Turning Point operates under the direction of a Board of Directors. Board members share a commitment to the mission and vision of the organization and provide oversight, fiscal accountability, and community leadership.
Mr. Kaplan is a Partner at Porte Brown LLC. He specializes in family owned businesses and not for profit audit preparations, in which he works closely with clients to ensure that they comply with federal and state regulatory requirements. He is currently a member of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club and the Kevin Kaplan Foundation, and has served on the Board of the Evanston Mental Health Association.
Mr. Gambow is President of Kelso Technologies (USA), Inc, a company that designs, manufactures and sells products for the North American rail tank car market. He has over 25 years experience in running mid-market manufacturing companies. Neil is an active Rotarian in Evanston and has served on several boards of not-for-profit organizations throughout his career.
Mr. Corr is a Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at First Bank & Trust. He has been with First Bank & Trust since 2002, providing financing solutions for small to mid-sized businesses throughout Chicagoland, while working to strengthen community roots by building and preserving relationships with not-for-profit organizations. He is a member of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce board of directors and past President and longtime board member of the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston. He has an undergraduate degree from Miami University and an MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.
Mr. Clarke is a versatile business executive with expertise in all areas of corporate, legal and administrative affairs. He specializes in businesses undergoing major transitions, including mergers and acquisitions, business integration, strategic planning, litigation management, corporate governance and more. He currently serves as Senior Corporate Counsel in Veolia North America, where he previously was Executive Vice President - Business Support. He has also served as Senior Vice President for Business Integration for Aegion Corporation, and a Partner at Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and Geraldson.
Ms. Anthony recently retired from the Skokie Public Library after serving as Director for 31 years. She is a Past President of the Public Library Association and the Illinois Library Association and also a past Chair of the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee. She currently serves on the Board of the Illinois Literacy Foundation. In the community, she is a past President of the Skokie Valley Rotary Club and continues to be active with Rotary. She is a past President of the Women's Board of the (then) Rush North Shore Hospital and also served on the Board of the North Suburban Health Care Foundation.
Dr. Griffin is a clinical psychologist and attorney who has worked for over thirty years in the fields of child trauma, children’s mental health, and juvenile justice. He is retired from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where he was involved in research, training, and public policy. He has published extensively and lectured internationally. He has also practiced as a clinician and an assistant public defender in juvenile court. He currently serves as Chair of the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership. Gene and his family have lived in Skokie for over twenty-five years.
Mr. Holtz is the owner and lead developer for the Holtz Group/5207 Inc. and has been building websites for close to two decades. Scott and his wife Felicia are co-owners of North Branch Yoga in downtown Skokie. Scott is on the board of the Skokie Chamber of Commerce where he was named both Member of the Year in 2010 and Volunteer of the Year in 2009. Scott also has served on the board of the Independent Merchants of Downtown Skokie (IMODS), for the past eight years, three as Vice President. Recently, Scott was named the Executive Director for the Skokie Community Fund. In 2008 Scott proudly accepted a community service award from the Skokie Park District for his involvement with Skokie's Backlot Bash. Scott is the Chair/Producer for Downtown Skokie’s “Wednesdays on the Green” program.
Dr. Hughes, a school psychologist and a licensed clinical professional counselor, is an associate professor of School Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she also serves in an adjunct position for the International Psychology program. She is president of Bridging Cultures Inc., an organization dedicated to facilitating diversity and cultural transition challenges for school communities. She has served as a longstanding board member and previous president of the north suburban chapter of NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill). An active member of the noon Rotary Club of Wilmette, she serves as chair of the international committee.
Diana Juarez has served as Director of the Niles Township Schools’ English Language Learner Parent Center since 2013, helping immigrant parents of all backgrounds to help their children through a better understanding of the education and health systems. As the daughter of immigrants herself, she was in the first generation to attend college and received her degrees in Communication and Linguistics. She is a life-long resident of Chicago and lives with her husband in Edgewater.
Ms. Kray is a senior communications consultant for The Segal Company. She has an MBA in Human Resources Management and is a long-time resident of Skokie.
Dr. Occhipinti held a faculty position for over 21 years with St. Joseph Hospital and Northwestern University Family Medicine Residency. Currently she maintains a private counseling practice and consulting services. She has worked with a variety of educational and non-profit organizations, as well as, for-profit businesses. Her areas of specialization include professional and leadership development, change in the workplace, and stress management.
Mr. Roberts works for Maryville Academy, a non-profit child welfare agency, where he has been the Compliance Officer since 2011. Previously, he served for 30 years in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as an assistant state’s attorney. Randy is an attorney with 35 years of experience in Illinois criminal, juvenile and child welfare law. He also has received a certification in healthcare compliance. While in the State’s Attorney’s Office, he was responsible for the office’s training programs and CLE requirements for over 800 attorneys. Randy is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has served for 15 years as an elected Trustee for the Village of Skokie. He and his wife, Margy, have been Skokie residents for over 25 years and are the parents of three young adults, Elizabeth, Kevin and Sarah.
Mr. Rubin has served as the Executive Director of the 6,500 member Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) since October of 1999. Joel received his MSW from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois of Chicago in 1983 and a B.A in Comparative Politics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and a Certified Association Executive (CAE). He is also a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Fellowship Leadership Program and a current adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work, as well as at the Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work. Joel currently serves as a Commissioner on the Human Relations Commission in the Village of Skokie, Illinois and Treasurer of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, Jane Addams College of Social Work Constituency Board. He lives in Skokie with his wife Tamara. They have three children, Tal, Rebecca and Daniel.
Mr. Smith is Director of Digital Marketing Strategy and Business Development for Harland Clarke, Inc. where he and his team of strategists develop and execute digital marketing programs for financial services organizations. He has served in a number of consulting, product management and business development roles for companies providing digital marketing, supply chain and logistics management solutions. He has an MBA in Finance & Marketing and has prior experience in non-profit Board membership. Vince and his wife Nancy are the parents of two young adults, Lauren and Rachael and are long-term residents of Deerfield, Illinois.