the fields of antitrust and telecommunications and as a member of the Law School’s Visiting Committee. He has written numerous articles and lectured in a variety of continuing legal educational programs.

Kamin currently serves on the Lyric Opera Guild Board and the board of Lyric's Ryan Opera Center. He was board chair of Sherwood Conservatory of Music before its merger into Columbia College Chicago.

His cultural and avocational interests include music, drama and the visual arts, figure skating, Pilates, and hiking.

Kamin holds an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a contributor to the Law Review. He is married to Nancy Schaefer, also a lawyer. The couple reside in the South Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago and have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Pamela Kendall-Rijos, Goldman Sachs and Co

Pamela Kendall-Rijos is a Vice-President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. During her twenty-year professional career, she has been an investment advisor to many of the Forbes 400 families. At Goldman Sachs, Pamela and her team are distinguished as one of the largest wealth management teams worldwide with more than $9 billion of assets under management. Pamela was recently recognized for her success and was named a member of the Goldman Sachs Leadership Council for Private Wealth Management. Ms. Kendall-Rijos holds a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, she holds Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Southern Methodist University. Professionally, Pamela has earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst with the Association of Investment Management and Research. She is an active member of the Chicago Society of Investment Analysts.

Pamela has served as a Board Member for the 100 Club of Chicago, a non-profit organization that responds immediately with financial support to families of fallen police officers, paramedics and firefighters located in Cook County, Illinois. Additionally, through Goldman Sachs Community Team Works efforts, Pamela has championed many local volunteer projects for variety of public charities including: Habitat for Humanity, Food Bank, YMCA, as well as, numerous volunteer teaching efforts throughout the inner city campuses.

Ms. Kendall-Rijos has a growing personal interest in music and theatre and is an avid patron. She is a member of the Ravinia Festival and the Van Wezel Performing Art Center in Highland Park, IL and Sarasota, FL, respectively.

She resides with her husband, John, her daughter and step-sons in Highland Park, Illinois.

Kwang-Wu Kim, DMA, Columbia College Chicago

Kwang-Wu Kim, D.M.A., is president and chief executive officer of Columbia College Chicago. He is the 10th president in the 123-year history of Columbia College. Appointed by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Selection Advisory Panel, President Kim has served in this role since July 1st, 2013.

A native Chicagoan, President Kim is an outspoken advocate for the arts and a proponent of expanding the role of creative practice in society and he is deeply committed to preparing students to be creative agents in society.

With more than 30 years of experience in performance, teaching and administration, President Kim was most recently dean and director of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, which comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Dance; Design; Music; and Theatre and Film, as well as the ASU Art Museum. As dean and director, he led a faculty and staff of 500, serving over 5,000 students, and held a tenured professorship in the School of Music. While at Arizona State University, he led the development and creation of a new cross disciplinary B.A. in Digital Culture also securing $20 Million in private support to fund the initiative.

Prior to his work at Arizona State University, President Kim served as president of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as artistic and administrative director of El Paso Pro-Musica and co-founder of the El Paso Chamber Music Festival in El Paso, Texas. In addition to his professorship at Arizona State University, President Kim has held teaching positions at the Longy School of Music, the University of Texas at El Paso, the Peabody Institute, and Dickinson College.

Dr. Kim has been a guest speaker at Boston University and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and has served as guest faculty member at the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford University, the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has presented as an invited panelist for the National Association of Schools of Music, as well as serving as a juror at the New England Conservatory, the Boston Conservatory, and the Boston Arts Academy.  

President Kim holds a doctorate of musical arts and an artist diploma from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with legendary pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher and served as Fleisher’s teaching associate. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy, magna cum laude, from Yale University.

As a pianist, President Kim made his solo debuts at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Washington D.C.’s Phillips Collection, his orchestral debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Lukas Foss, and was presented at the Marlboro Festival by then artistic director, Rudolf Serkin.

In addition to his presidential role, Dr. Kim serves as a faculty member in the Columbia College Chicago Department of Music.

