Board of Directors:
Sharon Bielski, Chair:
Sharon has been a nurse for 25 years and a certified school nurse for 10 years with a particular interest in Special Education. She has a BSN from the University of Michigan and her Masters in Nursing from Northwestern University. Having participated in multiple triathlons in the last 12 years, Sharon is now involved in several organizations that help athletes with disabilities participate in triathlons and marathons including Dare2Tri, Achilles International, and local Veterans programs. Sharon’s oldest son has Asperger’s syndrome.
Ester Stein, Vice Chair:
Ester Stein is Director of Corporate Reimbursement at Abbott. She has over 20 years of experience in the health care industry. In her current role, she is responsible for ensuring that there is appropriate coverage, coding and payment by public and private insurers for Abbott diagnostic products in the United States. Ester has been involved in healthcare economics in the area of oncology, specifically breast and bladder cancer. Ester earned her M.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago. She lives in Highland Park with her husband Bruce and also has two sons that are on the autism spectrum.
David Rappaport, Treasurer:
David is a Co-Founding Partner of Rappaport Reiches Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor in Skokie. He has an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois in Champaign, and is a CPA. David lives in Riverwoods, with his wife Karen. One of their daughters is on the Autism Spectrum.
Barbara Berman, Secretary:
As a parent of a child with High Functioning Autism, Barbara has been involved in advocating for children and young adults with disabilities. She has served on the board for the Stevenson High School Special Education Community Board and the Best Buddies of Illinois Gala. Barbara has worked at Lubin-Bergman Organization as the Claims Manager for the past 10 years. She lives in Buffalo Grove with her husband and two children.
Alan is a retired business executive with 30+ years of experience in finance and operations. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School). Alan has served in multiple volunteer positions including as a CBO mentor and as Chair of the Deerfield, IL village caucus where he lives with his wife Andrea.
Ron retired from the William Wrigley Jr., Co. where he worked for 19 years in the Corporate Engineering area. Before that, he spent eight years as a FORTRAN programmer in the material handling business. Ron is on the autism spectrum.
Since 1988, Brad has been a self-employed trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, trading mostly in the S&P 500 pit. He also serves on the Board of the District 112 Educational Foundation and Highland Park High School Giants Hockey team. Since 1997, he has been managing partner in Snippets Mini Cuts, with locations in Chicago, Northbrook and Lombard. Brad graduated from Indiana University in 1984.
After co-founding and managing his own marketing agency for 17 years, Jay, and his firm became part of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. As a result, Jay spent 12 years as the CEO of their Promotional Marketing Division in North American. His 40 years of experience has also included brand marketing stints at P&G and Alberto-Culver.
Bud Glick has over 40 years’ experience as a software development manager, quality manager, process improvement consultant, and hardware/systems/software engineer. He has expertise working in Model-Based Process Improvement using the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) Software Compatibility Maturity Model Integration (CMMITM). He also has extensive experience providing training related to Process Improvement, CMMI, CMMI-Appraisals, and specialized tutorials on related topics. He is an SEI SCAMPI High Maturity Lead Appraiser and SEI Introduction to the CMMI Instructor. Prior experience includes software testing and creating and managing an organization for real-time software testing.
Rachelle Jervis is president and CEO of the Executive Service Corps (ESC), a 41-year-old consultancy with a mission to help make nonprofits successful. Before leading the ESC, Rachelle served as regional director, Illinois Chapter director, and Chicago area director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Rachelle was a founding member of the board of the Chicago Friends School. She has also served on the board of directors of the National Association of Park Foundations, Aspiritech, and the Camelot Host Committee benefiting Cherry Preschool’s Inclusion Program. Rachelle is a frequent speaker on a wide range of topics, including civic engagement, networking, and leadership.
Rachelle earned an MBA from Loyola University Chicago and a certificate in nonprofit leadership from the United Nation’s Mandated University of Peace. She is a member of several professional associations, including Soroptimist International, the Public Relations Society of America, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Rachelle uses her substantial social media following to promote inclusion, mental health awareness, and community engagement. Her proudest accomplishment is helping her late daughter overcome epilepsy and autism to learn how to speak. Her blog on the grief surrounding the sudden loss of her daughter, Want My Baby Back, has been read by thousands. Rachelle has extensive public speaking experience, including speaking at the dedication in her daughter’s memory at her alma mater, Cherry Preschool. In her free time, Rachelle enjoys reading and traveling.
Marc Mar-Yohana is the Vice President of Global Program Management at UL. In this role, Marc is focused on ensuring the success of major initiatives and maximizing the return on investment. Marc’s prior roles include being a member of the operating team at private equity firm Pfingsten Partners, providing global strategic and operational consulting services with NTT DATA, and both engineering and operations leadership roles with Emerson Electric and Honeywell Aerospace.
Marc is a native of Illinois. His bachelor’s degree is in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Illinois University and MBA is from Arizona State University. Most importantly, Marc is an incredible parent of an amazing little girl with Autism.
Ben is a highly motivated IT Leader in Systems Integrations and Change Management Consulting with over 10 years of proven success in engaging and managing highly-skilled technical teams to design and deploy innovative application solutions, tools and processes across operations. He currently works as a senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting.
Beverly is a retired social worker who worked for 41 years as a supervisor, administrator, and assistant executive director at a Chicagoland social service agency. In those roles, she provided staff training, led seminars, chaired a variety of committees, provided consultation outside of the agency and was involved in the development of a variety of special projects.
After serving as a lieutenant in the Israeli infantry, Moshe earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University. For more than 20 years, he worked in the pharmaceutical industry where he published more than 100 scientific papers and more than 15 patents. Since retiring from Abbott Laboratories, Moshe joined National Louis University where he taught Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics. He was certified in software testing at SigmaSoft. At the end of 2009 Moshe joined his wife Brenda, who founded Aspiritech.
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