Board of Directors
Nancy Dellamore, Director at Large
Nancy is currently active in several school related volunteer activities. She draws from 25 years of marketing, product development and company start-up experience. Her last position was as Vice President of Marketing at Seyfarth Shaw at Work, a start-up entity of the law firm Seyfarth Shaw. She holds a Marketing degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Syracuse University.
Liz Erlich, Director of Finance
Isabelle Green, Director of Social Media
Stephanie Linn, Director of Partnerships
Stephanie is currently serving as the Global Mobility Manager for Baker & McKenzie LLP as well as a semi-weekly volunteer at Connections for the Homeless. Prior to holding these roles, Stephanie worked for almost 20 years in public accounting, most recently as a Senior Manager in the Global Employer Services practice at Deloitte, assisting multi-national organizations with a focus on global rewards and global mobility tax consulting. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
Maggie O’Brien, Secretary
Maggie is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for an education technology firm in Chicago. She has over 15 years of experience across advertising, retail, consumer packaged goods, and education technology industries. Maggie became involved with TKC after seeing how it inspired her three young daughters to give back and spread kindness to others.
Lisa Rosenberg, Director at Large / School Partnerships
Lisa is a founding Board Member of The Kindness Connection. Lisa worked as a school social worker for several years and as an active volunteer in the community. Lisa was The Kindness Connection Executive Director for four years. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a MSW from Loyola University in Chicago.
Mary Roth, Director of Development, Co-Founder
Mary teaches math at Beacon Academy in Evanston and serves as a resource teacher in the math department of a therapeutic day school. Her prior experience includes facilitating the secondary math/science practicum seminar serving undergraduate and graduate Northwestern University students. Mary earned a BA in economics and an MS in secondary math education from Northwestern University.
Stefanie Ryan, Director of Corporate
In addition to joining The Kindness Connection Board, Stefanie has been an active volunteer in the community working at various outreach programs through her church as well as her children’s schools and athletic teams. Prior to this Stefanie held a 25+ year career in publishing at Dow Jones and The Hearst Corporation where she was a Director of Integrated Sale. Publications she worked on included The Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney and Good Housekeeping. She holds a B.A. in English and Economics from Skidmore College.
Shannon Valko, Director at Large / School Programs
In addition to her work with The Kindness Connection, Shannon is the owner and creator of a Play Cafe called Little Beans Cafe in Lincoln Park and Evanston as well as Board & Brush Creative Studio in Evanston. Shannon leads all marketing, branding, programming and partnership outreach for Little Beans. Prior to opening Little Beans in 2010, Shannon worked as an Account Director in the experiential marketing and sales field with a focus on strategy, client service, program execution and sales. With a focus on leading strategy and account relationships, Shannon has worked with big brands including Wrigley, Gatorade, Orbitz and more. Shannon has a BA from Indiana University and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago.
Mark Wierzbinski, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Mark has enjoyed a successful career in finance in several Chicago-based companies. Besides his work with TKC, he has done volunteer work with children’s hospitals, literacy programs, and wellness initiatives. Mark holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Mark has been a board member since 2014.
Lisa Axelrod, Co-founder