Board of Directors
Mary Sue Welch, Chairman
Mary Sue Welch is a Partner and actuary at Aon Hewitt, a global human resources consulting firm. She consults on all aspects of retirement plans in both the pension and retiree health care areas. Mary Sue is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary. Mary Sue graduated from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics. She is a Libertyville resident and attends Christ Church in Lake Forest. Mary Sue is also a member of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Lake County, IL
Joan Boughton is a Partner and actuary at Aon Hewitt with almost 30 years of experience. She specializes in consulting to large complex global organizations on total rewards programs, with deep expertise in retirement. Joan graduated with a B. A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with Honors in Mathematics. She also is a board member of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. Joan is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, an Enrolled Actuary, a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Iain Lopata is former Chief Technical Architect at Accenture. Iain has been involved with W2C for two years. He enjoys mentoring students and plays a role in developing the organization’s strategy and advising on the use of information technology. Iain is a Deerfield resident and a member of Temple Beth-El in Northbrook.
Louise Bryant-Hayes, Vice Chairman
Louise Bryant-Haynes in Lake Bluff and is an attorney at the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. She is a member of St. Mary’s parish in Lake Forest where she is active in the women’s guild. Louise is a W2C coach for a student at Waukegan High School.
Liam Connell is a member of Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, a member of Lake Forest College Board of Trustees, and was a member of the W2C Strategic Planning Team.
Elaine Eisen brings her background in brand strategy and marketing communications to the W2C Board. She has over three decades of experience in building and launching pharmaceutical brands, encompassing brand leadership from the perspectives of the manufacturers, as well as those of the advertising agencies supporting the products. Elaine’s responsibility and passion to recruit, coach, and mentor the young talent in her employ led her to W2C, based on her desire to apply those same skills to the growth of the students of Waukegan. She is a resident of Evanston, Illinois and a member of Congregation Solel in Highland Park. Elaine attributes her fanatic support of the Northwestern Wildcats to her education at that institution.
Lauren Jiles-Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, currently working for a long-term care insurance brokerage in Lake Forest. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and a resident of Hawthorn Woods. Her intention is to draw upon experiences of supporting her own college age children, in mentoring a W2C high school student and serving as a reading tutor for a middle school student. Lauren is also a member of the President’s Council of Childserv.
Reyna Montes de Oca
Reyna Montes de Oca is a parent with W2C for the past four years. Her son will be a freshman at Waukegan High School. She believes that education is the first priority for her children and is necessary to be successful in life. She dreams that her children will graduate from college and pursue a professional career. In 2015, Reyna ran for the District 60 School Board to help Waukegan youth realize their potential. She was a teacher in Mexico and now works as a Certified Nurses Assistant at Lake Forest Place.
Maria Gonzalez has been with W2C for four years, and is on the Community Organizing Core Team. Her daughter, Marlenny will be in 10th grade next year. Mrs. Gonzalez has taken a strong leadership role around school safety, is a member of the Parent Teachers Ambassador’s (PTA) Team at Whittier Elementary School, and is a volunteer with Eldercare. Mrs. Gonzalez is on the board’s Resource Development Committee.
Karen Papp, Secretary
Karen Papp is a resident of Waukegan and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waukegan. Karen is retired after working in the Pharmaceutical industry for 32 years where she worked in the laboratory as a chemist and managed operational groups in pharmaceutical development. She currently is the director for KIDS HOPE USA mentoring program at St. Paul’s, one of the team leaders for an annual Panama Medical mission trip, and team lead for the annual W2C Oktoberfest event. Karen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Northeastern Illinois University.
Rev. Eileen Shanley-Roberts
Rev. Eileen Shanley-Roberts is the Rector at Christ Church (Episcopal), Waukegan. Rev. Eileen has been with W2C since its early planning and research stages. She was also a member of the Strategic Planning Team. Rev. Eileen is a resident of Waukegan and a member of Lake County United’s Steering Team.
Dr. James Summers
Jim Summers is Vice President, Neuroscience Research at AbbVie. In this capacity, he leads a research organization of approximately 200 scientists located in Lake County, Illinois, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Ludwigshafen Germany that is focused on the discovery of new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Jim earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Denison University and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Harvard University. Jim was a member of the W2C Strategic Planning Team. He is a Libertyville resident and a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
Mr. Villalobos is a life-long Waukegan resident, and since 2007 has been very active in the community. A passion for education he previously worked for the Waukegan Public Library, and is now a substitute teacher for the Waukegan Public School District. He currently serves the City of Waukegan residents as Alderman of the 4th Ward. Mr. Villalobos volunteers with numerous organizations: Clean Power Lake County, Waukegan Public Library and liaison with the Board of Trustees, College of Lake County Campus Advisory Committee, Little Fort Lion’s Club, Ray Bradbury museum committee, and Love Notes Music Organization. His connection to the Waukegan community is a great asset to Waukegan to College.
Jill Ford comes to our board with over 15 years of working with many different non-profits and volunteer organizations, mainly centered around education and the development of children. These organizations include the Twelve Oaks Foundation and the St. Vincent DePaul Society, where she focused on marketing, promotions, event planning and development. Prior to that, Jill worked in commercial real estate property management and accounting for such notable firms such as the Trammell Crow 炫乐彩票手机app下载, Rubloff, and JMB Realty Corporation. Jill lives in Grayslake with her husband, two college-aged children and one high school daughter.
Jennifer Sparrow shares her 35 years of experience in higher education with all those involved in Waukegan to College. Jennifer has been a director of admission, scholarship coordinator and academic advisor. It is a gift to assist students through this highly personal and energizing process. She is owner and counselor at JSS College Counseling and a member of National Association of College Admission Counseling, the Illinois ACAC and Higher Education Counseling Association. Jennifer’s two college age sons have also gifted her with additional parental insight, intentional or not.
Liliana emigrated from Mexico to the United States almost 17 years ago, and Waukegan has been her 炫乐彩票手机app下载 since then. Her two kids and sister attended the Waukegan public schools since kindergarten and joined Waukegan to College 5 years ago. Her sister is currently a Junior at Georgetown University, her son is a freshman at Knox College and her youngest is a junior at Waukegan High School.
She has helped as a volunteer in the schools, she’s now a member of the Waukegan High School PTO, and is also a member of the Knox Parents Council.
She runs her own cleaning services company and attends the College of Lake County pursuing a career in education.