Joshua Ackerman is a Partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP where he represents clients in civil litigation matters including patent infringement, breach of contract, and products liability. Prior to joining Bartlit Beck, Mr. Ackerman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul Watford of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Ackerman holds a J.D., with High Honors, and a B.A., with Honors, from the University of Chicago.

Christopher Hoyes is a Principal with Roland Berger specializing in strategy for the Industrial Products and Services industry. Prior to his work at Roland Berger, Mr. Hoyes worked at the Consolidated Edison Company of New York as a senior analyst in strategic planning. Mr. Hoyes’s experience with community service and development started with his time with the New York Urban League Young Professionals where he served on the community service committee. Mr. Hoyes holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Faye Paul is a Partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP where she represents clients in complex civil litigation matters, with a focus on intellectual property. Prior to joining Bartlit Beck, Ms. Paul served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable Edmond Chang of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Ms. Paul holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Heidi Paul is currently the founder and President of Paul Design Studio, a residential architecture firm. Prior to founding Paul Design Studio, Ms. Paul held the position of Project Architect at Booth Hansen. She has served on several non-profit Boards over the past decade, holding board leadership positions within the Art Institute and Botanical Gardens. Ms. Paul brings a very strong commitment to use her professional experience to make a difference within the Great Lakes Academy community and is passionate about ensuring that every child has a well-rounded, high quality education. Ms. Paul obtained her B.A. from Emory University and her M. Arch. from The University of Pennsylvania. 

Larissa Silberberg graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy Studies and Visual Arts. She moved to Chicago and worked in film production for 1 year at Z Group Films, a small company producing television commercials. Ms. Silberberg then pursued a career in post production at Whitehouse Post, where she was an Assistant Film Editor. She currently lives in Roscoe Village with her husband and 3 children. 

Butch Trusty is a manager with The Bridgespan Group, where he leads engagements with a range of nonprofit and foundation clients across the firm's education and leadership practice areas. Recently, Mr. Trusty was a Managing Partner at Education Cities, a national network of local education venture philanthropy organizations. Mr. Trusty also previously served as the Education Program Director at The Joyce Foundation, investing $10 million per year to improve the quality of teachers and charter schools in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and nationally. Earlier in his career, Mr. Trusty held positions at the Alliance for Excellent Education, as an Education Pioneers Fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and at Edison Schools. Mr. Trusty has M.P.P. and M.B.A. degrees from Duke University, a bachelor's degree from Brown University, and also sits on the boards of Equality Illinois, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, and the School Leader Lab.

Ken Tsang is the Director of Technology & Marketing at Standard Market, a specialty grocery and restaurant group based in the Chicago area. As a senior member of the founding team, Mr. Tsang oversees Standard Market's marketing strategy, communications, brand identity, public relations, and consumer insights, along with all IT-related functions. Prior to Standard Market, Mr. Tsang worked as a strategy consultant at the Monitor Group (now part of Deloitte Consulting) and in operations management at McMaster-Carr Supply Company. Mr. Tsang holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Harvard University, Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Chicago, and M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kirsten Villers earned her B.A. in Political Science from Duke University, followed by her M.B.A. from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, with concentrations in Finance and Not-for-Profit Administration. Ms. Villers spent her career working in investment and commercial banking at JPMorgan and its legacy organizations. During her time at JPM, she spent two years as the Business Manager for the CEO and CFO of Chase Commercial Banking, assisting in all aspects of running a $6 billion business. Subsequently, Ms. Villers worked at Chase Capital, focused on providing subordinated debt and equity capital to Chase customers. After leaving JPMorgan in 2009, Ms. Villers served as the CFO for a digital media start-up called Rogue Paper.

John Washington is a Manager at Accenture Strategy, specializing in the Consumer Goods industry. Prior to joining Accenture, John worked at KPMG as part of their Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory team based out of Atlanta. John has lived in Chicago for most of his adult life, but is originally a Philadelphia-native from a big family that shares a passion for education. John holds a B.S. from Emory University and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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