Share Our Spare™ was founded in June 2011 by 10 Chicago women with a desire to help mothers less fortunate than themselves. While the births of our children resulted in an overwhelming accumulation of gear for our little ones, we know that many families struggle to provide their children with the basic essentials. Recognizing that we had more “stuff” for our children than necessary – and knowing that so many mothers in our community were going without – we were inspired to create this organization.
meet our board members
Meghan Andalman is the owner of Lovebird Events, a wedding and event planning company in Chicago. Prior to founding Lovebird, Meghan worked in public relations and marketing.
Meghan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a master’s degree in Education from National-Louis University. She enjoys volunteering and was an active member of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s Holocaust Remembrance Committee before becoming involved with Share Our Spare™.
Meghan grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and believes strongly in teaching her two small sons the importance of giving back to the community.
Olivia Belmonti graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelors Degree in Communications. She worked on event planning, community relations and social media for boutique public relations and marketing firms representing a variety of local and national clients.
Dear to Olivia’s heart are those nonprofits benefitting children and families and as such, has donated time to such organizations as the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center, Designs for Dignity, Working in the Schools (WITS), and Open Books.
She currently resides in Bucktown with her husband and three small children.
Amy Everard has more than ten years of experience in brand management and advertising. She has worked as a client manager for Digitas and as an innovation manager for L’Oreal and Unilever.
Amy graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration and has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
Her volunteer experience includes leading the Kellogg’s Women’s Business Association as well as running support groups at Respond, a Boston-based domestic violence agency.
Amy grew up in Ann Arbor and now lives in Lincoln Park with her husband and three kids. In her limited spare time she enjoys running, reading and going to dinner with friends.
Adrienne Eynon is licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) specializing in therapy with children and families. Adrienne works for Studio For Change and provides individual counseling and parent consultation. Formerly she lived in New York City and was a school social worker for Partnership With Children and PAVE Academy Charter School. Adrienne is actively involved with the St Baldrick’s Foundation, dedicated to raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research.
Adrienne graduated in 1998 from Middlebury College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in 2006.
Adrienne grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and enjoyed living in Colorado and New York before returning to Chicago in 2011. Adrienne is an avid runner and she loves to explore the parks, beaches, playgrounds and kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago with her family!
Julie Feldman graduated from Tulane University and received her masters degree in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University. After teaching in the private and public school sector, she began a private tutoring business. Julie’s first experience with Share Our Spare™ was a donation drive for her daughter’s 2nd birthday. She is thrilled to be part of this incredible organization!
Julie grew up in Cleveland, OH and now lives in Lincoln Park with her husband and two children.
Julie Jacobson is a social worker, working with adolescents and their families, in a middle school in the northern suburbs of Chicago. She has over ten years of clinical experience working in a variety of settings. Julie received a B.A. in English/Classics from Colby College and a Masters of Arts in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration (SSA).
Julie’s introduction to SOS was through a donation drive at a friend’s daughter’s birthday party. Impressed with the great work SOS was doing, Julie was thrilled to join the board years later.
Julie grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and has been living in Chicago for the past ten years. She currently lives in the Wicker Park area with her husband, son and daughter.
Amy Kadens was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio but has called Chicago home since 2003. A graduate of Miami University, Amy holds a degree in early childhood education, with a focus on special education. After teaching preschool for a few years in the city, she switched gears completely and went into sales for the Ad Specialty industry.
The birth of her first daughter caused her to realize the overwhelming need for infant and toddler supplies in the impoverished community and as a result, inspired her to found Share Our Spare™. Amy and her husband are currently involved in a number of local organizations, particularly those that support Chicagoans facing homelessness.
She has 3 small children and currently lives with her family in Lincoln Park.
Judy Pomerantz an accomplished brand marketing professional with experience in new product development, brand strategy, P&L management and sponsorships. She worked at Unilever on the brands Dove and Suave and previously at monster.com in sales. In 2010, Judy founded her own marketing consulting company, JgP Enterprises LLC.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Judy holds a degree in psychology with distinction as well as an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Judy currently resides in Lincoln Park with her husband and three children.
Molly Silverman has over twelve years of experience in non-profit administration, fundraising and volunteer management. She is currently Chief Strategic Engagement Officer for YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, a $12 Million organization serving over 150,000 women and children throughout metro Chicago. Molly oversees fundraising and communications strategy, corporate partnerships, donor cultivation and special events.
Molly is passionate about issues affecting women and children and has long history of volunteering with these populations. Molly met her husband while volunteering as a mentor with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. She is proud to be a founding board member of Share Our Spare™. Molly dreams of the day she can return to her hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, but for now she, her husband and two children happily call Lincoln Square home.
Mary Ann Weprin graduated from the University of Tennessee and received her master’s degree from Tennessee State University. Mary Ann was a high school English teacher before she spent several years at Common Threads. At Common Threads Mary Ann worked as part of the programming team. While Mary Ann was at Common Threads the organization experienced enormous growth and became a national organization.
Mary Ann has always been heavily involved in the community. While at Common Threads she created the volunteer program for the organization. She has been a member of several organizations including the Junior League of Chicago and the Chicago Lights Tutoring. Mary Ann grew up in Tennessee and moved to Chicago in 2006. She lives in Lincoln Park with her husband, two girls and small dog.