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.

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.

Ministry

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.

John D. Cameron

Director of Political and Community Relations, AFSCME Council 31
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John Cameron is the Director of Political and Community Relations for AFSCME Council 31, the statewide public service union representing more than 75,000 active and 25,000 retired Illinois state and local government workers. Mr. Cameron has directed the political, legislative, and community outreach for the statewide council and its 285 local unions, as well as supervising its retirees program. Prior to his employment at AFSCME, he spent 21 years working at Citizen Action/ Illinois as an organizer, campaign director, program director, and executive director. Over the last 30 years, Mr. Cameron has worked on a wide range of public policy initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels involving legislative, grassroots and media advocacy which include the recent battles to defend county public health services, enact protections against privatization, defend pension and retiree health benefits, and build support for state tax reform and revenue enhancements. Mr. Cameron is also the 9th Congressional District COPE chair for the Illinois AFL-CIO, serves as Secretary-Treasurer of Citizen Action/Illinois, and is a board member of US Action.

Michael Carrigan

President, Illinois AFL-CIO
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Michael T. Carrigan was elected president of the Illinois AFL-CIO on February 28, 2007, by unanimous decision of the State Federation Executive Board.  He is serving out the remainder of the unexpired term of retired president Margaret Blackshere, which expires in October of 2008. 

Carrigan served as secretary-treasurer of the Illinois AFL-CIO for seven years. Prior to that he served as business manager/financial secretary for IBEW Local 146 in Decatur from 1992 to 2000.  He was a journeyman wireman in Decatur from 1978 to 1990 before becoming assistant business manager of the local.

Carrigan graduated from MacMurray College (Jacksonville) in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

He was elected to the Decatur City Council in 1995 and served nearly four terms on the council before being appointed mayor of Decatur in July of 2008 to serve out the remaining term of the retiring mayor. 

At the national level, Carrigan serves on the national AFL-CIO State Federation and Central Labor Council Advisory Committee, at the behest of AFL-CIO President John Sweeney.

At the state level, Carrigan is currently a member of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Council Executive Board and in 2005 was appointed to serve on the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board. He serves as co-chair of the Illinois Climate Change Advisory Group (ICCAG) and the Alliance to Protect the Illinois Constitution (APIC). He is also a member of the Illinois Works Coalition.  

Former community positions he has held include: Economic Development Corporation of Decatur/Macon County; Macon County Merit Commission; and Decatur Celebration Board.

Former labor positions held include: trustee on the NECA-IBEW Health and Welfare Trust Fund and Pension Fund Boards; chairman of the South-Central Illinois Telecommunication Council of the IBEW; and president of the Decatur Building Trades Council.

Bonnie Gunzenhauser

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Roosevelt University
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Bonnie Gunzenhauser is the Dean of Roosevelt University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She has served in that role for five years, with prior experience as associate dean and as chair of the Department of Literature and Languages. She is also professor of English and a graduate of the University of  Chicago’s PhD program in English language and literature. Her teaching and scholarship focus on the literature and culture of Britain’s long eighteenth century, particularly the early novel, the history of the book, and the implications of the rise of a mass reading public. As dean, she has focused the college on new program development, on mission-driven programming, and on a range of student success initiatives, including experiential learning and a holistic revision of the University’s general education curriculum.

Jonathan Jackson

Professor, Chicago
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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.  

Carlene Lutz

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Carlene Lutz is a retired educator with 24 years as an elementary teacher in the Chicago Public Schools —primarily in reading, language arts and professional development. She holds Illinois educator licenses in early elementary grades birth–grade 3, elementary grades K-9, and administrative licensure grades K-12.

Ms. Lutz facilitated professional development as staff member and then coordinator of the Chicago Teachers Union Quest Center. Subsequently, she became an Educational Issues Director with the Illinois Federation of Teachers where she assisted with research and legislation, specializing in licensure. She was a design team member for the Chicago Talent Development Charter High School, a nationwide model for organizing charter schools.

Ms. Lutz is currently a board member of the Ella Flagg Young Chicago Area Association for Women Administrators; Corresponding Secretary for Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for key women educators; and member of the Lambda State IL Delta Kappa Gamma Legislation Committee; member of Phi Delta Kappa—Concordia University chapter; past membership chair and recipient of the Community Service Award in 2010 from the Council of Educators in Polonia. 

She is a graduate of Chicago public schools--Mark Twain Elementary and Kelly High School. She attended Chicago Teachers College (now Chicago State University) and received her BS in Education from Northern Illinois University and an MA in Elementary Education from the University of Connecticut.

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.

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.

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).

Jim Reed

Director of Governmental Relations, Illinois Education Association
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As the Director of Government Relations for the Illinois Education Association since April 2006, Jim Reed believes that the most effective way to win long-term social, racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice is through progressive leadership working with a network of grassroots organizations. Prior to joining the IEA, Jim was the Deputy Legislative Director for Attorney General Lisa Madigan. In Springfield and throughout the state, Jim has testified before numerous Illinois committees and hearings. He has led and participated in legislative forums and panels and convened town hall meetings. Currently, Jim sits on the Coalition for Justice, a commission of the American Bar Association, serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of Methodist Youth Services, and is a Board member of the Hope School in Springfield, Illinois.

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 Annuitant 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. Pam ran unsuccessfully for the Illinois State Senate in 1998.