Join the Jackson Chance Foundation team!Board of Directors
Every member of the JCF Board of Directors is dedicated to helping NICU babies and their families while ensuring the success of Jackson Chance Foundation. Click Here to read about the member expectations and responsibilities and meet our current board members below!
Carrie Meghie: Co-President | Becker Ventures – Founder & Board Chair | Jackson Chance Foundation
Ms. Meghie brings over twenty-two years of business experience including real estate, hotel development, lodging operations and management, website development, ecommerce technology, and marketing. Ms. Meghie has been with Becker Ventures for over sixteen years and has played an integral role in its real estate and hotel divisions.
She is currently responsible for BV’s real estate and hospitality portfolios. Ms. Meghie was a key member on the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago redevelopment project. Since the hotel opened in 2004, Ms. Meghie has held key positions at the hotel including General Manager and the Director of Operations. Currently, she provides strategic daily support in addition to her asset management role.
Under Ms. Meghie’s leadership in 2012, a JV was created between Partners Group, Becker Ventures, and The John Buck Company to develop North Michigan Avenue’s first skyscraper in over five years to be called MILA. Named for its premier location on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street, the 41-story luxury residential development was completed in spring 2016, bridging Chicago’s legendary Magnificent Mile with Millennium Park.
In addition, Ms. Meghie co-founded the Jackson Chance Foundation (JCF) with her husband, Terry, after their son Jackson spent his entire short-life of 10 months in the NICU at Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. JCF’s mission is to enrich the lives of families with babies in the NICU by allowing them to spend more time with their baby. As Board Chair, she oversees the Foundation’s day to day operations, strategy, and management. In 2016, she was named a CNN Hero, Chicagoan of the Year, and Five-Star Chicagoan among many other accolades for her work with the Foundation.
Prior to joining Becker Ventures, Ms. Meghie was an entrepreneur in the dot.com world. She has a Bachelor of Science from DePaul University College of Commerce and is based in Chicago. Ms. Meghie is also the founder and Board Chair of the Jackson Chance Foundation and a board member of the Chicago Cultural Mile (CCM). She previously was a board member of the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) and an SSA commissioner for the West Town Chamber of Commerce (WTTC).
Terry Meghie: Vice-President | Becker Ventures – Founder & Vice Chair | Jackson Chance Foundation
Terry Meghie brings over twenty years experience in real estate, operations, marketing and brand development. Mr. Meghie has been with Becker Ventures for over ten years and is responsible for BV’s Chicago real estate portfolio. His role includes oversight of the 200M+ development at 200 N. Michigan – MILA – which opened spring of 2016. He is responsible for the marketing, leasing and operations of Becker Ventures’ commercial office buildings and has played a key role in reducing operating costs for the assets. Mr. Meghie is a licensed real estate agent in Illinois and has worked in both the commercial and residential markets.
Mr. Meghie is an entrepreneur and brings an owner-centric view to his endeavors. He is the founder and President of Becker Entertainment (BE) – a hospitality and entertainment development and management company specializing in branding, marketing, public relations and operations. BE currently oversees the brand management and development of three brands (Mr. Brown’s Lounge, Mista Brown’s Authentic Jerk Sauce and Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen). Mr. Meghie opened and created the concept for Mr. Brown’s Lounge in 2009 which was voted Chicago’s Best New Music Bar by CS Magazine. In addition, he owned and operated Blessed Promotions, a Chicago based night life promotion company from 1998- 2004.
In addition, Mr. Meghie co-founded the Jackson Chance Foundation (JCF) with his wife Carrie, after their son Jackson spent his entire short-life of 10 months in the NICU at Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. JCF’s mission is to enrich the lives of families with babies in the NICU by allowing them to spend more time with their baby. As Vice-Chair of the organization he plays an integral role in planning and fundraising for the foundation and spearheaded the launch of Owl Ride for Jackson, a 2-day 111-mile charity ride.
Beata Bukowski: Loan Officer | Fairway Independent Mortgage
Beata was born and raised in Poland. She came to the US on, how appropriately, July 4th, 1989. She stumbled upon mortgage lending when translating for her father, who was buying his first home in the US. Since 1991, she has been originating mortgages. She has always felt that it is her job to make a difference, however little. She does this by educating and facilitating, especially for many immigrants unfamiliar with homeownership opportunities, home buying and financing thru even more altruistic causes as Jackson Chance Foundation – She is truly touched and honored to know Carrie and Terry’s story and the legacy of little Jackson who is making a difference on such a impactful scale.
