Leadership Steering the Foundation

The Foundation is guided by the Board of Directors, a diverse and dedicated group of local civic leaders. This governing body is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization, awarding grants made from Foundation funds, managing investments and overseeing asset development. 


Martha R. Hinchman, Chair
The Northern Trust Company, retired
Since 2015

Gale Strenger-Wayne, Vice-Chairman
Civic leader and local elected official, retired
Since 2016

Ken Gotsch, Treasurer
Vice President of Business Services and Finance/CFO, College of Lake County
Since 2017

Tiffany M. Alexander, Secretary
Attorney and Founder of Alexander Family Law, LLC in Lake County
Since 2017


Jeanne Ang
Director of Community Health, AdvocateAuroraHealth System
Since 2018

Bert Carstens
Managing Director Middle Market Banking, CIBC
Since 2013

C. Lawrence Connolly
Aon Hewitt, retired
Since 2012

Lisa Sarris Cowhey
Chief Operating Officer, Rosalind Franklin Health Clinic, retired
Since 2018

Rev. Dr. Robert A. Davis
Senior Pastor, Holy Cross Lutheran Church – Libertyville
Since 2015

Steve Fox
Principal, Transportation and Logistics Advisors, LLC
Since 2019

Dr. Laura Brown Hoult
Founder, GreenTree Animal Hospital, Libertyville
Since 2018

Scott Humphrey
President & CEO, One Hope United and BMO Capital Markets, retired
Since 2018

Mary Reidy McMahon
Executive Pastry Chef, Trio Restaurant, retired
Since 2019

Malcolm Newsome
Vice President of Managed Software Services, 8th Light
Since 2019

Ted Notz
Senior Vice President, Associated Bank
Since 2017

John Sonnier
Partner & Managing Director, William Blair
Since 2018

Stephen Sullivan
Vice President of the Industrial Services Group – NAI Hiffman
Since 2016