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There are approximately 70 staff who support the agency’s mission.
Friedman Place is governed by a
VOLUNTEER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mary has over 25 years experience in banking, including as a former Assistant Vice-President at Associated Bank. She has served as an officer of several not-for-profit organizations and was a long-time volunteer in Friedman Place’s Activity Department. Mary is also a survivor of polio and joined our Board in 2015.
Ian has extensive experience in the banking industry and is currently a Vice-President at Customers Bank Private and Commercial Banking.
Rich is a Certified Public Accountant and partner in the accounting firm Wippman, Gozum & Goldberg, Ltd. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Illinois CPA Society, and has been the Treasurer for the Wheeling Prospect Heights Chamber of Commerce and Congregation Beth Am and has served on several other nonprofit.
Arnie is retired after a long career at Bennett Brothers, Inc., a company that provides fulfillment and strategic planning solutions for employee recognition and customer loyalty programs. Arnie has served on the board since 1990.
Bruce is a partner with Eye Physicians in Skokie, Illinois. He specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology, glaucoma, and cataract surgery. He is Board Certified by the Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Bruce received his MD at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Bruce joined our board in 2014.
Evelyn is an attorney with a specialty in disability issues and has in the past held a variety of senior-level positions in the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services, and Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs.
Merrill is the president of the law firm Merrill C. Hoyt & Associates, P.C. He is past president of the Friedman Place board, and has also served as board president for a mental health agency and the Central Lakeview Neighbors. He wrote for the Law Review and received his Juris Doctor with Highest Honors from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law. Merrill has served on our board since 1996.
Barry has been associated with Friedman Place and its predecessor, Kagan Home, for decades and has served on our Board since 2010. His uncle, David Herman, the agency’s first blind-deaf resident, remained an integral member of our community for nearly 25 years. Barry and his family have been long-time volunteers and supporters. Barry has been in private legal practice as well as a federal, state, and county attorney and was the founder and coordinator of multiple programs for nonprofit organizations.
Paul is an attorney who retired in 2010 as a Commissioner of the the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission following a twenty year career with the organization. Previously, he worked for many years as a Senior Attorney with Continental Bank. He currently serves as a pro-bono attorney for people with a wide range of disabilities, most of whom have visual impairments and he also serves on the boards of several other nonprofit organizations that serve people who are blind. A lifelong Chicagoan, Paul has been blind since birth and received his law degree from Northwestern University. Paul has served on our board since 2004.
Bev is a social worker with a long history of working in a community-based nonprofit organization where for many years provided direct services to individuals, couples, and families and later served as a supervisor, administrator, and assistant executive director. She currently serves as a board member of a nonprofit that leverages the unique abilities of people with Asperger’s Syndrome to offer software testing services and on an Advisory Committee for adoption services at an inner-city pre-school. Bev received her Master’s degree from the School of Social Services Administration at the University of Chicago. She has served on our board since 2008.
Michael is a criminal defense lawyer in Chicago, as a well as a CPA. He has been self-employed for over thirty years and participates in arbitrations for the Circuit Court of Cook County. He attended University of Illinois for his undergrad and Loyola for his J.D.
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Staff members may be reached at (773) 989-9800
of Staff has worked 3+ years
of staff has worked 10+ years