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 (2018)

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 Gingell Consulting

 President/CEO Bennabis Property Casualty Ins. Co

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Lane Alexander (1988)

Founding Director

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Michael Foster (2010)

Past Chair

Senior Sales Manager,

The Whitehall Hotel

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Ashley Leonard (2021)

Founding Associate Director, To&Through Project

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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 BrokerChicago 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)

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

Nicole Saponara
Marketing and Development Intern
intern1@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