Our People

  • Alicia Pond, Board Chair | Elected in 2008 | Chair, Executive Committee

    Alicia Pond, Board Chair | Elected in 2008 | Chair, Executive Committee

    Alicia is retired administrative director at Uniform Law Commissioners. She earned a BA from New York University. Her previous board memberships include Friends of the Parks, ACLU Illinois, SOS Children’s Villages, Redmoon Theater, Chicago Academy of Sciences, and Achievement Rewards for College Scientists. In addition, she volunteers with Flying Doctors of America and has volunteered as International Election Observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Court Appointed Special Advocate, Chicago Greeter, and with Habitat for Humanity. Alicia and her husband, Peter, have two adult sons.
    Mark Warren, Board Vice-Chair | Elected in 2016 | Board Governance Committee

    Mark Warren, Board Vice-Chair | Elected in 2016 | Board Governance Committee

    Mark is Senior Associate and Culture Director at Point B Management Consulting. He earned a BA degree from the University of Virginia, and currently he also serves on the Community Advisory Board at The Future Founders Foundation. Mark lives in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.
    Kiantae Bowles, Board Secretary | Elected 2012 | Executive Committee; Finance Committee

    Kiantae Bowles, Board Secretary | Elected 2012 | Executive Committee; Finance Committee

    Kiantae is Manager of Informational Technology Procurement with BMO Financial Group. He earned a BBA degree from Saint Xavier University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Previously he has served on the board of Storycatchers Theater.
    James King, Board Treasurer | Elected in 2015 | Executive Committee; Chair, Finance Committee; Performance Measurement Committee

    James King, Board Treasurer | Elected in 2015 | Executive Committee; Chair, Finance Committee; Performance Measurement Committee

    Jim is Vice President and Environmental Risk Manager for the Real Estate Valuation Group at Fifth Third Bank, specializing in environmental due diligence and environmental risk underwriting for commercial real estate secured loans and commercial foreclosures. He earned a BA from Saint Lawrence University and a Masters in Public Policy & Administration from Northwestern University. Previously he served as member and Treasurer of the Friends of the Chicago River Board of Directors, and also member and Vice-President of the American Theater Company Board of Directors. Jim and his wife, Ozana, are parents of two preschool-aged sons.
    Gordon Addington | Elected in 2002 | TNM Asset Management Organization

    Gordon Addington | Elected in 2002 | TNM Asset Management Organization

    Gordon is retired from a national career in sales and marketing for firms including Berkey Photo, Phototron, and Walgreens. He attended the University of Houston and is a United States Army Veteran. Currently he also serves as board member for the Antique Advertising Association of America and as board member and Treasurer of the Plaza on Dewitt Condo Association. Gordon and his wife, Paula, are parents of two and grandparents of six.
    Barbara Baran | Elected in 2009 | Development Committee

    Barbara Baran | Elected in 2009 | Development Committee

    Barbara specialized in land use and zoning law and litigation for private and public sector clients during her forty-year legal career, most recently as in-house counsel of Integrys Energy Group. She earned a both a BS and a JD degree from the University of Illinois. She has previously served as President of Women Law Students and The Wilmette Forum. Barbara and her husband, John, have two adult sons.
    David Berger | Elected in 2012 | Executive Committee; Chair, Development Committee; Finance Committee

    David Berger | Elected in 2012 | Executive Committee; Chair, Development Committee; Finance Committee

    Dave is Senior Trader in the Chicago offices of Group One Trading, specializing in the options market. He holds a BA degree from Duke University. Currently he also serves on the Associate Board of CJE Seniorlife and volunteers with Urban Initiative. Previously he was a founding member of the Young Professionals of Chicago and served as inaugural chair of its Board of Directors, as well as a member of The ARK’s Young Leaders Committee. Dave and his wife, Nicole, are parents of two preschool-aged children.
    The Reverend Shawna Bowman | Elected in 2013 | Board Governance Committee; Development Committee

    The Reverend Shawna Bowman | Elected in 2013 | Board Governance Committee; Development Committee

