Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Anthony Austin, Chair
Chief Human Resource Officer, Danimer Scientific
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 Chief Human Resource Officer at Danimer Scientific. Austin holds an undergraduate degree in business management and an MS in labor relations from the University of Oregon. He has two adopted children.
Kate Shaffer, Vice Chair
Corporate Counsel, Yargus AGI
Kate Shaffer is a risk management officer for Yargus AGI. 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.
Cindy K. Miller-Lusignan, Secretary
Senior Vice President, Marsh
Cindy K. Miller-Lusignan is a Senior Vice President for Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management. Miller-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. Miller-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.
Christopher Hoffman, Treasurer
Assurance Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Christopher Hoffman of Chicago serves as assurance partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, serving clients in the greater Chicago market and across the Midwest. He has over 30 years of experience in public accounting and serving clients in a variety of industries. Hoffman has served as audit partner on multilocation private companies, private equity portfolio companies, large public and private universities, multi-hospital systems and family owned businesses. Hoffman earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa where he currently serves on the Tippie College of Business Advisory Board.
Managing Director, KPMG
Yatin Anand is a Managing Director in KPMG’s Advisory practice with over 15 years of experience leading companies through operational transformation to deliver sustainable P&L growth. He is focused on developing robust supply chain strategies and executing complex middle and back office optimization initiatives enabled by digital technology platforms. His functional experience spans cost take-out and containment, working capital improvement, sales and operations planning, and M&A integrations. His current and past clients include a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industry sectors, with a strong focus in consumer and retail. Yatin has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University as well as a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
Frank M. Clark III
Chairman and CEO, CEG, LLC
Frank M. Clark III is an experienced business builder and senior operational executive. He has deep expertise in the areas of operational leadership, sales leadership and M&A. Over his 20 year executive career he has led and mobilized teams in hyper competitive corporate and entrepreneurial cultures. Additionally, he has built businesses organically from zero to $300M per year in large matrixed corporate environments such as RR Donnelley; where he held the position of Corporate Vice President reporting to the COO. Mr. Clark has also been the Senior Vice President and Corporate Strategy head for Hoshizaki America. Currently Mr. Clark is Chairman and CEO of CEG, LLC a lower middle market private equity firm.
Frank M. Clark III sits on several for profit and not for profit boards including Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, IIT, SG360, and University of Chicago Medical Center. He has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from IIT; and a BS in Economics from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Clark resides in Chicago.
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.
Retired Design Community Consultant
Carmela Griffin was born and raised in Canada, and she graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Computing and Economics. She worked in the computer field while raising two sons before moving to Chicago. At that time, Carmela pursued a new career path in Interior Design, earning an Associate Degree in Interior Design from the College of DuPage. She worked for Interiors for Business as a commercial designer, planning office spaces all over the Chicagoland area. Carmela is now enjoying many activities and hobbies in retirement, including golf, tennis, hiking, ballroom dancing, and volunteer work.
President, The Haralson Group LLP
Jerry Haralson is President of The Haralson Group, established in 2005, after Jerry’s retirement from a 35-year career in the YMCA movement. The Haralson Group assists YMCAs and other non-profit organizations with strategic planning and fundraising. Prior to the establishment of The Haralson Group, Jerry served for twelve years as President/CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. Jerry also served for eleven years as President/CEO of the Central Florida YMCA, located in Orlando, Florida. He began his Y career in the Dallas Metropolitan YMCA, starting as a program director and eventually serving as the Vice President of Operations.
Jerry is a sought-after motivational speaker and seminar leader in the area of fundraising, endowment, and strategic planning. He is a member of NAYDO and has led numerous workshops on fundraising and strategic development plans. Because of Jerry’s experience as CEO of one of the largest YMCAs in the country, he relates well to CEOs, key volunteers, and all levels of YMCA fundraising professionals. Jerry is very proud of his family: his wife of 50 years, Susie, and three beautiful daughters, Melissa, Amy, and Heather. He and Susie now have seven grandkids who all call him “Big Jer.”
