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
Executive 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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Amy Bosko
Program Coordinator

Amy is currently a masters student studying clinical social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her studies and research are focused heavily on child welfare and family services, and she hopes to promote change in child welfare systems after graduating. Her favorite sports are swimming, rock climbing, and gymnastics and she is always...

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nidhi Chadda
President
Founder and CEO, Enzo Advisors

Nidhi is a seasoned generalist growth investor and Board advisor to early-stage companies with over a decade of experience in investing in public markets.  She is the Founder and CEO of Enzo Advisors, a boutique advisory firm focused on helping early-stage growth companies build best-in-class sustainable business models for the long-term that...

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Gerald Sherman
Vice President
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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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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Andrew Kim
Treasurer
Director, Public Finance, PMA

Andrew is a proud Korean-American and a son of immigrant parents, whose lives and sacrifices inspire him every day.  Andrew is a Director in the Public Finance department at PMA, providing advisory services to units of local government during the debt issuance process. Prior to his time at PMA, Andrew spent six years working in public finance...

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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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Nick Geeslin
Associate, Huron Consulting Group

After growing up in Atlanta and graduating from the University of Georgia, Nick moved to Chicago in 2018 and started attending KEEN Chicago sessions in short order. He quickly struck up a friendship with a couple of KEEN Athletes, which convinced Nick to join the Coaches Committee at its inception in late 2018. Nick remains a Coaches Committee...

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Sarah Hoesley
Commercial Banking Portfolio Manager, US Bank

Sarah began volunteering with KEEN in 2019 and spent most of her time in the pool at KEENQuaditcs. In 2020, she joined the Coaches Committee where she remains an active member.  Sarah creates interactive videos for KEEN's virtual program sessions and she most recently created the video for "KEEN's Got Talent".

Sarah is a commercial...

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Catie Samaras
Market Segment Manager, IDEAL Industries

Catie Samaras joined the KEEN Chicago Board of Directors in 2020 after looking for volunteer opportunities and finding personal alignment with KEEN's mission and vision. She is a Market Segment Manager, responsible for managing the Wire Termination product line around the globe for IDEAL Industries. Throughout her 14-year career, she has held...

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Scott Tinkoff
Director Emeritus
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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