Equity Partner, Donohue Brown Mathewson and Smyth LLC
Stetson became a board member of Imagination Theater in 2010, after serving two years as Secretary of the HealthWorks Theatre Board of Directors. When HealthWorks was merged into Imagination Theater, Stetson came along to continue his efforts on behalf of the causes championed by both theaters. He works at a local litigation law firm focusing his practice on the defense of physicians and health care institutions. Stetson hails from the cranberry bogs of Massachusetts, received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and was graduated from the Creighton University School of Law cum laude.
Managing Director, Livingstone Partners
Andrew joined the board of Imagination Theater in August 2014. Andrew is a Managing Director at Livingstone, an international middle market investment bank where he advises both privately and publicly-held companies on mergers & acquisitions, capital raising and financial restructuring activities both domestically and cross-border across a number of sectors. Previously, Andrew was a Tax Manager at KPMG LLP where he spent over five years advising private equity firms, corporations, and other entities on tax issues related to U.S. and international equity and debt investments. Andrew received his B.B.A in Finance and M.S. in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a CPA. Andrew believes that the Imagination Theater provides innovative community outreach to meet the needs of diverse audiences while adhering to the principles of the creative arts.
Cristina De Leon, Board President
Health Consultant, The Segal Company
Cristina joined the board of Imagination Theater in June 2013. Cristina is a Senior Health Benefits Analyst at Segal Consulting and possesses over ten years of experience in the retail pharmacy, pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), and health benefits consulting industries. She is a nationally certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). She is also a member of the North Suburban Pharmacists of Chicagoland Association (NSP) and the Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA). Cristina draws inspiration and motivation from Imagination Theater’s mission to provide diverse audiences with original, dynamic, participatory theatrical programming that enhances well-being and creates a more civil, safe society. She holds a strong affinity for the arts and health advocacy and believes in stewardship of one’s community through service and education. Her past volunteer experiences include a community organization focused on quality of life for seniors, a sexual assault survivor advocacy group, as well as local health fairs in the Chicagoland area.
Director of Planning and Analysis, Tribune Media Company
Debbie joined the board of Imagination Theater December 2013. Debbie is director of Planning and Analysis at Tribune Media Company with over twenty one years of accounting and finance experience including over nine years in public accounting and seven years in the consumer products industry. Debbie received her B.S. in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and MBA from the University of Chicago. She is also a registered CPA. Debbie believes that Imagination Theater provides a well-needed program for children in the Chicago community that effectively addresses complex social issues. She is very excited to be a part of the organization.
Jennifer Grimmer, Board Treasurer
Senior Accountant, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Jennifer joined the board of Imagination Theater in June 2013, after completing the non-profit board training program through the Chicago Arts & Business Council. Jennifer received her B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, became a registered CPA in 2012 and is currently working as a Senior Accountant at the law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Jennifer was elected as Board Treasurer in 2013, and she will continue to serve as Treasurer for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Additionally, Jennifer contributes to fundraising and benefit planning for the Development Committee and helps recruit new board members as Chair of the Governance Committee.
President, Tri Lite Inc.
Bob became a board member in 2015 after completing the Chicago Arts and Business Council training program for prospective non-profit board members. With experience in Management, Marketing, Sales and Engineering at small privately held manufacturing companies to large multi-national corporations, Bob has broad knowledge in a variety of disciplines. For the past twelve years, Bob has been the President of Tri Lite Inc., a privately held manufacturer of specialty lighting products for warehouse, transportation and entertainment applications. Originally from Los Angeles, Bob has lived in the Chicago area for twenty plus years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont CA and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He currently is a member of the Board of Governors for the Harvey Mudd College Alumni Association. Bob is excited about applying his various skills and experience for the challenging tasks of expanding Imagination Theater’s successful programs for using small theater to inspire youth of all ages and instill in them a better understanding of respect, tolerance and cooperation.
Michael McConnell, Board Vice President
System Vice President, Insurance and Claims at Presence Health
Michael joined the board of Imagination Theater after serving two years as President of the Board of Directors of HealthWorks Theatre. Trained as an attorney, he practiced for several years before working at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and, now, Presence Health. Michael oversees all professional liability litigation and runs its captive insurance program. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his law degree from Loyola University Chicago, School of Law. “I have always believed that maturity is based upon a foundation of respect and tolerance. The programs offered by Imagination Theater, along with the shows brought over by HealthWorks, teach kids how to respect themselves and how to respect others. These lessons lead to good life decisions.”
Kari Munoz, MEd, Board Secretary
Senior Instructional Designer, American Society for Clinical Pathology
Kari manages the development of continuing medical education for pathologists and lab professionals. Her previous experience includes more than 15 years as an instructional and curriculum designer, project manager, video and multimedia producer. She is passionate about creating educational experiences that are engaging and results-oriented. Previously, she served as the President of the Board of Directors and was a board member for 5 years. Originally from Milwaukee, Kari has lived in Chicago since 2000.
Mental Health Consultant, Children’s Memorial Hospital
April joined the board of Imagination Theater in January 2012. April is a Mental Health Consultant with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Advocacy & Community-Linked Mental Health Services at Children’s Memorial Hospital. Prior to that, she spent seven years as a staff member and adjunct instructor at The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and has worked extensively with urban public school students, teachers and families. April received her MA from The University of Chicago and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She proudly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Latin America from 1996-98 and she continues to dedicate her time to education and social justice issues here at home. April is inspired by Imagination Theater’s mission to create a more safe, civil and compassionate society, starting with our youth.