Chet Phillips, Board President

Chet Phillips grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois.  Chet is the Chief Information Officer for Enlivant, a national assisted living company.  He has the responsibility for providing technology to drive a complex business model based on real estate, hospitality and healthcare.  Prior to Enlivant, Chet was the Vice President of IT at Vi (pronounced vee), formerly Classic Residence by Hyatt and the Director of Business Intelligence at Motorola. During his 30-year career, he has implemented and managed large-scale global financial systems and pioneered business intelligence applications in mission critical environments.  In addition to his passion for technology, Chet is a lifelong runner.  While at Motorola, Chet founded the 300 person Motorola Runner’s Club in 1988.  Later he founded the Motorola Half Marathon and Relays and became the Co-Race Director from 1993-1996 which included the United States Women’s Championships in 1996.  Chet continues to compete in running and lives with his wife Susan in St. Charles, Illinois.

 

Holly Amatangelo

Holly Amatangelo serves as the Director of Education for the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) at SmithBucklin. Prior to joining SmithBucklin, Holly worked as the Director of Training and Development for Kaplan Higher Education and the National Director of Academics for SCORE! Educational Centers.   She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO and has spent her career specializing in areas of educational management, strategy, curriculum development, operations, leadership, professional development, instructional design, and training. Holly also helped to start Chicago Run's Next Generation Board and served as the President of that group for 3 1/2 years.  Holly is a member of the American Society of Training and Development, a Community Board member for the Emerald City Theater Company, and is a Field Advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She has completed five Chicago Marathons since 2007 and numerous half marathons all over the US. She is a huge Chicago sports fan, a loving Aunt to her niece Molly and nephew Nicholas, and has been an active volunteer with Chicago Run for over 5 years.

 

Rachel Bishop

Rachel is Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at TreeHouse Foods. Prior to TreeHouse Foods, Rachel worked at Walgreen, Inc. and held various positions at McKinsey & Company, most recently as an associate principal.  Prior to her time at McKinsey, Rachel was a graduate research fellow at GE's Corporate Research & Development center in Schenectady, NY.  Rachel received a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in technology management from Northwestern University and earned a dual B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering and in Geophysics from Brown University.  Rachel is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Fellowship, a fellow in the Leadership Greater Chicago Class of 2011, and an Executive Committee member of the Art Institute of Chicago Auxiliary Board.  Rachel is married and has two children.  She began her work with Chicago Run in 2010 as a volunteer and supporter and joined the Board in the Fall of 2012.

 

Alicia Gonzalez
Executive Director-Chicago Run

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Cindy Hamilton

A veteran of high-profile brand and agency environments, Cindy Hamilton is a seasoned integrated marketing professional with 15 years of experience and a portfolio of publicity and social media successes.  She is currently building an independent communications consultancy, focusing on brands and projects that inspire people to move more.  Her current and former clients include Nike, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, adidas, the Big Ten Network and the Red Bull Wings for Life World Run.  Cindy most recently led PR efforts for Nike as a member of the North America communications team.  She drove media relations, social media, influencer marketing and community relations with a focus on the Chicago and Dallas markets as well as a 20-state Midwest region.  Key highlights of Cindy’s 5-year Nike tenure include segments on the Oprah Winfrey Show, leading communications for a joint event with First Lady Michelle Obama and Nike CEO Mark Parker, full-page sports coverage in the Chicago Tribune, the debut of @nikechicago and leading a group of media and influencers to barnstorm Soldier Field for the launch of the Nike+ Fuelband.  Prior to Nike, Cindy managed communications for Comcast, and spent many years in the reputation management and sports / entertainment practices of Edelman, leading campaigns for clients including Microsoft, Warner Bros. Home Video, Sears, Netflix and more, and securing placements in publications ranging from US Weekly to the New York Times.  An alum of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Cindy lives with her husband, two children and two cats in the northern suburbs of Chicago. 

 

Allen Hamood

Allen Hamood is chief financial officer (CFO) for TransUnion. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s financials and helping it achieve its strategic growth goals.  Mr. Hamood began his career with TransUnion in 2008. Prior to joining the company, he was CFO for the U.S. Region of Electronic Data Systems (EDS), providing a broad portfolio of business and technology solutions. Mr. Hamood’s professional experience includes roles within EDS as a vice president of investor relations and senior director of corporate strategy and planning. He also held the role of corporate director of finance and business development for Walt Disney International and managerial roles within the audit practice of Deloitte and Touche.  A graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance, Mr. Hamood also earned his Juris Doctorate, with Distinction, from Southwestern University School of Law.

