Board of Directors
Chicago Friends School is governed by a board of directors. The board adopts school policies and is legally responsible for the financial health and operation of the school. The executive committee is comprised of the clerk (chair), recording clerk (secretary), and treasurer.
The board holds monthly meetings at the school, which are open to members of the Chicago Friends School parents, staff, committee members, and volunteers.
Rebecca Conant is a Chicago-area educator and lifelong Quaker. She was born into the 57th Street Meeting and raised in Quaker meetings around Chicago. She is currently a member of Clear Creak Friends Meeting in McNabb, Illinois. She has spent most of her professional career in the field of education at museums and other nonprofits (including Grande Prairie Public Library, The Field Museum, The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, The Adler Planetarium, and the Lincoln Park Conservancy). She also had her own classroom at Near North Montessori, where she taught middle school science. Rebecca has a B.S in geology, art history and studio art, a M.S. in environmental biology, and a M.P.A. in nonprofit management.
Neil Lichtman, who was raised in the Jewish faith, attended Quaker schools in New Jersey — Haddonfield Friends School through 6th grade and Moorestown Friends School through 12th grade. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.), the University of Virginia (M.A. in foreign affairs), and the Harvard Business School (M.B.A). A Unitarian Universalist, Neil has been president of the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church and co-chair of their capital campaign, and he is currently co-chair of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Generosity Network. His business career was primarily in advertising, marketing, and business strategy with 23 years at Leo Burnett and eight years at Maddock Douglas.
Andrew R. Lines, a proud parent at Chicago Friends School, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University and is an associate member of the Appraisal Institute. He is a partner at CohnReznick, a full service national audit, tax, and advisory firm, where he leads valuation strategies for a variety of real estate property types, including residential, commercial, industrial, and special-purpose properties. Andrew is also an active member of the Syracuse University Regional Council and a founding member of the World Business Chicago Fellowship Alumni Network.
Karl Montzka is a freelance pianist and a Chicago Friends School parent. He has performed with his own group at the 1998 and 2008 Chicago Jazz Festival, 1998 Iowa City Jazz Festival, as well as many venues across the country. In November of 2009, Karl had the honor of playing a United Service Organizations (USO) tour of Afghanistan with Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, and he worked with them most recently in Hawaii for the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Karl has also played for numerous Broadway in Chicago productions, including Wicked, Billy Elliot, The Book of Mormon, and national tours of Motown and The Last Ship. He currently works as a rehearsal pianist and substitute keyboardist for Hamilton.
Dylan Richard (clerk) a lifelong Quaker and product of a Quaker education, is a technologist who has spent past several developing and leading technical teams. His experience ranges from Threadless, where he was vice president of engineering, to the Obama for America 2012 reelection campaign, where he was director for engineering. In 2012 Dylan co-founded Modest, a pioneer in contextual commerce. In 2015 Modest was acquired by PayPal, where Dylan is currently a director of engineering. Dylan is a proud parent of two Chicago Friends School students.
Jonathan VanderBrug (recording clerk) is a parent of two Chicago Friends School students. He has a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the North Park University School of Business and Nonprofit Management. Jonathan is the policy and research director at Arts Alliance Illinois, a nonprofit organization supporting and advocating for arts and arts education. In this capacity, he oversaw the process of updating arts learning standards in Illinois. Previously, he worked as Calumet community educator for The Field Museum, the executive director of the St. Louis Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition, and a consultant to nonprofits. He also co-founded Urban Produce, an inner-city gardening organization for underserved youth.
Katie Wisby (treasurer) has master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with a concentration in finance, decision science, and analytical consulting. She holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. Katie has worked in the banking and finance industry for more than 15 years. She is currently a senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.