Richard P Kiphart, William Blair and Company

Richard P. Kiphart is head of William Blair & Company’s Private Client Advisors, and a member of the firm’s executive committee, joined the firm in 1969. Kiphart became part of Corporate Finance in 1980 and was head of the business from 1995-2009. Prior to 1980, Kiphart was head of equity trading for eight years after his initial role in institutional sales.

A junior officer in the U.S. Navy, Kiphart received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1963 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1965. Kiphart is chairman of Nature Vision, Ranir, and Lime Energy.

He is also president of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and chairman of Erikson Institute, and serves on the board of Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Bill Kurtis, Honorary, Kurtis Productions, Ltd

Bill Kurtis has spent the last thirty-five years creating a body of work that is virtually unparalleled in the field of broadcasting, as an acclaimed documentary host and producer, network and major market new anchor and multimedia production company president.

Born in Florida and raised in Independence, Kansas, Mr. Kurtis graduated from The University of Kansas with a B.S. in Journalism. He attended Washburn University School of Law where he was awarded a Juris Doctor.

Mr. Kurtis began his television career at WIBW-TV (CBS) in Topeka, Kansas. In 1966, after being recognized for his 24-hour coverage of a devastating tornado, Mr. Kurtis was hired by WBBM-TV in Chicago where he was a field reporter and later anchor of The Channel Two News. Mr. Kurtis moved on to the network level at CBS where he anchored the CBSMorning News and contributed to CBS Reports. During his career as a network newsman, Mr. Kurtis covered such notable stories as the Richard Speck murders and the Charles Manson trial. He is also credited with breaking the Agent Orange story, and the story of Amerasian Children in Vietnam.

Returning to Chicago and WBBM-TV as news anchor in 1985, Mr. Kurtis began his career as a documentarian, traveling to the far ends of the earth for the Peabody Award-winning series The New Explorers, which aired on PBS. In 1990, he founded Kurtis Productions and began producing programs for the A&E Network, including the long-running, award-winning Investigative ReportsInvestigating HistoryAmerican Justice, and Cold Case FilesCold Case Files was nominated for a 2005 National Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. Mr. Kurtis also provides satirical narration for the feature film comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, starring Will Ferrell and has provided spoken word elements to the recent Dandy Warhol's album Odditorium or Warlords of Mars.

The Death Penalty On Trial: Crisis In American Justice (Public Affairs) is Bill Kurtis' new book exploring issues surrounding capital punishment in America. By profiling two murder cases, Mr. Kurtis reveals his change of mind regarding capital punishment.

In his home state of Kansas, Mr. Kurtis is a rancher, radio station owner, art gallery owner, small businessman, supporter of small town America and an active conservationist. His 10,000-acre Red Buffalo Ranch is a working cattle ranch, raising and marketing organic grass-fed beef. The ranch is located in the last section of North America to enjoy untouched tall grass prairie, a personal point of pride for Mr. Kurtis.

The Red Buffalo borders the small town of Sedan, Kansas, where Bill has worked closely with residents to renovate and restore the historic and charming Main Street. Nearby, in his hometown of Independence, Bill and local investors own KIND Radio, the station that gave Bill his first broadcasting job.

Mr. Kurtis is the recipient of numerous humanitarian, journalism, and broadcasting awards including Emmys, CableACE Awards, and the Thurgood Marshall Award for his Investigative Reports installment on the death penalty. He is a published author and a member of the board of directors of several distinguished organizations including The Nature Conservancy, The National Park Foundation, and The Field Museum of Chicago.

Averill Leviton, Liaison to Counsular Corps for the Office of Secretary of State

Averill Leviton joined Columbia's board in 1990 and currently serves as secretary of the Board.

