Founded in 2010, the One Million Degrees Associates Board is a diverse group of emerging leaders who believe in the transformative power of a community college degree.  

The mission of the OMD Associates Board is to cultivate supporters and volunteers, to provide philanthropic support, and to increase awareness of the valuable work of One Million Degrees. 

The Associates Board inaugural Back-to-School Bash was a smashing success! Learn more about event here.

Corey Richardson (Chair)
Director of Placement and Alumni Relations, Golden Apple Foundation

Kaitlin Lowey (Vice Chair)
Public Relations Associate, Enova International, Inc.

Arielle Semmel (Recording Secretary)
Manager, Chapter Communities at the American Society of Safety Engineers

Shaina Henderson (Membership Chair)
Financial Institution Specialist, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Monica Cason (Membership Vice Chair)
Business Analyst, Deloitte Consulting

Chandler Watlington (Events Chair)
Associate, Driehaus Private Equity

Anisha Patel (Events Vice Chair)
Senior HR Specialist, Aon

Julie Schnidman (Scholar Engagement Chair)
Strategic Alliances Manager, American Marketing Association

Jessie Essman (Scholar Engagement Vice Chair)
Project Manager, Business Transformation, Stepan

Jessica Chu
Vice President, GEM Realty Capital 

Christina Black
Associate Consultant/Writer, Campbell & Company

Drake Blessum
Sales Executive - Commercial Projects, Kohler Co.

Reid Bolton
Attorney at Law, Bartlit Beck, LLP

Jonathan Chaparro
Founding Chicago Site Director, Braven​

Rami Fakhouri
Attorney, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP

Mike Friedman 
Account Manager, Wrigley Company

Monica Gupta
Manager, Investor Relations; Grainger

Maggie Keen
Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships, myCNAjobs

Allison Leverenz
Talent Management Partner - HR Placement, Advanced Resources

Derek Lyttle 
Senior Manager, Advisory Services, EY           

Matthew McCarthy
Manager, Client Services & Assistant Vice President, AB Bernstein

Jeremy Murden 
Senior Investment Manager Analyst, William Blair and Company

Rachael Olson
Director, Product Management & Strategy, TransUnion

Edward Poropat
Senior Associate, PWC

Blaine Slack 
Senior Analyst, Asset & Wealth Management Strategy, The Boston Consulting Group                                                    

Tiffany Taylor
Associate/Underwriter, Wintrust Financial Corporation

Lauren Thanasouras
Technology Consultant, Deloitte Consulting

Gabriel Millan Velez
Senior Analyst, Product Control, Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services

Phillip Wilson
Vice President, Private Capital Manager, Metropolitan Capital Bank

Mandy Zaransky-Hurst
CMO/COO, Ragan Communications

Allison Zures
Associate Dean, Student Services, Harry S. Truman College