Our Advisory Council is a group that consists of thoughtful community leaders who meet periodically to advise the agency and to join our mission to provide solid support and eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
Mr. Basofin is the Principal of The Basofin Group - helping nonprofits succeed. He is a Project Manager with The Executive Service Corps of Chicago and a Business Volunteer for the Arts with The Arts & Business Council of Chicago. Rich serves on the boards, and as an officer, of The Highland Park Public Library, Victories of the Heart, and Family Service of Lake County. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian and The Civic Leadership Foundation.
Emily Bates Schnaper is a psychotherapist in private practice. She has ten years of experience working in community mental health agencies. She spent seven of those years at Turning Point as a clinical therapist, supervisor, intake coordinator, and child and adolescent program coordinator. In her spare time Emily enjoys running, yoga, and chasing after her young daughter.
Ms. Bennett is a commercial real estate broker specializing in the sale of leasing and management of office, retail and industrial properties in the mid market user and investment markets. Pam is and has been involved in numerous professional as well as charitable organizations. She has held positions of leadership with The Youth Campus, the Economic Development of Park Ridge, the Illinois Association of Realtors and St. Paul of the Cross Church and School.
Steven Berger, Healthcare Insights' Chairman, specializes in training and consulting and is a renowned healthcare financial management expert. His nearly 40 years of experience leads Healthcare Insights' initiative to be the premier provider of decision support and management accountability software.
Dr. Fitzpatrick is the Executive Vice President and Health Care Practice Leader for The Optimé Group in Evanston, Illinois. She is also a Clinical Instructor at the University of Illinois-Chicago in the Department of Health Systems Sciences. She serves on the Board of Directors for Rasmussen College in Minneapolis and on the editorial board of the journal of Nursing Economics.
Ms. Giuntoli, Principal of Dean Giuntoli Bookkeeping Services Ltd. has provided quality bookkeeping services for small to mid-size businesses in the Chicago metropolitan area for more than twelve years. Under the leadership of Dean Giuntoli, the company has assisted businesses from a wide range of industries in meeting their financial goals. Dean’s passion and commitment to the businesses and the communities served by Dean Giuntoli Bookkeeping Services, Ltd, is reflected in the association memberships and volunteer time given to these organizations. Dean is an active member of the Skokie, Lincolnwood and Wilmette Chambers of Commerce and the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC).
Mr. Gougler currently serves as the Village President of Northfield. Previously, he served in numerous investment roles, including UBS Financial Services and over 20 years with the Northern Trust Company. He has been actively involved in our community, serving as President of the Sunset Ridge District 29 Board of Education. Fred currently serves on the board of the North Shore Senior Center and the North Shore Senior Center Foundation.
Ms. Hartl is a partner with the law firm of Golan & Christie LLP. Her areas of practice include estate planning and taxation and non-profit law. Ms. Hartl is a member of several legal and professional organizations. In addition, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Jobs for Youth. She serves on the Special Advisory Committee for Healthcare Alternative Systems. Ms. Hartl is a Life Member of American Mensa, Ltd.
Since being elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1988, Lou Lang has established himself as one of the Legislature's most effective leaders. Representing the 16th District, which includes Lincolnwood, Morton Grove and Skokie and portions of Chicago's West Ridge neighborhood, Lang, who currently serves as a Deputy Majority Leader in the House, has fought for economic development, working families, civil rights, and health care and Medicaid reform.
Ms. Leipsiger, MSW, LSW, is the Executive Director of Reimagine Illinois, a new policy and advocacy organization. Alison comes from state government where she served as Legislative Director for Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss. Alison studied human development and family studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned an MSW at Washington University in St. Louis, focusing on economic and urban development. Prior to graduate school, she served one year in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. Alison previously worked for the Heartland Alliance and Forefront, is an NASW-IL member, and a licensed social worker.
Mr. Liss, certified public accountant, is a director at the Evanston office of Porte Brown LLC where he provides accounting, tax and business consulting services to entrepreneurial businesses, individuals, estates, trusts and not-for-profit organizations. He is a past board president of Connections for the Homeless and a past board treasurer of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. In addition to currently serving on the board of the Chicago Innocence Project, he is also currently on the Advisory Council of Turing Point and service of the Joint Budget, Finance and Audit Committee of the ACLU and Roger Baldwin Foundation of Illinois.
Ms. Luzietti is a clinical worker specializing in mental health issues. Her interest and experience has been focused on advocacy, stabilization and recovery for persons with chronic mental illness.
Mr. Lytle is a founding partner of First Bank and Trust of Evanston. He has been a leader in many civic activities including service as Mayor of Evanston. He is currently involved in the leadership of many non-profit organizations.
Ms. Meyer is a Senior Account Executive with T. A. Cummings Jr. Co., Inc. in Skokie. She has been with the insurance agency since 1991. She specializes in providing insurance to businesses and not for profits in the Chicago metropolitan area, including property, casualty, workers compensation, and executive protection coverage. As an independent agent representing numerous companies, she is able to work with her clients to find the right combination of coverage and pricing to best protect their needs. Sheila lives in Skokie and grew up here, a proud product of District 68 and Niles North High School.
Mr. Moriarty is a President of Collegiate Services, Inc. in Chicago. His earlier career included fundraising and political advocacy for nonprofits in Chicago and Seattle, and his work involved extensive international travel. Pat is a passionate advocate for accessible mental health care. He is an avid runner, writer, and political volunteer.
Dr. Shattell is a registered nurse, scientist, professor, and author. She currently is Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing at Rush University’s College of Nursing. She studies mental health-related issues including psychiatric treatment environments, patient-provider relationships, and the mental health of vulnerable populations. She is Associate Editor of Advances in Nursing Science and Issues in Mental Health Nursing, a regular blogger for The Huffington Post, and the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters.
Ms. Tolpin worked as a clinical social worker for almost 20 years before becoming a full-time mom. She worked at Turning Point from 1997- 2007 as an intake worker, clinical therapist and supervisor. She is currently active at her son’s D65 elementary school in Fluency Tutoring program and PTA. In 2013, she organized the Willard PTA Inclusion Group, a monthly meeting of parents interested in special education/inclusion issues at Willard/D65. She also serves as the Chair and Co-Chair of Inclusion Group since 2013.