Board of Directors

A generous and experienced group of volunteers comprises our Board of Directors. YBLC is eternally grateful for them sharing their time, effort and expertise to give our students the best possible educations and opportunities.

Below you’ll find brief information about our Board, including committees on which they participate, as well as companies where they’re employed and their roles within those companies.


Mary Charuhas, Chairwoman

Governance Committee

Community Member

Allen BergerTreasurer

Finance Committee

Plante Moran

David Liebman, Secretary

Governance Committee, Development Committee

Merit Partners, LCC


William Almond

Development Committee

First Midwest Bank, Senior Vice President, Commercial

Cinthya Barrera

Development Committee

P&G North Chicago, Engineering Plant Manager

Laura Burkhead

Development Committee

JP Chase Bank, Senior Banker

Lavell Brown

Student, Youth Policy Council

Linda Friedman

Astellas US LLC, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Brad Harper

Uline, Branch Manager

William Kelley

Development Committee

Jelly Belly Candy Co., Chairman

Bryan Lawson

P&G North Chicago, Plant Manager

David Northern

Lake Couny Housing Authority, Executive Director/ CEO 

Director Emeritus

Ed Polen, Chairman- Emeritus

EMCO Chemical Distributors, Inc.

Steven Blinderman, Chairman- Emeritus

Blinderman Construction Company, Inc.

Jon Hirsch

Krugel Cobbles Inc

Harvey Kallick

Retired Partner of Blackman Kallick

Rich Morris

ROI Consulting

Robert Render

Maine Plastics

Patrick Sullivan

Community Member

Our Partners & Affiliates

  • Americorps
  • United Way of Lake County
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
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