Kirk Hoopingarner, President, and his wife Kim are the parents of four ETHS alums, Meredith ’07, Adrienne ’09, Lydia & Tess ’14. A partner at Quarles and Brady, Kirk has concentrated his law practice on all facets of wealth planning, trust and estate administration, and philanthropy for over 30 years.  He is a frequent speaker and author on charitable planning. He has been involved in various Evanston organizations, including serving as Board Chair of the Evanston Community Foundation and the McGaw YMCA.

Robert Andalman, ETHS ’84, is a founding member of A&G Law, LLC, with more than 27 years of legal experience. Rob represents clients in business disputes, class action lawsuits and white collar criminal cases in both state and federal courts around the country. He has dedicated his career to the happiness of his clients both large and small. Rob lives in Evanston with his wife Carrie. They have one ETHS graduate ('19), one current Wildkit ('21) and one upcoming Wildkit (’24).

Sara Raedle Brenner, ETHS ’76, a lifelong Evanstonian, is one of seven children who attended ETHS and the daughter of graduates of the classes of ’47 and ’48.  She and her husband Bob are the parents of three ETHS grads: Matthew ’06, Emily ’07 and Tommy ’10. She is a trained physical therapist but has spent the past 25 years working endless hours as an active volunteer for the Woman’s Club of Evanston, North End Mothers’ Club, Books on Wheels, ETHS Booster Club, PTSA Lincolnwood & Haven, and is a longtime volunteer fluency tutor for D65.

Caitlin Brown, is an experienced telecommunications professional currently serving as the Signature Client

Vice-President in the AT&T Global Business Group. Caitlin leads a team of talented sales professionals who manage AT&T’s largest US–based multi-national clients in the Midwest. Caitlin and her husband James are the parents of an ETHS alum and current Wildkit (’17 and ’21).

Darryl Cheeks, ETHS ’86, is a CPA with over 25 years of experience in accounting, finance, marketing and operations. He is currently the Managing Partner and Owner of Black Rhino Financial Group. In addition to his dedication to his career, Darryl generously volunteers his time between numerous education and religious organizations. He and his wife Rebecca (’86) are proud parents of one ETHS graduate and three future Wildkit grads (’18, ‘20, ‘22, ’24).

Nancy Cunniff, ETHS ’77, and her husband Alan Zunamon are the proud parents of four ETHS graduates from the classes of ’07, ’10, ’11 and 14’. Nancy is the Director of One Book One Northwestern and serves as a Hobart House Fellow (Women’s Residential College). She is a graduate of the first Change Makers class, a University community formed to create more inclusive classrooms, departments and centers. She has been an active member of the Woman’s Club of Evanston for more than 20 years and served on Boosters and Brillianteen.

Sarah Ghantous was born in Evanston and raised in Wilmette. Currently an Evanston resident, she and her husband Brett have raised three children (ETHS ’16, ’17, ’22). After spending many years in the event planning and sales industries, she is now dedicating her time to volunteering and working for non-profits, and is the current Development Director at Curt’s Café. She has served on several boards in the community and has actively participated in the PTA at her children’s schools.

Lynn Hammell is a native Evanstonian and currently the Relationship Manager, Retirement Services at Lincoln Plan Services. Her father and mother (Bob ’64 and Patty ’62 Reece) and her daughter Courtney Hammell ’07 are all ETHS graduates.  Lynn has spent her career in financial services and is a Registered Representative – Series 6 and Series 63. Lynn is active in local organizations including the Warren W. Cherry scholarship board, YWCA Economic Advancement committee, YWomen Leadership Awards and Second Baptist Church.

Alison Hawley, ETHS ’90, is an Evanston resident and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at River Forest District 90.  Prior to joining District 90 in 2016, she spent 14 years in Winnetka as a teacher, assistant principal at The Skokie School, and the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.  She has maintained a solid connection to ETHS and her classmates. Her prior board experience includes the Alliance for Early Childhood and the Winnetka Public Schools Foundation.

Patrick Hughes, Jr., ETHS ’86, and his wife Kathy Tisdahl ’87 are lifelong residents of Evanston and parents of Riley ’17 and Patrick ’22. Patrick is the founder and President/CEO of Inclusion Solutions, assisting businesses and governments to become more welcoming and accessible for people with disabilities. He is the founder of Evanston Mash-up and has been involved in creating the Evanston West End Business Association. Other boards he has served on include, Chamber of Commerce and Equip for Equality.

