Sharon Moy – Chair
Sharon Moy is an asset to work with creative minds and detail-savvy business management. Currently, she is a lead analyst at Peoples Gas located in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to that, she was an experienced project specialist on various utility regulatory matters. She also worked on various events and committees on diversity and inclusion. She has been a member of the Chicago Commons’ Emerging Leaders Council since 2015. For the past five years, she coordinated the Peoples Gas school supply collection drive for Chicago Commons’ early education program graduates. She earned a Bachelor Science degree in Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. Outside work, Sharon enjoys listening to music, dance, gardening and floral design arrangements.
Evans Debeza – Vice Chair
Evans Debeza is a licensed Architect in Illinois and has more than nine years of experience in large-scale affordable housing, assisted living, and market-rate housing projects. During this time she has coordinated with design teams to guide projects from the early design phases through construction. Evans recently started her own design firm, Debeza Studio, LLC, which focuses on property development, management and design. She serves on the Board of Women in Planning + Development as the Programs Chair, and is a member of ULI, PWC, AIA, and the University Club of Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys baking bread, cooking, painting, and spending time with her family.
Ashlyne Wilson is a communications professional with a passion for strategic storytelling that uplifts, educates and inspires her audience. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Ashlyne obtained her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Kent State University, before moving to Chicago to earn her master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising with distinction from DePaul University. Throughout her career, she has acquired experience in brand and social media marketing, public relations, advertising and internal communications. While Ashlyne works hard, she likes to play hard exploring the city she’s grown to love. In her spare time, Ashlyne enjoys brunching on Sundays and is obsessed with House Hunters, crime documentaries on Netflix and Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream.
Jessica (Jessi) Bozek is a middle school reading/writing teacher in the Chicago suburbs. In addition to her teacher position, she coaches and runs after school activities in the community. She is very passionate about children of all ages. She has been involved with volunteering at her church, tutoring, and presenting at secondary-education conferences. Jessi enjoys exploring different restaurants and neighborhoods in Chicago, attending country music concerts, and doing art projects.
Alex Kapustka is a Senior Associate in PwC’s Cybersecurity and Privacy practice, helping organizations implement strong security & governance. Alex is originally from St Charles (IL) and has lived in Chicago for the past five years. Alex ran as part of “Team Commons” in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2019 and 2020.
Katheryn Meagher is a public policy researcher interested in improving opportunities for disadvantaged individuals and communities. She first spent 10 years in the advertising industry focused on all aspects of digital marketing, as well as consumer insights and market research for household name brands. However, several years ago, Katheryn shifted careers and received her Masters in Public Policy and Administration in order to pursue her interest in social policy and put her research experience to work on the social issues she cares most about. In her spare time, she is an active volunteer for a variety of local organizations in her community and enjoys exploring the city with friends and family.
Jessica has over 10 years of marketing experience and currently serves as a Head of Marketing at a Chicago-based company Enova International. Prior to Enova, Jessica worked in marketing for a few companies including Capital One and Target Corporation. She has a bachelors from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. Although she’s lived in Chicago for 10 years, she’s originally from Michigan and still roots for the Wolverines (Go Blue!). In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying out new restaurants and spending time with friends and family.
Allison Reisch started her career as a junior high math teacher. Her love for math found her a role as an analyst at an advertising agency. After six years working at an agency, she decided she was ready to be the client. Allison is now a CRM and database marketing manager at a senior living company working to improve their one-to-one communication and using data to uncover insights. When she’s not at work, Allison enjoys shopping for antique furniture and home décor.
Kanav Bhatheja is currently a Partner at the law firm of Cremer Law, LLC, located in Chicago, IL. Kanav has experience with a wide variety of complex litigation involving product liability, hotel/retail liability, and commercial disputes around the United States. Kanav has been helping the community and underserved populations from a very young age. Some of Kanav’s past experiences involved: helping low income individuals with medicare, medicaid, social security disability appeals and homeless shelter placement at Legal Services of Greater Miami; helpling Veterans obtain VA benefits from the government as a United States Senate Intern; advocating for minority inclusion in the Affordable Healthcare Act while working at a nonprofit in Washington D.C.; teaching health education at a community clinic providing care to underserved patients in Philadelphia; and serving on the board of a non-profit organization dealing with eating disorders. Kanav is excited to join Chicago Commons and continue his mission of promoting social and economic equality.
