Children's Service Board MembersThe Children’s Service Board welcomes committed, talented women from diverse educational and professional backgrounds to champion the Hospital through engagement and philanthropy, stewardship and fundraising, and volunteerism. Today, we are proud to be 75+ women strong dedicating time and efforts for the children of Chicago.

Children’s Service Board members spend much of their volunteer year planning and executing our signature fundraising event, the Gold Coast Fashion Award show. Committee responsibilities include Corporate Sponsorship, Food and Beverage, Raffle and Auction, PR/Marketing, etc. In addition, Board members serve in a variety of additional capacities including an Executive Committee, Stewardship, Volunteer Opportunties, Membership and Website Development.

Our current Board and its members are listed below:



Pinkie Garver* Nicole Legere

Executive Committee

Maureen DeRose*-Member at Large  |  Karen Essig*- Member at Large  |  Emily Flaherty, Secretary  |  Kim Friesen, Vice President & Immediate Past President  |  Barrie Hananel, Legal Liaison  |  Julie Hockenberg, Membership Chair  |  Hope Katz, Corporate Chair  |  Megan Hodes, GCFAS Co-Chair  |  Stefanie Wowchuk McDonald- Stewardship Chair  |  Michelle Moore, Treasurer  |  Kristina Nicolas, GCFAS Co-Chair

General Membership

Meher Ali-Owens  |  Leor Auerbach  |  Lauren Bass  |  Allyson Becker  |  Elizabeth Berry  |  Katie Bishop | Darcey Collins  |  Kat Dec  |  Holly Duran  |  Adrienne Eisenstein  |  Nooshin Felsenthal  |  Elissa Hammel  |  Tracie Harris  |  Lindsay Hearn  |  Alison Heyman  |  Emily Hoffman  |  Cheri DeMong Hubbard  |  Emily Kaufman Hunegs  |  Marissa Kates  |  Melissa Kearney  |   Julie Lakonishok  |  Ashley Lebovic  |  Schuyler Levin  |  Aleka Mandelaris  |  Emily Manly  |  Diane Meagher  |  Jessica Morales  |  Clare Morrison*  |  Susan Kutchin Pallant  |  Maria Patrinos  |  Ibby Pinsky  |  Anna Pohl  |  Michelle Pollock  |  Karen Pulver  |   Deanna Ryan  |  Kristin Saad  |  Kirsten Schloss  |  Julie Simon  |  Mary Pat Wallace  |  Judy Whitcomb  |  Melissa Keller Wolf

Honorary Membership

Mary Beth Adelman*  |  Carolyn Belcaster  |  Donna Burke-Berger  |  Sara Cohen  |  Ilene S. Goldman  |  Chris Johnson Gordon*  |  Vicki Heyman  |  Deborah Higginbottom  |  Karen Hilder*  |  Karen Kales Lee  |  Margo Markopoulos  |  Lisa Naparstek-Green  |  Beth Pagnotta  |  Marleta Reynolds, MD  |  Polly Richter | Tommy Sheridan | Debra Siegel*

* Past Presidents

For more information regarding membership and committees please contact Ilana Lerman at or 312.227.7305.