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 all grant allocations made from Foundation funds, for overseeing asset development and for guiding our general operations.

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Martha R. Hinchman – Chair

The Northern Trust Company, retired

Martha R. Hinchman recently retired from The Northern Trust Company where she was a Senior Vice President and most recently served as the Managing Director for the Banking team in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Prior to joining Northern, where she worked for 26 years, Martha worked in credit and marketing positions for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City for 10 years. She has a B.A. degree in economics from Wellesley College. Martha serves as a board member of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, serving on the Executive Committee and as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. She also serves on the boards of Luster Learning Institute and the Buchanan Family Foundation and as a mentor in the Menttium 100 program, and is active in Wellesley College alumnae and Church of the Holy Spirit volunteer activities. Martha resides in Lake Forest.

Joined the board in 2015.

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Gale Strenger Wayne – Vice Chair

Gale is a fifth generation resident of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff area. Throughout her successful career in the investment field and civic service she has held numerous leadership roles, including Supervisor for Shields Township. Gale was president of a financial public relations firm with a nationwide client base. Her career in the investment field included earning her Series 7 stockbrokers license as well as gaining expertise in the commercial real estate field through her association with JMB Realty. Gale is a sustaining member on the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Women’s Auxiliary Board. In addition, she is a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest and is active in many church-sponsored activities. Gale earned a Bachelor of Arts, Nursing degree from Illinois Wesleyan University. She and her husband Robert live in Lake Forest.

Joined the board in 2016.

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C. Lawrence Connolly – Treasurer

Aon Hewitt, retired

C. Lawrence Connolly retired as General Counsel of Hewitt Associates, Inc., in 2006. Since that time, he has served on the board of St. Martin de Porres High School and then as St. Martin’s Director of Finance and Operations. He is a lifelong resident of Lake County.

Mr. Connolly received a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife live in Libertyville and have two grown children.

Joined the Board in 2012.

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Horacio Lopez – Secretary

Pro-Data Payroll Services

Horacio Lopez is president of Pro/Data Payroll Services Inc. in Gurnee and has more than 30 years of experience in the local and national payroll arena. He is chairman of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, and in 2012 he was named “Member of the Year” by the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Lopez is a native of Mexico, immigrating to the United States 1958 at the age of two. He received his degree from Loyola University, Chicago and currently resides in Gurnee with his wife, Maria Luisa, and their three children.

Joined the board in 2009.

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Tiffany M. Alexander

Managing Partner, Hoffenberg & Block

Tiffany is an attorney and Managing Partner with Hoffenberg & Block, specializing in divorce, domestic relations and family law matters in Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties. Tiffany is an active member of St. James Lutheran Church, and has extensive experience with the family, health and human services sector of Lake County through her legal practice.

Tiffany is enthused about helping The Lake County Community Foundation connect with professional advisors throughout Lake County and supporting outreach activities to the “next generation” of up and coming civic, philanthropic and community-minded leaders in the area. Tiffany is originally from Lake Forest, and has recently returned there to settle with her husband, an attorney with Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, LTD., and family.

Joined the board in 2017.

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Bert Carstens

Managing Director with The PrivateBank, Lake Forest

Bert Carstens has been a Lake County banker for 26 years. Throughout the years, he has held various leadership positions with Lake County civic and non-profit organizations, including the College of Lake County Foundation, Lambs Farm and the Libertyville Rotary Club. He has been a resident of Lake Forest since 1987.

Mr. Carstens has a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Indiana University.

Joined the board in 2013.

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Rev. Dr. Robert A. Davis

Senior Pastor, Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Pastor Bob began serving Holy Cross Lutheran Church on August 1, 1991. Nancy and Pr. Bob were married in 1983 and have two adult children, Elizabeth and Christopher. He served congregations in North Branch, MN, Maywood, IL, and Aurora, IL prior to coming to the Libertyville community. Pr. Bob is a graduate of the University of Iowa (B.A.) and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry). He was ordained in July 1980.

Besides congregational responsibilities, he also serves on the Governing Council for Advocate Condell Hospital, Board of Directors for Advocate Charitable Foundation, Board of Directors for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, and, various other community organizations. In his free time, motorcycle touring, fishing, golf and music concerts are near the top of the list.

Joined the board in 2015.

