Our Board of Directors
Lakeview Pantry is grateful to our Board of Directors not only for their oversight, but also for their generosity of time and resources. The diverse group of individuals who comprise our board come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Their leadership is one of Lakeview Pantry’s greatest assets. Learn more about our board members below
Dan Laytin, PresidentI am a partner at the Chicago-based law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, focusing on class action, antitrust, and commercial litigation.I live with my wife Kerrie and our two boys, in Roscoe Village. Having lived in Lakeview for 6 years, I got involved with Lakeview Pantry because I wanted to work with a group that makes a tangible, direct difference in the community. I have found that the Pantry meets those criteria and more – the Pantry benefits from extraordinarily dedicated and talented staff and volunteers who carry out the Pantry’s mission in Lakeview every day.
Despite my proximity to Wrigley Field, I grew up as a die-hard White Sox fan. I am slowly adjusting to the reality that my boys may prefer the more lovable Cubs…
Carroll Damron, Finance Chair
I have an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and spent 25+ years in the Packaging Industry. I held a number of different positions: Manager, Treasury Operations; Region Controller and Division Controller with an integrated paper company; CFO, V.P. Operations and Sr. V.P/General Manager with two different international liquid food-packaging companies.
Prior to retirement, I ran my own real estate development company. I converted two-flats into single-family homes here in Chicago.
I have been a volunteer with LVP for almost 5 years. Being a community based (neighbor helping neighbor) organization as well as the passion and dedication of all those involved with LVP and its mission, keeps me coming back.
My wife Frieda and I enjoy taking advantage of all that the city of Chicago has to offer. We are avid hikers and spend a lot of time on the trails in Sonoma County CA. We enjoy traveling, cooking, good food and good wine.
I have lived in Lakeview since 1995 and began volunteering at the Pantry in 2002 at the Broadway site; starting with sorting food and clothing, then working the distribution counter, and driving for the Saturday Home Delivery program. From my very first days at the Pantry I was struck by the kindness and the respect of the staff, and the dignity with which all clients were treated. As I got to know the Pantry over time and saw their work first-hand, I realized that the Pantry was much more than just a place that treated people kindly, and that it is a truly unique and valuable resource in our community that makes a real difference in the lives of our neighbors. I joined the board in 2005 and it has been exciting and rewarding to see the growth and evolution of this incredible organization, especially the move into our amazing new building in 2016.
My professional background includes an engineering degree and an MBA and I have worked in a variety of industries throughout my 25-year career, most recently in a management position for a Chicago-based company that designs and manufactures bicycle components. This role was particularly well-suited for me, as in my free time I am usually riding my bike, running, hiking, or engaged in some other type of outdoor athletic activity (including rooting for the Cubs in the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field – Go Cubs, Go!).
I am a passionate advocate for low-income people and have been working in hunger-relief since 2000. As Chief External Affairs Officer at Feeding America, I led the organization’s divisions that promoted public education and awareness about the issue of hunger; raised money; and developed and evaluated effective programs. Prior roles included working as the Chief Development Officer and Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy at Feeding America. I graduated from the University of Dayton (Go Flyers!) and reside in Chicago with my family.I got involved with Lakeview Pantry through my role at Feeding America, and I have seen the hope that the pantry brings to thousands of our neighbors every day. One of my favorite things to do is enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends. I love to cook. I believe the power of food can help transform people’s lives. With that, I will continue working on this issue until no one is hungry, and I’m honored to serve as a Board Member of the Lakeview Pantry.
Originally from the U.K., I am an Executive Vice President with Edelman Berland, a global insights-driven market research firm. In addition, I play an active role in various professional bodies including the Institute for Public Relations Commission on Measurement and Evaluation and the PRSA.
My first involvement with the Pantry was with food drives which I help to organize through my church. This is a great opportunity for the Pantry to interact with other residents in the Lakeview neighborhood. My husband Derek volunteered for the pantry with a regular food collection run for several years. As well as the Pantry, I am Treasurer of my Townhouse Association and actively participate in my local Church, City Vineyard Christian Church. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing with my husband, spending time with friends, cooking, craft activities, traveling and exploring different cultures.
