Board Members

Les F. Bond, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer, Attucks Asset Management, LLC
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Les Bond is co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Attucks Asset Management, LLC responsible for portfolio management and the development of new business. Attucks is a minority-owned and operated firm that understands the unique challenges of this market segment, and currently manages over $1.8 billion in assets for some of the largest institutional investors in the country, helping them structure and run customized investment programs. Prior to founding Attucks Asset Management, LLC, Mr. Bond held senior positions in both government and the investment banking industry. He served as Deputy General Counsel for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority of Chicago. Subsequently, he served as General Counsel to the Comptroller of the City of St. Louis, with additional responsibilities as Fiscal Manager of External Finance. Mr. Bond founded Columbia Capital Management, LLC, which provides financial and investment advisory services to government entities and treasuries. Mr. Bond divested his ownership interest in Columbia in 2009. He is also an active member of the Alliance of Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs, the New America Alliance, and the Association of Asian American Investment Managers. Mr. Bond is also a frequent commentator and lecturer on emerging managers.

David Borris

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David Borris grew up in Glencoe, Illinois & studied Hotel & Restaurant Administration at the University of  Nevada in Las Vegas. After several years working for others in the industry, he and his wife, Cari, opened a small gourmet retail carry out concept, Hel’s Kitchen, in 1985, in Highland Park, Il. on Chicago’s north shore. The parents of three children, they learned early the difficulties entrepreneurs face in striving for work life balance, and the importance of developing and compensating high quality staff in building a successful enterprise. Having grown from 1 employee in a 900 square ft. store front to occupying close to 10,000 sq. ft. with 38 full time and over 70 part time and seasonal workers, the couple sold the company in 2019, and are now retired.

David became involved in the fight for the Affordable Care Act in 2008, taking a position on the executive board of the nascent Main Street Alliance,  the progressive voice for issues that impact small business at the local and national level. In that capacity, Borris has testified in front of various congressional committees and taken part in numerous press conferences and hearings on issues ranging from health care, wages and tax policy to transparency and Wall Street reform. 

David serves on the policy council for Citizen Action-Illinois. He also serves as Board president for Chicago Area Peace Action – the Illinois affiliate of the largest grassroots peace and justice organization in the country. CAPA focuses its work on the intersectionalities of climate disruption, defense spending, and foreign policy through a lens of equity and justice, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Byron T. Brazier

Pastor, Apostolic Church of God
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The second of the beloved Bishop Arthur and Isabelle Brazier’s four children, Dr. Byron T. Brazier was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side. Dr. Brazier has three sisters: Lola, Janice, and Rosalyn.

Dr. Brazier was educated in the Chicago Public Schools system, attending and graduating from Doolittle Elementary School and Wendell Phillips High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University after first attending Wilson Junior College (Kennedy-King) and Northern Illinois University. Dr. Brazier also received a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.

In 1972, Dr. Brazier started his professional career as a production supervisor at Johnson & Johnson. In 1973, he joined the data processing division of IBM Corporation as a salesman. He later became a marketing instructor in Dallas, Texas and was promoted to several positions at IBM. In 1991, he transitioned from IBM reaching top-level management as a business unit executive over the public sector. During his tenure at IBM, he received national recognition for his service and leadership on several occasions.

In 1991, Dr. Brazier founded Brazier and Associates and was appointed Chief Information Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority, where he remained until 1995, the year he became the general administrator of the Apostolic Church of God.


Dr. Brazier served his father for thirteen years before being named as pastor of the Apostolic Church of God in 2008. His primary motivation was for the congregation to grow in the grace they have received from God, to build their spiritual identity, character, and vision, and to enjoy being a part of the body of Christ. As an apologetic-styled teacher and proclaimer of the Jesus Christ, being “Saved by Grace and Grace Alone” remains the ultimate understanding for a child of God. While preparing the church to live out its mission, his desire is to show forth the power of God in the life of the church as the church confronts a society that is more secular, more individualist, and more concerned about materialistic consumption. Dr. Brazier is also preparing to write the first of two books. The first book will focus on the application of the church’s moral authority to convene and unify the Woodlawn community to achieve self-determination. The second book will be about the power of God to transform the community through the church.

