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Kathryn Karn

Chair

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.

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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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Cecelia Pikul

Vice Chair

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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Carolyn Stolper Friedman

President

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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David Friedman

Treasurer

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

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Gloria Cox

Director

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.

Director

Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. is an author and psychotherapist who works with children and parents, and serves as a consultant to agencies and other mental health professionals. She is a founding board member of Smart Love Family Services, for which she provides ongoing consultation and insight to the clinical and early childhood education staff. She also serves on the Board of the Intrapsychic Humanism Society. Both of these non-profit agencies are based on Intrapsychic Humanism, the comprehensive psychology of child development, psychopathology and treatment developed by Dr. Pieper and her late husband, William J. Pieper, MD.

Dr. Pieper authored two best-selling, award winning children's books, Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! and Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums: And How She Outgrew Them. And she co-authored with Dr. William Pieper the best-selling parenting book, Smart Love: The Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Regulating, and Enjoying Your Child; the popular adult self-help book, Addicted to Unhappiness: How Hidden Motives for Unhappiness Keep You From Creating the Life You Truly Want, and What You Can Do (2nd Edition); and Intrapsychic Humanism: An Introduction to a Comprehensive Psychology and Philosophy of Mind. She has written and presented on Inner Humanism® psychotherapy, and also on applications of the theory of Intrapsychic Humanism to teaching, parenting, foster care, the question of free will, and children’s dreams and fantasy life, among other topics.

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Richard H. Sanders

Secretary

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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Anne Rowley, M.D.

Director

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.

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Robert J. Stone

Director

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.