Roycemore Board of Trustees
Kathleen is a partner in the Employee Benefits group at the law firm Ice Miller LLP. Her practice focuses on ERISA, Internal Revenue Code and securities law compliance for compensation and benefit programs, Total Rewards strategy, equity-based incentive arrangements, executive compensation and corporate governance. When Kathleen is not deciphering laws and regulations, she enjoys yoga, biking, reading and gardening. Kathleen grew up on a farm in eastern Iowa, then attended college at the University of Notre Dame and law school at the University of Iowa. She and her husband, Karl, have twin sons in Middle School.
Anthony Chambers, PhD, ABPP, is the Chief Academic Officer, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and a Board Certified Couple and Family Psychologist on staff at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Chambers is also the Director of Northwestern University’s Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies and is a Clinical Professor of Psychology. Dr. Chambers is also the 2016 President for the American Psychological Association’s Society for Couple and Family Psychology and the 2018-2019 President-elect for the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology. Dr. Chambers received his B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University, his M.A. & Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Chambers’ other main interest involve independent schools where he is an avid reader of all things surrounding private school education. Having graduated as a lifer (ages 3-18) from the illustrious University School of Milwaukee, he has experienced firsthand the benefits of receiving a private school education. His most proud achievement is that he has been happily married for 16 years and has a beautiful daughter! In his free time he enjoys traveling, exercising, ESPN, movies, reruns of Seinfeld and West Wing, and family time.
Liz and her husband Scott Schweighauser live in Chicago and are the parents of two boys, the youngest a Roycemore sophomore. In her prior life, Liz was a copy editor at Conde Nast in New York and then had a long career at Leo Burnett Advertising. She is currently the chair of the Williams College Museum of Art Visiting Committee, and a past trustee of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Lake Forest Country Day School, Lake Forest Academy and the Wolcott School.
Holly Crilly leads global sales enablement and business development for the Global Security Sales Organization at Cisco. This team’s goal is to drive sustained Security growth by understanding the customer and specialist/seller experiences in-depth, then designing and executing Sales Enablement Strategies and Business Development plays (delivering Activation and Acceleration motions) for security specialists, direct field sellers and partners. Previously, she was a Director in Cisco’s Americas Marketing and Communications organization and also held sales strategy, planning and operations leadership roles at Cisco. Before she joined Cisco, Holly led successful teams in technology, consumer and agency organizations and directed strategy and execution across a full range of marketing, communications and sales enablement disciplines.
Holly has been part of the Roycemore family for four years and her son, Charlie attended for High School and graduated in 2019. She also served on the Board of Rogers Park Montessori for seven years and was President of that Board for three of those years. She enjoys tennis, travel and biking.
Tim has over 20 years of experience in education, having served as a teacher, vice principal, division head and head of school. Upon graduation from Villanova University with a degree in business administration, Tim participated in a volunteer program, placing recent college graduates in inner-city schools. He taught fifth grade in California while earning a Master’s Degree in School Leadership from the University of San Francisco. During his final two years in the Bay Area, Tim assumed the role of vice-principal in addition to his teaching responsibilities. He then moved to Seattle to teach fifth grade at an independent school for gifted students for four years. Tim was then named founding middle school head at Open Window School in Bellevue, WA. After Washington, Tim was named the 7th Head of School for the Science & Arts Academy in Chicago. Tim is active in the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and is a member of the Illinois Collation for Non Public Schools. He also serves on the board of the Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools.
Tim is an avid sports fan, especially of all four professional teams from Philadelphia, where he was born and raised, as well as Villanova basketball. He has warmed up to embracing the Cubs as his second favorite baseball team. Tim enjoys traveling, with a special fondness for road trips and visits to national parks with his wife Ana and four children.
Aleksandra is Vice President, North America, Ansys Customer Excellence at ANSYS, Inc. She received a PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. She and her husband, Joe, have two children at Roycemore, one in Middle School and one in the Upper School.
