Forest Preserve Foundation Board of Directors

Jim Beck, Chair, Nationwide Retirement Solutions

Stuart A. Cohn, Chair emeritus, Attorney

Stephen B. Friedman, SB Friedman Development Advisors

Jeffrey Gray, Secretary, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Tom Lanctot, Vice Chair;  CEO, Catholic Investment Services

Howard Learner, Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Mark Lester, Treasurer; Senior Vice President, Government & Institutional Banking Group, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Tom Livingston, Immediate Past Chair, Regional Vice President, CSX Transportation 

Albert Pritchett, Chair Emeritus; Retired Chief Administrative Officer for Cook County

Arnold Randall, General Superintendent, Forest Preserves of Cook County

Theresa Salus, Regional Experience Manager, REI

Dr. Stuart Strahl, President/CEO, Chicago Zoological Society

LeeAnn Tomas-Foster, Conservation Cup Co-Chair, Chicago City Executive, Arcadis

Ewa Weir,  Conservation Cup Finance Committee; Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle

Representing the Forest Preserve District

Eileen Figel, Deputy General Superintendent, Forest Preserves of Cook County

Cathy Geraghty, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Forest Preserves of Cook County


Board news

MARCH 2021 Debra Walker Johnson named President & Executive Director

NOVEMBER 2019: Theresa Salus and LeeAnn Tomas-Foster named to Foundation board of directors

MARCH 2019: Jim Beck and Stephen Friedman join Foundation board

MARCH 2018: Kerri Daniels, business development director, joins Foundation’s board

FEBRUARY 2017: Two Business leaders join Foundation's board 

JULY 2016: Corporate leaders join the Foundation board

Jim Beck
Jim Beck

Jim Beck, board chair

Mr. Beck is serving his first term as Forest Preserve Foundation Executive Committee chairman.

He is a Director for the Midwest region of Nationwide Retirement Solutions. Mr. Beck’s career in the financial services and retirement industry working with public sector and corporate clients throughout Chicago spans over 35 years.

The Glenview resident has been actively involved in many Chicagoland charitable and civic organizations, including Misericordia Heart of Mercy, After School Matters and the Chicagoland MS Society. Previously, he has served as a board member for Chicago Business Institute, The Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago and also served as treasurer of the Loyola Academy Hockey Club.

Mr. Beck is a life-long resident of Cook County and a former Forest Preserve employee. “Also, as an avid user of the forest preserves, I firmly believe in its mission of protecting and restoring the treasured habitats of the Preserves as well as supporting youth leadership programs like the Conservation Corps.”

Mr. Beck has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University.

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