Current Board of Directors

Lisa Hyatt

Board President

Lisa currently works as the Community Engagement Liaison for the Lincoln Park Zoo after working as the Associate Director for Taller de Jose for nearly eight year. Lisa received her Masters in Non Profit Management from DePaul University.

During the summer of 2008 Lisa spent 7 weeks in Karonga, Malawi, Africa working with a women's micro-lending initiative. Her experience in Malawi and other travels opened her eyes to the education systems outside the U.S. and to the economic barriers that prevent young people from achieving their educational goals. These experiences lit a passion in her to serve where she is needed. Serving on the board of CROSO is an honor that enables her to do something "small, yet big" for those with a desire to further their education.

Lisa currently serves on the Executive Committee.

    Beth Lampson

    Board Treasurer

    Beth is currently the Associate Director of Financial Administration, Financial Planning & Analysis at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She hopes to be able to apply her business and strategy skills to the CROSO cause. Beth is a Big Sister with Big Brother Big Sister of Metropolitan Chicago, and has therefore seen firsthand what a difference encouragement and support can make in a student's life. She has also had the privilege of knowing CROSO founder Molly since birth, and is honored to be involved in an organization founded by and for young people.

    Beth currently serves on the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee.

      Tina Nolan

      Officer at Large

      Tina has more than twenty years experience teaching in cultural and academic institutions ranging from nature centers to museums to universities, and more than fifteen years in leadership positions including Director of Education at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, Associate Director of Partnerships at National Louis University, and National Director of Teacher Engagement at New Voice Strategies. Tina is also past board member for the Museum Education Roundtable, past chair of its publications committee, and Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Museum Education. Tina currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and on the Board of Directors for CROSO.

      Tina currently serves on the Executive Committee and on the Development Committee.

        Margy Roberts

        Board Secretary

        Margy is a registered nurse and worked with a diverse population of children and families for many years as a nurse in the Skokie public schools. She and her husband, Randy, have three grown children, live in Skokie and are members of St. Nicholas Parish. She now enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering, and doing part-time nursing work in the community. Margy is honored to serve on the CROSO board, and excited to collaborate with others to realize the educational dreams of Ugandan youth.

        Margy currently serves on our Scholar Support Committee.

          David Blumenthal

          David Blumenthal is a researcher at the American Institutes for Research, where he provides professional development and assistance to schools in need of assistance in identifying and supporting students at risk of failing to graduate on time or be prepared for college. In his free time, he enjoys running, trivia, reading, college basketball, and the Chicago Cubs. He believes that all students should have the chance to pursue higher education, especially the disadvantaged. David has been a member of the board of CROSO since January 2014.

          David currently serves on CROSO's Development Committee.

            Kathy Carey

            Kathy recently returned to the Chicago area after 4 years in San Francisco, where she taught math to 7th and 8th grades boys at a Sacred Heart School.  She will begin a similar teaching job here in Chicago at an independent Catholic school.  Kathy and her husband Bob raised their 4 children, now adults, in Evanston where they lived for 20 years.  As active and inspired members of the St. Nicholas parish community, serving the community in many ways from altar servers to musicians to major fundraising, her family has known members of the CROSO board for many years.  Passionate about education and the value it can provide to ALL people, Kathy is looking forward to her new role in the CROSO organization to continue to make educational opportunities a reality for young people in Uganda.

            Kathy currently serves on the Scholar Support Committee and is a co-chair for the annual benefit.


              Kyle Lauterhahn

              Board Member

              Kyle Lauterhahn is employed as an Economic Analyst with Smith Economics Group in Chicago, IL.  In this position he specializes in analysis relating to litigation and other valuations.  A resident of Evanston, IL, Kyle serves on the City of Evanston's Human Relations Commission in addition to his commitment to CROSO.  Kyle believes in the power of education to transform individuals and communities, and he supports CROSO by serving on the board and the Long-Range Planning Committee.  An avid reader and baseball fan, Kyle enjoys experiencing new sights, sounds, and tastes throughout Chicago and the Midwest.

              Kyle currently serves on CROSO's Finance Committee.

                David Matanda

                Board Member

                David Matanda was born and raised in Mbale, Uganda and has seen the issues that street children face. While he was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that could afford to provide him a strong education, his father was orphaned at age 11 and was keenly aware of the role education can play in lifting someone from poverty. After receiving a scholarship from a local village chief, David's father grew to become a member of parliament where he provided scholarships to the poor and constructed a high school in his village as a way to give back.

