Board of Directors
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.
Emily C Dawson, M.D.: Medical Director of Performance Improvement | Advocate Children’s Hospital
Emily Dawson has dedicated her career to taking care of sick children. She is a triple boarded physician in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric critical care. Emily completed her education here in Chicago: matriculating from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and the University of Chicago for her residency and fellowship training programs. She spent the first decade of her career at the University of Chicago working clinically in both the Pediatric ICU and the Pediatric ER. During the last three years of her time at U of C, Emily was the Director of the Pediatric Sepsis Initiative. She led a multidisciplinary team that optimized both the recognition of pediatric patients with suspected sepsis (severe infection) and the care delivered to these patients.
She has now transitioned to Advocate Children’s Hospital where she continues to work at the bedside in the Pediatric ICU and the Pediatric ER at Christ Medical Center in Oaklawn and has taken on a leadership role as the Medical Director of Performance Improvement for Advocate Children’s Hospital (North Campus: Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and South Campus: Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn).
Emily has known Carrie (Meghie) and her sisters, Jill and Beverly, since childhood and was honored to provide support to Carrie and Terry during Jackson’s time in the hospital. And even more so to get to know Jackson and his wonderful smile during his short time with us.
A regular power walker and yogi, she has recently taken up running again and is training for her first half marathon. Hopefully, this will be the first of many and you will see her out on the lake front with the JCF team for the Rock ‘N’ Roll half marathon in July. She is also designing and building a cottage “get away” in Western Michigan.
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
Alan Rosenthal: Major Account Executive | CareerBuilder
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Katherine Grover: Department of Homeland Security | Chicago’s Midway Airport
Katherine Grover works for the Department of Homeland Security at Chicago’s Midway Airport. She previously worked as a flight attendant for a major carrier and is an outspoken advocate for many nonprofit organizations.
She sits on the Board of Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control, volunteers for Chicago Animal Care and Control, regularly fosters and rescues dogs, and joined the Ronald McDonald House Women’s Auxiliary Board in 2017. She also volunteered as the Director of Development for the Keep on Playing Foundation.
In her free time, Katherine is very active, running sprints to marathons and has participated in Owl Ride for Jackson since the inaugural event in 2016. She resides on the Near West Side with her husband, daughter, a junior at Francis W Parker, and dogs.
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 13 US markets and three countries, Reflection’s primary focus is the design, manufacturing and installation of high-end window wall 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.
Mary Sullivan: Director of Operations & Development
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Carly Rosenthal: Volunteer Operations & Development Associate
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