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Our Team

FOUNDERS

Lane Alexander
Co-founder

Kelly "Ikaika" Michaels (1957 – 1995)
Co-founder

Elaine Cohen Rubin & Richard G. Weinberg
Honorary Founders

BOARD

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Kwaku Osebreh – Chair (2018)

Corporate Attorney – Associate

Mayer Brown

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Claudette Smith – Vice Chair

(2010)

Vice President, DMOT Specialist (Global Services Industry & Capabilities)  

Northern Trust

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Brenna Conway – Secretary (2018)

Director of Engineering City Scholars
University of Ill. at Urbana-Champaign

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John Gingell – Treasurer (2016)

President – Gingell Consulting; President/CEO – Bennabis Property Casualty Ins. Co

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Michael Foster – Past Chair (2010)

Past Chair

Senior Sales Manager,

The Whitehall Hotel

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Lane Alexander (1988)

Founding Director  
Chicago Human Rhythm Project

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Nalky Gilot (2022)

Regional Sales Manager
M.S. Walker, Inc. 

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Ashley Leonard (2021)

Founding Associate Director –
To & Through Project –
Middle Grades Network

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Irene Michaels (2016)

Founder and President
IOnTheScene

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Emmanuel Neal (2019)

CEO – Fre Thought Business Coaching, LLC; PhD Candidate, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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Joyce Selander (2018)

Retired, Commodities Broker 
Chicago Board of Trade

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Yvette Kimberly Sorrell Sanders (2022)

President/CEO – The Visionary Group

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Jumaane Taylor (2022)

Artistic Director, ex Officio
Chicago Human Rhythm Project

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Constance Vervalcke (2020)

Manager, SAP Security & GRC  
PwC  

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Your Name Could Be Here (2022)

To learn more about serving on our board of directors, please read our Board Service Guide HERE!

ADVISORY BOARD

Terrence Coakley

Lou Conte

Diana E. Harris

Bill Irwin

Gail Kalver

Peggy Sutton

Bill Kurtis

Donna LaPietra

Dianne “Lady Di” Walker

TEAM

Lane Alexander
Founding Director
lalexander@chicagotap.org
ext. 201

Kelli David-Low
Mayfair Arts Center (MAC) Program Manager
kdavidlow@chicagotap.org

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

Kierra Wooden
Mayfair Arts Center (MAC) Assistant Program Manager

kwooden@chicagotap.org

Nicole Saponara
​​Development & Marketing Coordinator
nsaponara@chicagotap.org

CONSULTANTS

Margaret Nelson
Production Stage Manager

Fredric Brewer
Marketing and Graphic Design

Yvonne Afable, Jill Pua Villanueva

& Vu Huynh,

Afable Consulting, LLC
Business and Financial Management

Sean Ihnat
Technical Director (MAC)

Christopher W. Frerichs
Grant Consultant

Be/Phore
Marketing Consultants

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