Community Outreach

As an advocate for the community, Dr. Brazier continues to ensure that the church remains a beacon of light and an agent of change in the community. Through the establishment of the Bishop Arthur M. Brazier Foundation, Dr. Brazier has been able to obtain support from philanthropic organization to support the development of the Woodlawn community in the area of education, public safety, and economic development. Beginning in 2010, Dr. Brazier proposed the development of the Network of Woodlawn and its pillars, which has provided a unifying vision for Woodlawn. Finally, Dr. Brazier established a Social Enterprise manufacturing company that provides workforce development services for residents in robotics controls while the revenue from the social enterprise will be reinvested into the Woodlawn community. Currently, Dr. Brazier is the chairman of the board of the Network of Woodlawn and its pillars (WCPC, WPED, WPSA, and WHSS), 1Woodlawn, the Bishop Arthur M. Brazier Foundation, and BSD Industries L3C. He also is a commissioner and board member of the Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board, Public Building Commission, the Metropolitan Planning Council, DuSable Museum, and the Museum of Science and Industry.

Family Life

Since 1976, Dr. Brazier has been married to his wife, Mary Brazier. They are the proud parents of two children, April James and Byron II.

Sean Denney

Director of Government Relations, Illinois Education Association

Roger Eddy

Interim President, Lincoln Trail College
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Roger Eddy is currently the Interim President of Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Illinois.  In 2018, he retired after 38 years in education.  After seven years as a classroom teacher and coach, he became Principal of Hustonville High School for three years before then moving to Watseka High School as Principal for five years.  He returned to Hutsonville where he served as Superintendent for 16 years.  During his time as Superintendent at Hutsonville, he was elected five terms as State Representative of the 109th Legislative District.  In 2012, after leaving the General Assembly, he became the Executive Director of the Illinois Association of School Boards, retiring from that position in 2018.  He has served on numerous national and statewide task forces and committees related to education and other public policy issues.  He and his wife Becca, who was an Early Childhood Teacher, have five grown children and are expecting their 6th grandchild in October of 2020.


Jonathan Jackson

Professor, Chicago State University
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Jonathan L. Jackson, godson of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a national spokesman for Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Mr. Jackson is a professor of marketing in the College of Business at Chicago State University and is a partner in a Chicago-based Anheuser-Busch Cos. Distributorship, River North Sales and Service, LLC. His investment ventures range from wireless to real estate and distribution sectors and he is currently in the process of building a Cricket Wireless franchise operation. Mr. Jackson started his business career in 1988 at Drexel Burnham Lambert as an investment analyst. Jackson also worked as an analyst at Independence Bank, as a Shatkin Arbor runner at the Chicago Board of Trade, and developed real estate for East Lake Management in Chicago.

Mr. Jackson is a regular contributor to the Cliff Kelley radio show, WVON AM 1690.  He graduated from North Carolina A&T University and the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University

Robin Kelly

Honorable Robin Kelly, U.S. House of Representatives (IL-District 2)
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Congresswoman Robin Kelly was elected to represent Illinois’ 2nd District on April 9, 2013.

As a former State Representative, Kelly brings extensive legislative experience to the 2nd District. She successfully sponsored bills to protect consumers from fraud, support economic development, and increase the minimum wage. She also led the fight for landmark legislation to protect victims of domestic violence and improve public safety.

During her tenure in the Illinois Legislature, Kelly mentored progressive candidates and encouraged new leaders, including one of her colleagues, Barack Obama, in his successful 2004 bid for U.S. Senate. Most recently, Kelly was Chief Administrative Officer of Cook County, where she was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and implementing policy for the second largest county in the United States.

Kelly has also served as chief of staff in the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office. As the first African American woman to serve as chief of staff for a constitutional officer in Illinois, Kelly pursued a progressive agenda rooted in promoting small business job creation, investment strategy innovation, eliminating food deserts, and advancing financial literacy in underserved areas. She also helped to transform the Treasurer’s Office – an agency that manages as much as $17 billion in state funds – by improving efficiencies, streamlining expenses, and demanding stronger ethical guidelines.

A New York native, Kelly moved to Illinois after high school to attend Bradley University in Peoria, where she earned her B.A. in psychology and a M.A. in counseling. She later received a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University.

