The Children’s Service Board welcomes committed, talented women from diverse educational and professional backgrounds to champion the Hospital through engagement and philanthropy, stewardship and fundraising, and volunteerism. Today, we are proud to be 60+ women strong dedicating time and efforts for the children of Chicago. Children’s Service Board members spend much of their volunteer year planning and executing our signature fundraising event, the Gold Coast Fashion show. Committee responsibilities include Corporate Sponsorship, Food and Beverage, Auction, etc. In addition, Board members serve in a variety of additional capacities including an Executive Committee, Stewardship, Volunteer Opportunities, Membership and Social Media.

Current Board Members


Pinkie Garver


Emily Flaherty

Executive Committee

Emily Bennett, GCFS Co-Chair
Sharon Bosco, GCFS Co-Chair
Kari Darmstadter, Treasurer
Karen Focht, Stewardship Chair
Marie Geanuleas, Member-at-Large
Alison Heyman*, Immediate Past President
Danielle Hoeg, Vice President
Dana Jones, Member-at-Large
Karyn Kruschka, Membership Chair
Kasey Macha, Member-at-Large
Erica Marshall, Corporate Chair
Cathryn Schmaltz, Secretary

Honorary Membership

Mary Beth Adelman*
Carolyn Belcaster
Donna Burke-Burger
Sara Cohen
Holly Duran
Vicki Heyman
Deborah Higginbottom
Karen Hilder*
Karen Kales Lee
Margo Markopoulos
Beth Pagnotta
Karen Pulver
Tommy Sheridan
Debbie Siegel*


Emily Arch
Amy Bartlett
Debbie Borosky
Sydney Caine
Leigh Dance
Maureen DeRose*
Karen Essig*
Susan Flosi
Lindsay Hearn
Lauren Hirsch
Megan Hodes*
Hilary Kallop
Melissa Kearney
Ashley Lebovic
Stefanie McDonald
Marisa McHugh
Michelle Moore
Cassidy Neveux
Amanda Niro
Casey Ray
Deanna Ryan
Kirsten Schloss
Susie Silch
Julie Simon
Renee Stock
Jenny Sullivan
Marnie Van der Voort
Mary Pat Wallace
Laura Weber
Augusta Williams
Nicole Wilson

*=Past President

For more information regarding membership and committees please contact Ilana Lerman at or 312.227.7305.