I am an audit partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and manage our firm’s US Power & Utilities practice. My wife Leigh Ann and our three kids have lived in Lakeview since 2001 when we moved from New Orleans. I became engaged in supporting Hunger Relief causes eight years ago when I joined the board of directors of Feeding America, the nation’s network of over 200 food banks. As I learned more about the devastating impacts of food insecurity it became personally important to me to also support the hunger relief cause locally in my very own neighborhood and I reached out to Lakeview Pantry to see how I could support their incredible work. Through my service at Feeding America I have had the good fortune to see many food banks, pantries and other hunger relief agencies across the US, and the more I learned about Lakeview Pantry the more impressed I became with extraordinarily services it provides its clients in the Lakeview and Uptown areas through its dedicated and talented staff and volunteers, and I am grateful for the opportunity to support the Pantry’s crucial mission. On a personal note, although I didn’t grow up in Chicago, my father did – ironically just a few blocks from where my family and I live now – so I come by my affection for the Cubs honestly as a third generation Cubs fan. But with two sons playing hockey for the Latin Romans hockey has taken over as the primary sport in our home.
A Chicago native, I grew up on the north side of Chicago and the northern suburbs, moving to Lakeview upon graduating from The University of Kansas. I currently live near Wrigley Field with my husband, two children, and yellow lab. Volunteering and service has always been a part of my life and I am excited to be joining the board of The Lakeview Pantry where I can utilize my skills in a variety of ways, with a focus on fundraising. As a mother who works full time, it is important to me that I spend my time outside of family and work in a productive way, using my experience and network to help better the lives of those in need. I believe the Pantry is a valuable resource for our community and I am so proud to be serving the Pantry. Professionally, I am a Cloud Solution Specialist at Microsoft, with a focus on Mid-West CPG and Retail. Prior to that I spent three years at Pitney Bowes as General Manager/National Sales Director and 13 years at News Corporation as Vice President, Group Sales Manager.
I recently joined the Board of Directors at the Lakeview Pantry. Having lived in Lakeview since 1997, I have been quite aware of the contributions that Lakeview Pantry has provided to our community. After volunteering at the Pantry, I became involved with the Board back in 2008 and was recently asked to become a full time member. While there are several charities that look to solve the problem of hunger in the world, it was the focus on our community that really inspired me to devote more of my time to the cause. I look forward to working with a very dedicated team both on the ground at the Pantry as well as in the boardroom. I have worked in the finance industry for the past 18 years and live in Lakeview with my wife and three children.
I am retired, formerly a Systems Project Manager for a food manufacturing company. This role calls for managing the plan, scope, budget, and resources used to implement new or enhanced computer software. Born and raised in Chicago suburbs, I have lived in Chicago’s Lincoln Park and Buena Park neighborhoods since college graduation. I became initially involved with the pantry by donating in response to an inspiring newspaper article depicting a local, compassionate organization that delivers. I began actively volunteering after talking to a high school friend who happened to be on the board. I joined the Fundraising committee and within a couple of years become a board member. I have served as Board Secretary and currently perform the role of Treasurer, proud to serve such well-run organization alongside passionate, committed staff, board, volunteers, and donors.
Kara Hamstra, Vice President
I am a Public Relations executive with nearly 10 years of experience working for large, global consumer brands. I was raised in the Chicago suburbs and have lived on the north side of the city since graduating from college, now residing with my husband and our rambunctious puppy.
I first became involved with the Pantry by serving as a volunteer at the West Site. Immediately, I was impressed with the crew of dedicated staff and volunteers and wanted to increase my service and involvement level. As a member of the Board, I have been privileged to serve as Secretary and in various Committees, including Development and Events and continue to volunteer by participating in Saturday home delivery with family and friends. I’m honored to be a part of an organization that very directly helps improve the lives of our neighbors, on a daily basis, with both humility and grace.
In my free time I enjoy traveling, exploring the Chicago restaurant scene and participating in triathlons across the country.
