Executive Leadership Team

Executive Leadership Team

Scott Humphrey

President and CEO

Until his retirement in May 2015, Scott Humphrey was Senior Advisor/Vice Chairman at BMO Capital Markets. He joined BMO in 2007 as the head of U.S. Mergers & Acquisitions and, in early 2012, was asked to expand his responsibility to include the Industrial Investment Banking business. He served on the OHU Board for 10 years, most recently as Chair. Humphrey also serves on the boards of HemoLife Medical, Inc., an early-stage medical device business, as well as Ways to Work, a nationwide community development financial institution (CDFI) focused on providing affordable financing options to the economically disadvantaged population. He is a Partner with Social Venture Partners Chicago, a partnership of philanthropically-minded individuals focused on building a scalable social enterprise community in Chicago. Humphrey has a bachelor’s of science in finance and economics from the University of Arizona.

Ruann Barack

Executive Vice President, Quality

Ruann Barack has had over 20 years of experience in the field of child welfare/human services. She has also had over 10 years of direct service experience with clients in residential, specialized foster care and therapy services. In the last 15 years, she has been involved in the Quality Improvement Department at One Hope United and is currently the Executive Vice President of CQIR at One Hope United. Barack earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology through the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (now known as Argosy University) in 2000.

Jason Friedman

Chief Development and Growth Officer

Jason Friedman brings to One Hope United experience building successful fundraising teams and a background in media and politics. Prior to joining OHU, Jason was the Director of Development and Marketing at The SEED Foundation, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that builds and supports college-prep public boarding schools for low-income students. As a national award-winning television reporter, Jason’s travels took him from South Africa to the presidential campaign trail and many places in between. Jason is a graduate of Emory University, with a BA in Political Science and Journalism.

Eva Horner

Executive Director, Florida

Eva Horner is the Executive Director, Florida. Having started her career as a child protective investigator, Eva brings to her work a passion for advocating on behalf of children and families, while working to transform the organizations and systems that support them.Throughout her 25 years of human services, Eva has developed an expertise in transforming people and organizations, helping them to grow and strengthen. She previously served as Assistant Executive Director at Devereux Florida, Chief Operating Officer at Heartland for Children and the Director of Program Operations at Children’s Home Society of Florida. After earning her BS in Family, Child and Consumer Sciences at Florida State University, Eva went on to complete her MA in Mental Health Counseling at Rollins College.

Beth Lakier

Executive Vice President of Early Learning/Child Development

Beth’s leadership at OHU has resulted in tremendous growth over the years, including growing the number of CDCs from five to 12 and increasing our NAEYC accredited centers from one to 11. Her previous experience is diverse and includes managing corporate child care centers, lab schools, community based programs, and state/federal funded programs. Beth has been a manager in the field of early childhood education since 1993. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, with a focus in Early Childhood and Adolescence Development, and went on to earn an MA from University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.

Ann Pearcy

Executive Director, Placement

Ann Pearcy has served as the Executive Director of Placement Services since 2015. Throughout her 30-year career, she has had several professional opportunities such as becoming a Certified Grief/Trauma counselor through the National organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA) in 2000 and provided acute therapeutic interventions to first responders after the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2011. Ann was the Co-chair for the Governor’s Health Innovation and Transformation Children’s Services subcommittee in 2015 and has served on numerous statewide committees. She is currently the Co-chair for the High End Comprehensive Services subcommittee and serves as a member of the full DCFS Child Welfare Advisory Committee. Ann became a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in 1997 and a Licensed Child Welfare Specialist in 2002. She received her master’s degree in Counseling from Eastern Illinois University in 1988.

Anthony Ruth

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications

As Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Anthony Ruth leads internal and external marketing and communications for the organization and, with the marketing team, collaborates with other members of the ELT and their teams to support their marketing needs. Ruth spent 13 years at the University of Chicago, most recently as Executive Director of the university’s in-house marketing and creative agency. There, he oversaw writing, design, photography, and video, and contributed to projects including the Webby-winning University of Chicago website, the CASE award-winning launch campaign for the Logan Center of the Arts, and the university and city’s successful bid for the Obama Presidential Center. An Illinois native, Ruth holds a BA in English and an MA in the humanities, with an emphasis on creative writing, from the University of Chicago.

Todd Schultz

Chief Financial Officer

Todd 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.

Timothy Snowden

Executive Director, Community Based Family Services

Timothy Snowden is currently the Executive Director for the Community Based Family Services line of service and has been involved in child welfare services for the past 29 years. He spent 17 years with the Department of Children and Family Services in a variety of titles, staring as an intern and ended his tenure as the Regional Administrator in Chicago. Snowden is responsible for community based Youth Services, Behavioral Health and Intact Family stabilizations services. Since arriving at OHU, Snowden has served as a Senior Vice President in Chicago/Lake County and most recently as Deputy Director of the CBFS line of service. He was the recipient of a Graduate Fellowship and subsequently received his MSW from the University of Illinois after graduating from Hampton University, in Virginia.

Cristina Villazan

Chief Human Resources Officer

Cristina Villazan is a Human Resources leader with a 20 year career role leading effective business strategy, operations performance, and employee development for world-class employers. Her expertise includes leading teams of cross-functional professionals in the implementation of effective operational strategies that decrease costs while improving efficiency, productivity, and effectiveness. As a graduate of DePaul University where she completed dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in industrial/organizational psychology and communications, Cristina also is certified as a PHR (Professional in Human Resources) with the HR Certification Institute.