Federal Region 5 Liaison, Capacity Building Center for States
Jeremy Harvey is an experienced child welfare leader and innovator, with a lifetime of experience in child welfare. In addition to a demonstrated history of success leading innovation, Jeremy has the benefit of lived experience, having spent 20 years growing up in Illinois foster care system, where he successfully used resources and supports available to graduate from college at Northern Illinois University and earn a graduate certificate from Loyola University. Jeremy has dedicated his career to improving the child welfare system that he grew up in, empowering youth voice, and applying a two-cent solution “A sense of urgency and common sense”.
Jeremy began his career working within Cook County IL, the largest county in Illinois, with Public Guardian’s Office assisting in the legal representation of children in both Child Protection and Juvenile Delinquency. After 7 years Jeremy moved into a leadership role within Illinois Department of Children and Family Services serving as the Associate Deputy Director of Strategy and innovation.
While with IDCFS, Jeremy led the agency to receive $38M in Title IV-E Demonstration waiver funding and establishing a 5-year strategic plan for the agency. With these initial successes Jeremy was promoted to Deputy Director, where he led in the creation of Management Dashboards to monitor essential outcomes and oversaw a project which targeted reducing child death and maltreatment. A project that within 18 months of implementation saw every exposed team succeed in reducing their rate and observing an impact on the state outcome. Jeremy was promoted again to the Deputy Chief of Staff supporting the re-visioning of the prevention program known as INTACT with the support of University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall. Jeremy was promoted again to Chief Accountability Officer where he oversaw 68 programs, all federal granting incoming, all outgoing state grants, launched a new grant management system (Amplifund), successfully filed $28M in claiming to FEMA for COVID-19 relief, and launched a public private grant opportunity generating $3.5M in funding to improve the continuum of care for young adults in Illinois. Before departing, Jeremy served under 4 Directors, received 4 promotions, and was recognized internally and externally as a leader of change.
In late 2020, Jeremy took a new role with the Capacity Building Center for States where he currently serves as the Federal Region 5 Liaison supporting states in addressing critical systemic challenges to improve systemic outcomes. Within his first year as the Liaison Jeremy managed 11 states, 11 projects, and 30 consultants focused on improving and building the capacity of states and jurisdictions. As his career continues to grow, Jeremy has also taken leadership roles in targeting, improving, and addressing race equity and disproportionality within foster care.
Head of Private Equity Credit, BMO Wealth Management U.S.
Garrett Johnson founded the Private Equity Credit team at BMO Wealth Management U.S. and is responsible for overseeing the creation, marketing and delivery of the bank’s wealth solutions to private equity firms and individuals across the country. His industry expertise includes private equity structures, fund banking mechanics, fund lending, and a variety of human capital disciplines, including compensation, vesting, tax strategies, and carried interest. Garrett is skilled at strategic planning, business development, and adept at relationship management and various types of private equity management company & general partner co-invest financings. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration-Accounting from Morehouse College; and has served on the One Hope United Finance and Investment Committees since 2016.
Sr. Customer Development Leader, Tyson Foods
Patrick Kingston is a Senior Customer Development Leader for Tyson Foods with an extensive background in the CPG and Foodservice industries. He has over 25 years of experience ranging from customer development, sales strategy and planning, innovation, and marketing. Patrick holds an MBA and bachelor’s degree from Stetson University. Patrick was first introduced to One Hope United in 2016 and his passion for the cause drove him to join the Illinois Ambassador Board before being elected to the Board of Directors. Patrick likes staying very active in the community, has a passion for Chicago sports, enjoys seeking new ventures, and is an avid traveler.
Vice President of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, GI Supply, Inc.
Scott Moeller leads the quality and regulatory teams at GI Supply, a medical device firm serving physicians and surgeons in more than 40 countries. He is known for growing and transforming organizations to deliver improved customer satisfaction and brand value by utilizing customer and employee centered business processes. Moeller holds an engineering degree, an MBA in Industrial Management with Magna Cum Laude distinction and several professional certifications. Throughout his career, he has consistently contributed and served in leadership roles in different areas of the non-profit community. Besides enjoying time with his wife Becky and two children that were adopted, he is passionate about bicycling and enjoys racing sailboats. In 2008, his commitment to providing enhanced opportunities to children and families led him to join One Hope United’s Board.
