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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 is a Professor of Pathology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine. He also was the former Dean of the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola. 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. Jack lives in Wilmette, Ill.

Ms. Lanie Adair, Board Member. Lanie is the former Chief Operating Officer and also served as Project Manager at the Rogers Park Montessori School, a Builders Congress Award recipient. Previously, Lanie was both a sales manager and branch manager in the high-tech (phone) industry. She has extensive experience serving as a business consultant to new small- and mid-sized businesses. Ms. Adair earned a BA in Organizational Development from DePaul University and she currently resides in Chicago, Ill.

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. 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.