Kevin Foote is a former equities and derivatives trader with Goldman Sachs and the Hull Group, later co-managing an independent trading firm of his own. His focus has always been managing people and situations with a clear statistical research discipline, and establishing formal processes to ensure future success. He now devotes his time to a real estate investment business which he founded in 2011, parenting his teen, and serving in various nonprofit leadership capacities. Kevin has a history of work with youth-oriented philanthropic ventures including Adoption Center of Illinois, Children’s Research Triangle, the Nettelhorst School, and the Chicago Yacht Club. He holds a degree in economics from Colgate University (1989), and lives in Chicago with his wife Diane, and their son Steven, a proud Roycemore student in the upper school.
Victoria has spent more than 35 years advising enterprises and families on complex financial and banking matters. She is currently engaged in financial consulting. Victoria began her career at The First National Bank of Chicago and retired from its successor organization, JPMorgan, where she was a Managing Director responsible for leading a team of investment, fiduciary and banking professionals. Victoria is a graduate of Miami University and earned her Master of Business Administration from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University. Her past board and volunteer affiliations revolve in education and youth, including Chicago Arts Partnership for Education, Girls Scouts Illinois Crossroads Council, Omni Youth Services and Wings. She is a proud parent of a 2020 Roycemore graduate, and a fervent believer in the power of education grounded in individual strengths.
Dr. Seema Gorla is Executive Medical Director and Group Lead of the Oncology and Ophthalmology Therapeutic Areas in pharmacovigilance at Astellas Pharma in Northbrook.
She obtained her M.D. from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and then completed a general surgery residency at University of Illinois at Chicago and a breast oncology surgery fellowship at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. In 2005, she began a career in the pharmaceutical industry and her area of expertise is pharmacovigilance (drug safety).
Along with her board of trustee service, Seema’s interests include fitness, baking, reading and spending time with her family.
Lori is Senior Manager of Data Management at Allstate Insurance Company, where she drives solutions around leveraging data as a valued corporate asset. She joined Allstate in 2014 as an Information Architect upon completion of an MS in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Lori’s interest in education has been a recurring theme. Upon graduation from Dartmouth College with a degree in Government, she became a certified educator while teaching high school Spanish in Vermont. Returning home to the Chicago area, she then ventured into technology, spending several years as a developer before leaving the workforce to raise her three children. During those years at home, Lori continued to teach Spanish part-time in a Montessori program, served in volunteer leadership positions for her local school district, taught health and nutrition on international mission trips, and became a strong advocate for gifted education.
The Hurleys became part of the Roycemore community in 2014, when their oldest son was fortunate to join the Upper School as an Eisner scholar.
Stephen Jackson is a resident of Evanston and the proud grandparent of two Roycemore students. He is a practicing attorney with Bryant Legal Group, Chicago, Illinois. Steve received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a Certificate in Labor and Employment Law. Steve received his B.A., summa cum laude, in organizational management from Concordia University Chicago. After earning his J.D. Steve joined the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office where he worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Child Protection division. He joined Bryant Legal Group in 2014.
In 2018 and 2019, Steve chaired Roycemore’s annual scholarship dinner and auction. From 2014-2017 he served as Co-Chair for the Scholarship Gala Committee of Smart Love Family Services, a non-profit located in Logan Square that provides innovative psychological counseling, parenting programs, and early childhood education. Steve is a former adjunct faculty member of Columbia College and Concordia University.
Scott is a Roycemore alum and founder of Phoenix Yoga Project, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves Chicago communities by providing complementary Yoga classes. Scott particularly enjoys teaching new students and children. His classes incorporate the essential wisdom from yoga’s heritage, helping students to approach the poses as unfolding paths to self-discovery and personal transformation. Before forming Phoenix Yoga Project, Scott assessed the revenue cycle and developed cash flow improvement strategies for hospitals and physician groups in a consulting capacity, and also led all marketing activities.
