OUR LEADERSHIP

Leading us toward a brighter future

Executive Team

Made up of entrepreneurs, educators, fundraisers, and career flippers, Cara Collective’s Executive Team drives strategy for the organization in service to three key pillars: how Cara Collective can grow as a solution, investment, and employer of choice.

Executive Team Members

Maria Kim

After 13 years in the insurance industry, Maria Kim joined Cara. Maria serves on the boards of EPIC Academy, a charter high school in South Chicago and Rebuilding Exchange (a social enterprise in the circular economy).

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Bob White

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Bob served as the owner-operator of an automotive aftermarket business in Michigan prior to joining Cara in 2007.

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Brady Gott

Since 2007, Brady has led our social enterprise Cleanslate, overseeing the financial health of the business and its growth, while ensuring the ongoing provision of meaningful employment for its workers. 

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Joe Mutuc

After six years of for-profit experience in supplemental education and sales, Joe began his nonprofit career in 2006 as a Corporate Account Manager at Cara, responsible for securing and building relationships with major employment partners.

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Joel Pomerenk

Joel leads our Finance, Accounting, HR, Technology, Public Grants, and Operations teams. He joined Cara in 2019, bringing more than two decades of experience in senior finance leadership posts across Fortune 100, nonprofit, and education sectors. 

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Sara Wasserteil

Sara joined Cara in 2019 to lead our national expansion efforts. In this role, she brings Cara’s methodology to new markets, by working with nonprofits and employers to strengthen inclusive employment pathways around the country.

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Shikha Jain

Hailing from the Midwest, Shikha spent 10-plus years on both coasts before returning to Chicago and joining the team at Cara in 2014.

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Board of Directors

Our board’s tireless commitment and passion for our mission keeps Cara fiscally healthy and thriving. With their stewardship, we are equipped to create and evolve meaningful, impactful, and sustainable programs that advance us towards our vision.

Laura Beebe
Managing Director
JLL
John Bennecke
Managing Director
True Partners Consulting LLC
DeRondal Bevly
Founder & Managing Director
RubyRose Strategies
Mark Carroll
Principal
Cognitive Capital, LLC
Bill Conroy
Technology Consultant
Conroy Advisors
Regina Cross
Vice President
Goldman Sachs
Terry Diamond
Principal
Method Capital
Jeff Galowich
President
BlueHorizon Software
Andy Gloor
Managing Principal
Sterling Bay
Anny Huang
Partner
Sidley Austin LLP
Andrea O’Leary
(Vice Chair)
HR Director, Global Health & Benefits
Aon Corporation
Julie Owens Burns
Board Member
The Owens Foundation
Katie Owens Mulcahy
Board Member
The Owens Foundation
Tom Owens, Jr.
Board Member
The Owens Foundation
J. Todd Phillips
CEO
Parson Partners
Patricia Provenzano
Senior Vice President, Private Client Manager
Bank of America Private Bank
Steve Quirk
Quirk Family
Brent Rasmussen
CEO
Visibly
Wendy Raymer
Director, Community Giving
BMO Harris
Heather Ronnow
Chief Human Resources Officer
Kronos Foods
Rudy Smith
Executive Director
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
John Walden
(Chairman)
President & CEO
Inversion, Inc. LLC
Doyoung Yong
Partner
Deloitte
Ana Zanic
Director, Talent Acquisition
Northwestern Medicine
Thomas M. Owens †
Founder
Cara

Executive Council

Our Executive Council is a team of established executives across industry who engage in strategy, marketing, alumni engagement, and signature fund- and friend-raising events for Cara. They provide leadership and leverage each other’s social and professional networks to support Cara’s operational strategies and increase investment.

Rohith Banerjee
Oliver Wyman
Shyrlden Carmichael
The Habitat Company
Shaun Considine
Command Performance Coaching
Matt Crowl
Riley, Safer, Holmes & Cancila
Jeff Dorner
Baker Tilly US, LLP
Jeremy Dulle
Strategy and Management Consultant
Jennifer Dunmore
(Co-Chair)
Aon
Bob Flannery
Redwood Capital Group LLC
Jay Freshwater
Sports Business Journal/Daily
Bela Gandhi
Smart Dating Academy
Julie Garfield
BMO Harris Bank
Mike Grill
Holland & Knight LLP
Elena Grotto
(Co-Chair)
Edelman
Peter Halligan
Construction Manager/Real Estate Investor
Adam Klotch
ABM Janitorial Services
Brett Leibsker
University of Chicago
Mike Lindemulder
Assurance
Julie Lopez
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Jeff Madden
Ironbridge Capital Management LP
Brian McCormick
Kohler Co.
Kevin Moore
Transwestern
Arneser Norman
SodexoMAGIC
Joe O’Neil
Chicago Bulls
Jason Rahoy
U.S. Department of Justice
Dan Ringo
Ringo Services
Cetoya Ross
Altair Advisers LLC
Chris Ryan
HBR Consulting
Adam Short
Golub & Company LLC
Joel Staffilino
Brixmor Property Group
Shawn Strack
Paul Strike
Twin Lake Total Return
Audrey Sullivan
LinkedIn
Brett Williams
PwC
Andrew Zuckerman
Kin Insurance

Associate Board

Our Associate Board consists of 25 emerging leaders across industry who are dedicated to assisting Cara grow and scale our mission. This group raises critical support by planning and hosting their signature Summer Social event and collaborating on virtual engagement opportunities.

Ben Liener
Merrill Lynch
Justin Anthony
Morgan Stanley
Veronica Connolly
HBR Consulting
Samreen Fatima
PNC Bank
Joao Goncalves
Korn Ferry
Jennifer Harper
Ethos Veterinary Health
Brendan Hogan
Plante Moran
Charlie Hoover
Citi Private Bank
Joseph Horrigan
CBRE
Sarah Jaffe
Baird & Warner
Sarita Landrum
Compass Group
Rebecca Michel
DePaul University
Mary Kate Mineman
(Secretary)
Presence Health
Matt Owens
JLL
Jake Panter
Kimley-Horn
Marcus Peasley
(Vice President)
HBR Consulting
Liz Ribordy
LinkedIn
Russell Richey
Goldman Sachs
Meghan Roddy
Accenture
Rachael Rosario
Uber Eats
Cordelia Seidel
(President)
Medix
Andi Summers
Yakkety Yak
Emma Waterman
Ferrara Candy Company
Annie Weinheimer
Ryan Specialty Group
Tony Wu
Deloitte

Alumni Board

Our former members of Cara’s Board of Directors remain an active part of our community. Their continued commitment to our mission and willingness to steward and support this organization at any opportunity helps us to grow.

Daniel Brennan
DWME LLC
Kristin Carlson Vogen
The Chicago Community Trust
Na’Ree Hankins
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Tim Hunter
Hunter Capital, LP
Pete Kadens
The Kadens Family Foundation
Maria Lin
James W. Mabie
Chicago Capital
Sharon Owens
The Owens Foundation
Robert Roche
Acorn International, Inc. – Shanghai
Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc. – Tokyo
Theresa M. Roche
OAR Management, Inc.
Lance Russell
Spark Chicago
Daniel Ryan
JLL
David J. Ryan
Gray Matters Group
Bill Steinmetz
BlueStar Ventures
Amanda Wilson
Principal Global Investors, LLC
Ron Zinnerman
Aon Corporation

Meet Our Team

At Cara, we believe in the idea of “one band, one sound,” meaning we are at our best and our strongest when we work together as one community. We know we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. And our job—or more like our opportunity—is to pave the way for others to stand on ours.

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