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HEAR provides financial and mentoring support to low-income Chicagoland high school seniors who demonstrate academic excellence, commitment to community, and personal integrity in their pursuit of a college education.

The HEAR Board of Directors

OFFICERS

Teresa Devereux – President

Board member since 2021
Resides in Lemont, IL. Graduate of the University of Phoenix. Currently Managing Director of Administration for William Blair’s Wealth Management. Previously worked at Barclays and in branch operations management, regional management, and corporate administration at Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney.
Email: teresa@hearfoundation.org

James Ziemba – Interim Vice President

Founder of The HEAR Foundation.
Resides in Glenview, IL. Graduate of Michigan-State University with a degree in Packaging Engineering.
Made a career for himself in the investment business, specializing in commodities, and went on to found Ziemba Capital LLC. In 2006, helped found The HEAR Foundation to pursue commitment to efficiently invest in smaller charitable projects that make a measurable difference in individuals’ lives. Believes that the best way to change Chicago, and the world, for the better is through education.
Email: jim@hearfoundation.org

Michael Spaniak – Secretary/Treasurer

Board member since 2018.
Resides in Northbrook, IL (raised in the suburbs of Chicago). Graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Accounting and Northwestern University School of Law with a Law degree. Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Evergreen Bank Group. Previously served as Director and President of Latin American Medical Providers, a not-for-profit organization.
Email: mike@hearfoundation.org

DIRECTORS

Dr. Santiago Candocia

Board member since 2024.
Resides in Glenview, IL. Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University. Subsequent graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine. Completed residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University Medical School. Served as Chief Resident in Medicine at Evanston Hospital and as a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at both Northwestern University Medical School and The University of Chicago. Currently Doctor of Internal Medicine at Dedication Health.
Email: santiago@hearfoundation.org

Greg Cadichon

Board member since 2018.
Resides in Buffalo Grove, IL. Graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Founder and Director of Rebound Fitness & Rehabilitation in Northbrook, IL and Rebound Athletics (operating primarily in Asia). National Athletic Trainers Association approved provider of continuing education to sports medicine professionals. Patented two athletic braces.
Email: greg@hearfoundation.org

Chris Eigel

Board member since 2012, Board President 2018-2021.
Resides in Hartland, WI. Previously from Glenview, IL. Graduate of the University of Illinois and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. Now retired, Former president/CEO of Koenig & Strey (now KoenigRubloff Berkshire Hathaway) Prudential Rubloff real estate brokerage firms. Currently Chairman Emeritus of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (BHHS) KoenigRubloff Realty Group.
Email: chris@hearfoundation.org

Pablo Esparza

Involved with HEAR since 2024.
Resides in Chicago, IL. Graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a BA in International Business & Management and a
double minor in Spanish and Economics. Vice President of Esparza Landscapes & Supply. Owner and President of Imperial Rentals.
Email: pablo@hearfoundation.org

Stephen Hall

Involved with HEAR since its inception.
Resides in Evanston, IL. Graduate of Butler University with a BA in Journalism. Student athlete (football) for four years. Also holds FINRA Series 7, 6, and 63 licenses and Retirement Income Certified Professional designation (RICP) from the American College. Regional Vice President at Athene. Previously Regional Vice President at Genworth Financial. Started career in financial services at Deutsche Bank, Chicago.
Email: steve@hearfoundation.org

Mary Kate Hatfield – Scholarship Chair

Board member since 2020.
Resides in Wilmette, IL. Graduate of University of Dayton with a BA in Marketing and Communications. Former VP, Account Director at Foote, Cone & Belding and Director’s Agent at H.S.I. Productions. Founder and Owner of MKH Representation.
Email: mk@hearfoundation.org

Dana Kirkegaard

Board member since 2024.
Resides in Brooklyn, New York. Graduate of New York University with a BA in History. Works in fundraising for the United Nations sexual and reproductive health and rights agency and teaches yoga.
Email: dana@hearfoundation.org

Rula Marziani

Board member since 2021.
Resides in Glenview, IL. Graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Economics and a JD from the University of Illinois Chicago Law School.  Vice President, Associate General Counsel of IDEX Corporation. Previously Vice President and Associate  General Counsel at Anixter International.
Email: rula@hearfoundation.org

George Silca

Board member since 2015.
Resides in Glenview, IL. Graduate of Indiana University with a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from Loyola University. Began career at IBM, Chicago. Joined The First National Bank of Chicago, continuing through mergers with NBD, Bank One and Chase. Involved with treasury management, energy lending and product management. Retired as Vice President at JPMorgan Chase. Frequent guest instructor for the Mortgage Banking Association.
Email: george@hearfoundation.org

Rana Strellis

Board member since 2023.
Resides in Glenview, IL. Graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Economics and a Master’s degree from Cornell University.  Previously Senior Vice President, Communications, Culture and Corporate Social Responsibility at Alexion Pharmaceuticals and at Baxalta.  Currently Chief Corporate Marketing and Communications Officer at GE Healthcare.
Email: rana@hearfoundation.org

STAFF

 

Vera-Pollina-picVera Pollina

HEAR Executive Director
vera@hearfoundation.org

 

Lucy Burne

HEAR Marketing & Communications Manager
lucy@hearfoundation.org

Laury Wolf

Administrative Assistant
laury@hearfoundation.org

For general Information about our scholarship program, please email:
info@hearfoundation.org