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Class of 2014-2015

Published December 14, 2014

The 2014-2015 Annual and Management Fellows began their programs this fall, each chosen from one of the most competitive application rounds in DLC history. Congratualtions to the following Fellows:

Management Fellows -

Carrie Casper (Illinois Institute of Technology)
Erin Indovina Northwestern University/Feinberg School of Medicine
Emily Krisciunas (Marwen)
Karen Matts (Posse Foundation)
Kelly McLaughlin Kennedy (Shedd Aquarium)
Andrea Miller (Fourth Presbyterian Church)
Sheila O'Donnell (Crossroads Fund)
Molly Philosophos (Hephzibah Children's Association)
Elisa Quinlan (Chicago Council on Global Affairs)
Christopher Shoemaker (University of Illinois at Chicago/Pharmacy School)

Annual Fellows -

Pablo Anaya (Adler Planetarium)
Abbie Castiglione (University of Chicago/Urban Education)
Catherine Clare (Greenheart International)
Lindsay Colbert (Northwestern University/Alumni Relations and Development)
Megan Davison (Christian Brothers of the Midwest)
Mollie Dawson (University of Chicago/Alumni Relations and Development)
Alexandra Field (Museum of Contemporary Art)
Claire Gilpin (Northwestern University/Alumni Relations and Development)
Erin Groble (Rotary Foundation)
Lauren Lapinski (PAWS Chicago)
Sara Leginski (Center for Neighborhood Technology)
Heather Nash (Loyola University Museum of Art)
Liz O'Brien (Chicago Scholars)
Rachel Orlowski (Rush University Medical Center)
Justin Prevost-Schultz (North Park University)
Scott Rubin (Education Pioneers)
Julie Schidman (American Marketing Association)
Anna Solomon (Chicago’s Children Museum)
Mike Wren (Snow City Arts)
The Law Firm of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. Supports DLC in Many Ways

Published December 14, 2014 

Led by partners Susan Horner and Patricia Carlson, the firm of Burke, Warrn, MacKay & Serritella supports the work of the DLC, and is hosting the DLC Management Fellows' monthly meetings for the 2014-15 session. The FIrm has also provided legal services, pro bono, to DLC.

To learn more about the Firm's work with NPOs, please contact Susan Horner at /(312)-840-7082, or Pat Carlson at, or visit the Firm's Not-for-Profit and Planned Giving practice group page at
2014-2015 DLC Officers
Chair - Eric Horner
Vice Chair - Steve George
Secretary - Julia Grant
Treasurer - David Korajczyk

Thank You for Coming to the 2013 Philanthropy Forecast!

Published November 7, 2013

Today nearly 200 development officers from across the city braved the rain and visited the the John G. Shedd Aquarium for this year’s DLC Philanthropy Forecast, The Next Generation of Philanthropy. DLC Management Fellows Program Facilitator and chief advancement officer for the Urban Education Institute at University of Chicago Tom Wick moderated a discussion about the evolving culture of philanthropy with special guests, Liz Lefkofsky, director of the Lefkofsky Family Foundation and Chuck Lewis, chairman of the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation. Thank you for coming and enjoy pictures from the event below!

Meet the 2013 DLC Forecast Panelists

Published October 4, 2013 

Liz Lefkofsky: Liz is the Director of the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a trust established in 2006 for the purpose of advancing high-impact programs, intiatives and research that enhance the quality of human life in the communities we serve. Ms. Lefkofsky is also the founder of the Lollipop Gang, an organization that teaches children the value of philanthropy. In addition, Ms. Lefkofsky is the Managing Director of Orange Media, LLC, a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on investments in the technology sector. Prior to Orange Media, Ms. Lefkofsky worked for a variety of non-profit organizations including gallery 37, The near South Planning Board/Printers Row Book Fair and the American Brain Tumor Association. M.s Lefkofsky is currently on the board of several organizations including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Teach for America Chicago, Young Woman’s Leadership Charter School, Ravinia and Human Rights Watch.

Charles Ashby (Chuck) Lewis: Chuck is chairman of the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation. He is a retired Vice Chairman of Investment Banking of Merrill Lynch & Co. Mr. Lewis is a Trustee of the University of Chicago and is active with the University’s Urban Education Institute and is a member of the Governing Board of the University’s Charter School. He is a member of the visiting committees to the Division of the Social Sciences and to the College at the University. In addition, Chuck is a Life Trustee of Amherst and of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; a Trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; a member of the Panel of Judges for The Purpose Prize; and a Life Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Illinois Chapter. He is also a former director of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International and a former trustee of the Ravinia Festival.

Tom Wick: Tom is Chief Advancement Officer of University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute and has spent over 25 years in higher education fundraising and alumni relations. Before arriving at the University of Chicago in 2004, Wick worked at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest College, Macalester College, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education in positions that ranged from Director of the Annual Fund, Director of Development, Associate Vice President of Development, and Dean of Development and Alumni Relations. In each role, Wick worked closely with trustees, the president, volunteers, and colleagues to raise the resources the institution needed to fulfill its mission more effectively. Tom Wick is the founding facilitator of the Management Fellows Program for the Development Leadership Consortium.

Announcing 2013-2014 Management and Annual Fellows

Published September 12, 2013

The DLC is delighted to announce participants in the 2013-2014 Annual and Management Fellows programs. Participants in each group are as follows:

Annual Fellows: Mark Carbonara, Kathryn Duval, Elizabeth Gordon, Alex Kapordelis, Stephanie Lazarus, Alex Myakova, Rory Pavach, Kate Solis, Katie Stango, Tracy Ten Eyck, Maura Cook, Megan Ratchford, Kendria Perry-Madden, Leslie Rhoton, Vatonna Dunn, Robert Turpin

Management Fellows: JC Aevaliotis, Lauren Dillon, Alex Kwak, Carie Lovstad, Shana Melanson, Mitchell Neubert, Emad Rahim, Ryan Sedgwick, Steve Solomon, Danielle Ward

Management Fellows Class of 2013

Published September 12, 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 Management Fellows who celebrated successful completion of their program this past spring! The Fellows were joined by a community of alumni and program guest speakers to hail their accomplishments. The 2013 class includes Rudy Ash, Jennifer Beightley, Kristy Conway, Cayce Dumont, Stephanie Thies Geier, Sarah Klein, Courtney Kohout, Stephanie Oberhausen, Jamie Revord and Terri Scales.

Congrats to the 2013 Annual Fellows!

Published June 25, 2013

This year’s Annual Fellows class recently joined the ranks of the Development Leadership Consortium community of alumni. The class of 2013 gathered at the home of Annual Fellows Facilitator Nora Kyger, Senior Vice President at Ter Molen, Watkins & Brandt LLC. The 2013 class includes Kelly Albrecht, Sean Allen, Margot Buermann, Annie Carter, Ellen Clarke, Sasha Doyle-Weiss, Lisa Dutton, Mary Hayes, Lauren Kreibich, Samantha Kyrkostas, Andrea Minor, Nikki Morton, Mary Penn, Marie Roth, Joe Villinski, Erica Weiss, and Monica Wojtyna. Congratulations Annual Fellows!

Clyde Watkins Outline from Continuing Ed. Event Now Available

Published February 10, 2013

Please click HERE to access Networking with a Purpose, Clyde Watkins’ outline from the inaugural DLC Continuing Education event, Professional Networking in the Social Media Era on January 31st. SocialRaise‘s Kevin LaManna has also made available his presentation about how technology can help build your brand HERE.

More Pics from DLC Continuing Ed. Event: Professional Networking in the Social Media Era

Published February 4, 2013