Mark Lowry is an accomplished operations professional determined to find solutions to colleagues’ business challenges, large or small. Since joining Rotary International in 2014, Mark has led a diverse portfolio of globally shared services, including travel, data integrity, supply chain and property/facilities management. In addition, he is a fiduciary for the organization’s wholly-owned for-profit subsidiary in Pune, Maharashtra (Rotary International Infotech Pvt. Ltd.).
In addition to physical plant security and traveler safety concerns, Mark’s days are filled with process improvement analysis and sustainability within the built environment. Energy efficiency and skilled trade workforce development are intrinsically related issues about which he is passionate – while non-profit governance consulting keeps him grounded in finding tangible ways to engage stakeholders in collaborative problem-solving.
Deborah is an alumna of Roycemore School. She was the Distinguished Alumna in 2017. She is an attorney with Children’s Law Group, LLC. Deborah’s practice focuses on complex special education matters with a particular emphasis on representing children with cochlear implants, genetic disorders, and social-emotional disabilities. She has also taught special education law at DePaul University College of Law and disability law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Deborah credits her Roycemore education with instilling the importance of following Benjamin Franklin’s adage, “Do well by doing good.”
Mairead and her husband Canice Prendergast live in Chicago, and are the parents of two boys, the eldest a Roycemore high school student. Born and raised in Ireland, she received a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy at Oxford University in England. Since moving to the U.S. she has spent her research career at the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago working on state, federal and international child well-being. Dr. Reidy is currently involved in a variety of refugee and food security programs in Chicago and beyond.
Nicole is currently the Chief Operations Officer at the McGaw YMCA. She holds a master’s degree from the Stanford University School of Graduate Education. Nicole has over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, administrator, and Executive Director. Nicole was the Executive Director of Garfield Charter School in Redwood City, California, a community school serving grades PreK -8th, before returning to Evanston. She is also the founding Director of the University of Chicago Charter School, Donoghue Campus, a Pre-K through 5th grade school focused on creating educational equity. Nicole’s son has been at Roycemore since Pre-K and is now a Middle School student..
Mrs. Eisner served as a Latin and English teacher at Roycemore in 1956, and was an adviser to an award-winning yearbook staff for years. She also served as Roycemore’s Public Relations and Communications Coordinator and later the Director of Admissions. Mrs. Eisner retired from Roycemore in 1985 and in 1989 was elected to the Roycemore School Board of Trustees. She is the school’s longest serving trustee, and after another 29 years as an active trustee, the board conferred Mrs. Eisner the status of Life Trustee.
Mrs. Eisner and her family have been steadfast benefactors of Roycemore through philanthropy and deed. Mrs. Eisner married Chair of Roycemore’s Board of Trustees, Robert Eisner. Upon his passing, Mrs. Eisner established the Robert Eisner Distinguished Scholarship Program in his memory. This program provides students with tremendous benefits as it awards up to three new full tuition scholarships annually to Roycemore students based on their academic achievement and outstanding leadership abilities. It is with the greatest humility and deepest gratitude that we bestow an honorary diploma Mrs. Edith Eisner, Class of 2018.
Tom has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for more than 10 years. He has led the Board through the school’s acquisition and relocation of its campus to 1200 Davis Street, Head of School searches, and long-term strategic planning. Tom and his wife, Lynn, are the proud parents of two Roycemore “lifers” who continuously attended the school from pre-K through Grade 12. Tom works as the Director of Litigation for Nolan Law Group, a Chicago-based trial law firm, where he advocates for victims of aviation accidents and other catastrophic accidents. In addition to his volunteer work at Roycemore, Tom currently serves on the Development Committee for his independent school alma mater in St. Louis- Thomas Jefferson School, and devotes other time to the Brain Injury Association of Illinois.
Roycemore School will sustain our legacy of outstanding college preparatory education within our nurturing community. We remain committed to enhanced opportunities for student learning as we develop new centers of academic excellence, increase our engagement with our local community and develop long range fiscal plans to sustain our school for future generations.