Phyllis Kingsland, Secretary
Currently I am a Broker Salesperson with Baird & Warner Real Estate. I manage deals throughout the city of Chicago and write about the Real Estate market for young people on the Website: CheekyChicago.com. Prior to my becoming a Broker in Real Estate I was a salesperson for RR Donnelley and Sons Company selling book printing and manufacturing to publishers; first in New York and then in Chicago. I grew up on the East Coast and have been a resident of both the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park neighborhoods for over 20 years.
I began volunteering at Lakeview Pantry East in early 2012 having already been a steady donor to the Pantry with my husband, Jack Kingsland. As a donor I was impressed with the mission and goals and efficiency of Lakeview Pantry. As a volunteer I am completely astonished by the high levels of professionalism and commitment at which we regard and serve our clients. I was asked to join the board of directors in July 2012 and did so with great enthusiasm for the good work we will continue to do while I stay committed to weekly volunteering and participate in both the fundraising and development of this very vital organization.
I am the CMO of WyzAnt, and have spent over 18 years working in consulting and brand building for startups and well established brands. Prior to WyzAnt, I headed up marketing for GrubHub, and am passionate about advising startups in the Chicago startup community. I hold a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
I started volunteering at Lakeview Pantry many years back, and look forward to helping out at the Lakeview Pantry West site with my daughter each month. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help those who need some support here in the Lakeview community.
Jessica Dunne Reshefsky
I created Ellie D Perfume, a niche perfume company, in 2006, and have since expanded the line to include four products. The line is now carried in high end boutiques in the United States and abroad. I received a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience from Haverford College, and a MLA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to launching my perfume business, I spent eight years in New York working in finance, and then at Christie’s and an art gallery specializing in American Art before relocating to London in 2006. I moved to Chicago in 2008 with my husband, Brian, and two children, Laine (9) and William (6). My involvement with the Lakeview Pantry started over 6 years ago when I volunteered for Saturday home delivery with my then 3 year-old daughter. Our Saturday mornings at the Pantry quickly became a special family tradition. We have grown to love the staff, the mission and the incredible work that the Pantry does to improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.
I am a full-time student at Chicago Theological Seminary, pursuing a Master of Religious Studies degree. Previously I worked in the commercial real estate industry for more than 25 years after obtaining my MBA at Northwestern University. When I complete my current studies I plan to work in the non-profit sector. I am happy to call Lakeview home – it’s a wonderful community. My involvement in Lakeview Pantry commenced in the early 2000’s, when I became aware of the organization through a food drive. I began making financial contributions to the Pantry on a regular basis, and then became more actively involved a few years ago. I serve on the Board’s Finance Committee and its Real Estate Committee and enjoy volunteering to deliver food to homes, along with working in the Pantry’s back room to help sort food. In my free time you’ll most often find me outdoors – I love to camp, hike, and simply be out in nature.
I am a marketing expert with more than 25 years of experience working with businesses ranging from pre-revenue startups to those in the Fortune 100.
Prior to founding Argentum Strategy Group in 2006, my background included selling for Procter & Gamble, market research for Westvaco, and general management and P&L leadership positions at Kraft Foods.
I earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and graduated cum laude from Duke University with a dual degree in biology and history.
I have been a guest lecturer at Kellogg and at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Accelerator. As a New Venture Challenge judge I am also a mentor for Techstars, Future Founders and the Polsky Accelerator; I also teach marketing strategy at 1871.
I am on the Advisory Board of ZipFit and Po Campo, both Chicago startups, and have also been an informal advisor to GiveForward, InContext Solutions and The Stylisted.
I am the Chair of the Neal Gerber & Eisenberg Corporate and Securities Practice Group, Co-Chair of the Cross-Border Practice Group and member of the firm’s Executive Committee, where I represent clients in complex corporate and securities transactions and general corporate matters. Although I grew up and went to school in Michigan, I have lived in Chicago for almost 30 years and in southwest Lakeview for more than 20 years with my wife Carol and our two daughters. While I had been aware of Lakeview Pantry for years, it was not until I started to volunteer at the West site that I truly appreciated the work done by the dedicated and caring staff and the benefits that that the Pantry provided within our own neighborhood. At that point I realized that writing a check was not enough; and that I needed to do more. While the Bears and Bulls have long-ago pushed aside by boyhood teams, I remain a loyal Tigers fan and Michigan Wolverine fanatic.