Board of Directors
A board of directors governs Chicago Friends School. The board adopts school policies and is legally responsible for the financial health and operation of the school. The executive committee is comprised of a 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 (Clerk), 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 Creek 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, an M.S. in environmental biology, and an M.P.A. in nonprofit management.
Neil Lichtman, who grew up 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 (Treasurer), 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.
Kate Connor (Recording Clerk) is the proud parent of a Chicago Friends student. She serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Truman College, is a leader on the Chicago Early Childhood Workforce Scholarship effort, and works on multi-agency initiatives seeking to build capacities in the early childhood field. For over twelve years, Kate taught in the faculty ranks for the Early Childhood and Human Development disciplines at City Colleges. She has a background in project management, curriculum development, and assessment. Kate holds a B.S. degree in Human Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.S. degree in Child Development from the Erikson Institute. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the Erikson Institute.
Dylan Richard, a lifelong Quaker, and product of a Quaker education, is a technologist who has spent the past several decades 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.
Rachelle Jervis is president and C.E.O. of the Executive Service Corps, Chicagoland’s premier nonprofit consultancy. She was a member of the founding board of the Chicago Friends School and currently is again serving on their board of directors. Rachelle also serves on the board of Aspiritech and has served on the Camelot Host Committee (benefiting Cherry Preschool’s Inclusion Program). She earned an M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago and a certificate in nonprofit leadership from the United Nation’s Mandated University of Peace. She is a member of several professional associations, including Soroptimist International, the Public Relations Society of America, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.