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As a social enterprise of The Cara Program, Cleanslate's activities are governed by the Board of The Cara Program. 

The Cara Program is grateful to its vibrant Boards of Directors (both our governing board and our associate board of emerging leaders) for their gifts of creativity, their personal contributions and their true compassion for our students and our mission.  Through our boards' efforts, we have a fiscally-sound and ever-nimble organization, capable of evolving its programs to meet the dynamic needs of our students and the communities in which they live.

Board of Directors

Mr. John Bennecke
Managing Director
True Partners Consulting LLC

Mr. Daniel Brennan
JD Development

Ms. Kristin Carlson Vogen
Senior Institutional Philanthropic Specialist / Philanthropic Management
Bank of America

Mr. Mark Carroll
Cognitive Capital

Ms. Katie Cunning
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations

Mr. Joe Hennessy
Managing Director
Resources Planning Group

Mr. Roger T. Hughes
Retired Chairman
DonTech Corporation

Mr. James Mabie
William Blair and Company

Ms. Rosanna Marquez
The Eleanor Foundation

Mr. Michael Owens
MJO Asset Management

Mr. Thomas M. Owens (Chairman)
Vice President
Owens Foundation

Ms. Terri Runyon-Walker
Senior VP / HR Business Partner
Charter One Bank

Mr. Daniel Ryan
Managing Director
Jones Lang LaSalle

Mr. David J. Ryan
Managing Principal
Gray/Matters, Ltd.

Mr. William Steinmetz
Managing Director
BlueStar Ventures

Mr. Ron Zinnerman
Vice President, Community Relations
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Mr. Eric Weinheimer (ex-officio)
President / CEO
The Cara Program

Associate Board

Patrick Biladeau
Private Equity Analyst
Baird Capital Partners

Iris Chae (President)
Management Consultant

John DiGiovanni
MBA Candidate
Kellogg Graduate School of Management

Bela Gandhi
Smart Dating Academy

Beth Kalisz-Todd (Vice-President)
Todd Legal Search Inc.

Carly Klein
Account Executive
Lockton Companies

Maja Kunzi
Senior Regulatory Compliance Coordinator
Renewables North America LLC

Mendy Mayo (Events Chair)
Account Executive
UPS Freight Forwarding

Veronica Ponce
Human Resource Specialist

Kate Shanahan
Director, Recruitment and Staffing
New Teacher Project

Sarah Woolley (Secretary)
Credit Tenant Lease Associate
William Blair and Company

The Impact

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Our Partner Programs

  • The CARA Program
  • TCP Staffing

Our Supporters and Customers

  • Accenture
  • Engineered Glass Products
  • Armitage Baptist Church
  • Calumet Area Industrial Commission
  • Ravenswood Community Council
  • Skilken
  • Six Corners Association
  • River North Businesses
  • Various Private Groupon Customers
  • John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County
  • Illinois Medical District Guest House
  • Little Village Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Medical District
  • Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
  • SSA #32, Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation
  • SSA #42, South Shore Chamber Inc.
  • SSA #29, West Town Chamber of Commerce
  • SSA #33, Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce
  • SSA #35, Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
  • SSA #34, Uptown United
  • Department of General Services – City of Chicago
  • Deborah’s Place
  • The Admiral at the Lake
  • The Community Builders
  • The Habitat Company
  • Big Buzz Entertainment Group – Chicago RibFest
  • 57th St. Children’s Book Fair
  • Pitchfork Music Festival

Partner Programs

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