BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Olivia Clarke

President and Founder

Olivia works in public relations for a large law firm and is a former journalist. She is an active volunteer who believes in giving back to her community. She has skills in communications, writing, community building and fundraising. She is also a cancer survivor.

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Sabrina Sargon

Treasurer

Sabrina is founder of Essa Dora Salon & Spa in Chicago and is a master stylist and leader in the beauty community. She is also active in the small business community, an active volunteer and manages a team of 15.

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Michelle Peltier

Secretary

Michelle is Director of Liturgical Services and Special Events at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. She is a former business owner, community activist, event planner and political strategist. 

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Laura Knisley

Board Member

Laura is currently the Vice President of Finance & Operations at Evolve Giving Group and has a substantial history of working in the nonprofit sector, both as her "day job" and through board volunteer work. She loves the opportunity to act as a resource to small-to-medium-sized, mission-based organizations in the areas of operations, finance, and strategy. Laura lives in Chicago's western suburbs with her husband, two young sons, and rescue pitbull mix. 

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Josh Sussberg

Board Member

Josh, a 42-year-old father of three and husband living in New York, is a senior restructuring partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  He has represented many of the largest companies in the world in their restructurings, including many retailers in the recent retail apocalypse like Toys R Us, Barneys and Forever 21.  He was diagnosed with acute T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma in April 2016, returned to work in January 2017 and just recently completed a three-year maintenance phase of treatment in December 2019. Visit his blog on dealing with cancer.