Rick Kolsky, has spent the past thirty-eight as a marketing consultant for a wide range of companies. Currently an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Rick has published numerous articles and keynoted for conferences on a range of subjects. Rick also launched a summer sports and enrichment program in Evanston, EatPlayLearn, that helps youth develop life skills through team sports. He and his wife Anne are the parents of two ETHS alums (’99 and ’04).

Henry Latimer is a long time Evanston resident and along with his wife, Laurel Wiss Latimer (’81), has two proud ETHS graduates (’13 and ’15). Henry is currently serving as a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and is a 20 plus year industry veteran. Henry has focused his career on enabling clients to pursue their financial goals and will brings his expertise to the areas of finance and fundraising on the board.

Kevin Mack, President Elect, ETHS ’95, is an Evanston/Skokie native with a deep connection to ETHS and passion for education, equity and student opportunity. Kevin has volunteered his time with Y.O.U. and recently served as the President of the ETHS Alumni Association. Kevin is a real estate broker with @properties, based in Evanston, and has been serving the Chicagoland area since 2009.

Karin Ruetzel, and her husband Tony Burt moved to Evanston in 1986 and are the parents of three ETHS graduates. A clinical psychologist with a private practice, Karin sees children and families from Evanston and neighboring communities. She has served as a consultant to Evanston preschools and elementary schools, tutored students and been a speaker on child development topics. She is involved with Y.O.U., North End Mothers Club and is currently on the City of Evanston Mental Health Board.

Naini Serohi is a global Learning and Development professional, with expertise in designing professional development for corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. Her son Nathan is a member of the class of 2020. In her current role as an Executive Programs Director at Kellogg School of Management Executive Education, Naini designs and directs advanced management and leadership programs for senior executives. She has lived and worked in India, Japan, Germany and the US working in both the academic and corporate sectors. Her community involvement includes volunteering at Curt’s Café, Our Home and the Northshore Cropwalk for Hunger.

Matt Struve, ETHS ’79, and his wife Susan have three daughters, Juliana ’11, Natalie ’17 and Kathryn who will be a member of the class of ’23. He has been an involved parent at ETHS, Lincoln, Nichols, Dewey, Bessie Rhodes and is a past participant in focus groups on inclusion. Matt has had a long career in technical sales and has been with MTS Systems since 1989. Matt’s volunteer experience includes serving on the boards of Camp Charles Allis and the Evanston History Center from 2002-2015.

Casey Varela, ETHS ’92, is a native Evanstonian and currently serves as the Manager of Strategic Partnerships for  Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.). In addition to her work, Casey has committed her time volunteering for a number of organizations including the McGaw YMCA. She is passionate about increasing engagement, accessibility, transparency and the efficiency of the organizations with which she is involved. She and her husband George are the parents of a current and future Wildkit (’23 and ’25).

Makayla Brown, is a current student at ETHS who is graduating in 2020. She lives in Evanston with her two parents and younger siblings, one who is ETHS class of 2022, and one who is still in elementary school. She has spent her whole life in the Evanston Schooling System and she loves the opportunities that ETHS has provided for her. She loves the ETHS Educational Foundation because not only can she learn about the work and ideas put into the school, but she also loves that it can provide opportunities for other students her age and younger. 


Dr. Peter Bavis, Asst. Superintendent    
Joanne Bertsche, Executive Director  

Makayla Brown, Student Representative 

Matthew Bufis, Teacher’s Representative     

David Futransky, Director of Alumni Relations

Judah Laude, District 202 Board Member    
Doug Nickels  ETHS, Alumni Association Rep.    

Stephanie Teterycz, District 202 Board Member    
Dr. Eric Witherspoon, Superintendent  


Elizabeth Tisdahl

Foundation Board Meetings FY20–Closed Meetings


Thursday, September 26, 2019               7:00 PM


Thursday, December 5, 2019                  7:00 PM


Thursday, January 30, 2020                     7:00 PM


Thursday, March 26, 2020                       7:00 PM


Thursday, May 28, 2020                           6:00 PM

Foundation Executive Committee- Officers only

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