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.


Cynthia Photos Abbott
Chicago Public Media

1st Vice President
Gregory M. Boyle
Jenner & Block LLP

2nd Vice President
Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright
Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

Nancy S. Gerrie
Winston & Strawn LLP

Greta Weathersby
WEC Energy Group, Inc.


Maryam Ahmad
Circuit Court of Cook County

Rachel M. Cannon
Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Jason M. Bradford
Jenner & Block LLP

Hon. Alison C. Conlon
Circuit Court of Cook County

Kareem Dale
Discover Financial Services

Christopher J. Esbrook
Esbrook Law LLC

Randall R. Fearnow
Quarles & Brady LLP

David A. Gordon
Sidley Austin LLP

E. Lynn Grayson
Nijman Franzetti LLP

Ryan D. Harris
Kirkland & Ellis 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
Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen Ltd.

Colby Anne Kingsbury
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Sang-yul Lee
K&L Gates LLP

Elizabeth P. Lewis
McDermott Will & Emery

Elizabeth V. Lopez
United Airlines, Inc.

Michael A. LoVallo
Reed Smith LLP

Amy B. Manning
McGuireWoods LLP

Ian H. Morrison
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Jeffrey Moskowitz
J. Moskowitz Law

Thomas V. Panoff
Mayer Brown LLP

Hon. Nichole C. Patton
Circuit Court of Cook County

Kevin Robinson
Guggenheim Partners

Lisa Snow
Kroll LLC

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

Kelly Warner
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Greta Weathersby
WEC Energy Group

Sandra Yamate
Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession


Norah L. Jones
C3 Legal