Ms. Leviton is currently on the Board of Directors for the following organizations: Hostels International Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Illinois Arts Council (Governor's Appointment), the Auxiliary Board of the Chicago Architectural Foundation, and Instituto Cervantes. In addition, she is a member of Sister Cities Paris, the Governor's Council on Literacy, the Auxiliary Board of the Chicago Academy of the Arts, the Film Center of the Art Institute of Chicago (Events Chairman), Hubbard Street Dance Company, and the President's Council Advisory Board of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Her past board associations include the Chicago Atheneum Architectural Museum, Performing Arts Chicago, The Kinsey Institute, The Chicago Access Corporation, Concertante di Chicago, Facets Multi-Media, the Art Advisory Committee of the Capital Development Board of the State of Illinois, Steppenwolf Theatre, North Light Theatre Company, and Victory Gardens Theatre. She is also associated with Lyric Opera of Chicago (Guarantor), Metropolitan Opera Guild (Patron), the Art Institute of Chicago (Sustaining Fellow), the International Womens' Association, and the Executive Club of Chicago.

Ms. Leviton is liaison to Consular Corps for the Office of Secretary of State, and is chairman of the advisory board of the Consuls General for that state office.

She is married to Bernard and resides in Chicago.

Fred C Lowinger, Sidley Austin LLP

Frederick C. Lowinger is Senior Counsel in the Chicago office of the global law firm of Sidley Austin LLP. He previously served as co-head of the firm’s M&A practice area, head of the Chicago office’s Corporate Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  His practice focuses principally on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. 

Mr. Lowinger received a JD in 1980 from The University of Chicago Law School (cum laude) and a BS and MS in 1977 from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School).  He served as a clerk for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the US Supreme Court and as a clerk on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.  Mr. Lowinger is a certified public accountant.

Mr. Lowinger is a member of the ABA Corporate Laws Committee, the Planning Committee of the Tulane Corporate Law Institute, and the Executive Committee of Northwestern University’s Garrett Corporate and Securities Law Institute. Mr. Lowinger is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Foundation.

Mr. Lowinger is married to Teri Lowinger, has three children (Lauren, Danny and Stephen) and lives in Winnetka, Illinois.

Howard Mendelsohn, Howard Mendelsohn and Company

Howard Mendelsohn is president of Howard Mendelsohn & Company, a Chicago public relations consulting firm. After attending the University of Illinois where he studied business administration, he graduated from Columbia College with a bachelor's degree in speech.

He began his career as an announcer and disc jockey for KAAA, a radio station in Red Wing, Minnesota. He then became the play-by-play announcer for radio, television, and public address for National Roller Derby, also serving as publicist and moving from various major cities to New York City. There he announced three games a week on the ABC Television Network and acted as national publicity director for the Roller Derby. After returning to Chicago, he became an account executive at Herbert M. Kraus Public Relations and subsequently directed public relations for CBS, WBBM-TV, Channel 2, Chicago.

Mendelsohn started his company in 1957 and represented trade shows, retail stores, Entertainers, concerts, clubs, women's fashion designers, and the Chicago Bears for their advertising for 10 years. He was a Chicago publicist for numerous major companies including Seagram Distillers Company, Lawry's Foods, Hunt's Foods, Consolidated Cigar, Ford Motor Company, Universal Pictures, Merrill Chase Galleries, andHarper's Bazaar Magazine. He was the publicist for a variety of theatrical productions including Golden BoyHairYou're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!, and Stop the World. He was also the publicist for Melody Top Theatre for six years. Restaurant clients have included Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Ditka's, International House of Pancakes, That Steak Joynt, P.J. Clarke's, Gaslight Clubs, and Corona Cafe, among others.

He also handled public relations for entertainers including Lucille Ball, Tony Bennett, Jack Benny, Vic Damone, Sammy Davis, Jr., George Gobel, Marlene Dietrich, Phyllis Diller, Merv Griffin, Ted Lewis, Erroll Garner, and Fats Domino. His fundraising credits list the Variety Club of Illinois, Little City Foundation, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Mendelsohn was also producer/publicist of five Chicago Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethons and the first Chicago Variety Club Telethon.

As the co-founder of Chicago Communications Day, his yearly luncheon has raised funds for Columbia College students since 1975. As a member of the Publicity Club of Chicago for 24 years, he served as president, vice president, and member of the board of directors. He served a on the board and as vice president of the Variety Club of Illinois for 12 years, but was a member for twenty-two years.

