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The O-School’s Board of Directors

The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School and its sister school, Hyde Park Day School (HPDS), 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.

Board Members

JANET GOELZ HOFFMAN is the President of the Board of Directors of the LSSC and is an attorney and partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, a national law firm. 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, and one of her four daughters is an alumnus of the O-School.

JAMES STEINBACK is the President of the Foundation for Educational Development of Children (FEDC). 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.

PAT BORG is the Vice President of TPH GLOBAL Solutions, based in Chicago. This privately held company has been in business for 50+ years and provides totally custom design, management, production and distribution of retail packaging, prepacked for every channel of the retail trade, mass market and club stores in North America and Asia. Previously as a senior C-suite executive, Pat successfully managed both privately-held and public organizations in consumer and industrial markets. He is extremely active in the Young Presidents Gold Organization, the Chief Executives Organization, Economic Club of Chicago, Provisors, as well as other business-related organizations. He is a member of the FEDC Board of Directors.

STEPHEN COHODES has worked in private equity on Wall Street for the past 25 years, focusing on the intersection of strategy, finance and marketing to create and manage growth with a particular interest in consumer brands. He has operated companies, overseen turn-arounds, acquisitions, brand extensions, divestitures, freed cash from stagnating investments, structured investment opportunities, created strategic and financial plans for board of directors, and cash flow based financings. Mr. Cohodes received a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia University. He is a member of the LSSC Board of Directors.

VIC CONANT 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. Mr. Conant is a member of the FEDC Board of Directors.

THEODORE E. CORNELL, III 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. Ted is a member of the LSSC Board of Directors.

TAMMY GIANFORTUNE is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at TreeHouse Foods, Oakbrook, Illinois. 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 an MBA and a BS in Food Science as well credentialed in General Management via a professional education program at the University of Chicago. She is the mother of two sons, one who is a HPDS alumnus and who is currently a Summa Cum Laude freshman at his local high school. She is a member of the LSSC Board of Directors. 

SCOTT MCDONALD 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. He is a member of the LSSC Board of Directors.

FRANCES SUGAR SHANKMAN is the widow of Leslie Shankman, for whom the Corporation is named.  She has been connected with the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School for many years. Her late husband, Leslie, was involved with the SSOS through his relatives, who were owners of the Leaf Candy Company, along with Martin Leaf, Chair Emeritus. She is a member of the LSSC Board of Directors.

SCOTT SOLOMON is Senior Vice President of the Illinois counseling region of The Ayco Company, L.P., a Goldman Sachs Company, headquartered in Saratoga Springs, NY. Prior to joining Ayco, Scott was with Hewitt Associates in their Total Benefits Administration division with a specialty in pensions, mergers and acquisitions. He earned a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2003 and an M.B.A. from De Paul University in 2007. He holds the following securities and insurance licenses: Series 24-General Securities Principal, Series 7 & 66, Life and Health Insurance. He is a member of the FEDC Board of Directors.

ADAM STEINBACK  is the Senior Vice President of Commercial Services at Albany Bank & Trust Co NA (Albank) where he manages business development, marketing and corporate development. He has served on Albank’s Board of Directors since 2005. Previously he has consulted on real estate financing and managed business development at Schneider Electric (SU.PA) and two Internet companies. His other non-profit service is with the Glencoe Historical Society where he serves on the Board of Directors. Adam formerly was on the Board of Magnecraft & Struthers-Dunn, manufacturers of building and industrial automation products. He has a B.A. from The American University in Washington, DC, in Public Affairs & Communications. He lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with his wife and children. He is a member of the FEDC Board of Directors.

JOANNE STEINBACK 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. She is a member of the LSSC Board of Directors.