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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Priscilla Kersten

Priscilla Kersten is President of the Square One Foundation, a private family foundation active in civic, educational and social justice issues. She currently serves on the boards of The Chicago Children’s Choir, Debate It Forward  and High Jump and serves on the advisory council of UChicago Charter School. She is immediate past Chair of the UChicago Women’s Board and was appointed by President Obama to serve on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. She has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.  Priscilla and her husband Steven have three children: Sam, Ben and Allie.

Alison Conlon

Judge Alison Conlon sits on the Circuit Court of Cook County where she presides over civil jury trials.  She was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2015 and elected in 2016. She earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and her law degree from Duke Law School.

Adrienne Hiegel

Adrienne Hiegel is currently the Senior Director of Operations for the Respiratory Health Association, and has held leadership positions in several Chicago and New York nonprofits.  She spent eight years as a senior administrator in the Daley administration, including as the Deputy Chief Performance Officer for the Chicago Public Schools.  She holds a B.A. from Brown University, and an M.A. and J.D. from Columbia University, where she was a Kent Scholar and the Executive Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review. 

Ragan Schneider

Ragan is a fundraising executive with experience in higher education and non-profit organizations. Until December 2018, she was Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations and Development, at the University of Chicago. In this role, she collaborated with Robert J. Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago, as well as academic and administrative leaders across campus to develop and implement fundraising strategies for the University’s most generous donors and prospects. Previously, she was with the University of Chicago Law School since April 2011, where she worked successfully as a major gifts officer and then as Director of Leadership Giving. Ragan began her fundraising career in 2007 at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. She earned her JD cum laude from Tulane University Law School and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in history from Mississippi State University. Ragan currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and young daughter.

Sara Ray Stoelinga

Sara Ray Stoelinga is the Sara Liston Spurlark Director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI), and a clinical professor on the University of Chicago Committee on Education. She leads all aspects of the Urban Education Institute, overseeing development of teachers, applied research, operation of schools, and the distribution of models to improve schools nationally. Across more than two decades at UEI, Stoelinga has served in a variety of roles, contributing to the development and validation of the STEP assessment, working as a classroom assistant in the inaugural years of the University of Chicago Charter School North Kenwood/Oakland Campus, leading research at the Consortium on School Research, and teaching in the Urban Teacher Education Program. Stoelinga became senior director of UEI in 2009 and was appointed the Sara Liston Spurlark Director in 2015.

 

Stoelinga is also a faculty member at the University of Chicago, teaching and advising undergraduates and graduate students. In the spring of 2015, she received the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award, the University of Chicago's most prestigious teaching award and believed to be the nation’s oldest prize for undergraduate teaching.

Geoffrey Stone

Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he joined the faculty in 1973 and has served as Dean of the Law School and as Provost of the University. He is one of our nation's leading constitutional scholars and has written many books, including Sex and the Constitution (2017), War and Liberty (2007), Top Secret: When Government Keeps Us in the Dark (2007), and Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime (2004). 

 

Mr. Stone has served as Chair of the Board of the American Constitution Society, as Chair of the Board of the Chicago Children's Choir, as a member of the National Advisory boards of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Constitution Center, and as a member of the Senior Advisory Board to the Director of National Intelligence.

Catherine Tarsney

Catherine Tarsney is a public engagement consultant at 270 Strategies, where she helps political campaigns and non-profits build data-driven strategic plans to identify, engage, and empower their supporters. Her past experience includes working on the voter analytics and targeting team on Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, and as the Houston GOTV Director on Wendy Davis's 2014 gubernatorial campaign.

 

Prior to her work in politics, Catherine coached high school debate at The Hockaday School in Dallas and ran summer debate institutes around the country, including the Counterpoint Debate Institute, which she co-founded and directed in Chicago. Catherine was a Lincoln Douglas debater in middle and high school, and won the 2010 Tournament of Champions. 

Andy Tousignant

Andy joined the University of Chicago in 2015 as the Lewis-Sebring director of the UChicago Careers in Education Professions program. In this capacity, Andy advises undergraduates pursuing careers in education.

 

Prior to UChicago, Andy was the deputy director of City Year Chicago, a national non-profit that calls young adults to tutor struggling students in urban schools. During his tenure, he led a staff of 40+, oversaw a $9M budget, and helped nearly double the enterprise in four years. Andy joined City Year after 17 years with UnitedHealth Group serving in both corporate social responsibility and business development roles. Andy received his BA in public policy and management from Dickinson College and his master’s in theology and counseling from Loyola University Chicago.