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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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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Andrew Kim
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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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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Ashley Cox
Partner, Dentons

Ashley Cox is a partner in the Chicago office of Dentons US LLP, advising clients on commercial real estate matters.  She is a generalist within real estate, and while her practice is varied, she has particular expertise representing lenders in both secured and unsecured transactions, with clients who are banks and other types of lending...

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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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Ebrahim El Kalza
Brand Strategy, Weber Shandwick

Half art, half science and all heart, Ebrahim has no shortage of passion when it comes to making work that works. That means asking the tough questions up front, never mistaking the forest for the trees, seeing constellations in a sky full of stars and maintaining a firm bias toward actionable insights and measurable results. Over his...

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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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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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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 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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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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