    Shawna is Pastor and Head of Staff at Friendship Presbyterian Church in Norwood Park. She holds a BA degree from Iowa Wesleyan College and an MDiv from McCormick Theological Seminary. Also an artist, she collaborates with faith communities, non-profits, and other entities to create visual art as a way of telling stories and cultivating community. Previously she has served as board member for Planned Parenthood of Iowa.
    William Goldstein | Elected in 2006 | Chair, Endowment Committee; Development Committee; Past Board Chair

    William Goldstein | Elected in 2006 | Chair, Endowment Committee; Development Committee; Past Board Chair

    Bill is President of Chesley, Taft & Associates, LLC, a Chicago-based investment management firm. He holds a BS degree from Purdue University. He has served as President of the Bond Club of Chicago; board member of the Investment Adviser Association, PrivateBancorp, Inc. and Precision Twist Drill Company; and Chairman of the Governing Members, as well as Treasurer and Chairman of the Endowment and Investment Committee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked with the Grant Park Concert Society and the Evanston Community Foundation. Bill and his wife, Anne, are parents of two and grandparents of four.
    Carol Hogan | Elected in 2016 | Development Committee

    Carol Hogan | Elected in 2016 | Development Committee

    Carrie is partner at Jones Day law firm, focusing her practice on complex commercial litigation. She holds a BA from the University of Illinois and a JD from Loyola University of Chicago. She previously served as president of the Women’s Bar Foundation of Illinois and on the Women Rainmakers Board of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section. She has been recognized among Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers in Litigation by the Chicago Tribune and one of “The Most Powerful and Influential Women in Illinois” by the National Diversity Council. Carrie and her partner, Aaron Hogan, live in Bucktown.
    Suzanne Hoyes | Elected in 2016 | Board Governance Committee

    Suzanne Hoyes | Elected in 2016 | Board Governance Committee

    Suzanne J. Hoyes is Vice President, Compliance for Capri Capital Partners, LLC, responsible for guiding internal processes to promote and ensure Capri’s compliance with laws, regulations, company policies and contracts. Previously she served as law clerk to the Honorable Analisa Torres in the Southern District of New York, and also worked in child welfare and juvenile justice at The Legal Aid Society in Bronx County, New York. Suzanne earned a BA in Sociology from Emory University, an MSW from Columbia University, and a JD from Rutgers School of Law- Newark.
    Terrence McMahon  |  Elected in 2016 | TNM Asset Management Organization; Performance Measurement Committee

    Terrence McMahon | Elected in 2016 | TNM Asset Management Organization; Performance Measurement Committee

    Terry owns and manages MD Investment, a portfolio of Chicagoland commercial and multi-family properties, and previously owned and operated a wholesale and retail medical supply business. With a BA from DePaul University, he serves as a Peruvian American Medical Society Missionary and volunteers with the Center on Halsted and Vital Bridges, in addition to remaining an active member of Rotary International. He lives in Lakeview.
    Don J. Mizerk  |  Elected in 2016  | Development Committee

    Don J. Mizerk | Elected in 2016 | Development Committee

    Don is Chicago Office Managing Partner of Husch Blackwell, LLP. He holds a BS from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he is a member of the Chicago Leadership Council, and a JD from Vanderbilt University. Currently he serves on the Annual Fund Campaign Board of Catherine Cook School. Previously he served as Chief Executive Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County, and on the Board of Directors for both the National District Attorneys Association and the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Don and his partner, Andrew Thorrens, reside in Bucktown and are parents of two daughters.
    Ellen Romberg | Elected in 2013 | Performance Measurement Committee

    Ellen Romberg | Elected in 2013 | Performance Measurement Committee

    Ellen has a background in human resources, recruiting, and executive coaching. She held top HR leadership roles with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the MacArthur Foundation. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance, then an MS degree from Loyola University of Chicago, and most recently a certificate in Coaching for Leadership and Change at Northwestern University. Ellen and her partner, Dennis Morris, also a musician, live in Evanston/Skokie.
    Allan Ruter | Elected in 2014 | Executive Committee; Chair, Performance Measurement Committee

    Allan Ruter | Elected in 2014 | Executive Committee; Chair, Performance Measurement Committee

