Our Team

FOUNDERS

Lane Alexander
Co-founder

Kelly Michaels (1957 – 1995)
Co-founder

Elaine Cohen Rubin & Richard G. Weinberg
Honorary Founders

BOARD

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Kwaku Osebreh (1988)

Board Chair
Attorney, Mayer Brown LLP

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Brenna Conway (2018)

Vice Chair
Director of City Scholars,
University of Illinois

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Claudette Smith (2010)

Vice-Chair
Vice President (Data Management, Operations, & Technology), Northern Trust

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John Gingell (2016)

Treasurer President at Gingell Consulting

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Lane Alexander (1988)

Co-Founder

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Michael Foster (2010)

Past Chair

Senior Sales Manager,

The Whitehall Hotel

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Irene Michaels (2016)

Founder, I On The Scene

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Emmanuel Neal (2020)

Business Development Consultant

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Joyce Selander (2017)

Retired, Commodities Broker
Chicago Board of Trade

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Constance Vervalcke (2020)

Manager SAP Security & GRC at PwC

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Your Name Could Be Here (2021)

ADVISORY BOARD

Terrence Coakley

Lou Conte

Diana E. Harris

Bill Irwin

Gail Kalver

Marilyn Katz

Bill Kurtis

Donna LaPietra

Marilyn Miglin

Peggy Sutton

Dianne “Lady Di” Walker

STAFF

Lane Alexander
Co-founder & Director of Institutional Advancement
lalexander@chicagotap.org
ext. 201

Emmanuel Neal
Interim Managing Director
eneal@chicagotap.org

Meggy Huynh
Development and Marketing Manager
mhuynh@chicagotap.org

Canisha Russ
Program Associate, Outreach and Arts Education
canisharuss@chicagotap.org

James Mueller
Program Associate, American Rhythm Center
jmueller@arcchicago.org

CONSULTANTS

Margaret Nelson
Production Stage Manager

Margaret Nelson
Production Stage Manager

Fredric Brewer
Marketing and Graphic Design

Christopher W. Frerichs
Grant Consultant

Jill Pua Villanueva & Yvonne Afable
Business and Financial Management

Omane Adu Brako and Termilla Williams
Social Media Consultants