Madeleine Moore Burrell

Madeleine Moore Burrell is the retired founder and head of Moore Creative, a New York marketing firm, which has launched identity campaigns for several major New York hospitals and has provided concepts and training tools to organizations including The Association of Junior Leagues International and the National Urban League. She founded the firm in 1985. In 2004, Moore Creative became part of Public New York, an agency that was formed by several longtime agency executives. Madeleine Moore Burrell was chairman of Public New York as of 2006. Madeleine Moore Burrell and Moore Creative have also been affiliated with the New York-based advertising firm Austin & Williams. Madeleine Moore married advertising icon Thomas Burrell in 2008 and they reside in Chicago.

Madeleine Moore Burrell is an expert in multi-cultural marketing. She headed the first African-American marketing firm awarded a post-apartheid contract with South Africa, launching the Sister City agreement between New York City and Johannesburg. Additional clients have included Beekman Hospital in New York, Anheuser Busch, and the Apollo Theater. For over a decade Madeleine Moore Burrell marketed the annual New Orleans Essence Music Festival, and the annually televised Essence Awards on FOX TV. She spearheaded the licensing of Essence Eyewear and Sun wear with national merchandising and advertising campaigns.

Madeleine Moore Burrell was trained as an industrial designer. Her first career ranged nearly ten years as an industrial designer with Henry Dreyfuss Associates and Goretz Industrial Design. She has designed products ranging from John Deere tractors and Datsun dashboards, to American Airlines interiors and the first snowmobile for AMF. She also designed the first plastic hanger in the U.S., pay phones for Bell Atlantic, industrial cameras for Polaroid and sewing machines for Singer. Madeleine Moore Burrell's experience also includes serving as managing editor of The Smithsonian Institute: American Visions Magazine, and Editor-in-Chief of New Dawn Magazine, the Sunday supplement to The Afro-American Newspaper.

Sylvia Neil, Northwestern University

Sylvia Neil is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. She founded and chairs the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and Law at Brandeis University and co-edits its book series (Brandeis University Press). Ms. Neil currently sits on the boards of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Vice Chair), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago (vice chair), Chicago High School for the Arts, and is president-elect of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Ms. Neil also serves on the Visiting Committee for the Humanities at the University of Chicago, the national advisory committees of Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Division, WomenOnCall and the national board of NARAL. In 2013 she received the Rabbi Robert J. Marx Social Justice Award from the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.

Ms. Neil began her career as a poverty law litigator at Legal Assistance Foundation. For many years she was the legal counsel and executive director of the American Jewish Congress for the Midwest region where she focused on developing programs to positively impact religious liberty, civil rights, women’s rights and peace in the Middle East. She litigated and appeared amicus curiae in numerous cases, authored legislative enactments and testified before several legislative bodies on these issues.  She was appointed to both the Illinois and Cook County Human Rights Commissions. Ms. Neil has been a consultant to not for profit organizations and civic institutions and created the prototype Jewish Women’s Foundation for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Ms. Neil was an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law for several years and has taught courses at several institutions on religious liberty, gender, jurisprudence and legal writing.  She also served as associate dean for external affairs and strategic planning at the University of Chicago Law School.

Sylvia Markowicz Neil has an AB with High Distinction from the University of Michigan, a JD cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law and recently completed an MA in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago. She was born in Toledo, Ohio and is married to Daniel Fischel. Together they have a wonderful blended family of five children, two daughters-in-law and three grandsons.

Samuel E Pfeffer

Samuel E. Pfeffer (Emeritus Trustee) has been a member of the Columbia College board since 1980 and serves on various committees of the college. He has retired as a senior partner with the law firm of Pfeffer, Becker & Creveny, Ltd. of Chicago.

Mr. Pfeffer now devotes most of his time to various charitable and eleemosynary groups. He is married to Paula, a professor of history at Loyola University in Chicago. They have three daughters and eight grandchildren. He and his wife reside in Wilmette.