 

Paul Lambert

As Market President, Paul Lambert serves as Bank of America’s local enterprise leader across the Chicago Market. With a goal of delivering one company to clients and customers, he works across the region to connect Bank of America’s business lines to deliver integrated financial services to individuals, families and businesses. He also leads Bank of America’s corporate social responsibility work in the region, which leverages the unmatched capabilities of the company to help partners, people, communities and a broad client and customer base more effectively address a wide range of issues.  In addition to being Chicago Market President, Paul is Division Executive responsible for the Mid America Division for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. He oversees over 1500 wealth advisors located in offices spanning eight Midwestern states. Prior to his current role, Paul served as Regional Managing Director for the Mid-America Private Banking and Investment Group, where he led the firm’s ultra high net worth management efforts in the Midwest.  Before relocating to Chicago, Paul was the Director of the Merrill Lynch New York Capital Complex based in Albany, N.Y. Paul joined Merrill Lynch in 1992 as a Financial Advisor in the Rochester, NY office. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science/Finance from SUNY Geneseo as well as the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation.  An active community leader, Paul currently serves on the board of Chicago Run and leads its fundraising efforts with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  Paul is also on the Board of The Art Institute of Chicago, a member of the Trustees Committee for The Chicago Community Trust, and a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago.  Paul and his family live in the western suburbs of Chicago.   Paul and his wife are involved with The Community House in Hinsdale where his wife serves as a Trustee.

 

David Levin

David is a Principal and Chief Investment Officer for Magellan Investment Partners, LLC.  David began his career in Real Estate Acquisitions in 1990 and prior to his current role he formed and operated his own company Levin Realty Advisors, LLC from 2004-2010.  He received his BA in Economics from Pritzker College where he currently is a member of the Board of Trustees.  David has actively supported Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, the Jewish United Fund, and is a member of the National Multi-Housing Council.  An avid triathlete since 1992, David has competed in many events around the country from Sprint distances to Ironman Distance.  His favorite pastimes include swimming, biking, running, skiing, golf and cooking.

 

Kelly Lowry

Kelly is a medical psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (LCH), Co-Director of the LCH's Center on Obesity Management and Prevention, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. An active believer in community-academic partnerships for health promotion, Kelly is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Center for Community Health in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Florida and completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Children's Memorial Hospital (now LCH). Kelly's clinical interests include working with children and families affected by chronic medical illness and obesity. Her research interests evaluate family eating and activity behaviors with a focus on modifiable domains for intervention and she first partnered with Chicago Run to conduct a CLOCC-funded pilot evaluation of the Chicago Runners Program. Kelly enjoys running, cooking, and yoga and lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

 

Eric Lugo

Eric B. Lugo, Vice President in Global Philanthropy, is currently responsible for the local implementation and communication of the global philanthropic strategy at JPMorgan Chase & Co. In this capacity, Eric oversees grant-making activities, along with coordinating efforts across various stakeholders including internal senior business partners, not-profit organizations, public sector officials, and clients. In 2013, Eric played a lead role in designing JPMorgan Chase’s signature workforce readiness initiative, New Skills at Work, a $250 million global commitment to investing in strategies to help close the skills gap. Eric is a member of the Nuestro Futuro: Latino Heritage Endowment Steering Committee at the Chicago Community Trust, a member of the Aspen Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund Leadership Council, a member of the Thrive Chicago Council on Opportunity Youth, and a member of the Chicago Council at the United Way of Metro Chicago. Eric received his Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Latina/o Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and earned Masters in Business Administration and Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Loyola University Chicago, Quinlan School of Business. He currently resides in Stone Park, Illinois.

 

Marie Trzupek Lynch

An advocate for advancing economic mobility for Chicagoland residents, Marie is the founding President and CEO of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future.  Skills is a signature initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel that creates demand-driven solutions for employers to get unemployed and underemployed Chicagoland residents back to work. Previously, Marie launched and served as founding president of Chicago Career Tech. She also enjoyed her eight years at the YMCA in the roles of EVP of Human Services and Housing for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, as well as the Director of Operations for Y-USA.   Prior to the Y, Marie worked at Deloitte and for the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office. Marie currently serves as the co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) for the U.S. Commerce Department and is a mentor for the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. She graduated from the University of Illinois (BA) and the University of Chicago (MPP). An avid runner since she was 11, Marie volunteers as cross country coach for her children's middle school, and personally fulfills her running passion by racing half marathons across the Midwest and competing in local races with her four kids and husband.

 

Kimberlie Pearlman

Kim is the Associate General Counsel at Related Midwest, and a former partner at the global law firm, DLA Piper LLP. Kim was born in Chicago and raised in the western suburbs. She graduated from University of Illinois (BA) and The John Marshall Law School (JD). Kim has served on the board of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County and as a member of the local school council of a Chicago Public School (CPS). In addition to her commercial real estate and finance practice, Kim also has provided and continues to provide pro bono service to many clients in various sectors. A lifelong runner with a competitive spirit, Kim has completed 7 marathons, numerous half marathons and countless races of a shorter, more reasonable distance. She has been a brand ambassador since 2011 for Oiselle, a Seattle based women’s running apparel company with a growing community of women runners of all levels who support and encourage each other across the country and beyond. A believer in public education, Kim lives in Chicago with her husband (CPS alumni) and their two children who attend two different CPS schools.

