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Roycemore Board of Trustees 2018-2019

Thomas J. Ellis – Chair

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.

Jose-Luis Bretones – Vice Chair

Jose-Luis was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. Graduated with a MS and a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSII). He joined AT&T Bell Labs in 1991, as an intern two years before graduating, to start his career optimizing manufacturing processes. He continued in the telecommunications industry progressing through several promotions and roles in the global supply chain and manufacturing operations arena, eventually earning responsibilities across several European markets. In 1998, Jose-Luis was appointed EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) lead to a global supply chain re-engineering team, and was relocated to Oklahoma City, OK where Lucent Technologies headquartered its telephone switching business unit. During this assignment, Jose-Luis earned an MBA degree.

Anne M. Aune ’86 – Secretary

Annie is a prekindergarten teacher for children at risk in the Chicago Public Schools. She co-teaches with a Diverse Learner teacher in an Inclusive classroom that provides instruction to students in the general population alongside students with Individualized Education Plans. As a student of John W. Schmid at Roycemore in the 1980’s, she was inspired to pursue a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Theatre at Lawrence University. After that she went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also holds an endorsement in teaching English as a Second Language and is currently pursuing an endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education. She and her husband Chuck live in Chicago and have a teenage son and daughter.

Jack O’Brien ’09 – Treasurer

Graduated from Fordham University in 2013, Majoring in Philisophy with a Minor in Business Administration. Since graduation, Jack has spent his career working in equity research and business development in New York City for various firms. Jack recently moved back to Chicago and is currently a MBA candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Additionally, Jack has spent a number of years volunteering in various capacities with the National Urban Squash + Education Alliance.

Adrianne Finley Odell – President

As Roycemore’s 12th Head of School in its 102-year-old history, Adrianne moved to Evanston, Illinois from St. Petersburg, Florida where she served as the Assistant Head of School of Shorecrest Preparatory School, a PK-12th grade independent school with 960 students. Her move marks a return to the Midwest as she grew up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with a minor in Economics. She began her working career in Hawaii after obtaining her Masters degree from The University of Hawaii at Manoa in Political Science.

Anthony Chambers

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.

Chadwick M. Cunningham

Chadwick is a Senior Vice President at the global real estate firm LaSalle Investment Management (LaSalle) where he is responsible for building and maintaining capital relationships with institutional clients throughout the United States and representing LaSalle’s public and private investment vehicles around the world.

Chadwick grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky, where his interest in math, science and the built environment led him to enroll at the University of Louisville where he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering. After receiving his Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, Chadwick joined Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) where he worked until 2014 before starting at LaSalle.

Chadwick and his wife, Shawntay, are the parents of three boys (Cayden, Parker and Graham) and have been part of the Roycemore community since 2013.

Liz Ellrodt

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.

Seema Gorla, M.D.

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. Seema and her husband Madhu are parents to 3 Roycemore middle school students.

Sonny Hersh

Scott Kinsloe ‘72

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. 

Elizabeth Landon

“Liz is the Vice President of Human Resources at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In 2014, she received her MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School. She returned to graduate school after a 25-year consulting career at Accenture with a focus on talent management and human performance.

Liz is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and she has an AB in Economics, an MBA, and an MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Mentor Illinois. Her interests include public policy, youth mentoring and education, travel, movies, sailing, Disney theme parks and, most recently, opera. She lives in Evanston, Illinois and is married with three children.

Aleksandra Egelja-Maruszewski

Aleksandra is Director, North America Customer Excellence Team at ANSYS, Inc. She received 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 high school.

Deborah Pergament ‘87

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.”  

Kathleen Sheil Scheidt

Kathleen is Head Counsel, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits, at AbbVie Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company. Her law practice focuses on ERISA, Internal Revenue Code and securities law compliance for compensation and benefit programs, Total Rewards strategy 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.

Barbara Thomas

Barbara’s entire professional career has been independent education. Beginning at St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School and Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, MO, then moving to the Chicago area, she worked at Roycemore for 22 years, first as faculty, followed by 19 years as Director of Admission, retiring in 2006. She is the parent of 3 Roycemore alums. An Evanston native, she graduated from Evanston Township High School, then attended the U. of Missouri, earning an MA in Education.

Barbara and her husband now divide time between homes in San Diego and Glenview, IL, where they devote time to family and support a lifetime involvement with sailing.

David Wilts

David Wilts has been a board trustee for three years and is currently chairing the Facilities and Technology Committee. He is the managing principal of Digital Masterplanning, a software development and consulting firm focused on empowering organizations to adopt disruptive technology. David’s thirty years of operations, production, design, and construction experience enables the school to take the “long view” on how to prepare students for the future and empower the facility to help them get there. David and his wife, Renee Cortez, are the proud parents of Harrison who is currently in middle school. David’s outside interests include being a musician, spinning vinyl, DIY projects around the house, cooking with the family, and anything Harry is into.

Vision Statement
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.