Kellie O’Connell is the Executive Director of Lakeview Pantry where she leads the organization in addressing complex social issues and strategic decision-making.
Kellie comes to Lakeview Pantry with over 18 years in the non-profit sector in strategic planning, management, communications, fundraising, and social service delivery and outcome measurement. She was most recently Director of Advancement at Northwestern Settlement House.
Prior to joining the Settlement, Kellie was a consultant for nonprofits and government agencies, and spent eight years at the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), the nation’s third largest public housing authority, including serving as the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Public Affairs.
A Chicago native, Kellie holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago.
Allison began working at Lakeview Pantry in 2015 as a year-of-service volunteer through Amate House. She became a permanent staff member in 2016 as the Development Coordinator. She assists with all fundraising tasks, including grant writing.
Allison holds a Bachelor’s degrees from DePaul University in Communication & Media, and Writing, Rhetoric & Discourse.
Outside of the Pantry, Allison enjoys cooking and reading.
Angie joined Lakeview Pantry in March 2016 and leads the marketing and communications efforts.
Before coming to the Pantry Angie worked as a marketing and public relations consultant for various organizations including local nonprofit, Options for Youth, and investment service firms, Ennis Knupp & Associates and Aon Investment Consulting.
Angie sits on the Board of Directors for Options for Youth and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan.
Ashley joined Lakeview Pantry in October 2013. She previously held the role of Development Manager until March 2017. In her role as Director of Development, she manages the day–to–day operations of the agency’s development team and oversees all fundraising efforts.
During her time at Lakeview Pantry, she has helped to grow overall fundraising revenue by 20% by maintaining a 77% donor retention rate, growing the direct mail program by 34%, and working with community partners to increase awareness of Lakeview Pantry’s work on Chicago’s North Side.
Ashley received her master’s degree in international studies from DePaul University. Before joining Lakeview Pantry, she worked for Sarah’s Circle and the Women’s Global Education Project.
Carrie began working at Lakeview Pantry as a Pantry Coordinator in 2002. She loves that her duties involve working with clients, volunteers, community members and the other staff. She is also the current president of the Northside Anti-Hunger Network, an association of non-profit providers in Chicago. When she’s not at the Pantry, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Chris Schade first came to Lakeview Pantry as a volunteer at our Broadway location. His enthusiasm for making a difference in the Lakeview community spurred a desire to join our staff as the Home Delivery Coordinator. One of his favorite aspects of the home delivery program is getting to work with people who are as passionate about making a difference as he is.
Before Drew stepped into his current role as Manager of Volunteers, he worked with Lakeview Pantry as both a volunteer and the Volunteer Program Assistant. He now has the privilege to supervise and work alongside one of the most talented and diverse volunteer corps in Chicago. Drew is also a master’s candidate in Mental Health Counseling at Roosevelt University and in addition to his role on staff, he provides psychotherapy services to clients as a Counseling Intern.
Greg has been the Pantry Coordinator at the Broadway (and now Sheridan) location since May of 2001, and was promoted to Manager of Food Programs in 2017, continuing his work with homeless and low-income populations on Chicago’s North Side. Greg contributed to the planning and design of our new facility at 3945 N Sheridan as a member of Pantry’s board-led Real Estate committee. Besides his work at the Pantry, Greg is a musician and performs regularly with a variety of ensembles in Chicago.
Kandis started at Lakeview Pantry in April 2015. What she appreciates most about working at Lakeview is the close connections she gets to build with volunteers (and eating pizza with volunteers). She adores babies and puppies and eating more pizza.
Liz Brice, LSW, MSW
Liz, a licensed social worker, manages the social services program. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago and is bilingual (English–Spanish).
Before coming to the Pantry in 2015, Liz worked as a case manager for the Howard Area Community Center in Chicago. She also served as a youth residential relief staff member for The Harbour, Park Ridge and as a case manager for Heartland Alliance.
Liz provides walk-in case management to pantry clients during food distribution. Outside of the pantry, Liz enjoys running, trying new recipes, and board games.
Sarah started at Lakeview Pantry as a volunteer before stepping into her current role as Manager of Community Engagement where she manages in-kind donations. She loves working with such a vibrant and caring community.
Sarah holds a Masters in Public Service Management from DePaul University and serves in the Illinois Army National Guard. She likes walking her dog during Chicago snowstorms, cooking and Crossfit.
Stuart Iseminger, MSW
While Stuart has been with the Pantry since 2009, he has been a long-time admirer and supporter. He is grateful to work with a talented staff and the many committed and generous donors and volunteers. He has a master’s degree in social work and has helped manage several local social service agencies.