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Gail Sturm

Chairman
Gail serves as Chairman of the Board for Luster Learning Institute and was a Founding Member.
As Executive Vice President of ProTen Realty Group, Gail Sturm specializes in professional portfolio advisory services, build-to-suit, brokerage, and consulting and representation for the real estate needs of corporate clients. In her professional career as a commercial and industrial real estate leader with more than $4 billion in sales and leases completed during her 39 year career, Gail continues to explore new ways to increase productivity driving profitability for her clients. Previously, Ms. Sturm was President of a National Real Estate firm. While there, she was instrumental in shaping the company’s structure and developing its philosophies. Ms. Sturm is a member of the Rocky Mountain Institute and its “Green Development Services.” She co-authored 
“Seeing the Light,” an article illustrating the impact of new lighting opportunities on lowering energy cost to tenants. She was a featured speaker at the Annual Crew Network Convention in San Francisco, “Energy & Real Estate – Adding Value in a Changing Market Place.” In addition, she served as the moderator of a panel discussion on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design regarding neighborhood development (LEED-ND).

Gail served as the first Woman President of the Chicago Office leasing Brokers Association, Past Vice President of Chicago Real Estate Executive Women, Chairman of the Transportation Association of Lake Cook, Past Membership Chair of the Economic Club of Chicago, Resource Board Member of the Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago and was Vice Chairman of Lake Forest Symphony. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentration in Marketing and Management at St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame.

Gail and her family have hosted 16 Lake Forest Rotary Foreign Exchange Students upon which Gail was awarded a Paul Harris Rotary honor. Gail practices and teaches Yoga and Meditation.
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Dan Weitzman

Treasurer
Dan Weitzman serves on LLI’s Board of Directors as Treasurer. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with highest honors from the University of Illinois.
He obtained his C.P.A. designation after graduation, then went on to get a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. He has practiced in public accounting, and specifically in Tax, for the last 33 years – at three medium/large-sized firms in the Chicago area and, since 2009, in his own practice. Dan’s practice specializes in a wide variety of tax planning & compliance and accounting for closely-held businesses and individuals. He shares resources with Weiss & Co., a 50-person accounting firm in Glenview, Illinois, having access to that firm’s professional staff, administrative support, and software. In addition to his public accounting experience, Dan has taught accounting courses at Roosevelt University and the University of Illinois. He has made presentations on a diverse range of tax issues for many groups, including Citibank, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago Tribune, Illinois CPA Foundation, Illinois Manufacturers Association, Illinois CPA Foundation, International Sanitary Supply Association, Medical-Dental-Hospital Business Associates, Pennsylvania CPA Society, and the Association of Condominium, Townhouse and Homeowners Associations (ACTHA). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.
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Jennifer Hodges

Relationship Manager, Corporate Development
Jennifer Hodges is a Relationship Manager for United Way of Metro Chicago where she stewards a $5 million portfolio of corporate partners advocating for education, financial stability, health, and safety initiatives.
Her role is pivotal to aligning corporate social responsibility goals with United Way’s mission of improving communities throughout the Chicagoland area, including directing a national account management strategy to ensure consistent client experience across 14 U.S. major markets.

Jennifer also co-chairs the United Way Diversity & Inclusion Employee Resource Group and volunteers her time as a board member for Luster Learning Institute’s Calm Classroom, and is an Auxiliary Board Member for Big Shoulders Fund. Outside of her philanthropic endeavors, Jennifer is a practicing mixed media and abstract artist housed at the Bridgeport Art Center. She established and instructs My Dimensions Art Series, a five-week class designed to engage and educate children in the fundamentals of acrylic painting and mixed media art.

Jennifer holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Western Michigan University with a major in Finance and Real Estate, and spent six years in Wealth Management before joining United Way. Jennifer resides in Hyde Park with her husband DeVon and their son Dominic. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys fitness training, reading and African dancing.
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Michelle Cronin is a strategy and finance professional that has partnered with senior management teams of Fortune 100 companies, governments and nonprofits.
She most recently led the development of the network strategic plan for Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a network of over 200 food banks and 60,000 agencies. Previously she worked for Teach for America on the performance measurement and management system for their 11,000 teachers. As a management consultant for Bridge Strategy Group, she provided analysis and recommendations for operations, product development, sales and marketing for companies in the energy, insurance, technology, and banking sectors. While working with Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns, she developed multi-million dollar financing vehicles for issuers in healthcare, education and infrastructure. Michelle has served in board and management positions for organizations such as Asian Human Services, Chicagoland’s largest and most comprehensive immigrant-centered organization that provides healthcare, education and workforce development and the Junior League of Chicago, a membership organization of 1,400 women dedicated to helping at-risk children, women and families. A graduate of Northwestern University, Michelle resides in Chicago, IL with her husband Patrick.
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Martha Hinchman

