Board of Directors

Matt Tabar, President

Matt is a retired Lake County school superintendent. He currently serves as Homeless Education Liaison for both the Lake and McHenry County Regional Offices of Education and as preschool consultant for the Lake County ROE. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the Antioch Rotary and the Early Childhood Community Coalition of Lake County, and as a trustee of the First Fire Protection District of Antioch. Matt supports Mothers Trust Foundation because of the tremendous work done to assist needy families and children in Lake County .  Matt currently serves as the President of the Board.

Jocelyn Pysarchuk, Vice President

Jocelyn Pysarchuk oversees communications, public relations, publications and educational content for the American Massage Therapy Association.  Her career spans twenty years in executive management for non-profits with a focus on communications and education experiences. Jocelyn holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.    She enjoys giving back and is excited to get involved in this volunteer capacity.  She looks forward to supporting the work of Mothers Trust Foundation because of its practical and inspiring approach to providing immediate need to kids and their families in Lake County.

Larry Neal, Treasurer

Larry has been a certified public accountant for 38 years with a tax and accounting practice located in Libertyville. He is a charter member and past president of the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club, volunteers for PADS of Lake County and is an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest. Larry joined Mothers Trust after meeting Barbara Monsor and seeing firsthand how a simple act of kindness could make such a big difference in the lives of others. Larry currently serves as treasurer of the board.

Danielle Carter, Secretary

Danielle is the Director of Human Resources in Grayslake Community High School District 127. She is passionate about supporting students and staff to be the very best they can be.  Danielle has been in the service industry for over 15 years.  She began her teaching career at Glenbrook North High School.  She taught special education and moved on to become an Administrator at NSSED and NSSEO both special education cooperatives dedicated to serving the educational needs of students with complex learning disabilities. 

Lori Dann

Lori Dann is the founder of Presidents’ Leadership Council (PLC), an exclusive forum for small business CEOs, presidents and partners to engage, learn and grow through peer relationships and professional presentations. She has 25+ years of business experience with specific expertise in sales, marketing, communications and employee benefits.  She is the mother of three young adults who bring her immeasurable joy.  Lori is passionate about the physical and emotional well-being of our children and is honored to represent Mothers Trust Foundation.

Dick Day

Dick’s background has been focused on the healthcare industry, primarily in the manufacturing and servicing of medical devices. Throughout his career he has gained broad experience in finance, marketing, materials management, ecommerce, and general management. Dick has been involved with non-profit organizations for most of his adult life. His commitment to Mothers Trust is based on the belief that every child deserves a chance to succeed, and that Mothers Trust provides that chance when other agencies are unable. 

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.

Philippe Melin

Philippe Melin developed a broad and deep understanding of Lake County communities through his work as 10th Congressional District Director with Congressman Bob Dold.  He now works for a private sector startup called Peanut Butter that helps employers contribute to employees’ student debt payments as a benefit.  Philippe earned his JD from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and his undergraduate degree in Business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  Says Philippe, “I worked with so many wonderful organizations in Lake County during my time as a public servant, but Mothers Trust was my top choice for continued involvement because of its effectiveness for quickly assisting”.

Heidi Prom

Heidi recently joined Mother’s Trust as a member of the Golf committee.  After an extended residence in Connecticut, she has returned to her family and area with her two children and brings almost 20 years of active service and leadership to numerous non-profits.  Heidi is a Certified Financial Planning Counselor and specializes in insurance and financial planning. She is active in the community and has created a network of educational initiatives for empowering women.  She is dedicated to finding additional ways to  fund raise and spread the message of our mission.

Hon. Victoria Rossetti

The Honorable Victoria Rossetti is the immediate past President of the Board and has been serving as the Circuit Judge in the 19th judicial circuit for 24 years. Currently, she is the presiding judge of the criminal division. Vicki became interested in Mothers Trust when she learned of a teenage boy who had to wear his sister’s clothes given the family could not afford to purchase clothing. A social service agency contacted Mothers Trust, which provided funds to help this boy and his family. Upon hearing the assistance Mothers Trust provided, she knew she wanted to become involved in this organization that provided hope to children in need. 

Sonia Penaranda-Taggart

Sonia Penaranda-Taggart is a real estate broker with @at properties in Lake Forest, a professional oil painting artist and instructor at the Deer Path Art League in Lake Forest. Sonia holds an architecture degree and a masters in museum studies. She has been volunteering since her teen years helping and organizing fund raising events. Currently, she is the chair of communications at the Rotary Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff. She joined the Mothers Trust Foundation board because of the significant life changing impact in kids and their families throughout Lake County.