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The Board of Directors are responsible for the governance of Covenant House Illinois.
The Board defines the strategic goals of the agency and establishes the overall policy and plans needed to carry out the mission. 

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Mark J. Hennessy

IBM, Retired

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Tameeka Christian

Empower Culture

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Robert Fitzsimmons

Wedbush Securities, Inc

Tameeka Christian
Board Member: Empower Culture

Tameeka has spent over 20 years working for social and economic justice in disinvested communities across the Chicagoland Region. Her passion for equity stems from her deep roots in and love for Chicagoland communities in which she has lived, worked, and served throughout her life.

As a committed community servant, Tameeka has championed the creation and implementation of four Quality-of-Life Plans engaging hundreds of community residents. These plans have led to the launch of many community initiatives that led to multimillions of dollars in investments in communities on the South and West Sides of Chicago. She has been an advocate for youth employment, quality housing, economic and criminal justice, and access to quality healthcare by serving as a thought leader and working with coalitions to address social and health disparities in local communities across Chicago. As a Community Development Practitioner, she has supported organizations and community groups with program/project development, design, implementation, and evaluation, community and organization capacity building, team building, and leadership development, as well as facilitate strategic planning and consensus-building workshops.

Tameeka embodies the core values of integrity, ingenuity, and openness, which lend to her humble leadership style. She is always willing to serve as a mentor, coach, thought partner, or friend. She enjoys having one-to-one conversations and building relationships with those who are equally as passionate about working for the betterment of the community. She has been recognized by Westside Women Unite, Congressman Danny Davis as a Community Hero, The North Lawndale Eagles Football Team for my commitment to serving in the North Lawndale community, and Saint Anthony Hospital as an outstanding leader.

Most recently, Tameeka was the Program Manager overseeing the Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund, where she was responsible for the grantmaking process for over 40 organizations on Chicago’s Westside and saw the Fund to its sunset in 2020. Tameeka is currently launching Mocha 24 a community-based coffee lounge and is the Principal Director of Empowerment Culture, a community development consulting firm. Tameeka recently graduated with her PH.D. from National Louis University and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Firehouse Community Arts Center, Chicago Cares, and AMPT-Advancing Nonprofits (a new organization supporting capacity building for local nonprofits). In her previous roles, she has worked as a Program Officer for Neighborhood Networks Team at LISC/Chicago, Director of Community Development at Saint Anthony Hospital, and Community Organizer for Lawndale Christian Development Corporation. Tameeka was born, raised on the Westside of Chicago, and has one son, Joshua.

Tony Colon
Board Member: Cisco

Tony Colon leads a team of 1,400 engineers, designers and researchers across the globe. Customer & Partner Experience Engineering focuses on delivering integrated digital experiences for customers and partners everywhere they connect with Cisco. Under Tony’s leadership, the team has reimagined the experience customers and partners have when engaging with Cisco technology. The CX Success Tracks suite of services digitally connects customers with the right expertise, insights and learning at the right time, accelerating time to value of their technology investments. These benefits are accessed through the CX Cloud, a single digital interface that provides a personalized, use-case guided approach that speeds achievement of defined business outcomes, across architectures. Tony is a strong believer that the best companies instill as a core foundatoin a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion, cares for it’s people, and is committed to helping others. He is a champion for life-long learning, with his signature motto, “Always be learning; Always be coaching.” He is also active in a number of social and professional causes. Insite Cisco, he is the executive sponsor for the Ment for Inclusion employee network and the Latinx Conexion community. He serves on the advisory boards of the March of Dimes and the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) and is a member of the Forbes Technology Council. Tony was named to the HITEC 100 list in 2019 selected as a 2019 Gender Equality Superhro by Fairygodboss. His is an industry influencer on topics of inclusion and diversity, leadership, creating strong team culture, addressing IT skills and talent gaps, as well as innovations in cloud computing and agile deliver. Prior to joining Cisco, Tony served as the senior vice president for Success Cloud Product Management & Innovation at Salesforce. Earlier, he co-founded a successful social business platform venture and served as chief architect for eGain Communications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Computer Science from MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Andre Goode

Metropolitan Chicago


Nancy Kearney

St. Joseph's Seminary

Jeffrey B. Kilpatrick

Healthcare Consultant

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Sheila McNulty

Chicago Attorney

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William Blair & Company

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James Sakelaris

JP Morgan

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Mark Santacrose

Tecta America Corp.


Asha Varghese

Caterpillar Foundation

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