Kathryn Karn


Kathryn Karn was a consultant for 17 years prior to leaving the workforce to care for her three young children. As a principal at a leading economics consulting firm, she specialized in damages analysis for high stakes patent infringement and securities transactions litigation. Katie holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Katherine L. Knight, Ph.D.

Vice Chair

Dr. Katherine L. Knight is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She teaches immunology and microbiology to medical and graduate students and performs NIH-sponsored research in immunology. She has mentored numerous Ph.D. graduate students and has also served on multiple advisory groups for the NIH. 

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Jean Beier Murphy

Vice Chair

Jean Beier Murphy is a writer and researcher with expertise in digital media, marketing, and user experience research. Her two children attended Smart Love Preschool, during which time she became an active volunteer for the organization. She has earned a BA from the College of William & Mary and an MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Carolyn Stolper Friedman


Ms. Carolyn Friedman received her MA in Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison .She has over 25 years of experience in leadership positions with non-profit organizations in the human services, the arts and international relations with expertise in capital expansion projects. She founded Smart Love Family Services in 2002. She is also co-author of Successful Fundraising for Arts and Cultural Organizations (Oryx Press), a management book for the non-profit field.

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Richard H. Sanders


Richard H. Sanders received his B.S. from Loyola University of Chicago and his J.D. from Northwestern University Law School. For his entire legal career he was an associate, partner, and shareholder at the Vedder Price law firm in its Chicago office, providing legal counsel to a broad range of health care providers regarding corporate, governance, regulatory and transactional issues. He retired from the practice of law in 2013, but continues his involvement with a select group of not-for-profit organizations in the health and education fields. 

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David Friedman


David Friedman is Academic Director and Assistant Clinical Professor of Executive Education at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. He is also Principal at Bridgewell Partners, a Chicago-based company that provides consulting and training aimed at helping companies improve important business relationships. He was a partner at McKinsey & Co. where he led projects for Fortune 500 companies. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and received his MBA from Yale University.

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Gloria Cox


Gloria Cox is Senior Partner at The Cambridge Group and Associate Pastor at Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC in Oak Park. She has over 30 years’ experience leading business strategy and specializes in consumer products and services clients.  Previously she worked at Nielsen, McKinsey & Company and Proctor & Gamble.   At Pilgrim she has been providing youth and young adult ministry work.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University and received her Master of Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and her Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary. She and her husband Bruce live in Oak Park and have delighted in raising their three children who are now young adults. 

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Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D.


Dr. Martha Heineman Pieper is an author and psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago. She and her husband, William J. Pieper, M.D., developed the Smart Love approach and its underlying theory of psychology and philosophy of mind, Intrapsychic Humanism. They co-authored Smart Love: The Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Regulating and Enjoying your Child, Intrapsychic Humanism: An Introduction to a Comprehensive Psychology and Philosophy of Mind, Addicted to Unhappiness, and two compilations of parenting Q & A’s previously published in Chicago Parent. Dr. Pieper writes and publishes children’s picture books. Her first book, Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! won numerous awards. She also provides consultation to mental health professionals and agencies that work with children. Dr. Pieper received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Radcliffe College. 

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Cecelia Pikul


Cecelia Pikul has been an avid supporter of Smart Love Family Services since 2014, while her two children attended Smart Love Preschool and Toddler programs since age 6 months. She also serves as Co-Chair of UNICEF’s Chicago Humanitarian Award Committee, which honors extraordinary leaders contributing to the improvement of children’s lives. She held technical and management positions in digital media and commercial broadcast at DG Systems, Prime Cable, and CBS 2 News Chicago for over 20 years, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

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Anne Rowley, M.D.


Dr. Anne Rowley is Professor of Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases and Microbiology-Immunology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a leading researcher and authority on the causes and treatment of Kawasaki’s, an inflammatory disease affecting children.

Robert J. Stone


Robert Stone has over 30 years of experience as an engineer and in management positions most recently as Manager Marketing and Sales, Franklin Electric Europa, a company that specializes in industrial water pump systems.  Having retired from the company in 2018, he continues to serve on several non-profit boards, including AWS Foundation and Anthony Wayne Rehabilitation Center (AWRC) both organizations help adults with developmental and physical disabilities live as independently as possible.  He received a BS in electrical engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.