Board Emeritus

Karen Bush

Karen is retired after a long career in educational publishing as a Vice President of Product Development and Sales for McDougal Littell & Co. and Houghton Mifflin Co. She has served as Board President for the Lake Bluff Library, a trustee of the Union Church and has a long affiliation with Mothers Trust Foundation as a board member and active volunteer. Karen’s lifelong focus has been dedicated to letting children know others do care and through MTF’s help, the world is a better place.

Theo Figliulo

Theo Figliulo was a board member and has been a volunteer for Mothers Trust Foundation since its early years and has contributed much time and effort to the growth and success of the organization.  She has served as the chair of the Betty Bash, as well as chairing various other committees.  Theo volunteers for Mothers Trust Foundation, as she believes in the mission and knows what a difference MTF has made for so many.

Joy Gossman

Joy has been an attorney with the Lake County Public Defender’s Office since 1989 and has held the position of Lake County Public Defender since 2007. A lifelong resident of Lake County, her holistic approach to working with the indigent goes hand in hand with the core values embodied by Mothers Trust Foundation and the children it assists.

Rommy Lopat

Rommy is actively involved as a land use planner and land conservationist/activist, garden writer [], historic preservationist, and genealogist. She became interested in Mothers Trust Foundation as a result of reading a story in the local paper about the organization and decided to attend a weekly service committee meeting held every Wednesday morning. The stories shared keep life in humble perspective. Since participating in that first meeting, she’s never stopped attending.

Allison Pasquesi

A founding member of Mothers Trust Foundation, Allison helped shape MTF for over 10 years serving in nearly every volunteer role. A local resident since the 70’s, Allison was also a founding member of the Lake Forest High School Foundation, chairing the Grants Committee. She has also served on The Ragdale Foundation Board and The CROYA Board. She is the proud parent of a newly conferred Masters of Social Work.  She believes Mothers Trust Foundation has an excellent model for getting critical support to where it’s needed, fast. In the early years, the mantra was “If you knew them and their story, of course you would do what you could to help.” Connect the dots; it’s incredible what can happen with a little money and a vote of confidence.

Julie Wendorf

Julie retired from the Zion Elementary Schools District 6 after 33 years serving as a special education teacher for the Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL) and as an Assistant Superintendent for Special Services for Zion Elementary Schools. Familiar with the generosity Mothers Trust Foundation has given to Zion children throughout the years, Julie is an active volunteer desiring to help make a difference in the lives of children and their families.

Karin Woie

Karin is a retired Director of Internal Audit at Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. Prior, she worked at GE Capital, Heller Financial and Grant Thornton, LLP.  Over the years, she has served on several board committees for Mothers Trust Foundation.  Karin enjoys being a part of MTF given its mission to partner with social service agencies in assisting disadvantaged children to improve the quality of their lives.

Roycealee Wood

Roycealee is currently the Regional Superintendent of Schools with responsibility for forty-five Lake County school districts.  Prior, she held various prestigious positions, including president of the Great Lakes Region of the Navy League of the US, national director of the NLUS, board president of the Illinois Crossroads Council of the Girls Scouts and president of the Rotary Club of Waukegan. In addition to serving as a board member for many diverse organizations, Roycealee dedicates time to Mothers Trust Foundation because she feels it is an extraordinary organization that does wonderful things for students and families.