Arlen Rubin

Arlen Rubin is the Chief Financial Officer of Live Marketing, Inc., a full service Trade Show and Events Marketing agency, founded by his wife Elaine Cohen Rubin in 1973.

Mr. Rubin graduated from the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana with a B.S. in Accountancy and became a C.P.A. in 1967. Prior to graduating from the Champaign campus, he spent 3 years at the Navy Pier campus (which at the time offered no degrees).

Mr. Rubin started his career in 1966 as a staff accountant with Seidman & Seidman (now BDO Seidman) and in 1970 changed positions to the accounting firm Alexander Grant & Company (now Grant Thornton). He remained at Alexander Grant, where he was an audit manager until 1976. He did accounting consulting work for a short period while waiting to be approved by the SEC to begin a new career as an independent floor trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Mr. Rubin became a member of The Chicago Board of Trade in 1983 and remained there until 2002. From 1966 until 1972 Mr. Rubin served in U.S. Army Reserve and received an honorable discharge.

Mr. Rubin is currently a member of the Columbia College Chicago’s finance committee. From 1986 until 1997 he was a member of the board of the Institute for Clinical Social Work, a freestanding program offering a PH.D in Clinical Social Work. During his time there he worked with the board, students and faculty to successfully assist the institution in becoming accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Mr. Rubin and his wife Elaine have been married for 36 years. Elaine is a Northwestern University alumnus. He is a life long Chicagoan and they have been city dwellers for the past 22 years. They have no children.

Barry M Sabloff, Marquette National Corporation

Barry Sabloff is a retired banker who currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Marquette National Corporation and it subsidiary, Marquette Bank, in Chicago; as a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CoBank ACB in Denver; and, as a director of Calypso Technology, Inc. in San Francisco.

Mr. Sabloff began his career in banking at The First National Bank of Chicago after serving three years as an officer in the United States Navy. He continued with the bank through a number of mergers through which it became First Chicago NBD then Bank One and since his retirement has become part of JP Morgan Chase. When he retired he was Executive Vice President and Head of the International Group at Bank One where he was responsible for all of Bank One's non-U.S. customers, the international branch network, global foreign exchange, international treasury and trade finance products. During his 30 year career with First Chicago and Bank One, Mr. Sabloff held a number of other leadership roles heading groups such as Syndications and Private Placements; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Global Risk Management. For most of his career he worked in Chicago although he did live in London for four years when he was the area manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Mr. Sabloff was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sherwood Conservatory of Music and joined the board of Columbia College Chicago on the occasion of the merger of Sherwood into Columbia in 2007. Mr. Sabloff continues as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Sherwood Conservatory at Columbia College Chicago. Additionally he serves as a director of The American School in London Foundation and as a director of Marquette Bank Foundation. His past non-profit affiliations have included serving as a director or trustee of The Feltre School (Chicago), The Mid-America Committee for International Business, The American School in London Trust, Ltd., Inroads Inc., Inroads/Chicago, Inc., and the Illinois Cancer Center.

Mr. Sabloff grew up primarily in Delaware and Pennsylvania. He graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. He lives in Winnetka, Illinois with his wife, Anne.

Victor Skrebneski, Emeritus, Skrebneski, Inc

Victor Skrebneski (Trustee Emeritus) was born in Chicago of Russian and Polish parents. He began his early years as a photographer in New York and Europe and opened his Chicago studio in 1952.

He attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1943) and Moholy-Nagy's Institute of Design (1947-49). His publications include:Skrebneski (1969), Skrebneski Portraits (1978), Skrebneski: Five Beautiful Women (1987), Skrebneski: Blackwhite & Color (1989),Skerebneski: The Edge of Light (1991), Bravi, Lyric Opera of Chicago(1994), The Art of Haute Couture (1995), Women, Saks Fifth Avenue Couture Book (1996), Skrebneski: The First Fifty Years (1999),Steppenwolf's Skrebneski (2000), Moving Pictures (2005), andSkrebneski Seduced (2006).