 

Gary Rozier

Gary Rozier, is a Senior Vice President at Ariel Investments and is responsible for business development and client servicing for Ariel’s institutional and investment advisor accounts, in addition to maintaining the firm’s consultant relationships. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Gary spent over five years with Rydex Investments. He held multiple positions within shareholder services and investment advisor sales before being promoted to regional vice president where he oversaw product development and distribution across nine states in the Midwest region. Gary is a frequent conference speaker on topics of Behavioral Finance and Diversity & Inclusion for the Financial Planning Association and the College for Financial Planning. Being active in the community, Gary is President of the board of directors for Chicago Run and serves on the African American Advisory Board for United States Senator Mark Kirk.  Additionally, he is former chairman of the board of trustees for Chicago State University and is a 2011 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow.  Gary earned a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland, where he was captain of the rugby team.  

 

Jodi Samsa

Jodi Samsa has over seventeen years of business development and account management experience within IBM’s Government Industry.  Her clients have included the State of Illinois, New York City, and currently the City of Chicago.  In her current role she is responsible for creating and executing IBM’s business strategy with the City of Chicago government clients.  She has led several large sales teams, negotiated and closed complex technology deals and maintained strong client satisfaction.  Jodi also spent two years in IBM’s market intelligence division in corporate headquarters where she ran IBM’s worldwide customer satisfaction survey. Jodi has an undergraduate degree and an MBA from the University of Illinois as well as continuing education course work from Harvard and Wharton. Jodi was a member of the Chicago Run Next Generation Board for over two years. She is an avid runner and triathlete, having completed 7 Chicago Marathons, several Sprint Triathlons, and numerous road races of all distances.  She is also the mother of a 7 year old girl, who has completed several 5K's and kids triathlons.  Health and fitness are very important to her and she truly believes participating in physical activities makes a difference – inspiring confidence, energy, and love for life.

 

Bryan Traubert, Co-Founder

Bryan S. Traubert is the co-Founder of Chicago Run.  He is an ophthalmologist, civic leader, and wellness advocate. For over 25 years, he practiced ophthalmology in Chicago as a founding partner with Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago.  Bryan is currently the President of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation (PTFF), which is dedicated to enhancing health, public education and quality of life in Chicago.  Dr. Traubert's other health-related efforts include being a member of the board of the Sprague Institute, a visionary leader in public health, medical research and wellness promotion.  In addition to his family foundation, Bryan is the President of the Chicago Park District Board where he founded Take the Field, a public-private partnership which built 12 state of the art artificial turf fields in underserved communities in Chicago.  Bryan is also on the Board of the Chicago Parks Foundation, the National Parks Foundation, and Partnership for a Healthier America.  Additionally, Bryan is a former board member of the Harvard School of Public Health, Wendy Will Case Cancer Fund, Children's Memorial Hospital and Chicago Lighthouse for Blind and is past chairman of Marwen, which educates and inspires thousands of underserved Chicago children through the visual arts and college counseling. He also serves on the boards of Chicago Public Media (WBEZ), The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Noble Street Charter Schools.  He's a former board member of National Public Radio, Citadel Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves and The Renaissance Society.  In his spare time, Bryan enjoys running, cycling, tennis, skiing, gardening, theater, contemporary art and architecture. A longtime resident of Chicago, he is married to Penny Pritzker, who is currently serving as U.S. Secretary of Commerce. They live in Chicago and Washington, DC, and have two children.

 

Caitlyn Truong

Caitlyn Truong is a Principal in PwC Strategy&'s Chicago office and a member of the Financial Services Technology Strategy team where she specializes in Fit for Growth for capital markets and asset management clients. Caitlyn earned her BS with Honors in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Caitlyn joined Strategy& (then known as Booz & Company) in 2008 as as Associate after completing her MBA. Prior to that, she held various positions at Deloitte, Qwest Communications, Focal Communications, and Motorola Inc. Caitlyn has strong interest in giving back to the community through running and physical and mental health, increasing STEM education for females, and supporting immigrants/refugees in America.   

 

Matt Wangard

Matt Wangard received his B.S. in Economics from Millikin University. He has been a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP since 2006 and served as managing partner of Deloitte’s Chicago Audit practice from 2011 to 2016. Since 2014 Matt has also served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Deloitte’s Central Region Audit Practice, which is comprised of 320 partners/directors and 2,500 professional staff. In addition to his leadership roles, Matt serves as the lead client service partner for a number of clients concentrated in the financial services sector in Chicago.


Co-Founder

Penny Pritzker

Penny Pritzker is the co-founder of Chicago Run. An American business executive, entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist who is currently serving as the 38th United States Secretary of Commerce.  She is the founder of PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group. She is also co-founder of Artemis Real Estate Partners. Penny previously served on the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She has also served on the boards of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Marmon Group and LaSalle Bank Corporation. Much of Penny's civic work focuses on public education. She served as advisory board chairman of Skills for America's Future, The Aspen Institute, past chair of the Chicago Public Education Fund, and a former member of the Chicago Board of Education. Her interests include running, cycling, travel, contemporary art, and current affairs.