Director
Martha R. Hinchman recently retired as a Senior Vice President of The Northern Trust Company after a 40 year career in the financial services industry. Martha has a B.A. degree in economics from Wellesley College.
She also has completed a three-year program at the School of Banking of the South and the DePaul University Certificate in Financial Planning Program. Martha joined the Luster Learning Institute Board of Directors in the spring of 2014. She also serves as a board member of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, serving on the Executive Committee, and as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. She also serves on the board of the Lake County Community Foundation as Vice Chairman, on the board of the Buchanan Family Foundation, as a mentor in the Menttium 100 program, and is active in Wellesley College alumnae activities currently serving as her class president.
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Randy Joseph

Director
Randy Joseph is an Investment Advisor at Geneva Advisors which he joined in February 2014. He is responsible for business development and managing existing relationships for high net worth individuals and families.
Prior to joining Geneva, Randy spent four years with J.P. Morgan Private Bank as a Vice President, providing wealth management services, and two years with Vandeveer Investments, a fund of hedge funds, overseeing all aspects of investments and marketing. He previously spent nine years with a Chicago-based multi-family office overseeing a significant investment portfolio and providing wealth management services to four generations of family members and their foundations. Prior to joining the family office in 1999, Randy worked in various accounting and corporate finance positions from 1980 through 1998, including being Chief Financial Officer for a public company.

Randy received a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Chicago in 1985 and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Michigan in 1979. He lives in Deerfield, IL with his wife Sue. They have three children.
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Claudia Lubin

Director
Claudia Lubin is inspired by the vision and work of Calm Classroom as it relates to her personal career focus.
Claudia is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in both Elementary and Early childhood Education. Upon leaving the Schaumburg school district to raise her own family, Claudia worked part-time developing several preschool programs for the Glencoe Park District as well as teaching preschool there. With great interest in the healing arts, Claudia went on to train and certify as a pranic energy healer, Reiki master, yoga instructor and yoga nidra meditation facilitator. Calm Classroom attracted her interest as it embodies both of her loves…teaching and overall personal well being. Claudia understands the extraordinary significance Calm Classroom offers students of all ages, both in the classroom and out of the classroom to cultivate and access the well of peace that resides within each human being. Recognizing the gift that Calm Classroom offers through experiential training, Claudia is honored to help grow awareness for Calm Classrooms vision and bring this valued program into all schools.
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Dr. Howard Rossman

Director
Doctor Howard Rossman is a founding executive board member of the Luster Learning Institute NFP. He is the founder and president of the Civic Leadership Foundation.
With a background in psychology and deep experience in organizational leadership and entrepreneurship, he has provided guidance to aspiring elected leaders and developed and founded the Civic Leadership Foundation to promote the principles and practices of ethical leadership. In addition, Dr. Rossman has chaired the boards of several not-for-profit organizations and currently serves as a Board Member of the Third Way, Truman National Security Project, America Speaks, and the Democratic Leadership Council. Dr. Rossman is the Chairman and Founder of Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc., one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and a Vice Chairman of its parent, Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. In those roles, he has been a member of the investment, executive and management committees, and responsible for all aspects of organizational management, including due diligence, strategic analysis, and planning and market development. As the author of many articles on alternative strategies, Dr. Rossman has spoken at numerous conferences on non-traditional investing and asset allocation, and has been a recognized leader in the hedge fund of funds business for over 25 years. Dr. Rossman received a B.A in sociology from Princeton University, a M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies.
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Kimberly Shortsle

Director
Kimberly Shortsle graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Organizational Studies.
She Moved to Washington D.C., and became the Marketing Director of a small Archaeology magazine. She then moved to Chicago and worked at Leo Burnett in database marketing for Philip Morris. While at Leo Burnett, she attended Harrington College of Design and received an Associate’s Degree in Interior Design. She then received her real estate license and joined Coldwell Banker. She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness for over 10 years.
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