                "Imagine growing up as a child with no home, no future, no dream and not knowing whether you will eat day by day through your childhood. ’That’s a life of a street child in Uganda’. I am so grateful to all the Angels of CROSO for the Godly work we are doing in Uganda by giving that dream and future to Uganda’s street children." - David

                David currently serves on CROSO's Finance Committee.

                  Meg McDermott

                  Board Member

                  In 2009, Meg studied abroad in Uganda and Rwanda and her experience was both educationally and personally formative. She left Uganda in tears, with a longing to stay and a respectful awareness of the resilience, culture, and need among the Uganda people that welcomed her into their lives. As a strong believer in the power of human connection and community, Meg is delighted to be a part of CROSO and contribute to something in both meaningful and effective ways.

                  Meg has forever been drawn to the mission of non-profits like CROSO, Heartland Alliance, and Mercy Home. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a focus on mental health, Meg has recently started private practice in an outpatient mental health clinic in Wicker Park, Chicago. Prior to this new adventure, Meg worked as a residential therapist at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Meg has also tutored a refugee family from Burma through Heartland Alliance and during University of Chicago's SSA graduate program, she traveled to India and participated in the first annual Human Rights research trip.

                  Meg currently serves on the Scholar Support Committee.

                    Sally Ryan (Boyle)

                    Board Member

                    Sally is a Minnesota girl, who finished her education at Mundelein College, Chicago, where her life unfolded in the city she grew to love. Together with Joe, her spouse of 41 years, they raised three children (Laura, Rachel, and Joseph), first in Logan Square, and then in Glenview. For most of her 40 years, she taught elementary students in Chicago-area parochial, private, and public schools; and worked with collegians studying psychology and education. Though recently retired, the world of education resonates with Sally's deepest sense of purpose. Her other credential includes knowing CROSO's founder since birth. Sally deeply trusts Molly's vision of CROSO and is honored to join the board to support the education of young adults in Uganda.

                    Sally currently serves on the Scholar Support Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.

                      Elsa VanHove

                      Board Member

                      Elsa VanHove is a Recruiter at a search firm in Chicago that specializes in the actuarial and analytics space. After graduating from Bradley University in International Business Elsa taught 5th grade in Baton Rouge for two years with Teach for America. While it turned out that teaching was not her life’s passion, the experience opened her eyes to the disparities in society and the transformative value that education has to move individuals and communities forward. After obtaining her MBA through international studies in London and Bangkok, Elsa, originally from Rockford, moved to Chicago.

                      Elsa is excited to be a part of CROSO, which combines her interests in education, economic empowerment, and the international community. Outside of CROSO, Elsa is a Big Sibling at Horizons for Youth and an occasional career mentor with Upwardly Global. She enjoys biking, yoga, reading fiction, catching up on current events, spending time with her friends and family, exploring new restaurants and dive bars in Chicago, and traveling.

                      Elsa currently serves on CROSO's Scholar Support Committee.



                        Molly MacCready

                        Executive Director & Founder

                        Molly's desire to create CROSO stemmed from her study abroad experience in Uganda in 2006 where she had the opportunity to work with the street children's NGO, Child Restoration Outreach (C.R.O.). Molly went on to receive her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Dayton in 2008 and served for two years as a Marianist Volunteer in Karonga, Malawi. When she returned to the States, she pursued a master's degree in Public Health and graduated from the University of Illinois - Chicago in 2013.

                        She is grateful to have the support of such a talented and dedicated Board of Directors and looks forward to the continued development of CROSO. Now, several years into this scholarship program, Molly is grateful to see the growth of the scholars and the impact access to higher education has had on the individual Scholars, our partner organization (C.R.O.), and the larger Ugandan community.



                          Past Board Members

                          We are very grateful for the service of those who have been on our board in the past. We would not be where we are today as an organization without them.

                          Tom Bertsche

                          Former Board Member: 2012-2016

                          While serving on the CROSO Board, Tom was Vice-President of Business development for Camcraft, a manufacturer of engine and fuel system components. He really enjoys working at a company that actually makes things. As an active member of St. Nicholas parish, he participated in a wide range of strategic planning and fundraising initiatives over the past 20 years. Tom and his wife Joanne value and actively support education, and he has had the great pleasure of being involved in his four kids’ education through coaching their school basketball teams.

                          Cathy Chester

                          Former Board Member: 2007-2012

                          Cathy was a teacher in the Archdiocese of Chicago for many years and believes in the empowering value of an education. After experiencing a deep commitment to this project, she readily supported CROSO in whatever way to ensure that our students have a chance to continue their education. Cathy was a founding CROSO Board member.