Maggie Coleman: Managing Partner, Private Capital Advisory | BFIN
Maggie Coleman, Managing Partner, joined BFIN in October 2020 where she leads the Private Capital Advisory (PCA) real estate platform. In this capacity, Maggie focuses on strategy and execution of BFIN’s PCA business which advises leading general partners, operating companies and managers of real assets on capital formation and fund strategy. In addition, Ms. Coleman is responsible for overseeing the group’s investor coverage across institutional relationships, private equity and private capital groups and coordinating coverage across BFIN’s global investors. She is a member of the PCA Global Leadership Team.
Ms. Coleman joined BFIN from JLL where she served as Senior Managing Director and Head of International Capital, Americas. In this role, Ms. Coleman focused on advising cross-border investors on their real estate strategies, facilitating the deployment of offshore capital into JLL’s direct transactions, recapitalizations and joint ventures. Previously, Ms. Coleman worked as a Director within the M&A Advisory Services group of Staubach Capital Markets prior to the Staubach merger with JLL in 2008. Specializing in real estate structured financial solutions and investment banking, Ms. Coleman delivered real estate expertise and strategies to middle market private-equity-sponsors,-hedge-funds,-asset-managers and investment banks.
Ms. Coleman earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in Political Economy and a bachelor’s degree in business economics & public policy (BEPP) and international business from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Ms. Coleman is a council member of the Urban Development/Mixed-Use Council (UDMUC) at ULI. Ms. Coleman is affiliated with the Guild Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jackson Chance Foundation.
Deb Hermann: Donor Ambassador | THD
Deb has lived in quite a few midwest cities, currently in Chicago, and has family in the Boston area. She started with a degree in Human Resources from Michigan State University and has earned certificates in Digital Marketing and Nonprofit Management from Northwestern University. After being in medical sales and while raising a family, she transitioned to her passion of helping others and engaged in her communities and many development teams, building momentum among donors and expanding each organizations donor base. She is currently on the Advisory Council at HOW, Housing Opportunities for Women and Children, concentrating on strategy and fundraising for women and children in need of housing. She is also on the development team at Jackson Chance Foundation that financially supports parents that have children in the NICU. She is compelled to help others in need, believes that housing is vital for overall wellness, and is continually amazed at the compassion and generosity of so many people.
Edward Kruschka: Executive Vice President and Partner | Reflection Window + Wall
Edward Kruschka, Executive Vice President and Partner of Reflection Window + Wall, joined the company in 2005 and is responsible for overseeing domestic manufacturing, project management and financing activities as well as playing a key role in client relations and implementation of business strategies.
With 250+ employees across 23 US markets and seven countries, Reflection’s primary focus is the design, manufacturing and installation of high-end fenestration systems. Reflection, one of the largest glazing contractors in the US, has elevated skylines across the country by providing the exterior envelope for some of the most prestigious and tallest residential buildings in America. Reflection recently completed installation on the most expensive residential units in New York.
Prior to joining Reflection, Mr. Kruschka owned and operated an IT consulting and marketing firm for 5 years after leaving a Client Portfolio Management position at Chicago-based LaSalle Bank.
Mr. Kruschka, a former preemie himself, graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Finance and lives in Chicago with his wife Karyn and two sons Charlie and Henry (also a former preemie). Mr. Kruschka is a proud supporter of the Jackson Chance Foundation, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Friends of the Highline in NYC and HACIA in Chicago. Additionally, Mr. Kruschka enjoys running, ice hockey and wakeboarding.
Ivona Kutermankiewicz: Broker | Berkshire Hathaway
Polish-born Ivona Kutermankiewicz is a top-producing real estate broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeSevices KoenigRubloff. A real estate industry leader with over two decades of experience, Ivona has been recognized by the Chicago Association of Realtors® as one of its Top 1% Brokers. For the past 3 years, Ivona Kutermankiewicz Group earned the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices esteemed Chairman’s Circle –Diamond, awarded to top one-half percent of the Network’s sales professionals. Ivona is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Certified Negotiation Expert and was inducted to KoenigRubloff’s Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for the firm’s most accomplished sales associates.
