Current Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.