Joshua Ackerman is an Associate 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 Senior Consultant with Roland Berger specializing in strategy for the automotive 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’ 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  bio coming soon

Heidi Paul is currently the founder and President of Paul Design Studio, a residential architecture firm. Prior to founding Paul Design Studio, Heidi 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  bio coming soon

Butch Trusty is the Vice President, Network Impact, at CEE-Trust, a national non-profit dedicated to helping cities ensure all students have access to high-quality public schools. Prior to CEE-Trust, Butch was the Education Program Director at The Joyce Foundation, a strategy consultant with The Bridgespan Group, and an Education Pioneers Fellow. Mr. Trusty has an A.B. from Brown University and an M.B.A./M.P.P. from Duke University. Mr. Trusty was featured in Activate ED’s Education Rock Star series and currently sits on the Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.

Ken Tsang is the Director of Technology & Marketing at Standard Market, a specialty food retail and restaurant group based in the Chicago area. As a senior member of the founding team, Mr. Tsang oversees Standard Market's 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 an A.B. in History from Harvard University, S.M. 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  bio coming soon