showcase board directors


MENTOR Illinois would like to thank the following individuals who generously offer their time, talent and resources to ensure our success. They also serve as enthusiastic ambassadors for youth mentoring in our communities. We are grateful for their service!


Co-Chair — Jose Cerda III

Co-Chair — Robin Melvin 

Treasurer — Brian Harvey   



Board of Directors

Andrew G. Bluhm 

Managing Principal

Delaware Street Capital

Dwain H. Celistan

Managing Partner, Diversity


DHR International


Jose Cerda, III

Vice President, Corporate

Communications &

Public Affairs



Liz Gruszkievicz

Senior Vice President, Client

Service Director

Energy BBDO


Brian D. Harvey

Managing Director, Global

Marketing Research, Web

Analytics & Search



Justin Johnson

Senior Corp. Counsel

& Assoc. General Council

Rush University Medical Center


Elizabeth Landon

Director of Human Resources

Lyric Opera of Chicago


Robin Melvin

Former Senior Vice President



Myrtis Meyer

Retired, Director of Research

& Planning



Margie Morris

Exeuctive Director

Ilinois Mentoring Partnership


James Ticus

Founder & President

Lindale Holdings LLC



Council of Advisors






Laura Ferris Anderson 

Managing Director
Head of Industrial Strategy & Innovative Commerce Solutions

J. P. Morgan


Ellen Nash Christman


Grateful Giving



Dr. David DuBois

Community Health Sciences

University of Illinois



Mr. Sunil Garg

Energy Solutions Lead




Ms. Francia Harrington

President and Chief Strategy Officer

Make It Better


Mr. Shawn Jeffers

Executive Director

Little City Foundation


Ms. Connie Lindsey

EVP, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion

Northern Trust






Meet Our Board

 We are grateful for the experience and expertise our board members contribute to our mentoring programs. Meet the people who make up our Board of Directors

For Programs

 The key to a successful program is having a vast and varied set of resources to help with planning and implementation.  Here you'll find tools and information to help you succeed.

For Mentors

Mentors can make a huge difference in the life of a child.  We want to help you be prepared for a positive mentoring experience by offering you these resources.


We'd like to introduce you to the Corporate and Program Partners who contribute so much to the success of our mentoring programs.  

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MENTOR Illinois

55 E. Monroe, Suite 3800

Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-881-7767




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