We are Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois helps motivated high school students rise above disadvantaged backgrounds. Our goal is to graduate young people who are physically, emotionally, and academically prepared for post-secondary education and productive life, breaking barriers so they can become community-minded leaders.

Boys Hope Girls Hope firmly believes that young people have the power to overcome adversity, realize their potential, and help transform our world. They create these successes when we remove obstacles, support and believe in them, and provide environments and opportunities that build on their strengths.

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois is a proud member of the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network. Our Network Headquarters, located in St. Louis, Missouri, connects, provides leadership to, and offers signature college-preparatory programming to 15 affiliates.  Each affiliate is independently incorporated, governed by its own board of directors, and responsible for its own fundraising. Affiliation and services agreements link the Network to ensure mission and brand fidelity, quality operations, maximum functional capacity, and consistency in training, programmatic standards, and best practices.

OUR MISSION & DNA

MISSION

To nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others.

DNA

Boys Hope Girls Hope utilizes the following
approach to achieve our mission.

We are:

Academically Focused
Service Oriented
Family-like
Long-Term and Comprehensive
Faith-Inspired
Voluntary in Nature

LOCAL IMPACT

Since 1979, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois has served young people who want to go to college and create successful futures for themselves. Young scholars have joined our program to receive support on their journey to college and beyond. They seek the academic resources, extracurricular opportunities, experiences, leadership development, and mentor relationships we provide.

See how Boys Hope Girls Hope is prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

LEADERSHIP

The Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois Board of Directors and team leadership collaborate to ensure mission fidelity, financial stewardship and transparency. Together, this group of professionals is committed to continuous learning, effective programming and outcomes, and improvement through impact evaluation and innovation.

Karen Croteau

Karen Croteau

President

Jennifer O'Shaughnessy

Jennifer O'Shaughnessy

Vice President

DeAudrey Davis

DeAudrey Davis

Program Director

Lesley Koroma

Lesley Koroma

Scholar & Collegian Support Specialist

Veronica "Ronnie" Krueger

Veronica "Ronnie" Krueger

Data Systems Manager

Robbi Lustig

Robbi Lustig

Business Manager

Brendan Daker

Brendan Daker

Residential Supervisor

David Gray

David Gray

Residential Supervisor

Jasmin White

Jasmin White

Residential Supervisor

Carlos Alverio

Carlos Alverio

Residential Counselor

Abby Edwards-Carlson

Abby Edwards-Carlson

Residential Counselor

Martine Georges-Powell

Martine Georges-Powell

Residential Counselor

Kameron Hall

Kameron Hall

Residential Counselor

Rosa Jones

Rosa Jones

Residential Counselor

Liliana Ramos

Liliana Ramos

Residential Counselor

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHAIR

CHAIR

Christopher T. Tarzon

Savills Inc.

VICE CHAIR

Jeff Lundal

SQUAA LLC

TREASURER

Mike Halkitis

RSM US LLP

SECRETARY

George Sullivan

Chapman and Cutler (retired)

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
David Gibson

Nominations Chair

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Daniel J. Baker

At Large

KeyBank Real Estate Capital

Dave Bryla

Development Co-Chair

WasteZero

John Lafferty

At Large

Segall Bryant & Hamill

Jamie Baisley

At Large

Frontage Search Partners

Amy Ward/Christine Hjorth

Co-Presidents

Women's Board

Genevieve Atwood

Loyola Academy

Daniel Byrne

Byrne, Byrne & Company

Lucien Carter

Sheffield Strategies, LLC

Christopher Crawshaw

Alamar Capital Management

Kathleen Cullen-Harwood

Wildwood Publications

Jennifer Gallagher

Artex

Michael E. Graham

Reynolds Consumer Products

Joe Hartsig

Bed Bath and Beyond

Jeffrey D. Huntington

Wells Fargo & Co.

Martha Idler

Civic Leader

Michael P. Kailus

AMCC, Inc

Peter Lee Summit

Trail Advisors

Kelly Lomas

Junior Board President

Tammy Lundal

Civic Leader

Peter Marino

Molson Coors

Connor McCarthy

AJ Gallagher

Michael McCarthy

Junior Board Treasurer

Mark E. McNabola

McNabola Law Group, P.C

Thomas Morehead

Catalyst Inno Institute

Cyrus Oelerich

North Shore Country Day School

Kristin Ostby

Boys Hope Girls Hope Network Headquarters

Timothy Reynolds

Clover Lane Patrons

Garrett Ryan

Twin Brook Capital Partners

George E. Sargent

Sargent Family Foundation

Elizabeth Schuster

Regina Dominican High School

Andrew Shackelford

Ernst & Young

Rudolph Trebels

Wedgewood Investment Group, LLC

Jim Wilson

Windy City Ventures

Jennifer Wolfe

Katten Muchin Rosenman

ADVISORY BOARD
Colette Allen

Civic Leader

John W. Amberg

Evanston Educational Consultants

William L. Bax

Pricewaterhouse Coopers, L.L.P.

