Eric became President and CEO of Donors Forum on July 1, 2014. From 1996 to 2014, he was President and CEO of The Cara Program, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive training, job placement, and support services to individuals who are homeless and struggling in poverty. Eric earned a BS from Boston College and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service. Eric was selected as a member of the Emerging Leaders Program for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Class of 2011. Eric was selected as a Chicago Community Trust Fellow for 2013. Eric was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to the Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise Task Force. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Social Enterprise Initiative at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.
Robin Berkson, Senior Vice President, Member Services
Robin is Senior Vice President, Member Services for Donors Forum where she leads the team that provides Donors Forum Members with a core suite of services, including training and education, information services, and networking and peer learning. Robin oversees Donors Forum’s Good Works CONNECT network, based in Springfield, and is also responsible for national research partnerships. Robin has held a senior position at Donors Forum for over 12 years and has extensive experience in grantmaking, social research, and fundraising, and has been a consultant to philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. She served as the Director of United Way's Priority Grants and Needs Assessment Program in Chicago; her portfolio focused on education, employment, poverty, family lifespan issues, and discrimination in health care access, housing, and employment. Robin is a founding faculty member of the University of Illinois at Chicago's online Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She served on the Committee on Family Foundations for the Council on Foundations. She currently serves on the Grantmaker Education Committee of the Board of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and Independent Sector’s Networks and Member Engagement Committee. Robin earned a BA with Honors in Philosophy and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Marisa helps library patrons navigate the library’s resources. She also conducts research and answers reference questions for Donors Forum Members and staff. Marisa joined the Donors Forum Library staff in 2011. She previously served as the Library Resource Center Coordinator at ITT Technical Institute, where she taught information literacy classes, tutored students, and advised the Student Mentor program and newspaper. She received a BA in Writing from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Dominican University in River Forest, Ill. When not at the Donors Forum Library, you can find Marisa at her neighborhood library, out enjoying Chicago’s parks and museums with her family, or hunting her next cup of coffee.
Andreason joined Donors Forum as Vice President, Finance and Administration in September 2010 and was promoted to his current role in July 2013. He oversees the finance and administration functions at Donors Forum, including accounting, human resources, IT infrastructure, and facilities. Andreason provides strategic direction for the ongoing financial and operational sustainability of the organization and ensures best practices in finance, management and governance. Andreason’s extensive work in the nonprofit sector encompasses a broad spectrum of organizations including membership, social service, architecture/design, and performing arts. Before joining Donors Forum, Andreason most recently served as Vice President and Assistant Treasurer for the Executive Service Corps of Chicago and Operations Director at the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, a council of municipal governments. He is deeply committed to the sector and currently serves on the boards of several organizations including Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, the African American Legacy Fund at The Chicago Community Trust, Chicago Dance Crash, and LINKS. Andreason earned a Bachelor of Economics degree at Central Michigan University and a Master of Nonprofit Management degree at DePaul University.
Bill Cosper, Vice President, Development and Communications
Bill joined Donors Forum in June 2015 as Vice President, Development and Communications, responsible for leading fundraising and communications planning and activities to achieve the organization’s strategic goals. His background in fundraising, nonprofit capacity-building, and developing effective partnerships -- at both the staff and volunteer/board level -- encompasses more than two decades of service to the Chicago region’s nonprofit sector. He has worked with organizations as diverse as Strategic Learning Initiatives, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Joffrey Ballet. Bill came to Donors Forum after almost nine years as Vice President, Institutional Relations at Executive Service Corps. He has served on boards and as a volunteer for several local organizations. Bill earned earned a BA in History and Political Science from Wabash College.
Delia identifies and qualifies opportunities for our Strategic Initiatives, as well as directing our policy research and communications. Delia joined Donors Forum in 2010 as Manager, Public Policy Communications and Outreach, was promoted to Director in 2011, and took on strategic initiatives in October 2014. Previously, Delia was Government Relations Officer at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. She has been a Board Member of Chicago Lights and an Advocacy Council member of Women Employed. She is currently Board Co-Chair of the Chicago Abortion Fund. Before entering the nonprofit sector, Delia worked for several years in the corporate world, including at Gagen MacDonald (formerly Matha MacDonald), Starpoint Solutions, and Deloitte Consulting. She is a skilled speechwriter, public speaker, researcher, and advocate for social justice and women’s issues. An avid watcher of PBS Masterpiece Mystery episodes, Delia earned a BA in English Literature from UCLA, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Michigan.
Katrina is responsible for timely and accurate performance of key accounting functions. She supports the program team through accurate financial reporting and provides support in personal and benefit administration. Katrina joined Donors Forum in 2007 as Accounting Assistant, and has been promoted several times, most recently in December 2013. Katrina earned a BBA in Accounting from Robert Morris University and a Masters Degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Robin Dillow, Library Services Coordinator
Robin joined the Donors Forum in May 2014 as Library Services Coordinator. Her experience includes serving as a librarian in public and special libraries and most recently as an Adjunct Faculty member in Library Services at Oakton Community College. She also teaches geography at the community college level and has a background in the nonprofit sector. In addition to a MLIS degree from Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., Robin holds master's degrees in environmental and urban geography and in public administration.
