Fiscal Year 2021 Board of Directors

Jeff Becker

Senior Manager Learning & Development, Q-Centrix

Board President

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Jeff Becker has served on the board of directors at Alternatives since 2015. Jeff brings expertise in learning and organizational development where he is most passionate about fostering learning cultures, developing leaders and high performing teams. Currently in his role with Q-Centrix, a quality data management solutions provider to healthcare organizations, he is designing programs to grow talent from their first day on the job through their career with the company. Jeff received his PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Katie Eng

Vice President of Growth & Innovation, PACO Collective

Board Vice President

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Katie Eng has nearly 15 years of experience developing consumer-centric brand, digital and communications strategies. She is currently the VP of Growth and Innovation, at PACO Collective, an independently owned cross-cultural marketing agency. Katie received her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2018.

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Tim Harris

Retired Attorney

Board Treasurer

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Tim Harris has served on Alternatives’ Finance Committee since 2007, and currently serves on its Board of Directors and as its Treasurer.  TIm is a retired attorney and has lived with his wife and daughter in Chicago’s Uptown community since 1998.

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Jennifer Farina

Morning Show Host, 104.3

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Jennifer Farina (also known as Jen BT on the air) is a morning show radio personality who is part of the Ed Lover Morning show on 104.3 JAMS from 6 am – 10 am every weekday morning in Chicago. Jen is from the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where she received a BS in News-Editorial Journalism.

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Inder Kaur

Technology Consulting

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Inder Kaur is a Management Consultant with a Boutique Consulting company SEI, Chicago. Ms. Kaur received her MBA from Kellogg School of Business in 2018. Ms. Kaur lives in Chicago-land with her husband and son, and loves travelling, photography and cooking.

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Payal Keshvani

Attorney, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

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Payal focuses her practice on general corporate and transactional matters. She earned her J.D. from Emory University School of Law and her B.S., cum laude, from New York University. Payal speaks Gujarātī, an Indo-Aryan language. Payal also serves on the junior board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Erin Killingsworth-Walker

Leadership Development, Relativity

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Erin Killingsworth-Walker is passionate about enhancing the lives of others and strengthening the social fabric of society.  Erin is a talent development leader and has focused her career on crafting experiences that propel careers.   Erin truly has a heart for public service and is engaged in an array of organizations focused on eradicating the social ills that impact communities.

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Veronica Milton

Consultant

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Ron Nguyen

Finance Lead, Cushman and Wakefield

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10+ years in corporate finance in Manufacturing, Publishing, Consumer Packaged Foods, and Commercial Real Estate industries. Passionate practitioner of Latin dances including Salsa/Mambo and Bachata. Lifelong “midwesterner” growing up in St. Louis and most recently residing in Chicago.

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Baron Rush

Manager of Tech and Operations, ChiArts

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Juliette Stancil

Corporate Counsel, Rhythm Technologies, Inc.

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Juliette Stancil has served as a member of the Alternatives Board since 2017.    Juliette is an Illinois licensed attorney and has served as a compliance officer and in-house counsel for Chicago-area health companies.  She currently serves as Senior Privacy Counsel at Intuit.

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Samantha Thaver

Marketing Manager, Arvo

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Currently a Marketing Manager for Safe Patient Handling at Arjo, a global medical device company. Thaver focuses on growing the portfolio using market insights, competitive strategy, and innovative solutions. She received her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2018.

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Tom Ziegenfuss

Vice-Chairman, EN Engineering

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Tom Ziegenfuss has worked his entire career of 38 years in the energy industry.  In 2004, Tom joined EN Engineering, LLC, and is currently Vice-Chairman. Additionally he served on the Board of Directors for GPRS, LLC in Ohio from 2018 to 2020 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Thayer Power and Communications, LLC in Ohio.

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Join our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Alternatives, Inc. has term limits to ensure new perspectives and ideas are included. For this reason, we are always looking for dynamic and committed individuals interested in joining our Board. Alternatives’ Board coordinates its work across five committees, you can learn more about those committees on our volunteer page. If you would like to learn more about joining our Board of Directors, please contact our Executive Director, Bessie Alcantara, at 773-506-7474.