Board of Directors
Matt is a retired Lake County school superintendent. He currently serves as Homeless Education Liason 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.
Renee Zoladz has served public school students for over twenty-four years and currently works in Grayslake Community High School District 127 as the Associate Superintendent for Instructional and Personnel Services. She enjoys volunteering and has been an active member of several civic and professional organizations in Illinois. Renee joined the Mothers Trust Foundation Board to support the mission of the organization and the direct impact Mothers Trust provides to Lake County children in need. Supporting the health and welfare of the children of Lake County is the highest priority and Dr. Zoladz currently serves as the Vice President for the Board.
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.
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. Dick currently serves a secretary of the board.
Kim is currently the second vice president of marketing for Starmark and Trustmark Insurance Company. She enjoys volunteering and has served on several boards including the Trustmark Foundation, Student Advisory Committee for the School of St. Mary and Mothers Trust Foundation. Kim is dedicated to utilizing her marketing talents to aid Mothers Trust given her belief in the quality of the organization as well as its focus on helping improve the lives of children in need
Susan has over 20 years of experience working in education management. Currently, she works as a School Director for the Schuler Scholar Program, equipping high-achieving and underrepresented students to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Previously, she owned her own consulting business and worked with academic institutions, corporate and nonprofit agencies to educate students of all ages on the importance of communication and leadership. Susan has a MSW and is dedicated to helping children and families in Lake County.
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.
Tina Mascari, a 38 year resident of Lake County, serves on the Mothers Trust’s finance committee and she has also served as Interim Executive Director. Tina served as business manager at the Lake County High Schools Technology Campus for 15 years. Prior to that she worked in the business office for Community High School District 128. Her volunteer activities have included the Catholic Charities Christmas Gift Program and the Sharing Hands Food Pantry at St. Mary of Vernon Catholic Church.
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 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.
Ennedy Rivera served as General Counsel for the Office of Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti. She has served on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights & is a former board member of Lake Co YWCA. She dedicates her time to serving the community through board participation and commissions. Ennedy holds a law degree from DePaul University and is a lifelong resident of Lake County. She joined the Mothers Trust Foundation board because of its passion for meeting the immediate needs of under-served children throughout Lake County.
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. Vicki currently serves as the president of the board.
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.
Jennifer Witherspoon serves as legal liaison, EEOC officer and chief of inmate programming at the Lake County Jail. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement and Jurist Doctorate from John Marshall Law School. Jennifer sits on numerous boards including United Way Lake County, Nicasa, Coalition to Reduce Recidivism, Community Action Partnership, Daisy’s Resource Center, Association of Women Attorney’s Lake County and YWCA Lake County. She joined Mothers Trust because of the critical support they provide to children of impoverished mothers.
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 because she feels it is an extraordinary organization that does wonderful things for students and families.