J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Company

J. Jeffrey Geldermann

Civic Leader

Ralph Gilbert

Civic Leader

F. James Heide

Civic Leader

Scott K. Heitmann

Wintrust Financial Corporation

Michael S. Meyers

Civic Leader

Dave Morrison

William Blair (Retired)

J. Hobie Murnane

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Daniel J. O’Donovan

Metal Parts & Equipment Co.

Dianne O’Donovan

Civic Leader

Dawn Overend

Civic Leader

Thomas Pontarelli

Civic Leader

Chris Schuba

Civic Leader

Peter Spingola

Chapman & Spingola, LLP

Joseph E. Valenti, Jr.

Lifetime Trustee Valenti Builders

WOMEN’S BOARD

Co-President

Tracie M. Miller

Co-President

Catherine R. Giella

Gala Co-Chair

Kathleen McCann

Gala Co-Chair

Elaine Rucker

Donna M. Agnew
Kimberly A. Baker
Suzette Y. Bernstein
Jill Blabolil
Melissa T. Clary
Kandice Cole
Ana M. Couri
Erin Demakos
Kathleen Farrell
Joanne Fox
Marya Frankel
Leticia Guerra-Shinozaki
Helen Hallermann
Kathy I. Hartsig
Martha I. Idler
Mary Ellen Jobczynski
Nahraine Jonie Stone
Lindsey M. Kilsdonk
Carroll C. King
Jean Lin
Tammy Lundal
Rita M. Maltezos
Rachael L. Mann
Barbara Mawicke
Deb McMahon
Beth A. Miles
Marguerite T. O’Rourke
Jennifer Downs O’Shaughnessy
Marissa Perdkiri
Ann Ponzi
Lori Rago
Lisa M. Seymour
Holly A. Tamisiea
Carrie Tarzon
Amy Ward
Teresa Washington
Lisa Faremouth Weber
Sheila C. Weimer
Margaret Wohlfrom
Debbie Yapp
Maria E. Zacapa
Donna H. Zupancic
WOMEN’S BOARD SUSTAINING MEMBERS
Laura M. Ashley
Carol S. Bell
Susan K. Bordes
Iretta D. Brennan
Maureen K. Burke
Ellen G. Callahan
Trudy Cook
Barbara V. Davis
Susan J. Dunn
Kathleen T. Egan
Carol T. Fleming, O.P.
Judith M. Gurley
Vicki V. Hofstetter
Mimi Janian Lawless
Ellen Leydon
Ann Lynch
Mary L. O’Sullivan
Nancy L. Sullivan
Barbara F. Vender
Sheila N. Whalen
JUNIOR BOARD

President

Kelly Lomas

Treasurer

Michael McCarthy

Dylan Brennan
Kevin Ford
Emily Therese Geiger-Medina
Joe Jedlicka
Nichole Johnson
Brian Kucera
Brianna McNamee
Juanita Mendoza
Kelley Monzella
Larry Phillips, Jr.
Ryan Ring
Ryan Sexton
Andrew Seymour
Tom Truss
Jack T. Wambach
Erin Wehmer

HISTORY

Boys Hope Girls Hope was founded in 1977 in St. Louis, Missouri by Rev. Paul Sheridan, SJ.  Since that time, the program has been replicated across the US and in Latin America. Below are key highlights from our affiliate’s history.

1979

Volunteer board developed a Jesuit Program for Living and Learning Incorporated in Illinois.

1980

Home location identified, zoning approved by the city of Evanston, and home is purchased.

1981

First house parents hired and scholars enter the program.

1982

Second home is purchased in Evanston.

1984

Boys Hope Women’s Board is founded.

1985

First scholars enter college.

1989

The first alumnus becomes a college graduate.

1990

From this year onward, all graduates of Boys Hope are accepted into 4-year colleges and universities.

1991

Boys Hope was awarded the first Northwestern University Evans Scholarship.

1993

The program mission was altered to focus on a leadership development model.

1994

Board commits to Girls Home in Chicago.

1995

Board authorizes name change and 6 months later, the first Girls Hope Scholars enter the program at a temporary facility.

1996

Girls Hope permanent home opened in Evanston.

1998

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Chicago Junior Board is founded.

2004

Women’s Board sets a fundraising record, and National Headquarters adopts a new mission and values statement.

2006

Began 2006-2007 school year with full houses and staff.

2007

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois achieves the highest GPA of any affiliate in the country.

2009

First Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois Alumnus joins the Junior Board.

2012

Women’s Board Dinner Dance sets a new fundraising record.