Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Theresa Dear, Chair

Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, HR4non-profits Inc.

Theresa Dear, a former corporate HR executive is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of HR4non-profits Inc., a national human resources and training consulting firm. She also founded the Human Capital Strategy Group, a national management consulting firm and the Incubator Project, the philanthropic arm of HR4non-profits. In 2012, Dear created and became host of the “Let’s Get to Work Show,” which broadcasts Saturday mornings on WVON 1690 AM in Chicago. She is also a visible leader and member of the National Board of Directors in the NAACP, currently serving on the executive, personnel, labor, housing and religious affairs committees. In addition, Dear serves as an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church. A published author, Dear wrote “Inadequate, Unprepared But Ready (God-Centered Leadership Lessons)” and “Inconceivable Seasons: Lessons of Faith and Favor for Women.” She holds an MS in Industrial Relations and Human Resources and a BA in Organizational Communication from Loyola University, Chicago.

Dan Horsley, Vice Chair

Managing Director, L.E.K. Consulting’s Chicago office

Dan Horsley is currently Managing Director in L.E.K. Consulting’s Chicago office. He attended California Polytechnic State University for his bachelor’s degree and after graduating in 2000, worked in Los Angeles for a marketing firm and as a Sales Account Manager for online movie ticket company Fandango.com. He moved to Chicago in 2006 to earn his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Horsley has led an impressive career managing operations, business development and strategy deployment for large, international corporations but has always been very committed to the nonprofit community.

RJ Young, Treasurer

Retired Chairman, Allstate Canada

RJ Young had a 35-year career with Allstate, beginning in 1971 when he graduated from college with a B.S. in Mathematics. Over time he became a Fellow in the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, while serving as Allstate’s lead actuary in their property and casualty business unit. Over the years RJ was an Assistant Vice President in Sales, a Regional Vice President, Vice President of Pricing, Marketing Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and the Distribution Officer overseeing Allstate’s sales agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada. He was Chairman of Allstate Canada, Allstate New Jersey, Allstate Florida and an Allstate Bank Director. RJ lives in Inverness with his wife, Judy. They have three sons and five grandchildren. He has many interests that keep him busy including reading, traveling, biking, grandkids, golf, etc., and he loves and enjoys almost all Chicago sports teams.

Cindy Lusignan, Secretary

Senior Vice President, Marsh

Cindy Lusignan is a Senior Vice President for Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management. Lusignan is the Wisconsin HealthCare Practice Leader and the National Senior Care Practice Leader. Her knowledge of the healthcare industry is a great asset to One Hope United. Lusignan and her partner, Nancy, live about a mile away from our Lake Villa, IL campus and regularly volunteer with their therapy dogs at the CARE Program.

Anthony Austin

VP, Human Resources, Portillo’s Hot Dogs

Anthony Austin is a Human Resource executive with extensive experience in transforming the HR value proposition through driving trust, innovation and business process improvements linked to business strategies to aid in the achievements of enterprise objectives. He is known for “best in class” organization building, change management, innovative leadership, organization alignment and dramatically upgrading talent at every level of the organization. He is currently working as VP, Human Resources for Portillo’s Hot Dogs in Chicago. Austin holds an undergraduate degree in business management and an MS in labor relations from the University of Oregon. He has two adopted children.

Byron DaSilva

Director, Management Consulting, KPMG

Byron DaSilva is a Director in KPMG’s Management Consulting practice leading strategic transformation programs to drive operational effectiveness, growth, and profitability. Specializing in large-scale technology-enabled transformations, Byron has more than fifteen years of consulting and complex program management experience across industry sectors including financial services, consumer, retail, and automotive. As a subject matter expert for back-office optimization, shared services, and operational outsourcing, he focuses on developing digital transformation strategies that are robust and easily adopted. Functional experience includes direct and indirect sourcing, transactional procurement, supplier risk management and organizational effectiveness. Byron completed his undergraduate studies and attended Law School at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Ermit Finch

Contractor, Retired

For over 40 years, Ermit Finch devoted his talent and skills to running Heating & Air Conditioning businesses in Texas and Illinois, followed by commercial and residential construction and development primarily in Naperville, IL. He is the first One Hope United board member who is a former resident of Central Baptist Children’s Home (CBCH) in Lake Villa, IL, one of the founding organizations that evolved into One Hope United. He arrived at CBCH when he was 14 and lived there from 1948 to 1951. Finch joined the OHU board in 2006.