Kutermankiewicz specializes in new construction, luxury homes and condos in some of Chicago’s top neighborhoods. Her genuine empathy and accommodating nature attract clients with a variety of backgrounds, objectives and lifestyles. “Having moved to the U.S. from my native Poland when I was 23, I have what some call an immigrant mindset,” she says. “I look for opportunities, anticipate crises and have a passionate, entrepreneurial attitude.”
In her free time Ivona enjoys modern architecture and design, international travel and fitness (she has a Boston Marathon medal on the wall of her office). She is also an avid reader, mom to a long line of rescue dogs and loves working in her garden. She shares her Ukrainian Village home with her husband Steven, Jack Bear The Dog and Angelina The Cat
Kyle Tisone: Vice President | Goldman Sachs
Kyle is a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in Chicago. Prior to joining GS in 2016, Kyle was in middle market banking at MB Financial Bank (now Fifth Third Bank) in Chicago. He completed his MBA at Duke University, earning a dual concentration in Corporate Finance and Investment Finance. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Political Science and Corporate Strategy from Vanderbilt University. Kyle is originally from St. Louis, MO. He now lives in Wilmette, IL with his wife (Emily) and son (Jack).
Christopher Wozniak: Director | KeyBanc Capital Markets
Chris is a Director at KeyBanc Capital Markets and leads a team of dedicated solutions experts that assist midcap clients in achieving their overall strategic objectives. Prior to his current role, Chris worked at Bank of America and JPMorgan.
Chris is married to his wife, Ashlee, and they have two beautiful daughters, Fiona (7) and Emersyn (2). Emersyn was born with a rare idiopathic bilateral vocal cord paralysis that required her to have a tracheotomy soon after birth and spend the first six weeks of her life at the NICU within Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. During his families time in the NICU, he became aware, and very appreciative of, the help and generosity charitable organizations can have on families in crisis. At 18 months old, Emersyn had a Laryngotracheal Reconstruction, which reconstructed her airway and allowed her to breathe on her own for the first time in her life. After spending another month in Lurie’s PICU to recover, Emersyn came home healthy and able to lead a normal and healthy life.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys travelling with his family, is an avid sports fan and competes in long distance endurance sports.
Pete Zudyk: Director, Sales and Marketing | Hotel Lincoln Chicago
Pete Zudyk comes to us with over 30 years of Sales & Marketing experience in the hotel industry. He has worked in positions ranging from property-level roles to corporate roles, with independent and branded hotels.
He has varied experience creating hotel brands:
- W Hotels – responsible for being an integral participant in creating the brand from property level marketing efforts
- Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos – converted an existing brand (Hard Rock Café) to ensure the overall brand equity was maintained yet made sense for the hotel and casino division
- Me by Melia – directly responsible for the creation and communication of this high-profile brand, making an emotional connection with its consumer base
Pete has opened 11 hotels in his career, either from a property level or corporate position. Five of the hotels in his hometown Chicago, (W Chicago City Center, W Chicago Lakeshore, Hard Rock hotel Chicago, Hotel Blake and most recently the Ace Hotel in Fulton Market. Six of the hotels were international properties, (Me Madrid, Me Barcelona, Me Cancun, Me Cabo, Gran Melia Seville and the Grand Melia Tenerife.
Pete has been in a relationship with his husband for 28 years. They have a 10 year old little girl named Ruby, (a cute Miniature Pinscher). They built a home in Ukrainian Village 18 years ago and vacation annually in a treehouse in southern Illinois, (the true definition of glamping).
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Mary Sullivan: Director of Operations & Development
Mary Sullivan has served as the Director of Operations and Development for Jackson Chance Foundation since 2018 where she oversees all fundraising activities and campaigns, the NICU Transportation Programs, while maintaining donor and Board of Directors relations. Prior to joining JCF, Mary’s career has taken her to the March of Dimes as a Community Director, where she oversaw the walk program, as well as the American Diabetes Association as Associate Director overseeing the country’s top Father of the Year Awards.
Mary graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor’s in Public Relations and Advertising and minor in Theatre Studies. She was a 4-year cheerleader and captain her senior year. Go Blue Demons! In her free time, she enjoys seeing every Broadway Musical that comes to town, as well as spending time with friends and family. Currently, Mary resides in Chicago with her fiancé, Andrew.