Chicago Associate Board
Our associate board is a group of professionals who are committed to supporting and promoting our AmeriCorps members and organizational goals.
Kelly Jones, Board Chair
Kelly is currently a part of Chase Wealth Management's Advisor Development Program at Chase Bank. In this role, she is honing her skills in leading exceptional client-centric conversations in preparation for the role of private client advisor. Just prior to this, Kelly spent several years collaborating with a team of wealth management professionals to provide creative and customized lending solutions to high net worth clients and prospects.
She began her banking career in 2000 and has been an active leader in a variety of projects focused on education, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship and employee satisfaction, to name just a few. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Purdue University and currently resides in Evanston, IL.
Kevin is a manager in Deloitte’s Corporate Citizenship group. In this role, Kevin oversees Deloitte’s national sponsorship of City Year, including board membership, pro bono consulting, financial support and skills-based volunteerism across nearly 20 City Year sites. Prior to this role, Kevin worked in the strategy & operations practice at Deloitte Consulting, and before that at Gibson Consulting Group.
Kevin graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with a degree in marketing. He lives on the west side of Chicago with his wife Jeannie and their daughter Siena.
Shawn joined Sterling Partners Education Opportunity Fund in 2016 and is a vice president of the Education Opportunity Fund.
Prior to Sterling, Shawn served as a senior associate at CHS Capital, and its affiliates New Harbor Capital and Shorehill Capital, where he was responsible for evaluating, executing and managing private equity investments and involved in the foundational development of the newly established funds. Shawn began his career in investment banking at Robert W. Baird & Co., a middle-market financial services firm. He received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
Jordan is a vice president at Edelman, a leading communications firm, where she works primarily with financial services companies. Jordan has been a member of the City Year Chicago associate board since 2015.
Julie currently serves as assistant vice president of multifamily acquisitions for Waterton. In her role, she is responsible for sourcing and underwriting multifamily acquisitions in the eastern United States. Prior to joining Waterton in January 2018, she was a vice president at Pearlmark Real Estate where she supported both high-yield debt and equity origination efforts in the Midwest and Southeast. Prior to that, Ms. Heigel was a financial analyst with PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, where she completed commercial credit training and graduated from the Real Estate Banking Development Program.
Danielle joined London-based BlueBay Asset Management in 2012 and is partner and head of business development – Private Debt Group. She is a founding member of the private debt team, and is responsible for driving global strategy, business development and investor relations for BlueBay’s private markets alternatives business, with more than EUR 14B AUM since inception. In 2015, Danielle was appointed to BlueBay Asset Management USA LLC's board as a director.
Patrice currently serves as vice president of business development at Wintrust Life Finance, a core lending unit of Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: WTFC). Patrice is primarily responsible for cultivating and preserving relationships in ultra-high net worth and institutional advisory channels and sourcing new business opportunities. Born and raised in Chicago, Patrice earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. Patrice was introduced to City Year by his brother Max who served as an AmeriCorps member at the Johnson School of Excellence in 2012-2013.
Shanu is an associate for THL Credit’s Tradable Credit platform where he conducts fundamental research and develops investment ideas on companies in the manufacturing, business services and energy industries. Prior to joining THL Credit in 2018, Shanu worked as a strategic finance and business operations associate at a cybersecurity startup, Expanse, and before that, as an M&A analyst at Evercore. Shanu earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and accountancy from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Lisa is currently the divisional merchandise manager at Ulta Beauty.
Caroline is head of operations and customer success at EZ-EV. She has served on the City Year Chicago associate board since 2018.
Krishna is currently a student at the Kellogg School of Management.
Taylor Spontak got involved with City Year Chicago in 2017 and currently serves as the board’s secretary. When Taylor first moved to Chicago, she looked for volunteer opportunities to help students and schools succeed. Her passion for working with students stems from volunteering at an afterschool program throughout college where she grew passionate about education and supporting students.
Taylor is a human resources coordinator at Jones Lang LaSalle, a corporate real estate and investment management firm. She attended the University of Illinois where she studied business communication and was a member of the Marching Illini. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys skiing, going to concerts and traveling.