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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 a senior executive who has successfully managed both privately held and public organizations in consumer and industrial markets. In his CEO, President, COO and VP roles—which range from executive experience at the corporate Board of Directors 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 executives and sales teams has resulted in a career-long record of accomplishing steady business achievement, growth and turnaround in the North American retail marketplace. He is a current board member of the Chicago-Toronto Sister Cities Organization and is a past board member of BSH Appliance Group, Cosentino Materials USA, and the Chicago Luxury Marketing Council. He is extremely active in the Young Presidents Gold Organization as well as other business-related organizations. He is a member of the FEDC 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 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, 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 M.B.A. and a B.S. in Food Science, and she is also 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 Hyde Park Day School alumnus. One son is currently a senior at Boston College, and the other is a freshman at the University of Miami in Florida. 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.

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. His 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. 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.