Board of Directors
Renee Lanam , President . . .
Renee Lanam is a senior executive with over 20 years experience in the areas of finance and legal. Former CFO and General Counsel for Equinix, Inc., a multi-national company that designs, builds and operates Internet data centers and former attorney at Gunderson, Dettmer, a business law firm for entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies and venture capitalists.
Renee chose to be on Impact's board because she believes that those in need must be part of our communities and provided with the services they need to succeed. Impact's model of scattered sites in our community and wrap around clinical and job placement support is successfully executed by a passionate team of professionals.
Treasurer . . .
Peter Michaels has spent his entire professional career as a Financial Adviser, working with individuals, companies, pension plans, endowments and foundations to help achieve their goals for their investment programs. Currently he works for NexTier Consulting Solutions where he advises investment firms on accelerating the growth of assets under management and improving profitability. Peter obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
It is his passion for working with clients and helping them achieve their objectives that attracted him to volunteering for Impact. The agency's ability to provided tangible, measurable services, such as affordable housing, clinical services and employment education, to those with chronic mental illness, is very meaningful to Peter. He has volunteered with the organization for over 15 years, and during that time he has assisted Impact in bringing additional housing units to the agency and maintaining its financial stability during challenging budgetary times
Kathleen Gillespie, Secretary . . .
Kathleen Gillespie joined the Impact Board in October 2015 because she wanted to both advocate for the extraordinary clients Impact serves and provide energy and support to the talented staff, board and generous donors who assist Impact clients as they recover from serious mental illness. Following a career as a healthcare consulting firm partner, Kathleen serves on several nonprofit boards involved in healthcare for older adults, education for underserved and minority communities, and civil liberties, including Three Crowns Park Senior Living, the Barat Education Foundation and the Nominating Committee of the ACLU of Illinois. Kathleen has an undergraduate degree in History and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.
Daniel Smith . . .
Dan smith is a Level II Bank Manager and Mortgage Professional at TCF Bank.
His interest in Impact began thanks to its talented and enthusiastic staff and board. He has great confidence in the Impact team to deliver services and care to our community. Seeing the lives affected by this good work keeps his passion and engagement strong in the organization.
Anne Chodzko . . .
Dr. Anne Chodzko has been a licensed clinical psychologist for the past 24 years and spent the early years of her career as the Clinical Coordinator for Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Housing Program, a housing and clinical stabilization program for homeless individuals whose life trajectories had been altered by serious and persistent mental illnesses. Dr. Chodzko spent the next 17 years providing clinical treatment in a 400 bed psychiatric residential facility in the Edgewater/Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Dr. Chodzko has been referring clients to Impact Behavioral Health Partners for over 20 years. As her professional career has moved more towards private practice, joining Impact’s Board of Directors in July of 2017 enables her to remain actively engaged in her passion of improving the lives of those directly affected by serious mental illnesses.
Ellen Rockwell Galland
Claire McCarthy Peterson,
Vice President . . .
Since the 1980’s Claire McCarthy Peterson has been an outspoken Evanston advocate on behalf of persons with mental illness and those facing homelessness. Over 25 years ago she was a founding member of the Housing Options board. She has served as Chair of various City committees addressing homeless issues and helped author Evanston’s Continuum of Care for the Homeless, which resulted in significant federal support for local housing and intervention programs for vulnerable residents.
Lara Duda . . .
Lara Duda first became involved with Impact in 2000 as a communications associate. After working for several years in the nonprofit sector, Lara attended law school. She is currently a partner in a Chicago-area law firm where her areas of practice include probate, guardianship, elder law, mental health law, and special needs planning. Lara also frequently serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in guardianship proceedings for disabled adults. Lara is a past chair and current member of the Chicago Bar Association Mental Health Law Committee. Lara is a compassionate advocate for people with serious mental illness and their families. She strongly believes in the mission of Impact and the need to expand supportive housing options for people with serious mental illness.
Carol Henes . . .
Carol Henes joined the Impact Board in August of 2016, although she first learned about the organization during its early years. Carol has lived in Evanston since 1981 and has served on several not-for-profit organizations including the Evanston Mental Health Board, the Evanston Community Foundation, and the United Way. She strives for creativity, simplicity, and really good communication when addressing problems and needs. Carol has been an administrator at Northwestern University for close to 20 years. Before transitioning to higher education, she worked in the health care field. She has an undergraduate degree in music and a master's degree in public health.
Dave Chapman . . .
Dave joined Impact’s board to help fight homelessness and was particularly drawn to Impact’s comprehensive services model as an effective means of doing so. Dave hopes to support Impact continue to deliver clear, measurable, and successful outcomes to its participants, and to extend Impact’s support to others wherever possible.
Dave’s career is focused on managing investments on behalf of pensions and non-profits, which includes helping those institutions allocate, structure, and execute their investments to make ongoing benefit payments, grants, and capital improvements. He is currently the Head of Multi-Asset Portfolio Management for the US division of one of the world’s largest asset management firms. Dave has a BS from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the University of Michigan, and he is also a CFA charterholder. Dave lives in Wilmette with his wife and three childre