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.
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..
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 a Vice President at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC). She is responsible for HCSC’s provider servicing phone operations in the Service Delivery and Operations division.
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 HCSC, Amy worked in hospital administration at Rush University Medical Center and for North Shore University Health System.
She holds a Master of Science in Health Systems Management from Rush University and a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University. Amy completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois.
Amy resides in suburban Chicago with her husband and two children.
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 of Arts 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
Anna Assenmacher has more than 15 years of experience leading new program and project initiatives in non-profit, corporate, university and government settings. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Los Angeles-based Crayon Collection, which supports arts education in Head Start Centers and Title 1 elementary schools by collecting and upcycling gently used crayons from restaurants, hotels, and community-based groups across the U.S. and globally. Throughout her career Anna has served on a number of advisory councils with community-based organizations including the Chicago Foundation for Women, Women Employed, and the Jane Addams Senior Caucus, and was a 2012 public policy fellow in the Women’s Legislative Leadership Program. Anna volunteers her time with local organizations focused on supporting women and families, and most recently served as a mentor in the Women’s Empowerment Program for Los-Angeles based Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals. Anna holds a B.A. in business administration and finance from Calvin College and an M.A. in women’s and gender studies from DePaul University. She lives in Lakeview with her husband, two young boys, and an Airedale Terrier named Teddy Roosevelt.
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 welcomed their first child this summer.