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.


Gregory M. Boyle
Jenner & Block LLP

1st Vice President
Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright
Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

2nd Vice President
Sang-yul Lee
K&L Gates LLP

Nancy S. Gerrie (Ret.)
Winston & Strawn LLP

Greta Weathersby
WEC Energy Group, Inc.

Immediate Past President
Cynthia Photos Abbott
Chicago Public Media


Tracy A. Brammeier
Clifford Law Offices

Rachel M. Cannon
Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Hon. Alison C. Conlon
Circuit Court of Cook County

Vida Cruz
Arboretum Wealth & Trust Management

Kareem Dale
Discover Financial Services

Megan Devaney
Winston & Strawn LLP

Christopher J. Esbrook
Esbrook Law LLC

Randall R. Fearnow
Quarles & Brady LLP

David A. Gordon
Sidley Austin LLP

Anne Geraghty Helms
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Melissa B. Hirst

Robert T. Howell, III
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Hon. LaShonda Hunt
U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Jennifer J. C. Kelly
Preferred Capital Funding

Colby Anne Kingsbury
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Ray J. Koenig, III
Clark Hill PLC

Michael Lehrman
Baker McKenzie

Elizabeth P. Lewis
McDermott Will & Emery

Elizabeth V. Lopez
United Airlines, Inc.

Amy B. Manning
McGuireWoods LLP

Kenneth Mathieu
Charles River Associates

Ian H. Morrison
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Thomas V. Panoff
Mayer Brown LLP

Hon. Nichole C. Patton
Circuit Court of Cook County

Kevin Robinson
Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative

Colleen Strasser
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Timothy Tomasik
Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC

Susan Valentine
Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.

Brent W. Vincent
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Sandra Yamate
Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession


Norah L. Jones
C3 Legal