Meet the Team

Board Members

Stuart Baum

Board President

Josh Spencer

Board Chair
Holland and Knight

Ann Behrens

Mueller Accounting

Brandt Kucharski

Annual Event Chair

Bill Burris

Board Member
NPN 360

Larry Kaufman

Board Member
Experis Finance

Brian Pomis

Board Member
Grant Thornton

Matt Robertson

Board Member
MB Financial Bank

Michael Stark

Board Member
Chamber of Commerce

Dean Svigos

Board Member
Fresh Farms

Steve Westerberg

Board Member
Nelson Westerberg

Felicia Winiecki

Board Member
Winiecki Wealth Mgmt.

Mike Winters

Board Member
ProSourced Solutions

Johnathan Hirsh

Board Member
Deutsche Bank

Joe Kayser

Board Member
Koan Analytic Resources

Ron Repking

Board Member
Innovative operational Technology


Bridgette Ferraro

Executive Director

Bridgette graduated from Purdue University with her degree in Human Services. She has served in the non-profit sector or working with youth her entire career. She is married to her best friend and high school sweetheart, Nathan. They enjoy games, car rides with the top down, and wine.

Karrie King

Program Assistant

Karrie graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership. She has worked with children and youth most of my adult life and loves it. She has lived most her her live in the West with her Husband, Brayden. They have three active teenagers and as a family love spending time with friends and watching the San Fransisco Giants play ball.

Maggie Olsen

Development and Program Coordinator

Maggie graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a degree in Education. She has spent her entire career working with children of all ages and backgrounds. She is so excited to be marrying the love of her life, Greg, this year. They love spending time with family and friends and watching sports.

Zach Rodimel

Creative Marketing Manager

Zach graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Graphics Technology. He strives to share the Holiday Heroes story by pushing pixels and growing the brand. Zach lives in the woods with his wife, Rachael, and some wild kids (and animals).

Associate Board

Laura Pone

Associate Board Chair/ Fundraising Co-Chair

Michael Burge

Treasurer / Fundraising Co-Chair

Morgan Olenski

Board Development Chair

Danielle Medine

Mission Chair

John Martin

Board Member

Reed Hudson

Board Member

Nikolas Svigos

Board Member



New Trier Jr. Board

Bailey King


Lauren Ellis

Event Manager

Faye Blackburn

Community Outreach

Emily Hart


Michelle Sheynin

School Outreach

Zoe Zaafrani