Deanna Freise

Vice President of Product Management, SAP Fieldglass

Deanna Freise is the Vice President of Product Management at SAP Fieldglass, a cloud-based, open external workforce management and services procurement platform. Freise oversees a global team who are responsible for the forecasting and planning of enhancements and new products, evangelizing the software, documenting product and release plans, managing the product lifecycle, and providing support to internal teams on feature use.

David Millington

Senior Vice President, UBS Financial Services

David Millington works in the Private Wealth Management division for UBS Financial Services out of Barrington, IL. He has spent over 18 years in the financial industry working both as a trader and most recently as a Certified Financial Planner™. As one of three managing partners of the Klaas Group, David takes pride in acting as a general manager for his clients. He advises families, foundations and corporations on various financial affairs. His experience helps guide multigenerational families through various challenges such as wealth preservation, estate planning, pre-and post-sale business planning, investment and liability management, and creating efficient philanthropic strategies. He received his Bachelor of Science in Finance in 1999 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. David lives with his wife Lisa and two boys in Inverness, IL. Outside of enjoying time with his family, his passions include Chicago sports and working on lowering his double-digit handicap in golf.

Nichole Patton

Circuit Court Judge, Cook County Circuit Court

Nichole Patton is a Cook County Circuit Court Judge currently assigned to the County Division. She presides over cases involving mental health law, adoptions, election law, civil asset forfeitures, name changes and real estate tax objections. Prior to her role in the judiciary, Nichole was an assistant state’s attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney Office, Special Prosecutions Bureau, Mental Health Unit, where she was responsible for prosecuting cases seeking civil commitment and treatment orders for individuals who were involuntarily detained at mental health hospitals in Cook County. Nichole received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Alabama State University where she was the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Scholarship award, a master’s degree in criminal justice from Chicago State University where she received an academic scholarship, and a Juris Doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School.

Brett Renton

Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP

Brett Renton is a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group. He represents individuals, companies, corporations, banks and government entities in business litigation, landlord-tenant litigation, government law and construction law. He currently serves as the president of the Orange County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and is a member of the Orange County Bar Association’s executive council. Renton received undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Advertising from the University of Florida and his law degree from Florida State University. He currently lives in Orlando with his wife Elizabeth and their daughter Marisa.

Howard Schnitzer

President, A&S Auto Sales

Howard Schnitzer began working with his father at their family owned and operated automobile business at the age of 13. His volunteer activities have included working with Big Brothers Big Sisters and One Hope United. He was a member of the One Hope United Board of Directors from 2003 to 2016, during which time he served as Chair of the Governance Committee, Chair of the Fund Development Committee and Chair of the Annual Golf Outing Committee. He was also a member of One Hope United’s Lake County Ambassador Board. After stepping away from the board for the required year between terms, Howard rejoined the Board in March of 2017.

Kate Shaffer

Risk Management Officer

Kate Shaffer is a risk management officer for Yargus Manufacturing, Inc. Shaffer has a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law. She joined the One Hope United Board of Directors in April 2013.

Toni Sandor Smith

Retired Partner, Spencer Stuart

Toni Sandor Smith is a retired partner with Spencer Stuart. She has an extensive background in the recruitment of executive leadership for nonprofit institutions. She is also an active civic participant and is affiliated with multiple boards, including the Associated Colleges of Illinois, the Abraham Low Institute and the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. Smith is a member of The Chicago Network and an active volunteer with the Oriental Institute/University of Chicago and the Executive Service Corps of Chicago. Her desire to join an organization serving disadvantaged youth and families brought her to One Hope United’s Board of Directors in 2000, where she hopes to lend her expertise in organizational change.

Gregory Sprehe

President, Com-Pac International Inc.

Gregory Sprehe is Founder and President of Com-Pac International, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of flexible packaging for the medical, foodservice and retail markets. Formed from the bankruptcy of a small packaging company in 1988, today Com-Pac is a recognized leader in the design of innovative packaging
products as well as packaging equipment. Com-Pac International operates its 100,000 square-foot-facility in
Carbondale’s Industrial Park with approximately 260 employees. Sprehe holds several domestic and international patents on methods and apparatus used in the flexible packaging industry today. Sprehe is a member of First United Methodist Church in Carbondale, IL.

Janelle Thompson

Principal, Daniel S. Wentworth Elementary School

Janelle Thompson is currently the Principal of Daniel S. Wentworth Elementary School, a Chicago Public School located in the Englewood community, on the south side of Chicago. In 2005, Janelle decided to leave the Washington, DC area and move back to Chicago, where she changed careers and entered into the education profession. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University, and a master’s degree in elementary education from Northwestern University. As a principal, Janelle is committed to ensuring that every child in her school receives a rigorous, high-quality education.