Laura Lopez is a Community Manager in Chicago, Illinois for Community & Business Development. She is a local ambassador for Chase who builds relationships with key community leaders, nonprofit partners and small businesses at the neighborhood level. Laura hosts financial health workshops, facilitates non-profit partnerships and offers community programming. She is helping to advance racial equity by supporting Black, Hispanic, and Latino communities with tools and resources to help them improve their financial wellbeing. As a former Branch Manager and with over 15 years of experience, Laura hopes to inspire many to join the journey to financial health. Her success is due to hard work & great mentors. Her passion for community engagement activities do not go unnoticed. Laura serves as a board member of Business Resource Group Adelante. Currently serves her fifth year as a Mentor for The JPMorgan Fellowship Initiative. And often takes part in Good Works community activities. Laura recently attained her MBA through Arizona University. She is a proud Latina who grew up in the south side of Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys rooting for the Chicago Cubs next to her husband Daniel & two boys, Gabriel 17 and Leo 11.
Sam Lincoln is currently a Portfolio Banker in the Global Family & Private Investment Offices Group (GFO). He was formerly a Senior Credit Portfolio Manager and Member of the Rotational Development Program in 2018. He has worked across all regions of GFO to support clients in a variety of different credit needs. More recently, he has worked to grow the EMEA credit portfolio and continues to manage a majority of the risk and portfolio reporting metrics for the GFO Lending group. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Sam graduated from the University of Southern California in Economics and Finance. He grew up in Chicago and attended the Latin School of Chicago for High School. Sam is an avid Golfer and Reader.
Clint Mefford is a Sr. Relationship Manager in Global Family & Private Investment Offices (GFO), a specialized unit of Northern Trust Company which addresses the complex financial requirements of U.S. and international families who utilize multiple money manager investment programs and have complex investment, reporting and planning needs. In his current positon Clint is responsible for overseeing and delivering a broad range of investment advisory, investment management, custody, banking, fiduciary and tax services to family office staff and principals. Clint’s ultimate responsibility is client satisfaction. He serves as his client’s strategist and facilitator by managing Northern Trust’s commitment to the client, addressing client issues to ensure appropriate resources are dedicated to the relationship, and establishing a solid business relationship. Prior to this role, Clint was a Manager of Account Managers for two years leading fifteen team members who support the daily needs of GFO clients. He also participated in projects to drive efficiencies across the GFO practice. Prior to joining GFO, Clint led a team of analysts in the Client Valuation Reporting department. He was responsible for the accurate and timely delivery of monthly accounting to over 100 Corporate and GFO clients.
Chelsea D. Mills Buckner
Chelsea is a Manager of Account Managers in Global Family & Private Investment Offices. GFO is a dedicated group within Northern Trust Wealth Management which focuses exclusively on the wealthiest families and their private investment offices, businesses and charitable entities worldwide. In her current position, Chelsea manages a team of Account Managers who support family offices to deliver and oversee a broad range of banking and lending services. Prior to joining Global Family & Private Investment Offices, Chelsea held positions as a Loan Service Representative, Personal Banking Investigator and several other positions throughout her 24 years of service at Northern Trust.
Shanna Johnson has over nine years of experience in proposal development, working in EdTech for the past seven. She is the Bid Quality and Compliance Manager at Blackboard, which merged with Anthology to support learners and institutions with the largest EdTech ecosystem. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue Journalism at The George Washington University. After a great 15-year run, she moved to Chicago in June 2020 and has loved exploring the city since it started coming back to normal. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, with a current emphasis on the Midwest, trying new food and seeing shows at different music venues. Shanna ran as part of “Team Commons” in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2022.