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Allen Hamood, Board President

Samuel Allen (Al) Hamood is a seasoned business executive with a well-established track record, including key leadership roles of CEO, CFO, EVP and President, for several large and global private and public global corporations. Mr. Hamood is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Culligan International. Previously Mr. Hamood served as the President and Acting-CEO of ATI Physical Therapy Corporation, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing retail-based healthcare organizations, managing nearly 900 clinic locations and approximately 8,000 employees. Mr. Hamood has held some of the highest executive level positions for several global and prominent companies, including: Change Healthcare, TransUnion, Hewlett Packard (formerly known as “EDS”), the Walt Disney Company and Deloitte and Touche. He has been instrumental in developing and driving global organic and inorganic global strategies and translating those strategies into operational successes. During his career, he has led or advised several companies through merger and acquisition processes, significant private equity transactions, capital market transactions, an initial public offering, post-public market offerings as well as several public readiness approaches. He has solid board experience, including roles as both the Chairman of the Board (non-for-profit) and Audit Committee Chairman (for-profit). Mr. Hamood holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Iowa in Finance, a Juris Doctorate Degree from Southwestern University School of Law (Illinois Bar) and is a licensed (inactive status) Certified Public Accountant.


Holly Amatangelo

Holly Amatangelo is a Director at SmithBucklin. In this role, she provides strategic oversight and thought leadership on education and learning services initiatives for clients, including the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) where she serves as their Education Director. 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. Holly has spent her career specializing in the areas of educational management, strategy, development, operations, leadership, instructional design, and training.  She is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and a member of the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG). Holly helped to start Chicago Run's Next Generation Board serving as the founding President 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. Holly earned her B.A. at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and has a MS in Higher Education with a focus on adult teaching and learning.  She is a huge Chicago sports fan, a doting Aunt to her niece Molly and nephew Nicholas, and has been an active volunteer with Chicago Run since 2009. Holly and her husband Bill reside in Chicago.

Joe Catalano

Joe is a First Vice President, Private Wealth Manager within Merrill Private Wealth Management at Bank of America. Based in Chicago, he is a partner within the Attard Strnad Catalano Group, a team of professionals who are working to meet the multifaceted needs of a select group of clients of significant means from individuals and families to business owners and executives. Joe has a 20-year professional history working in asset management and finance, including roles as an analyst at Ford Motor Company and a Manager at Deloitte. Joe has since worked at Citigroup Smith Barney and UBS Financial Services. He holds a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®) designation and is a member of the Investments & Wealth Institute TM. Joe earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is actively involved in the University of Chicago Alumni Association, formerly the treasurer of the Chi Upsilon graduate board, and is active with Bank of America Volunteer initiatives. Joe is an avid runner and recently completed his second Bank of America Chicago Marathon. He lives in Park Ridge with his wife and two young children.

David Goodman

David Goodman is the founder of the Goodman Law Group Chicago. He has over 30 years of experience as a business litigator and has tried numerous jury trials and bench trials in state and federal courts around the country as well as extensive arbitration and mediation experience. He has argued appeals before the Illinois Supreme Court, Illinois appellate courts, and the United States District Court for the Seventh Circuit, trying cases and arguing appeals in federal and state courts across the country. He has practiced in a large law firm environment, including, most recently, managing the Chicago office of an Am Law 200 firm. Based on his experience, he created a boutique focused on business disputes and business counseling to help businesses navigate the legal challenges arising in their operations that designs solutions to meet their challenges and to mitigate the risks associated with their operations. A core part of Goodman’s practice is policyholder-side insurance coverage and insurance recovery. He is an avid runner having completed 8 full marathons and many half-marathons. Although he received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law and his B.A. from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, he is a Chicagoan through and through. He is passionate about Chicago Run’s mission of helping to ensure that all of our kids have access to the resources that enable them to be healthy, productive, and, yes, happy, contributors to our community.

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. 


