Board of Directors

Gary Arnold Gary Arnold serves as the public relations coordinator for Access Living, where he has been employed since 1999.  He is currently serving a 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 the Community Media Workshop, and is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Greater Chicago.  He publishes a blog called “Common Ground,” through which he provides commentary on his own experiences as a person with dwarfism, and is an occasional contributor to Streetwise and the Huffington Post .

Kaberi Banerjee Murthy Kaberi Banerjee Murthy is the Program Director for Education, Arts & Culture and Civic Affairs at Crown Family Philanthropies.  She has over 10 years experience as a grantmaker, working at local, regional and national foundations. Kaberi is on the National Board of Grantmakers for Education.  She has served on the board of Resource Generation, was a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a founding member of the Saffron Circle.

Michael Collins is a community organizer and journalist in Chicago. He has worked with the People's Lobby and is a fellow with the Center for Progressive Strategy, where his interests include popular education and building foundations for a new economy. He is also the President of the In These Times magazine board. Michael has previously worked as a non-profit professional at North Lawndale Empoloyment Network and at Civic Consulting Alliance. Michael is a graduate of Princeton University. Michael has been a participant in Crossroads Fund grantmaking committee and on the Upstart Board. 


[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1298","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image img-responsive","height":"111","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"111"}}]]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.

Susan Eleuterio Susan Eleuterio 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 has served on the Crossroads Fund grantmaking panel.

Janine Hoft 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.



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1296","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image img-responsive","height":"120","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"120"}}]]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.

Alejandra Ibanez Alejandra Ibañez is a Program Officer at the Woods Fund Chicago. She immigrated to the United States from Chile in 1977. Since making Chicago her home in 1989, Alejandra has worked in both the public and non-profit sectors, including serving as Chief of Staff to Illinois State Representative Sonia Silva and serving as Executive Director at Pilsen Alliance.

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.  

Sharmili Majmudar Sharmili Majmudar is the Executive Director of Rape Victim Advocates, an organization committed to ensuring that survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and compassion, and dedicated to affecting changes in the way the legal system, medical institutions and society as a whole respond to survivors. She has served on the board of Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network, and on the advisory committee for Transforming Silence Into Action, a national gathering of queer Asian Pacific Islander (API) activists and advocates addressing intimate partner violence in API LGBT communities. Sharmili has been a long time supporter of Crossroads Fund.

 [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1297","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image img-responsive","height":"100","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"100"}}]]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. 


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.

Mark Rodriguez Mark Rodriguez, Board Co-Chair, currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer at Elements PEO. He has worked for over a decade to strengthen Chicago's nonprofits and communities in various roles such as program director, community organizer, education director, community relations manager and consultant through organizations such as Changing Worlds, National-Louis University, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), University of Chicago and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. Mark is a co-founder and board member of the Telpochcalli Community Education Project and has conducted grant reviews for organizations such as the Department of Cultural Affairs, CityArts division, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and the Woods Fund of Chicago.

Elyse Schauer is an art therapist with an MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her work in counseling, as well as in art and music education/collaboration, seeks to facilitate healing and wellness through creative self-expression.  An intersectional feminist framework guides her social justice efforts.  She was introduced to Crossroads Fund through organizing with Resource Generation.