Kelly serves on a number of boards and commissions, including the Cook County Human Rights Commission and the Hate Crimes Commission. She also serves as a Bradley University Trustee and is a board member of the Bradley University Council. In 2009, she was inducted into the university’s Centurion Society for honored alumni. She is also an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Kelly lives in Matteson with her husband, Dr. Nathaniel Horn and has two adult children, Kelly and Ryan.

Jane Lehmann

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Jane Lehmann is retired from Elgin Community College where she was a professor of reading and education for over 40 years. In addition to teaching, she was, for ten years, the Director of the Learning Skills Center.   She served in leadership positions at the college as well as in state and national professional organizations.  Jane is the co-author of two textbooks that have been widely used in community college reading classes, and she has served as a consultant in reading to elementary, secondary and post-secondary faculties.   She holds a BA and Ms.Ed from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, and is active at the local and state level in the State University Annuitants Association, an advocacy organization for Illinois University and community college employees.  

David May

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David May is a La Grange resident with 3 adult sons and 3 grandchildren. He is retired from Walsh Construction in Chicago. He formerly served as Board President of La Grange Elementary School District 102; and as Chair of the Executive Board of Ed-Red, a legislative advocacy consortium of 90 suburban school districts.

Cami K. McBride

Professor of Psychology and Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, Roosevelt University
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Cami K. McBride, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Roosevelt University. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Brown University in Providence, RI and completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.  She came to Chicago for an internship at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Urban Children’s Mental Health and HIV Prevention at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2002, she joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Finch University of Health Sciences, now the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. In 2006, she moved to Roosevelt University where she directed the PsyD program from 2009-2015, before becoming Department Chair in 2015. Her research focuses on adolescent health and risk taking behavior as well as the training of psychologists. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois and has served as a member on the APA Commission on Accreditation from 2016 through 2020.

William McNary

Co-Director, Citizen Action/Illinois
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William McNary has been called one of the most electrifying and inspirational speakers of our time. He is the Co-Director for Citizen Action/Illinois, the state’s largest public interest organization working on an ambitious agenda that includes the fight for workers’ rights, advancing public education funding, utility rate and insurance rate reform, environmental safety, and protecting consumers from unfair predatory loan practices. He previously served as the Legislative Director for Citizen Action/Illinois.

He is the Legislative Chair of “A Better Illinois” a coalition dedicated to making the Illinois tax structure fairer in order to provide the revenues needed to create jobs, educate our children, provide for health care, human service, and public safety.

One of the nation’s leading advocates for health care reform, McNary is one of the founding members of Health Care for America Now!, the largest national grassroots health care coalition which led to the successful passage of the national Affordable Care Act that was signed into law by President Obama.

He is the Co-Chairman of the Emergency Network to Save Cook County Health Services, dedicated to reforming, rescuing and restoring the Cook County public health safety net.

McNary has been appointed by 2 Illinois Governors, the Illinois Attorney General, the Cook County Board President and other State Constitutional Officers to serve on several state boards, task forces, and transition teams. Most recently, Governor Pat Quinn appointed McNary to serve on the Illinois Campaign Reform Task Force where he spearheaded the push for public funded clean elections to lessen the influence of corporate campaign money.

McNary served as the founding president of USAction, one of the nation’s largest coalitions of progressive grassroots organizations. He served as a surrogate speaker for President Barack Obama in his first run for President. He was also elected as an Obama delegate and served as Illinois Convention Floor Whip at the Denver Democratic Convention in 2008.

McNary also serves on the board of the Voter Participation Center, an organization that empowers unmarried women, people of color and other underrepresented groups to participate in the democratic process.

Over seven election cycles, McNary has worked with the Rainbow/Push Coalition where he co-directed targeted voter registration and “Get Out the Vote” campaign efforts. He has a degree in journalism and communications from the University of Iowa.

