Forest Preserve Foundation Board of Directors


Jim Beck, Chair, Executive Relationship Manager, Nationwide Retirement Solutions

Theresa Salus, Vice Chair, National Field Service Manager, Co-op Experiences, REI Co-op

Claudette Grant, Treasurer, Director, BlackRock

Jeffrey Gray, Secretary, Director, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Dr. Michael Adkesson, President & CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society, Director of Brookfield Zoo

Stuart A. Cohn, Chair emeritus, Attorney, Law Offices of Stuart A. Cohn

Tom Lanctot,  CEO, Catholic Investment Services

Howard A. Learner, President and Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Rana Lee, Principal, SmithGroup

Kandace Lenti, Managing Director, Executive Vice President, Government, Nonprofit & Healthcare Banking, Wintrust Bank

Mark Lester, Senior Vice President, Commercial Middle Market Team Lead, Fifth Third Bank

Tom Livingston, Vice President, Government Affairs, CSX Transportation 

Arnold Randall, General Superintendent, Forest Preserves of Cook County

Eric Rockhold, Managing Director, Co-Head Central Region, Bank of America Securities

LeeAnn Tomas-Foster, Chicago City Executive, Arcadis U.S., Inc

Ankur Udani, Director, PwC

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

JUNE 2023: Board Dr. Michael Adkesson, Kandace Lenti and Ankur Udani Named to Board; Spotlight Interview with Ankur Udani

MAY 2023: Board Visits River Trail Nature Center, Site of CCLC Youth Program Funding

JANUARY 2023: Forest Preserve Foundation 2022 Annual Report Celebrates Fun and Hard Work

JUNE 2022: Rana Lee Shares Memories of a "Bigger Backyard" & Why She Supports the Forest Preserve Foundation

JUNE 2022: Forest Preserve Foundation Awards $130,000 in Grants for Two Youth Conservation Corps Programs

FEBRUARY 2022: Forest Preserve Foundation 2021 Annual Report Offers Hope and Much to Celebrate

SEPTEMBER 2021: Claudette Grant, Rana Lee and Eric Rockhold named to Foundation Board of Directors

MARCH 2020: 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 second term as Forest Preserve Foundation Executive Committee chairman.

He is an Executive Relationship Manager for Nationwide Retirement Solutions in the Central Region. 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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