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John Geiringer

Partner, Barack, Ferrazano, Kirschbaum and Nagelberg

Mr. Geiringer is a partner at Barack, Ferrazano, Kirschbaum and Nagelberg and a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group. He concentrates his practice on regulatory and corporate matters involving financial institutions.

John serves as Chairman of the American Bar Association Committee on Banking Law’s Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee. In addition, he teaches banking law and regulation at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Graduate Program in Financial Services Law and is a member of the Advisory Board of The Anti-Money Laundering Association. He is a frequent speaker in the financial institutions area and an author on issues surrounding regulatory enforcement actions. He is past Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Committee and is the Co-Editor of the two-volume edition, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions. He is also the co-author of the chapter “Bank Examination and Enforcement” in The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers (2012).

John lives with his wife and children in Deerfield and sits on a number of nonprofit boards including Solomon Schechter Day School, Econ Illinois and DePaul University School of Law’s Center for Jewish Law and Judaic Studies. As the son of a Holocaust survivor, John is particularly interested in issues facing immigrants and their families.

Joined the board in 2013.

Ken Gotsch

Vice President, Administrative Affairs at College of Lake County

Ken’s professional experience encompasses over 25 years of financial and operational administration with educational and academic institutions in Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and now Lake County, Illinois. Ken has served in various volunteer roles with the CLC Foundation and the charitable entities affiliated with the institutions for which he has worked in his career. He brings significant financial, investment, administrative, governance and operating experience, and a strong desire to give back and serve the larger Lake County community which he and his family now call home.

Ken is a Lake County resident who lives in Highland Park with his wife, who works for AbbVie, and family. He is originally from Brookfield, Illinois.

Joined the board in 2017.

Ted Notz

Senior Vice President, Associated Bank

For ten years, Edward “Ted” U. Notz, a lifelong Lake County resident, has served as Senior Vice President at Associated Bank, responsible for commercial real estate lending, short-term, bank debt financing to private real estate developers. His work is based primarily with clients in the Chicago market. Prior to moving to Associated Bank, Ted held senior roles in real estate with Bank of America and Mesirow Stein Real Estate, for four and six years respectively.

Ted has been an active leader and served as both an Elder and Deacon at 1st Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest. He also served as Chair of the Long-Range Planning and Governance Committee. Presently, Ted chairs the City of Lake Forest Building Review Board. The Building Review Board was established in 1962, and is made up of seven Lake Forest residents who are appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council. Ted also served as a past member of the Zoning Board of Appeals among other City of Lake Forest commissions and roles.

Ted holds an MBA in Real Estate Finance from DePaul University – Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Political Science from Denison University in Ohio.

Ted and his wife Tiffany live in Lake Forest and have two children who attend Lake Forest High School.

Joined the board in 2017.

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Steve Sullivan

NAI Hiffman

Stephen Sullivan is Vice President of the Industrial Services Group at NAI Hiffman, a commercial real estate firm. He has been actively engaged in community service for over a decade. Presently he is a governing board member of the Noble Network of Charter Schools and chairs its Summer of a Lifetime college-readiness program. In addition, he serves as Board Chair of Skin Of Steel, a Glenview-based nonprofit raising support to build a national melanoma tissue bank.

Previously, Steve served as a board member of PADS Lake County and the Winnetka Parks Foundation (2008-2014). He was the Founding Chair of the Parkways Young Professionals (2004-2010), an auxiliary board of the Parkways Foundation that raises philanthropic support for Chicago Park District facilities and programming. From 2009 to 2011, Steve served as Board Chair of the Old Willow Club where he remains an active member. He is a graduate of Indiana University and resides in Winnetka with his wife and three daughters.

Joined the board in 2016.

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Shaunese Teamer

WYCC-TV20 Chicago

Shaunese Teamer is the director of revenue and development for Chicago public television station, WYCC-TV20. She previously served as executive director of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce and as a corporate communications and marketing executive with WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago. Ms. Teamer was alderwoman in the City of North Chicago and was chair of its community development and public relations planning committee. She also worked on the Lake County Partners Micro Loan Committee, North Chicago’s Five Points Economic Development Corporation, and the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Columbia College Alumni Board.

Ms. Teamer is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and resides in North Chicago with her husband Andre and three sons.

Joined the board in 2010.