Board of Directors

Chicago Friends School is led by a board of directors with a variety of skills and backgrounds. The board holds monthly meetings at the school, which are open to members of the CFS community (parents, staff, committee members). Following is information on individual board members, for more information on how we conduct business, please see the links at the bottom of the page.

Faith V. Gately has a BA from Beloit College 1980, and an MS in Community Health Education (Department of Public Health) 1989. Faith is a member of Northside Friends Meeting (Quaker) and has served on many of Northside’s Committee’s, including two years as the Clerk.
Dylan Richard – A lifelong Quaker and the product of a Quaker education, Dylan Richard is a technologist who has spent the past several decades leading technical teams and building sustainable culture. His experience ranges from Threadless, where he was VP of Engineering, to Obama for America’s 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; a current and a future CFS student.
Mila Cohen worked in commercial real estate for over 15 years. She began in the trenches of property management and was a risk manager for luxury, market rate, and Section 8 residential rental properties. Mila worked as an analyst at a boutique commercial mortgage brokerage firm and also was an asset manager, managing a $450+M portfolio for a union pension fund. Mila has served on theatre and synagogue boards and committees, including serving during a governance transition of a large lay-led minyan. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Mila has taught adult education and theatre, and loves workshopping scripts and editing anything. She now raises her three children, one of whom attends Chicago Friends School, and writes whenever she can spare a moment.
Karl Montzka, is a proud parent of a student at Chicago Friends School, and a freelance pianist in Chicago. He has performed with his own group at the ’98 and ‘08 Chicago Jazz Festival, ’98 Iowa City Jazz Festival, as well as many venues across the country. In November of ’09, Karl had the honor of playing a USO tour of Afghanistan with Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band. Karl also has played for numerous Broadway in Chicago productions, including Wicked, Billy Elliot, and The Book of Mormon, and national tours of Motown and The Last Ship. Most recently, he was keyboardist and associate conductor for Dee Snider’s Rock-and-Roll Christmas Tale.
Sarah Shirk has a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a concentration in community health. She has over 10 years experience managing a k-12 mentoring program at the UIC Women in Science and Engineering program (WISE). In addition, she has authored several award winning programs for STEM gender equity initiatives and is a recipient of the Presidential Award in Mentoring, a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.   She is a member of Oak Park Friends Meeting and currently serves as Clerk at both Oak Park Friends Meeting and Chicago Friends School.
Jonathan VanderBrug is a parent of two CFS students and works as a consultant to nonprofits. He has served as Health Care Justice Director of the Campaign for Better Health Care, a community educator for The Field Museum, the executive director of the St. Louis Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition, and a policy analyst specializing in children’s issues. He also co-founded Urban Produce, an inner-city gardening organization for at-risk youth. Jonathan has a Master of Nonprofit Administration degree from North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management.
Katie Wisby, Treasurer, has a Masters degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with concentration in Finance, Decision Science, and Analytical Consulting. She also holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Katie has worked in the banking and finance industry for over 15 years. She joined the Board of Directors for the Chicago Friends School in 2012 and has previously served on the board of directors for one other organization.

How we conduct business