Board of Directors

Blake Dunphy, President
Chicago Public School
Blake joined the Board in 2015. He has been a Chicago Public School teacher for three years. Before that, Blake taught ESL in Guangzhou, China for a year and was a real estate broker in Chicago. Blake has a Bachelor’s in History from Colorado College, and his MAT in Secondary Education from National Louis University in 2014.

John McLeod, Vice President and Treasurer
Security Consultant
A security consultant, John has been a member of the Board since 2004 and currently serves as the Vice-President/Treasurer. He is a former local political party official who has been active in his Rogers Park community for the past 30 years and his temple, where he has been a board member for the past 12 years. He has twenty years of work experience in the public sector in the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, and 15 years in the private sector in safety and security. He holds a BA in American Studies from Roosevelt University and is a past President of LVI.

Chamala Jordan, Secretary
The Michaels Organization
Chamala joined the Board in October 2016 after having served as a VOCAL AmeriCorps member in Program Year 2005, and then as the VOCAL Program Coordinator for September 2006 though September 2016. Chamala has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Robert Morris College.

Dorothy M. Miaso
Executive Director

Reynaldo Dumas
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Reynaldo, who is known as Reggie, joined the Board in September 2015.  Reggie is the Director of Development for San Miguel School in Chicago's Back of the Yards Neighborhood and is a Producer with Studio Lumina Entertainment. Reggie has a BA in Film/Video from Columbia College and an MBA in Finance from Roosevelt University.
Neisha McNeal
Salvation  Army Adult Rehabilitation Network
Neisha joined the board in July 2018. She has a broad background in the non-profit sector having served various stints as a program director, program manager, and an operations coordinator, the latter with North Park University, where she also earned a Masters in Non-Profit Management. Neisha is currently a Systems Administrator with the Salvation Army and is also enrolled at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where she is pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree in the Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Phoenix University and is a former VOCAL AmeriCorps member.
Madison Palmer
Madison Palmer joined the board in June 2014. He is native of Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from the John Marshall Law School. Since graduating, Madison has worked in the real estate field of Land Use, Telecom, Commercial Leasing and in the legal department of a large international financial institution.

Don Singer
A small business owner and risk prevention consultant, Don has been on the Board since 2005. He has been involved with a variety of civic and charitable efforts in his Buffalo Grove community for the past twenty years, and is the point person for our special events.


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