Board Of Directors
Newly Appointed Members of the Board:
Author, Veronica S. Appleton currently serves as Assistant Director, Diversity & Inclusion for We Are Unlimited (Unlimited), the national advertising agency for McDonald’s consolidated business. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Intercultural Communications and Organizational Communications at DePaul University. Prior to joining Unlimited in 2017, Veronica served in various roles within academia at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Feinberg School of Medicine, and Purdue University. She has also served in various roles at FCB Chicago, Burrell Communications, ABC 7 Chicago, Sports Illustrated, and PepsiCo: Gatorade & Propel Fitness Water.
Kim Heffernan is an associate at Nathan M. Grossman & Associates Ltd., a boutique estate planning law firm located in Chicago, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Oral Roberts University and her Juris Doctorate from New England Law Boston, before becoming a licensed attorney in both Massachusetts and New York. After practicing law in Massachusetts for five (5) years, she moved to Chicago where she was admitted to the Illinois Bar and continues to practice law. When she is not working, Kim is an avid reader and enjoys volunteering in her local community.
Jolene Saul is currently Vice President at Brinshore Development, a private firm specializing in affordable and mixed-income housing. She was previously a Senior Director at the Chicago Housing Authority where she was responsible for planning and implementing efforts to provide long-term affordable housing opportunities throughout Chicago. Over the course of her career, Jolene has played key roles in facilitating affordable housing development, providing strategic and policy recommendations for economic development initiatives, creating opportunities for minority and women owned businesses, and fostering investment in low-income neighborhoods. She currently serves on the board of the Illinois Housing Council and has been elected to the board of the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International for 2018. She is also an alumna of the Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Development Program and mentor for LINK Unlimited.
George Birmingham (Chair)
Senior Vice President, Brown, Brothers Harriman
Timothy Williams (Vice-Chair)
Director, Urban Sound Studio
Gary Thompson (Treasurer)
Meredith Hudgens (Secretary)
Partner, O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns LLC
Steve Greenhow (Member)
Vice President, Internet Platform Manager, First Midwest Bank
Joseph Kim (Member)
Executive Vice President, Global Sales, Rival Systems
Bud Ogle (Member)
Founder, Good News Partners