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.

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)
J.D. Candidate, Depaul University College of Law

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 

Drake Blessum
Sales Executive - Commercial Projects, Kohler Co.

Rami Fakhouri
Attorney, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP

Mike Friedman 
Director of Retail Sales & Marketing, Home Chef

Irina Gavrilova
Program Coordinator, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Gabriel Hansen
Global Practice Manager, Consumer Practice

David Hirsh
Analyst, Lantern Partners

Maggie Keen
Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships, myCNAjobs

Allison Leverenz
Talent Management Partner - HR Placement, Advanced Resources

Grace Li
Origin Investments, Accountant

Lily Liu
Associate, Merrill Lynch

Derek Lyttle 
Senior Manager, Advisory Services, EY           

Matthew McCarthy
Midwest Chief of Staff & Assistant Vice President., AB Bernstein

Jeremy Murden (Emeritus Associates Board Member)
Portfolio Strategist, Matthews Asia

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 (Recording Secretary)
Associate/Underwriter, Wintrust Financial Corporation

Lauren Thanasouras
Technology Consultant, Deloitte Consulting

Ryan O’Connor
Analyst, Dimeo Schneider and Associates, LLC

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

Maricela Villagomez
JPMorgan Chase, Sales Associate

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