Team

Our Board

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.

Rozi Bhimani is an attorney currently working in the financial services industry.  Before moving in-house, she worked for over ten years as a litigator at the Federal Trade Commission’s Midwest Region where she primarily focused on combating telemarketing fraud.  Then and now, she enjoys talking to consumers about how to avoid common financial scams.

Rozi majored in Math and Economics while attending Indiana University, and also was active in student government, in large part to give a voice to the numerous student groups working with underserved populations.  And, after a brief stint as a consultant, she went back to law school at the University of Minnesota with the ultimate goal of working on social justice issues.

Life landed her in Evanston with her husband and two kids.  She volunteered for Share Our Spare at the urging of good friends, and was overjoyed that her older son could be a part of the experience as well.  She feels it is important to instill the notion of giving back at a young age.  Participating on the board to help the organization grow stronger is her privilege.

Erin Estell graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelors degree in Biology. After college, she taught middle school science in suburban Chicago for several years, before eventually leaving her department head position to start a family.

After years of commitment to a children’s advocacy center in her husband’s hometown of Plano, TX, Erin wanted to find a more hands-on opportunity to help local Chicago families. She was introduced to Share Our Spare and knew it was an organization she wanted to be a part of.

Erin is a member of the Women’s Leadership Committee at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center and a board member at Moadon Kol Chadash, a preschool and enrichment program.

Erin currently resides in Roscoe Village with her husband and three 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. She is a founding member of Share Our Spare and has been the acting Board Chair since 2014.

Amy grew up in Ann Arbor and now lives in the Gold Coast with her husband and three kids. In her limited spare time she enjoys running, reading and going to dinner with friends.

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.

Stefanie Hest is a Senior Vice President in Northern Trust Asset Management. She is a senior index specialist in the Institutional Group and is responsible for supporting growth and new business for Northern Trust’s index and factor based solutions.

Prior to her current role, Stefanie was an investment strategist in the Global Quantitative Management team responsible for developing global quantitative equity solutions and investment insights for institutional investors.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in March 2005, Stefanie was a director at Standard & Poor’s responsible for marketing and client relations for the various global equity index products. Prior to S&P’s acquisition of Citigroup’s global index series, Stefanie held various research positions with Citigroup Global Markets.

Stefanie is an executive member of Northern Trust’s Women in Leadership Business resource council and is currently the co-chair of the 2017 Women’s Leadership Development Forum.

Stefanie received a B.A. in Business Management from Cornell University.

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.

Lauren Jiggetts is an anchor and reporter for WGN Morning News. Prior to joining WGN, she spent over a decade at NBC 5 Chicago. She co-anchored the weekend evening news and reported on the weekdays. She joined NBC5 Chicago as a general assignment reporter in January 2007 and covered the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. She also co-hosted NBC’s coverage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2015 & 2016. Prior to joining NBC5 Chicago, Jiggetts worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor for WLVI-TV (Boston’s CW). She also worked as an anchor and reporter for the award-winning “Channel One News” in Los Angeles. The daily 12-minute newscast is sent via satellite to 12,000 middle and high schools nationwide.

Lauren graduated with honors from Harvard University and she is a graduate of Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. She was born in Chicago.

Lauren received a national and regional Emmy in 2011 for her contribution to the station’s coverage of the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal. She has also received multiple local Emmys. In 2015, she received the Irv Kupcinet Media Award at the 41st Annual Ed Kelly Foundation Gala. In 2007, Lauren was the recipient of the Community Partnership Award from Spertus College.

Jiggetts was selected by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics to participate in the Director’s Internship Program. She worked in the public affairs office at MTV Studios in New York City, where she focused on their anti-discrimination campaign. During college, she interned in the newsrooms of WFLD-TV (Fox Chicago) and ChicagoLand Television (CLTV).

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 on the Northshore.

Amy Rakoczy is the Divisional Vice President – Service Delivery and Operations for Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC). Amy Rakoczy is responsible for HCSC’s provider servicing phone operations. She has been with HCSC since 2008 and previously held positions in health care management and corporate strategy.  HCSC operates through its Blue Cross and Blue Shield® Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Prior to joining HCSC, Amy worked at Rush University Medical Center. Amy holds an MBA from DePaul University, MS from Rush University, and a Bachelor of Science in community health from the University of Illinois.

Amy resides in Glenview, Illinois with her husband and two-year-old daughter.

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, three girls and small dog.

Kristin Wood, PhD serves as the Managing Director; Global Head of Organizational Development at Balyasny Asset Management, LP (BAM). Kristin joined BAM from Conversus Asset Management where she was the HR & Operations Manager. Prior to, Kristin worked at FinanSure & Affiliates as the Director, HR, as well as Williams-Sonoma, Bake-Line Group and Allied First Bank.

Kristin is a published author, who writes for Forbes.com and serves on the Forbes HR Council. Additionally, Kristin is part of philanthropic efforts including: Chicago Committee of Hearts for Help for Children (HFC) a group supported by Hedge Funds Cares.

Kristin holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kristin also holds a Master or Art Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kristin has a Bachelor of Science from Benedictine University.

Our Executive Team

Executive Director
Amy Gudgeon has deep experience in the nonprofit and government space. She has led a number of consulting projects with large, national organizations, such as LISC, Girl Scouts, and Chicago Cubs Charities. Commitment to local issues is also central to her work, as demonstrated through projects with After School Matters, Free Spirit Media and Chicago Scholars Amy is actively involved in the Chicago Community as a board member with Olin Sang and a past board member at Sweet Beginnings and Tuesday Child. She has led several programs with Chicago Public Schools, is a past volunteer with Test 400K, the National Council for Jewish Women and the Honeycomb Project. In her spare time, she hangs out laughing with her family and spends as much time outside as possible. Amy graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Public Affairs, holds an MPA from the University of Illinois and a certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Engagement Coordinator
Ashley Chitwood spent 8 years in education both in the classroom and for several education nonprofits in New York City and Chicago. She has extensive experience in recruitment, operations special events and development.

Ashley joined the Share Our Spare team in 2017 as our lead engagement coordinator responsible for all aspects of our meaningful volunteer experiences and partner relationships.

Ashley grew up in Oklahoma and moved to New York City after college where she earned her Masters in Special Education. She and her husband moved to Chicago in 2014. They live in Uptown and are expecting their first child this summer.

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