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.

Gregory Sprehe, Chair

President, Com-Pac International Inc.

Gregory Sprehe is president of Com-Pac International Inc. and is a member of First United Methodist Church in Carbondale, Ill. Sprehe joined the One Hope United board in 2001 and serves on the fund development committee.

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 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 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.

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

Principal Consultant and Chief Talent Officer, Liberty Advisor Group

Byron DaSilva is an experienced organizational change management professional with a proven track record leading global organizational initiatives to drive business performance. He has broad operational experience evidenced through the leadership of business function transformations, including HR, IT, Procurement, Finance, and other core functions. With over 15 years of consulting and operations experience, DaSilva connects clients to realized value through strategic organizational change initiatives. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Portuguese from the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana and Federal University Pernambuco, Brazil.

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.

Cindy Lusignan

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.

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.

Kim Montgomery

Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Kim Montgomery is the North America Client Team Director at The Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm. Previously, she worked at Moody’s Investors Service in high yield corporate finance in New York. Montgomery earned a MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Montgomery resides in Chicago with her husband, Hans, and three children.

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.

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.

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.

Todd Schultz

Interim CEO

Todd Schultz serves as Interim CEO in addition to serving as Chief Financial Officer. Schultz joined OHU directly from NPH USA, where he was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. NPH USA raises annual support for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH; Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters), which serves disadvantaged children in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Prior to that, Schultz held several executive-level positions during a 12-year career at PepsiCo and worked in corporate finance for FMC Corporation and in auditing for Grant Thornton and Associates. He serves on the advisory board of Spark Ventures and volunteers at Bridges, an organization that supports the health needs of Chicago’s Englewood population. Schultz holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in accounting from the University of Illinois. He also is a certified public accountant.