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 fifteen 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

Andrew Henry
President
Manager, Spaulding Ridge

Andrew is a Manager at Spaulding Ridge, a best-in-cloud advisory and IT implementation firm. Spaulding Ridge helps global organizations get financial clarity into complex, daily sales, and operational decisions that impact profitable revenue generations, efficient operational performance, and reliable financial management. Prior to joining...

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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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Nirali Chauhan, MPH
Medical Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
Nirali (she/her) is a medical student at University of Illinois at Chicago interested in specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her professional interests include disability advocacy, addressing the root causes of health disparities, and person-centered healing. Her work with youth audiences has included designing and teaching...
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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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Matthew Lynch
Pacer ETFs, Managing Director
Matt is passionate about developing strong mental and physical habits starting from a young age. Given his prior experience with Best Buddies, when Matt moved to Chicago in the Fall of 2021 he wanted to get involved with a community that promoted fun, active games for the youth. KEEN was the...
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Ashley Martin
Baxter Healthcare, Associate Marketing Director

Ashley has 10+ years of experience at Baxter Healthcare. Starting in medical sales, her curiosity helped build relationships and influence.  Looking to be part of creating the strategy, she pivoted from sales into marketing.  Ashley is currently Associate Marketing Director at Baxter Healthcare, focused global product launches.  As a company,...

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Lily Montgomery
Production Manager, Crane Composites

Lily is a Production Manager at Crane Composites, a fiberglass reinforced plastic manufacturer. In this role, Lily leads the production team to manufacture a wide variety of plastic products for the transportation and building products industries. Before Crane Composites, Lily worked in manufacturing facilities...

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Evan Rand
VP of Hockey Administration, United States Hockey League

Evan joined the KEEN Chicago Board of Directors in March 2022. He has worked in the hockey industry for over fourteen years, having spent his entire professional career at the National Hockey League and the United States Hockey League. Through his time at both league offices, he has had a front row seat to see the positive impact that sports...

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