Our Team

 

KEEN Chicago is a volunteer-run, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors comprised of parents, volunteers, business people and community leaders. The board directs KEEN’s operations, charts its direction, spearheads fundraising events, and ensures that KEEN stays focused on its core mission. KEEN Chicago is an LLC, and, together with its sister affiliates, falls under the umbrella of KEEN USA.

 

STAFF

Laura Fillenwarth
Program Director

Laura joined KEEN Chicago in 2018. She has more than ten years experience working with individuals with disabilities and a passion for recreational programming as well as disability rights. Her previous work experience includes working for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she coordinated statewide grassroots advocacy efforts,...

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Scott Tinkoff
President
Senior Vice President, MeritDirect

Scott found KEEN Chicago while looking for a volunteer opportunity that he could enjoy with family and friends to celebrate his birthday.  After just one session, the athletes, coaches, community and mission had him hooked.  He chaired KEENfest later that year and joined the KEEN Chicago Board of Directors in 2012.  Hundreds of sessions and...

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Jake Strom
Secretary
Commercial Real Estate Broker, SVN Chicago Commercial

Jake Strom began volunteering with KEEN Chicago in 2009 and joined the Board of Directors in 2014.  He is both a passionate volunteer and advocate for our athletes and their families.  Jake is a commercial real estate broker by day for SVN Chicago Commercial where he assists local and national retailers who are seeking space in and around the...

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Mary Jo Tinkoff
Treasurer
Program Manager Consultant, Bank of America

Mary Jo began volunteering with KEEN in 2013 after she began dating her husband and KEEN Chicago Board President, Scott Tinkoff.  She instantly fell in love with the athletes and the community and began lending her skills to the organization.  Mary Jo formally joined the KEEN Chicago Board of Directors in 2015 and now enjoys the opportunity to...

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Gerald Sherman
Real Estate Attorney, Dentons

Jerry knows a thing or two about commitment.  A founding KEEN Chicago Board member, Jerry continues to be one of the organization’s greatest supporters.  Jerry has also been an attorney at Dentons for more than 50 years.  His dedication makes him an invaluable resource for KEEN Chicago.
 
Jerry and his wife, Geri, another true KEEN...

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Mary Wilson
Dentons

Mary Wilson is a partner at Dentons' Chicago office and a member of the US Board and Executive Committee. She is a national finance, health care law and tax-exempt organization lawyer.In her finance practice, she counsels and represents borrowers (including health care organizations, cultural institutions, schools and universities),...

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Mari Luangrath-Ullrick
Founder, Foiled Cupcakes

Mari Luangrath-Ullrick joined the KEEN Chicago Board of Directors in 2017, after volunteering with KEEN as part of the UIC program. She is the founder of Foiled Cupcakes, which now serves over 3,000 corporate accounts in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, and is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for solving problems in unconventional ways...

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Megyn Byrnes
Director Peer to Peer Programs, JDRF Illinois

Megyn became a part of the KEEN Chicago family when she joined KEEN as the Executive Director in 2018.   During her time as the ED, she helped update session operations, parent and volunteer communication plans and the volunteer orientation.  Her passion for working with KEEN athletes is evident when you see her in the gym. Her commitment to...

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Ann Vogl
Korn Ferry

Ann is a Consultant in Korn Ferry’s Executive Search practice where she focuses on recruiting Chief Marketing Officers and their teams. Her clients include a range of corporations in retail, financial services, hospitality and other consumer-facing industries as well as local and national non-profits. A native Virginian, Ann moved to the...

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Sarah Wagoner
Senior Associated Director for Global Engagement, Northwestern University Alumni Association

Sarah Wagoner joined the KEEN Chicago Board of Directors in 2017, and is passionate about the mission of KEEN and the relationships being built among our athletes, volunteers, and families throughout the Chicagoland area.

She is the current Senior Associate Director for Global Engagement with the Northwestern Alumni Association at...

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Malia Benavides
SVP, Risk Officer, Bank of America

Malia joined the KEEN Chicago Board of Directors in 2017 as a Parent Representative.  Malia offers a unique perspective, giving voice to the parent and athlete, while working to expand KEEN Chicago’s community outreach efforts.  
 
Malia is a longtime resident of Chicago with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Gaby. Gaby has been a...

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Nick Espinosa
CIO, BSSi2

An expert in cybersecurity and network infrastructure, Nick Espinosa has consulted with clients ranging from small businesses up to the Fortune 100 level. Nick founded Windy City Networks, Inc in 1998 at age 19 and was acquired by BSSi2 LLC in 2013 where he is their CIO. In 2015 Security Fanatics, a Cybersecurity/Cyberwarfare outfit dedicated...

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Jamie McQueen
Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy, Amcor Limited

Jamie joined the KEEN Chicago Board of Directors in 2017.  He was instantly captivated by KEEN’s mission and programming.  He simply enjoys seeing children being active, getting involved, growing and developing personally, having fun and smiling a lot!
 
Jamie McQueen is Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy for...

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Jamilah Rahim
Corporate Marketer, Cornerstones Autism Services

Jamilah Rahim is currently the Corporate Marketer for Cornerstones Autism Services and the owner of Spectrum Toy Store, the only toy store in Illinois for children with developmental disabilities.  Spectrum toy store offers sensory items and small group programs for children with diverse needs and is located in the heart of Chicago. 
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