                          Julie Collins

                          Former Board Member: 2007-2013

                          While serving on the CROSO Board, Julie was the Associate Director of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid for Northwestern University’s Medill School. She has seen the impact of tuition assistance on students’ lives here and knew that it would be multiplied tenfold for students in Uganda. Julie was a founding CROSO Board member.

                          Margaret Feit Clarke

                          Former Board Member: 2007-2012

                          Margaret has worked with immigrant students as a tutor, mentor and advocate. In the lives of so many young people from different parts of the globe, she has witnessed a remarkable passion for learning and success. Collaborating with others to help CROSO youth succeed was a joy for her. Margaret was a founding CROSO Board member.

                          Marion Flynn

                          Former Board Member: 2007-2015

                          Marion Flynn from Evanston, IL., is an active parishioner at St. Nicholas parish in that town and lives with the tension of being a lesbian Catholic called to preach. She is a Northwestern MBA and former SVP with the Bank of America, who has spent the last few years as a fundraiser for a large, interfaith Catholic school in Chicago and for the United Way. She has experience as a board member of several nonprofits, has served as a city commissioner, led her parish council, and currently serves on the board of the Women’s Ordination Conference.  She was inspired by the work of CROSO, by our founders, by our scholars and by the great energy of people who support this great work. Marion was a founding CROSO Board member and served as the first CROSO treasurer.

                          Bob Heineman

                          Former Board Member: 2007-2011

                          Bob Heineman was present in Uganda when CROSO began as the dream of a 20 year old American who thought others should have opportunities to further their education as she had. Yes, he’s the proud dad of Molly MacCready. Bob has been involved in not-for-profit organizing for 45 years. He was the Resources Developer and Chapter Liaison for Call To Action, Catholics working for justice and inclusion. Because of Molly’s lengthy volunteer time in Africa, Bob and Eileen have gotten to visit Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania & Malawi. Quite the experience! They understand why educating young leaders is so important. Bob was a founding CROSO Board member.

                          Eileen Hogan Heineman

                          Former Board Member: 2007-2014

                          Eileen brought a life-long commitment to education to the CROSO Board, with over 30 years as a classroom teacher and/or principal. Her visits to Africa have strengthened her desire to “level the playing field” by providing access to higher education for the young people of Uganda. Eileen is the Manager of the Racial Justice Program for the YWCA/Evanston-North Shore. Eileen was a founding CROSO Board member and served as president of CROSO for two years while Molly was in Malawi.

                          Edward Kasule

                          Former Board Member: 2013-2014

                          Edward was born and raised in Uganda and came to the United States in 1989 on a Rotary International Scholarship. While serving on the board, Edward taught Political Science at Northeastern Illinois University. He saw his involvement with the CROSO Board as an opportunity to give back to Uganda. He served on the Student Selection committee and also helped to introduce the CROSO community to the Ugandan Community in Greater Chicago. Edward’s term was cut short when he was offered a job in St. Louis.

                          Allen Kakooza

                          Former Board Member: 2013-2015

                          Allen came to the United States in 2011 from United Kingdom where she had lived for 11 years. She is a Ugandan native who moved to the UK in search of greener pastures and a better education. While in London she achieved a BSc. in Criminology and a MSc. in International and Community Development Studies. Allen is an active member in her community and supports her police department in restorative justice for troubled youth. Allen is employed by an organization that specializes in international orphan care. It’s Allen’s passion to serve those in need that led her to cross paths with members of the CROSO Board. Since Allen hails from Uganda and has a passion for vulnerable children and Education, CROSO was a great fit and wonderful opportunity for her to lend her cultural knowledge. Allen is grateful to have positively impacted Ugandan communities through the precious gift of education.

                          Margaret McClory

                          Former Board Member: 2007-2012

                          Margaret has been involved in education for many years serving as teacher, principal and teacher educator. The value of education for all ages has been a priority for her and being of assistance to students in developing countries will be an exciting challenge. Margaret was a founding CROSO Board member and served as the first CROSO Secretary.

                          Omar Salem

                          Former Board Member: 2012-2017

                          While on the CROSO Board, Omar was an ELL teacher at Niles North High School. He earned his Bachelor’s in Business Education at Illinois State University. He was also pursuing a Master’s in Reading Education at Benedictine University. Omar served on the Finance Committee and was instrumental in creating a partnership between CROSO and District 219.


                          ***Photos throughout our webpage have been contributed by our CROSO Scholars and the following individuals:
                          Erin Bole, Moses Bwayo, Kathy Carey, Mary Feighery, Eileen Heineman, Beth Lampson, Molly MacCready, Sally Ryan, Henry Vandi and Thomas Wennesland.