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 PACTT Learning Center
Agency Board of Directors


   Kristen Huffman-Gottschling, LCSW - Executive Director


Melba Graffius Swoyer, Board PresidentMelba has over thirty years of experience in the areas of communications, fundraising, and nonprofit management.   She currently operates her own communications firm and in the past has served as Director of Finance and Development for a nonprofit organization that provides supportive housing to adults recovering from chronic mental illness; Marketing Services Director for United Airlines; Corporate Communications Director for Montgomery Ward; and Director of the Allstate Foundation. Melba has an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and lives in Evanston, Ill.

John M. Lee, M.D., Board Treasurer. Dr. Lee currently is the Board of Directors/ Ivan C. Ciric MD Chair of Neurosciences at NorthShore University Health System, Evanston, IL.  He was the former Dean at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, IL. Dr. Lee holds Certifications in Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology. He is the parent of two children on the autism spectrum. Dr. Lee earned a B.A. from Yale University, Psychology; a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Physiology and Biophysics: and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. 

Ms. Lanie Adair, Board Member. Lanie Adair works as a strategic organizational consultant for both profit and non-profit businesses. She started her career working in market development and management in the digital communication industry, substantially expanding the US market for an international corporation. Locally she worked to re-structure the governance and management of Rogers Park Montessori School in advance of the $10M dollar construction project of the new Rogers Park Montessori School, which she project managed. The building was the recipient of the Chicago Builder’s Association Award. Her current focus is on developing business-based profit centers for non-profits in order to develop new and sustainable revenue streams.

Mr. Kenneth Avick, Board Member. Ken is a former Social Worker, Program Planner, Specialist in Adolescent Services and Administrative Case Reviewer at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. He is a Former member of the Inclusion and Accessibility Committee of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston. Ken is a member of the Art Encounter Artist Critique group and is a painter himself, often with his children and autism as the subject of his art. He is a parent of two adult children with autism. Ken earned a BFA from Carnegie- Mellon University and also a MFA from the University of Chicago and resides in Evanston, Ill.

Mr. Michael Gilmartin, Board Member. Michael has been practicing law for over twelve years, the last nine representing financial institutions in litigation matters and advising privately held businesses on a broad range of corporate transactions. He is currently with Howard & Howard PLLC, a firm that provides specialized legal services to businesses and business owners. Prior to entering private practice, Michael was an Assistant States Attorney, prosecuting crimes on behalf of Cook County, IL. He earned a BA from St. Xavier University and his Juris Doctorate from the DePaul University College of Law. Michael has been affiliated with PACTT in a volunteer role since 2003 and resides with his wife and children in La Grange, Ill.

Mr. Jerome White, Board Member. Jerry has extensive experience in the financial markets . He has been a partner at CSS, LLC, a private investment firm in Chicago for the last 14 years. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director at both Lehman Brothers and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Georgetown University. Jerry resides with his family in Winnetka, Ill.