Katie Koenig

Katie is the Chief Transformation Officer for ATI Physical Therapy. In this role, Katie focuses on the development of a rolling 3-year value creation plan, prioritization of strategic initiatives, business case development and disciplined program management to drive results. Prior to joining ATI Physical Therapy, Katie ran strategic planning for two large healthcare systems, University of Chicago Medicine and University of North Carolina where she focused on growth planning, capacity management and program management. Before moving into the health care sector, Katie was a Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group where she led multiple organizational design, strategic planning and operational efficiency engagements across the health care, travel and tourism, finance and education sectors. Katie received her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated cum laude, and received her MBA from Duke University where she graduated with honors. Katie lives in Chicago with her husband and five dogs, and is an avid landscape and wildlife photographer.

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.


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.


Chet Phillips

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.


Jim Pieper

Jim is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Information Services business of TransUnion in Chicago. He also previously served in various finance leadership roles with TransUnion since 2014, including its Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to his time with TransUnion, Jim spent ten years with CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives marketplace, where he held various finance leadership roles, most recently as its Chief Accounting Officer.  Jim received his B.S. in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and completed his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jim also serves on the board of directors of Special Olympics Illinois as its Treasurer. Jim is an active runner and lives with his family in Chicago.


Brian Swanson

Brian is a partner at the law firm of Bartlit Beck LLP.  His legal practice concentrates in the areas of complex commercial litigation, patent infringement, and trade secrets.  Brian and his wife, Beth, are long-time public education advocates and have supported Chicago Run and other education-focused organizations for several years.  A former college athlete, Brian is an avid runner.  He and Beth have three wonderful children who attend Chicago Public Schools.  Brian graduated with a BA from Amherst College and received his JD from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.


Bryan Traubert, Co-Founder

Bryan Traubert practiced ophthalmology in Chicago for over 30 years. He received his BS from The Citadel and his MD degree from the University of Illinois. He spent 2016 as a Fellow at The Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford. He is Chairman of The Pritzker Traubert Foundation (PTF), which is dedicated to equalizing opportunity in Chicago. He is also a former board member of the Harvard School of Public Health, Partnership for a Healthier America, Wendy Will Case Cancer Fund, Children's Memorial Hospital and Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind. Dr. Traubert serves on the Board of WBEZ/Chicago Pubic Media (Vice Chairman) and Noble Street Charter Schools.  He is the past chairman of Marwen and former board member of National Public Radio, Citadel Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves and The Renaissance Society.  Dr. Traubert was appointed in 2010, and served through 2015, as President of the Chicago Park District Board.  He founded Take the Field, a public private partnership which built 12 state of the art artificial turf fields in underserved communities in Chicago, and he founded and serves on the board of the Chicago Parks Foundation. Dr. Traubert is currently serving on the board for the National Park Foundation (Vice Chairman) and as a Trustee of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  From 2009 – 2013, he served on the White House Fellows Commission. Dr. Traubert enjoys running, cycling, tennis, skiing, gardening, theater, contemporary art and architecture. A longtime resident of Chicago, he is married to Penny Pritzker, who served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2013 to January of 2017. They live in Chicago and have two adult children.


Caitlyn Truong

Caitlyn Truong is a Managing Director in Accenture Strategy’s Chicago office and a member of the Banking & Capital Markets team where she specializes in FinTech, Innovation, and Disruption 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.


Lisa Vandesteeg

Lisa is a partner at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger, where she is the head of the litigation and dispute resolution group. Coming from a commercial litigation background, her practice is focused on risk identification and mitigation for her clients, primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and restructuring, business continuity and business tort, and data security and privacy. Lisa was recently named as one of the 40 Under 40 by both the Chicago Law Bulletin and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Lisa also sits on the board of the Chicago Network of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation. Outside of work, Lisa is an avid runner and triathlete, and she teaches the importance of exercise and self-care to her own two children.


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.


Penny Pritzker

Penny Pritzker is the co-founder of Chicago Run. An American business executive, entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist who served 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.