David E. Miller, DDS

Daniel J. Montgomery

President, Illinois Federation of Teachers
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Daniel J. Montgomery has worked on behalf of public education and the rights of working men and women for over 15 years. He was elected to a three-year term as president of the 103,000-member Illinois Federation of Teachers at the union’s 2010 Convention. A veteran educator and union activist, Montgomery has been an IFT member since 1993. He served as head of the 1,700-member North Suburban Teachers Union, Local 1274, for nearly 10 years and was a vice president on the IFT Executive Board from 2002 until his election to the IFT presidency. As a board member, he chaired numerous Executive Board committees, including the Personnel, Negotiations and Locals Committees and was a member of the board’s 12-member Executive Committee. He also served as chair of the union’s PreK-12 Constituency Council and the 2009 IFT President’s Conference Planning Committee. Montgomery has also been active at the national level. Since 2004 he has been the co-chair of the American Federation of Teachers K-12 Program and Policy Council. A dedicated and experienced educator, Montgomery taught English for 18 years at Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois. He also taught in the City Colleges of Chicago and at Northwestern University. His teaching expertise has earned him a place as a member on the board of directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Montgomery is married with three children and resides in Evanston.

Kathryn Nesburg

League of Women Voters
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Kathryn Nesburg has been active with the League of Women Voters for many years. The League is a grass roots organization which studies issues and takes action on them and which is Ms. Nesburg's favorite activity. She currently serves as the Fiscal Policy Issues Specialist for the state League. Ms. Nesburg has also been involved with study and action in school funding, redistricting, the Illinois Constitution and Cook County, and local issues. Ms. Nesburg is an attorney and has served two terms on the District 97 School Board (Oak Park elementary schools).

Jean Sussman

Trustee, Village of Riverside
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Jean Sussman is an elected Trustee in the Village of Riverside. In this capacity, she focuses on strategic planning, the budgeting process, and community planning. She holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics and has worked in both the private and public sectors. Jean has worked throughout Latin America as an economist, first working on economic development projects, and then with The Quaker Oats Company and PespsiCo. Jean has worked for many years in the private sector, focusing on agricultural commodities and procurement practices. She has also worked as an advocate for migrant farm workers in the public sector. Jean currently serves on the board of the Rauner Family YMCA, in the heart of Chicago’s Mexican-American community, where she has been co-president of the board and head of fundraising.

Marleis Trover

Associate Professor, McKendree University
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Dr. Marleis Trover is an Associate Professor at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. She teaches educational leadership classes in Finance, Curriculum and Supervision, and is a consultant to the Consortia for Educational Change. She has taught educational leadership courses at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. and at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL.

Dr. Trover retired as superintendent of Vienna High School in 2008. During her administrative service, she has been a unit, high school and elementary superintendent. In addition to service as a superintendent, she has been a curriculum director, principal and teacher in elementary, junior and senior high school classes. 

Dr. Trover served as the 2004-2005 Illinois Association of School Administrators’ President and as a two-term Governing Board Member of the American Association of School Administrators from 2004-2010. Also, she was a designer/facilitator for the Motorola University/Illinois Association of School Administrators’ Leadership Partnership from 1990-2005. 

In addition, Dr. Trover served as facilitator for the Bill and Melinda Gates Learning Technology Grant (ILTC). The sessions were designed to integrate Data Driven Schools, Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortia Standards (ISLLC), and Baldrige Criteria for Systemic Educational Change and Innovation and increased student achievement.

Dr. Trover has also served on the Governor’s Team for Educational Excellence, the Illinois Virtual High School Board, and the Illinois (BiN) Baldrige in Education Board. She served two terms on the Illinois Educational Funding Advisory Board (EFAB). She currently serves on the Illinois Rural School Board and is past President of the Johnson County Illinois Retired Educators’ Association. 

She co-authored a biography, Pass the Plate: The Life and Legacy of US Congressman, Kenneth J. Gray in 2009. The authors share the book with public libraries and schools. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Higher Education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. She resides in Vienna, IL with her husband Bob Trover. They have three grown children.

Addison Woodward

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Addison Woodward has spent over 55 years in higher education, first as a student where he earned three degrees, the first a B.S in Psychology Summa Cum Laude from C.W. Post College of Long Island University, the last a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1968.

Addison retired from Governors State University after 30 years, the last 23 of which he was Chairperson of the Division of Psychology and Counseling. Prior to that he was an instructor and assistant professor of psychology at Albion College for four years.

He has served on the Illinois Board of Higher Education since 2005. Addison has also served in leadership positions with the first public university Union in Illinois as well as with the State University Annuitants Association, an association with 16,000 members advocating on behalf of all community college and public university employees in Illinois.

After living in the south suburbs for 40 some years, Addison and his wife Pamela now live in Chicago.