Board of Directors

The CBF is fortunate to have a diverse and talented group of attorneys and judges serving on its board. In a broad sense, the board’s responsibilities are to

  • set both short term and long term strategic goals and directions and policies for the CBF
  • raise funds and develop sufficient resources to carry out the CBF’s strategic goals and directions
  • build community awareness and support for the CBF’s mission, and
  • provide oversight of the CBF’s finances, grants and programs, and operations.


Charles F. Smith
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

1st Vice President
Terrence J. Dee
McDermott Will & Emery

2nd Vice President
Carrie J. Di Santo
CME Group

Verónica Gómez
Commonwealth Edison Company

Zeophus J. Williams
Cook County State’s Attorney


Cynthia Photos Abbott
Chicago Public Media

John J. Amberg
Northern Trust

Kathleen B. Barry
Winston & Strawn LLP

Gregory M. Boyle
Jenner & Block LLP

George W. Craven
Mayer Brown LLP

Maja Eaton
Sidley Austin LLP

Steven M. Elrod
Holland & Knight LLP

Steven S. Fus
United Airlines, Inc.

Asheesh Goel
Ropes & Gray LLP

Andrea M. Gordon
Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP

Robert F. Harris
Office of the Cook County Public Guardian

Ryan D. Harris
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Cara M. Houck
Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.

Matthew T. Jenkins
Corboy & Demetrio

Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright
Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

Daniel M. Kotin
Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC

Thomas V. Linguanti
Baker McKenzie

Michael A. LoVallo
Reed Smith LLP

Hon. Mary Anne Mason
Illinois Appellate Court

David E. Mendelsohn
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Lisa Montez
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Hon. Thomas Mulroy
Circuit Court of Cook County

Allegra R. Nethery
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Matthew A. Passen
Passen Law Group

Alyx S. Pattison
Attorney at Law

Hon. Mary K. Rochford
Illinois Appellate Court

Stephanie A. Scharf
Scharf Banks Marmor LLC

Lisa Snow
Duff & Phelps, LLC

Gil M. Soffer
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Sarah E. Streicker
U.S. Department of Justice

Derrick M. Thompson, Jr.
Hoogendoorn and Talbot LLP

Kelly M. Warner
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Steven A. Weiss
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Theodore I. Yi
Quarles & Brady LLP


Janice E. Rodgers
Quarles & Brady LLP