Our Board of Directors

The Hyde Park Day School and its sister school, Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, are owned and operated by the Leslie Shankman School Corporation (LSSC). Both schools are also served by two boards, the board of directors of the LSSC and the board overseeing the Foundation for the Educational Development of Children (FEDC). Members of these boards bring their expertise and experience in order to provide mission-based strategic, operational and fiscal oversight as well as advancement and outreach to the two schools under their leadership.

Janet Goelz Hoffman

President of the Board of Directors of the LSSC

She concentrates her practice on financings for nonprofit organizations including independent schools, hospital systems, cultural and educational institutions, and continuing care retirement communities. She also advises nonprofit organizations on board governance and conflict of interest issues. She is a graduate of Lake Forest College and Northwestern University School of Law. Janet also serves as a member of the FEDC.

James Steinback

President of the FEDC Board of Directors

He is retired and former President & Owner of Magnecraft Electric, a manufacturer of switchgear. The company was sold to Square D, a division of Groupe Schneider at the beginning of 2005; Mr. Steinback continued to manage the business until the end of 2007.  He holds a BSME degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In addition to the boards of FEDC and LSSC, he serves on three business boards: The RDI Group, Nightingale-Conant Corp and Mediafly Inc.

Lenny Asaro

Member of the FEDC Board of Directors

He is an attorney and partner at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, a national law firm. He concentrates his practice on real estate development and litigation with an emphasis on land use and zoning, eminent domain, tax increment financing (TIF), acquisitions and dispositions and public-private partnerships. Lenny advises both private and public entities. Lenny is an active member of Dinsmore’s Diversity Committee, Minority Attorney Affinity Group and In Law and Equity: LGBTQ Affinity Group. He is a member of the National Bar Association, which is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges, as well as the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Inn of Court. He served two full terms as a Member of the Evanston Plan Commission. Lenny is a graduate of Pepperdine University and The John Marshall Law School.  Lenny is a member of the FEDC board of directors.

Mike Bertrand

Member of the LSSC Board of Directors

He is the President and CEO of Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois, a statewide Social Service organization. Mike has over 30 years’ experience in human services and not for profit administration, including establishing a private clinical practice and holding senior administrative positions in a state agency as well as a number of social service not for profits. Mike earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana and a Masters of Social Work degree from University of Illinois Chicago. In addition, Mike is an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He is a member of the LSSC Board of Directors.

Pat Borg

Member of the LSSC Board of Directors

He is a senior executive who has successfully managed both privately held and public organizations in consumer and industrial markets.  In his CEO, President, COO, VP roles, which range from executive experience at the corporate Board of Director level to establishing an entrepreneurial enterprise, he has handled corporate acquisitions and business divestitures as well as plant expansions and closures.  Pat’s management style and extensive experience in mentoring and managing executive and sales teams has resulted in career-long record of accomplishing steady business achievement, growth and turnaround in the North American retail marketplace.  Pat is a current Member in good standing @ YPO (Young Presidents Organization) Gold Chicago Chapter, past YPO Gold Chicago Chapter Chairman, past YPO Gold Regional Chapters Chair, past YPO Gold International Board Member, member of the YPO Hall of Fame, past Board member of BSH Appliance Group. past Board Member of Cosentino Materials USA, past Board/President of the Chicago Luxury Marketing Council and current Board member of the Chicago-Toronto Sister Cities Organization.  Pat is a 32* Master Mason, Shriner. Pat is a member of the LSSC board.

Vic Conant

Member of the FEDC Board of Directors

He is President and CEO of Nightingale-Conant Corporation, the premier publisher of audio personal development programs in the world. Mr. Conant is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a Viet Nam veteran. He is the author of numerous books and audio personal-development programs in the area of human growth and potential.

Theodore E. Cornell, III

Member of the LSSC Board of Directors

He is an attorney and partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, a national law firm, where he specializes in mergers, acquisitions, financings and general corporate counseling. Ted is a founding board member of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to private high schools and educational support for economically disadvantaged Chicago 8th grade students who demonstrate outstanding academic potential, leadership skills and strong character. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University School of Law.

Pat Donohue

Member of the LSSC Board of Directors

He is a General Manager – Innovation at Snap-on, Inc., a global tool manufacturer.  Pat has held roles as a design engineer, process-improvement consultant, business development leader at multiple startups, marketing and sales strategy development and execution, and most recently in user-centered design and product innovation.  Pat holds a BSME, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA with concentrations in Economics and Strategy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  Pat is a soccer coach with Glenview AYSO, is a Caucus Member for Glenview School District 34, and is proud to be a founder of the Snap-on “Secret Santa” program, providing Christmas gifts for over 400 needy children in Kenosha annually. Pat is a member of the LSSC Board of Directors.

Tammy Gianfortune

Member of the FEDC Board of Directors

She is an Industry Consultant and certified Executive Leadership, Development, and Career Coach at Kensington International. Previously she was the Senior Vice President of Marketing at TreeHouse Foods, Oakbrook, Il. TreeHouse is a $3.5B manufacturer of food products provided to Retailers under their Private Brands. She also has experience in the Food and Packaging industry with Kellogg, Keebler, Quaker and Coveris in Senior Marketing and General Management roles. She has and MBA and a BS in Food Science as well credentialed in General Management via a professional education program at University of Chicago. She is the mother of two sons, one who is a HPDS alumnus. One son is currently a senior at Boston College and the other is a freshman at University of Miami in Florida. She is a member of the LSSC Board of Directors.

Scott McDonald

Member of the LSSC Board of Directors

He is CEO of Body-Solid Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of fitness equipment, as well as Fitness Factory Outlet, a Chicago based retailer of fitness equipment. Prior to that, he served as CFO of the Strive Group, a manufacturer and fulfiller of packaging and point of purchase displays. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Brad Nardick

Member of the LSSC Board of Directors

Adam Steinback

Member of the FEDC Board of Directors

Adam Steinback is the Senior Vice President of Commercial Services at Albank in Chicago where he manages business, community, and corporate development. He has served on Albank’s Board of Directors since 2005.  Previous experience has been in commercial real estate, as well as managing business development at Schneider Electric (SU.PA) and at two technology companies.  He has a B.A. from The American University in Washington, DC, in Economics & Communications.

Joanne Steinback

Member of the LSSC Board of Directors

She is a certified special education teacher. Mrs. Steinback has taught for twenty-five years in the field of special and regular education. Her family has been involved with the SSOS and HPDS since their inception. Mrs. Steinback worked full time at HPDS as a trained LD Specialist during its first year of operation for a salary of $1.00.