David Sanders, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President of Systems Improvement, Casey Family Programs
Dr. David Sanders joined Casey Family Programs in July 2006. He provides strategic direction over the foundation’s work with child welfare systems to improve practice, with an emphasis on safely reducing the number of children in foster care. He also oversees the foundation’s public policy and research work.
Dr. Sanders has spent his entire career in the human services field.
Prior to joining Casey Family Programs, he directed all operations for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the largest county system in the country, with about 6,000 staff serving approximately 22,000 children in foster care. During his tenure, the department saw its foster care population decrease as safety and stability measures improved. He previously served 10 years as director of the Hennepin County (Minn.) Children, Family and Adult Services Department, managing a staff of 1,450. As director, he was responsible for all state and federally mandated social services to children, families and adults in the county. Early in his career, Dr. Sanders worked in Minneapolis, first as a senior clinical psychologist in the Hennepin County Mental Health Center, and later as chief clinical psychologist. Dr. Sanders graduated with honors from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Sanders has provided testimony to state and federal policymakers on opportunities to improve child maltreatment and the child welfare system, as well as related issues. In 2017, he testified before two congressional subcommittees in the House of Representatives on consent decrees and the impact to child welfare and children and families.
In 2013, Dr. Sanders was appointed by President Obama to a key administrative post as chair of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. The same year, Dr. Sanders also was selected to chair the Los Angeles Blue Ribbon Commission. Dr. Sanders is the recipient of the 2008 Grace B. Flandreau Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, recognizing his significant contributions to juvenile justice and child welfare. The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators honored Dr. Sanders in 2007 with the Peter W. Forsythe Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare. He joined the Philadelphia Child Welfare Review Panel in 2006, and eventually became chair. Dr. Sanders also was vice president of the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators in 2005. In 2003, he received the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award, and in 2005 he received the Princeton Club of Southern California’s Service to the Community Award.
Steven P. Sorenson
Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Transformation, Allstate Insurance Company
Steven P. Sorenson is executive vice president, Corporate Business Transformation.Since joining Allstate in 2000, Sorenson has held key leadership roles in a variety of areas throughout the organization. He served as a product senior vice president with product management responsibilities for three of the company’s fourteen regional operations. In 2002, he was given responsibility for co-leading the entire field operation. In 2007, Sorenson was promoted to executive vice president, Protection Distribution, and joined the Allstate senior leadership team. He took on the role of executive vice president, Product Operations, in 2008. In 2017, he stepped into the role of executive vice president, Allstate Brand Operations, where he was responsible for driving Allstate’s strategy to provide outstanding customer and agency service and support across the U.S. and Canada. He took on the role of executive vice president, Corporate Business Transformation, in December 2019. Prior to joining Allstate, Sorenson was a general manager at Progressive Insurance Company with responsibility for several Midwestern states. Prior to that, he was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company working in their Chicago, Houston and London offices.
He and his wife, Geri, have six children and live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Sorenson holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University. Sorenson serves on the boards of the Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich, Illinois and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.
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.
Retired, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
Andrea Wirt is an attorney, specializing in general corporate and securities matters. She was a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago and was Vice President – Associate General Counsel of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Since 2016, she has worked as a solo practitioner and served as the campaign coordinator for the church building and restoration campaign for Saint Anne Church in Barrington, IL. Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University, with a double degree in Political Science and History, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She is married to David Wirt, an attorney at the law firm of Holland Knight. They love to travel, are avid golfers and have two Old English Sheepdogs.
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.
Bill Beck, Life Director, Chair Emeritus
Theresa Dear, Life Director, Chair Emeritus
Paul Earle, Life Director
Ermit L. Finch, Life Director
Clarke Robinson, Life Director, Chair Emeritus
Toni Sandor Smith, Life Director, Chair Emeritus
Edgar Santiago, Life Director, Chair Emeritus