Board of Directors

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Gary Arnold Board Co-Chair, serves as the public affairs manager for Access Living, where he has been employed since 1999. He is currently serving his second three-year term as President of the Board for Little People of America, a national membership organization that offers support and resources for people of short stature. He sits on the board for Public Narrative, and is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Greater Chicago. He is a contributor to Streetwise and the Huffington Post.

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Megan Cusick is the Grassroots Specialist in the Office for Library Advocacy at the American Library Association. A former Chicago Public Schools teacher librarian and still a CTU member, Megan has been involved in a variety of efforts to support fully-resourced neighborhood public schools in Chicago. She is a founding member of Chi School Librarians, the former Intellectual Freedom Representative for Illinois School Library Media Association, and an advocate for youth empowerment.

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Susan Eleuterio Board Co-Chair, is a folklorist, educator, and consultant to non-profits. She formerly served as the Director of Ethnic and Folk Arts, Literature and Presenters Programs for the Illinois Arts Council and as the Registrar and Collections Manager at the Museum of Science and Industry. Sue has extensive experience in grants administration and review and has served on grant review panels in Illinois as well as for other Midwestern states and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, Sue is the Program Committee Co-Chair at Crossroads Fund.

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Janine (Jani) L. Hoft is a partner at the People’s Law Office in Chicago, Illinois. The People’s Law Office is a law partnership established in 1969 after the murders of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark and remains committed to representing victims of civil rights violations. Throughout its more than 40 year history the office has confronted police brutality, torture and prosecutorial misconduct; represented political activists; advocated for prisoners; fought against the death penalty and provided legal support to Puerto Rican and other political prisoners. Jani received her Juris doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago Kent College of Law.

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Margaret Hunter is a licensed social worker currently serving as a Mental Health Clinical Practitioner at Heartland Alliance, where she provides counseling and advocacy for unaccompanied child migrants. After graduating from the University of Chicago, Margaret worked with immigrant communities in Paris, France then returned to the United States to pursue her Masters in Social Work. Margaret is passionate about serving refugee and asylum seeker communities in particular and advancing social justice at home in Chicago as well as abroad. Margaret participated in the Crossroads Fund's pilot Giving Project in 2015 and is a member of the Chicago chapter of Resource Generation.

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Nora Kyger is the Executive Vice President and Partner at Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt, a fundraising consulting firm serving non-profit clients across the country. Nora works with clients from a wide range of institutions seeking to improve their financial footing, their operations and expand their impact. Nora worked with Crossroads Fund helping to design and lead the Big Change Endowment Campaign. Prior to joining TW&B, Nora was the Associate Director for IIT's Insitute of Design and a consultant with AT Kearney in their Asian division. Nora leads the Annual Fellows Program of the Development Leadership Consortium, which introduces new development professionals to the philanthropic community in Chicago.

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Sharmili Majmudar Treasurer, a lifelong champion of gender equity and justice, is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Women Employed, a 44-year-old organization widely recognized for its groundbreaking work to improve women’s economic status and remove barriers to economic equity. Before joining Women Employed, Majmudar served for almost a decade as the Executive Director of Rape Victim Advocates (RVA). She has served on the board of Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network and on the national advisory committee for Transforming Silence Into Action. 

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Agnes Meneses is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Chicago Foundation for Women where she helps lead collaborative efforts to address issues impacting women and girls. Agnes spent twelve years as a Program Officer at Alphawood Foundation where she gained wide experience in supporting Foundation grantees ranging from arts, arts education and environmental organizations to those focused on addressing community needs and pressing social justice issues. Prior to joining Alphawood, Agnes served as a Manager of Annual Funds for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and worked in business and market development for PwC’s Chicago office.

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Alexia Rice-Henry was a Lisa Fittko Intern at Crossroads Fund in 2010, where she build her development skills and strengthened our fundraising efforts. After completing the Fittko Internship, she worked as Development and Communications Associate at Affinity Community Services. Alexia served on the Crossroads Fund Upstart Board from 2013 - 2014. She currently works at the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. Alexia holds an MA in non-profit administration from North Park University.

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Henry Cervantes is an artist, educator, and organizer who focuses on nonviolence and restorative justice and has trained activists from Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America. Currently, Cervantes serves as a Trainer for the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago and the Manager for The Peace Exchange, an organization that engages young Chicagoans from the west and south sides in training and trips abroad to study global nonviolence movements. Cervantes is passionate about building African-American and Latino coalitions and reducing youth violence. Cervantes has served on the Docent Council at the DuSable Museum of African American History and leads the Aztec Dance Group Xochil-Quetzal.

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Alan Paberzs is Senior Associate Director of Development for the Bluhm Legal Clinic, a public interest law office that represents underserved clients and trains students to challenge the fairness of our legal institutions and to propose solutions for reform.  He served on the Crossroads Fund Upstart Board from 2013 – 2014 and the Fundraising and Communications Committee from 2015 – 2016. Alan earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. 

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Denise Ferguson is an artist, a human rights activist, and skilled public servant with over 36 years of diverse professional experience. Her career is marked with honorable achievement around advocacy for women’s rights, education, health care, housing, and juvenile justice. Her leadership and commitment to sustainable solutions catalyzed the development and implementation of impact-yielding programs across agencies such as the City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Public Library, and the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian. Denise is a lifelong resident of Chicago’s west side. Retired since 2011, she now lends her expertise to various organizations as an independent consultant and supports women in developing pathways to economic self-sufficiency. She enjoys time spent with her 5 grandchildren.

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Julia Klein is an artist, arts educator, and publisher. She currently works with developmentally disabled artists at The Arts of Life. She also runs a small non-profit publishing company, Soberscove Press, that is focused on making available art-related materials that fill a gap in the literature or are difficult to access, as well as artists’ books. Julia participated in the 2015 and 2016 Giving Project cohorts.

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Roxana Gonzalez is a Chicago Public School educator in the Belmont Cragin community. She moved to Chicago after graduating from UCLA and has been teaching since. She leads a middle school social studies classroom and is committed to creating a social justice curriculum for her students. She was introduced to Crossroads in 2015 and participated in the 2016 Giving Project.

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Kheira Issaoui-Mansouri  is a senior analyst at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropy consulting firm serving a wide range of donors working across issue areas and geographies. She helps foundations, corporations, and families design, implement, and evaluate grant-making programs. Prior to joining Arabella, Kheira worked as a public affairs officer at the Quebec Government Office in Chicago, where she helped design an arts and culture grant program. Kheira also worked as a research fellow at Northwestern University’s Ford Center for Global Citizenship, where she contributed to research initiatives on corporate social responsibility and reputation management. She is passionate about equity, applied rationality, and storytelling.