His photographs are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Columbia College Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A major fifty-year retrospective, "Skrebneski: The First Fifty Years," was organized at The Museum of Contemporary Photography in 1999. Skrebneski is represented by Charles Cowles Gallery; New York, Couturier Gallery; Los Angeles, Galerie Vallois; Paris, and The Mayor Gallery, London.

Prior to joining the board, he was a longtime friend of the college. In 1995 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Columbia College Chicago and established a scholarship fund in his name: The Victor Skrebneski Scholarship Award. The fund is a full four-year scholarship available to incoming freshmen in the areas of photography, fashion design, or fashion/retail management.

Mr. Skrebneski resides in Chicago.

Sydney Smith Gordan, Emeritus

David S. Solomon, M.D. (Lifetime Trustee) has been a member of Columbia College Chicago's board since 1974. He is a member of the academic affairs and planning committees. He is a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst in private practice and received his M.D. from the University of Illinois. He is a past president of the Chicago Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and a faculty member at the Center for Psychoanalytic Study and Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He serves as a council member of the International Council for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.

Dr. Solomon is also a member of the faculty of the University of Illinois and has been widely published in medical and professional journals.

He is married to Dr. Brenda Solomon and resides in Glencoe. They have two sons: Joshua, who is professor of psychophysics of vision at City College in London, and Zachary, who is in psychiatric private practice in Highland Park, Illinois.

David S. Solomon, MD, Lifetime, Doctors Solomon, SC

David S. Solomon, M.D. (Lifetime Trustee) has been a member of Columbia College Chicago's board since 1974. He is a member of the academic affairs and planning committees. He is a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst in private practice and received his M.D. from the University of Illinois. He is a past president of the Chicago Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and a faculty member at the Center for Psychoanalytic Study and Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He serves as a council member of the International Council for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.

Dr. Solomon is also a member of the faculty of the University of Illinois and has been widely published in medical and professional journals.

He is married to Dr. Brenda Solomon and resides in Glencoe. They have two sons: Joshua, who is professor of psychophysics of vision at City College in London, and Zachary, who is in psychiatric private practice in Highland Park, Illinois.

Asha Spencer, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar and Scott LLP

Asha Spencer is an associate at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP. She is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where she was an active participant in the law school community. Asha served as an Academic Counselor, was a member of The Law Review, and provided legal representation to indigent criminal defendants through the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. During her time in law school Asha worked for the Department of Justice in Washington D.C., for Skadden Arps in New York, and for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria.

Prior to attending law school, Asha worked for the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. As a senior legislative and appropriations analyst she oversaw budgets totaling $8 billion and served as the chief staffer for four standing House committees. Asha also spent one year as a project manager for an HIV prevention initiative in Nairobi, Kenya.

Raised in Chicago, Asha attended both elementary and high school in the city, and has worked at a number of different community development organizations in Chicago, including the Organization of the Northeast (ONE), Woodlawn East Communities and Neighbors (WECAN), and the Institute of Cultural Affairs.

Asha earned her Bachelor of Arts with honors from Carleton College.

Arthur Sussman, MacArthur Foundation

Arthur M. Sussman is Vice President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In this senior management position, Sussman facilitates the work of the Foundation's Board of Directors, represents the Foundation in a range of settings and partnerships, and undertakes a changing array of special projects at the request of the President.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2001, Sussman had been the chief legal officer for the University of Chicago since 1979. In that position he managed the university's government relations program and advised the university president on issues of governance, organization, research, and technology transfer. Sussman was responsible for programs at the University of Chicago designed to improve the quality of student life as well as operations of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. He was responsible for development and administration of university policies regarding labor, personnel, and benefits, and for oversight of the Argonne National Laboratory, a federal energy research facility with 4000 employees.

Earlier in his career (1977-79) he was University Legal Counsel for Southern Illinois University, and for seven years (1970-77) was an associate and partner at the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block. During three years as a Captain in the U.S. Army, Sussman served as a special assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, where he was responsible for programs on race relations and social action.