Ali Entezar, Director, Information Technologyaentezar@donorsforum.org
Ali joined Donors Forum in December 2014. Ali directs the design and management of all Donors Forum's databases, including quality monitoring, business practices, interface development, reporting, and website synchronization. He has more than 15 years' experience in the nonprofit sector, having worked with the YMCA of Greater Boston and Little City Foundation. Ali earned a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany. He believes that working for a nonprofit helps him to have a positive influence in the world, and to make it a better place.
Jason records meeting minutes for Member Issue Group and Peer Networks and provides additional support for Donors Forum Grantmaker Members. He joined Donors Forum in 2005. Jason says he enjoys working at Donors Forum because it gives him the opportunity to see the tremendous work being done in the philanthropic sector, and he is able to see how foundations are addressing a range of current issues. He has worked as a Research Associate for the Center for Economic Policy Analysis and as a freelance writer and editor. Jason earned a BA in English from Brigham Young University and a MA in Journalism from Northwestern University. Jason works part-time at Donors Forum.
Marlee is responsible for assisting with recruitment, retention, and renewal of Operating Nonprofit Memberships, and logistical arrangements and promotion of Donors Forum programs for nonprofits. She also provides backup support to the Donors Forum Library and top-notch customer service to all operating nonprofit members for any need. She works closely with the Director of Nonprofit Programs to develop programs, events, and networking opportunities for nonprofit professionals and members. Marlee joined Donors Forum in February, 2012 as an Associate and was promoted in December, 2013. Her previous nonprofit experience includes serving as an Intern at Project: Living Well, an Intranet Design Coordinator at EMERgency 24. Marlee is a 2011 graduate of North Park University in Chicago, having earned a BS in Business and Economics with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. She was also active in the Nonprofit Leadership Club at North Park. In her spare time, she likes spending time with family and friends, volunteering with youth, doing any outdoor physical activity, traveling, and cooking.
Marilou plans, directs, and advances the communications strategy of the organization, and oversees the development and production of a wide variety of materials for internal and external audiences. She is also webmaster. Marilou joined Donors Forum in 2007 as Communication Manager. She has worked in nonprofit communications for 20 years, as Communications Manager at St. Clement Catholic Church and as Communications Director at Sherwood Conservatory of Music. Prior to joining the sector, she worked as a reporter and editor at several Chicago-area publishers, including Crain Communications, Faulker & Gray, Cahner’s, and The Instrumentalist Company. Marilou earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Iowa, and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, both in clarinet performance. She has played clarinet professionally in orchestras, operas, chamber groups, and musical theater in the Midwest and on the east coast.
Emily joined Donors Forum in June 2013. She provides logistical support for Grantmaker Issue Group programs and assists with the various needs of our Grantmaker Members. Previously, Emily worked on the communications team for the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Fine Art from Loyola University Chicago and a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Northwestern University.
Doug has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector including over a decade of experience advancing public policy and systems change for Chicago nonprofits at the local, state, and federal level. He directs the strategic initiatives undertaken by Donors Forum, and takes the lead on implementing and advancing Donors Forum's strategic and policy goals as part of Engaging for Impact. Prior to joining Donors Forum in October 2013, Doug was Director of Advocacy and Outreach at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. He has also served as the Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy at Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, and Director of Policy at the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing. Doug earned a BA from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and a Master's of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Lisa May Simpson supports a learning environment and facilitates programs, services, communications, and evaluation for Donors Forum's Grantmaker Members. She joined Donors Forum in 2012 as Member Services Manager, and was promoted in July 2014 to Director, Member Services. Lisa has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has served as an independent coach, facilitator, and consultant for a variety of individuals and organizations including Chicago Women in Philanthropy, the Chicago Arts Learning Initiative (CALI), and Ingenuity, Inc. Prior to her work as a coach and consultant, she held the role of deputy director at Arts Alliance Illinois. Lisa serves on the Leadership Council of Barrel of Monkeys and has served on the boards of directors of HealthConnect One, The Hypocrites, and Creating Pride. She is certified as an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation, holds a BA in theater, and enjoys making jam, knitting, and practicing the ukulele.
Sarah Tapscott, Illinois Network Managerstapscott@donorsforum.org
Sarah Tapscott joined Donors Forum in December 2014. She provides leadership and support for the Good Works Connect network of community foundations and operating nonprofits in east-central Illinois. She has more than ten years of experience working within the nonprofit sector including community impact work and fundraising. Sarah has worked for national organizations including United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the American Lung Association. Sarah earned a BA in Community Health Education from Illinois State University. She is a graduate of Leadership Springfield and is a recipient of the Springfield Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award. Sarah also serves as an Ambassador to the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals having served as President.
Jameika (pictured left) joined Donors Forum in Fall, 2014. She assists the Finance and Administration Team in the areas of accounts payable and receivable, revenue, membership renewals, payroll, and benefits.
Luke Wilcox, Development Coordinatorlwilcox@donorsforum.org
Luke joined Donors Forum in August 2015. A 2012 graduate of Winona State University, Luke was previously Coordinator of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Giving at Lookingglass Theatre.