    Allan is an educator, writer, and editor who taught English and history at The Glenbrook High Schools and also directed its Academy of International Studies. He holds a BSS degree from Cornell College and both an MAT and MA from Northwestern University. Currently he also serves as Trustee of the Glenview Public Library. Previously he has been Senior Development Associate for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, President of the Cornell College Alumni Association, Trustee of The Glenbrook High School Foundation, and Plan Commissioner for the Village of Glenview. Allan and his wife, Jill, are parents of two adult sons.
    Dennis Thorn | Elected in 2005 | Finance Committee; Past Board Treasurer

    Dennis Thorn | Elected in 2005 | Finance Committee; Past Board Treasurer

    Dennis manages his own law firm, Dennis W. Thorn & Associates, specializing in real estate and general business law. He holds a BA degree from Syracuse University and a JD from The John Marshall Law School. Previously he was active in the River North Area Neighborhood Association and served as community representative to the William B. Ogden Elementary School Local School Council and also as Deacon, Elder, and Trustee at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church.

    Dan Alter | Elected in 2018

    Michael V. Borromeo | Elected in 2018

    Norman Jeddeloh | Elected in 2017

    Dave Ortman | Elected in 2018

    Dana S. Ringer | Elected in 2018

    Dan Kish | Kellogg Board Fellow

    Rev. Thomas Behrens, Founding President & Former CEO | Director Emeriti

    Chester A. Gougis | Director Emeriti

    Robert H. Jordan, Jr. | Director Emeriti

    Richard Pigott | Director Emeriti

    Carl W. Warschausky | Director Emeriti

  • Travis Schmitz, President

    Ashlie LaBranche, Co-Vice President

    Steve Lessaris, Co-Vice President

    Jonathan Mayo, Secretary

    Jason Reaves, Treasurer

    Jenny Lewis-Jones, Events Committee Co-Chair

    Logan Wiggins, Events Committee Co-Chair

    Benita Sinnarajah, Night Lights Event Coordinator

    Carl Kunda, Finance Committee Chair

    Jon Kaehn, Volunteering & Advocacy Committee Chair

    Sheida Ahmadzadeh, Membership Committee Chair

    Ashley Jordan, Marketing Committee Chair



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  • Paul W. Hamann, President & CEO

    Paul provides oversight and fiscal management to all program and development activities. As President & CEO, Paul provides strategic leadership and vision for The Night Ministry, working closely with the Board of Directors.

    Barbara Bolsen, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement

    Barbara proactively develops community collaborations to support agency programs, particularly in the areas of housing, health care, and spiritual care, and builds community awareness of issues affecting the people The Night Ministry serves.

    Christy Prassas, Vice President of Development and External Relations

    Christy is responsible for the planning, oversight and direction of fund development, public relations and marketing to support the organization's programs and mission. She works with the Board of Directors and the President & CEO to coordinate these efforts.

    Erin Ryan, Senior Vice President

    Erin oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization. She works to develop a more integrative approach to The Night Ministry’s programming to more clearly define how different programs interact and how they can continue to complement one another. Erin is responsible for leadership and management of daily administrative and programmatic operations of The Night Ministry, including: Youth Programs, Outreach and Health Ministry, Human Resources, and Finance & Administration.
  • Tamra Armour, Human Resources Manager

    LaShaunda Battie, Manager, Youth Engagement Services

    Gail Bernoff, Manager, Volunteering, Community, and Congregational Relations

    Barbara Bolsen, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement

    Betsy Carlson, Director of Youth Programs

    Gregory Gross, Director of Mission Fulfillment

    Paul W. Hamann, President and CEO

    Felitha Jones-Patterson, Assistant Director, Early Intervention Services

    Allison McCann-Stevenson, Assistant Director, Long Term Residential Services

    Heather Nash, Senior Director, Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy

    Tedd Peso, Manager, Advocacy & Community Affairs

    Christy Prassas, Vice President of Development and External Relations

    Erin Ryan, Senior Vice President

    Colleen Sonnefeldt, Director of Finance

    David Wywialowski, Director of Outreach & Health Ministry

4711 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 | Phone: 773-784-9000