Arthur Sussman is a member of the Board of Directors of Chapin Hall Center for Children, and Chair of the Illinois Humanities Council. He has written a number of articles and is a frequent speaker on topics relating to higher education. He earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Allen M Turner, The Pritzker Organization


Allen M. Turner

Allen M. Turner is immediate past chairman of the board of Columbia College Chicago's Board of Trustees. In 1965, he joined the family investment firm The Pritzker Organization where he is now a partner.

Turner's business affiliations include serving as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Hyatt International Corporation; Chairman of the Board of Chicago Mill & Lumber Company, Greenville, Mississippi; and Chairman of the Board of McCall's Magazine (1974-1986).

His interest in theatre began in the 1970s and led to his involvement with Victory Gardens Theatre where he served as its first board chair. Turner played a key role in guiding Victory Gardens Theatre to a position of financial stability. Subsequently, he joined the board of the Goodman Theater, serving as the board chair from 1982 to 1985.

Turner served as chairman of the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, 1991-1996. During that time he oversaw the construction of the current museum building and the completion of the Capital Campaign. In five years, the MCA grew from its storefront operation to a world-class institution.

Turner's other activities as an arts advocate include: Chairman of the Visiting Committee on Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. He also serves on the committee on Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago; founding trustee, Pritzker Architecture Prize; trustee, Market Theater Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa; trustee, Columbia College; and trustee, Newberry Library.

His academic activities include: lecturer on American Theater, Cambridge University and Yale University and lecturer, School of Business Arts Management Program, University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2013 he was named honroary professor of Tongji University, Shanghai, China.

Turner was appointed a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Republic of France; honored as Knight Commander, The Sovereign Military and Hospitaler Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta, Official Seat The Hague, Kingdom of The Netherlands; Honorary Member, Kings College, Cambridge University, England. He also received the Distinguished Business Alumnus Award of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Business. In May 2013 he received an honorary doctorate of arts from Columbia College Chicago.

He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he received his bachelors of business administration degree in 1958. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1961.

Sona Wang, Ceres Venture Fund, LP

Sona Wang possesses over 20 years of venture investment experience. Since 1987, she has co-founded and managed three Illinois-based venture capital funds. Previously, she was an investment manager with Allstate Venture Capital, one of the oldest institutional venture funds with over $500 million invested. Her investment focus has been in information technology, business services, and healthcare. She serves on numerous corporate boards including Chairman of TrafficCast International, Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Northshore University Healthsystems.

Prior to her career in venture capital, Ms. Wang was employed with Intel Corporation in key management positions in engineering, manufacturing and marketing.

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University where she is the Chairman of the Advisory Board to the Innovations and New Ventures Office. She also serves on Governor Quinn's Economic Recovery Commission as a committee chairman. Other civic boards include trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Mayor's Council of Technology Advisors.

Ms. Wang was the recipient of the YWCA Leadership Award for Entrepreneurship in 2001. She was recognized in 2004 and in 2008 as one of the "100 Most Influential Women in Chicago" by Crains Business Chicago, as Business Leader of Color by Chicago United, and identified as among Corporate Directors to Watch by Directors & Boards Magazine, 2008.

Ms. Wang graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and received an M.B.A., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Allison Grant Williams, Northern Trust Corporation

Allison Grant Williams serves as Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Marketing of Northern Trust’s Exchange Traded Funds Group.  She is responsible for overall business administration for the ETF Group, including financial planning and budgeting, senior management reporting, human resource processes, technology project management, as well as ETF marketing planning and execution.  As a career institutional investment management professional, Allison is a member of the senior management team responsible for the growth and profitability of Northern Trust’s FlexShares ETF business unit. 

