Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is united in its commitment to serve Deeply Rooted’s mission. The Board is composed of a range of members with various skills who together represent the world’s diversity in terms of ethnic, racial, age, gender, sexual, and religious orientation. Board activities are guided by the strategic plan, a statement of individual commitment from each board member, and shared resource-development goals. Potential board members are considered based on how their skills, capacity and interests match the current and future needs of the organization as well as the general board criteria. Existing board members are evaluated on their fulfillment of the commitments each has made. The board meets quarterly and is responsible for governance. The work of the board is carried out by committees which generally meet between board meetings.. The standing committees of the board are the Governance/Finance Committee and the Resource Development Committee. Each committee is guided by a board member chairing the committee, and can include volunteers from the community as committee members or as a co-chair. If you are interested in joining the Board, inquire at; Subject Line: BOARD OF DIRECTORS INQUIRY. Please attach your resume and biography.
  • Board Chair

    Emily Byrne-Driver

    Executive Vice Chair, Elegant Custom Drapery

  • Treasurer

    Omari Kamal

    Accounting Manager, CFO Worldwide

  • Secretary

    Rita McGuire, M.D.

    Physician, St. Bernard Hospital

  • Host Committee Chair

    Anjali Johnson

    Business Development Executive, Apogee Insurance Group

  • Board Chair emeritus

    Judith Cothran, M.D.

    Founder and Medical Director, Women's Health of Chicago

  • Gary Abbott

    Associate Artistic Director, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

  • Jane Brownley

    Senior Manager Wireless Standards, Alcatel-Lucent

  • Kevin Iega Jeff

    Artistic Director, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

  • Philippe Ravanas

    Professor & Chairman Emeritus, Columbia College Chicago

  • Otis Richardson

    Freelance Designer/Illustrator, Customer Service Rep, Tribune Media Services

  • Fred Miller

    Managing Partner, Darker Horse Creative

  • Nicole Clarke Springer

    Dance Education Director, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

Advisory Board

About the Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is a knowledgeable group of professionals who consult and actively mobilize their resources and/or provide expertise as needed. The Advisory Board members have no legal or fiduciary responsibilities, but are advocates for the company’s mission and serve as an integral part of Deeply Rooted’s operations. Advisory Board activities are driven by an Advisory Board Member Plan.

  • Richard Cahan

    Program Officer, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

  • Imara Canady

    Regional Director, Communications and Community Engagement Director (Southern Bureau), AIDS Healthcare Foundation

  • Laurel Lipkin

    Principal, LL Consulting

  • Chris Zyzda

    Attorney At Law

  • Cindy Wonzy-Carl

    Senior Manager, CohnReznick Advisory

  • Bernard Mims

    North America Compliance Officer, Arjo

  • Jennifer Jackson

    Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP

  • Adrienne Kostreva

    Self-Employed Human Resource Consultant