 Prior to joining Northern Trust in January 2011, Allison was President of Grant Partners, a business strategy and organizational development firm which provided consulting services to investment advisory and private equity firms, including strategic planning, marketing communications and business development.  Previously she served as Executive Vice President for Holland Capital Management, a U.S. equity and fixed income institutional asset management firm, and Executive Vice President of Capri Capital Advisors, a real estate investment firm.  From 1987 to 2001 Allison was a Director and Partner with UBS Asset Management/Brinson Partners, Inc., a global investment management firm where she was responsible for institutional client relationships, and held national business development as well as consultant management responsibilities.  She also held positions with Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a sales associate covering exchange traded financial futures and options (New York and Chicago), and The First National Bank of Chicago as a commercial lending relationship manager. 

 Allison is a native Chicagoan, and attended Chicago Public Schools as a youngster.  Both she and her husband, Darrell A. Williams, have dedicated their volunteer and charitable work to educational organizations.  Allison and Darrell live in the Kenwood/Hyde Park community along with their son Maxwell.  Allison holds an A.B. in English Literature from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Hyde Park Development Corporation, Harvard Business School Club of Chicago as well as the HBSCC Charitable Fund.

Hugh C Williams, Continental Painting and Decorating, Inc

Hugh C. Williams is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Painting and Decorating, Inc., a major Chicago-based painting contractor established in 1994.

Prior to Continental Painting, Mr. Williams was a limited partner with LaSalle Partners (now Jones Lang LaSalle), a corporate real estate services firm.  His experiences also include project management at Wright Runstad & Co., a real estate development firm.

He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and a former member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Williams holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University.

Robert A Wislow, US Equities Realty, Inc

Over the past thirty-three years, Bob Wislow, Nancy Packer, and Camille Julmy have shaped U.S. Equities Realty into one of Chicago’s leading real estate firms providing a full range of services to property owners, government entities, lenders, and tenants. The company has grown to include offices in Chicago; Detroit; Philadelphia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Santiago, Chile. As Chairman and CEO, Bob spearheads U.S. Equities’s ongoing expansion and oversees strategic planning for continued growth. He has participated in real estate transactions valued at more than $4.0 billion, including more than five million square feet of office leases, and has overseen more than eight million square feet of developments during his thirty-nine year career.

In addition to his business interests, Wislow is a community and civic leader. He was the first real estate entrepreneur to serve as the chairman of the 102 year-old Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, term ending in June 2007, where he previously chaired the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee. As chairman of the Chicago Development Council, Wislow helped repeal the 1987 lease tax on office tenants that would have been extremely disruptive to the industry. Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed him to serve on the Civic Consulting Alliance and the Board of Metra. He is the immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees for North Central College in Naperville and was director and vice president of the Arts Club of Chicago. He is the current chair of the Chicago Public Library Foundation, serves as the vice-chairman of the Board of Overseers for Rush University Medical Center, and is on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association Board of Trustees.

Wislow, a lifelong Chicagoan, joined Columbia College Chicago’s board in 1993. He and his wife Susan live in Lincoln Park.

Mr. Wislow is the honored recipient of the 2006 ULI Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award.

William E Wolf
Mr. Wolf is one of the founding principals of BW Capital Partners, a Chicago-based  hedgefund and private equity platform. Prior to founding BW Capital Partners in November 2011, Mr. Wolf was a principal at Talon Asset Management, LLC. During his 12-year tenure at Talon, Mr. Wolf had varied responsibilities, including oversight of Talon’s Private Equity investments, serving as Director of Research and serving on Talon’s Board of Managers. Mr. Wolf began his career in 1982 as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers Inc. In 1987, he joined the investment banking group of William Blair & Company where he worked for two years. In 1990 Mr. Wolf joined Henry Crown and Company to oversee a portfolio of privately owned businesses. Mr. Wolf currently serves on the Board of Directors of AnswersMedia LLC, Lava Lite, LLC, Mindcrest, Inc., PlayNetwork, Inc., and Well Right, LLC. In addition, Mr. Wolf serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Child Care Society. Mr. Wolf received an A.B. degree from Hamilton College in 1982 and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1990. Mr. Wolf is married to Meredith Bluhm-Wolf.
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