At Lumity, our people make the difference. Our staff includes experienced professionals with extensive background in nonprofit management, nonprofit technology consulting, nonprofit finance, nonprofit fundraising, nonprofit accounting services and other skill areas that are important to Chicago nonprofits. More than anything else, we are intensely passionate about helping nonprofits.
Kara Kennedy, Executive Director
Kara Kennedy has over 20 years of nonprofit experience in health care, voluntary health associations, and a youth-based organization. Kara has her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Social Work. Prior to joining Lumity in August 2009, Kara worked at Boys & Girls Clubs of America, American Lung Association of Metro Chicago, Alzheimer’s Association, and two community-based hospitals. Kara is a highly versatile professional with expertise in fundraising, program development and management, strategic planning, and organizational development.
phone ext. 204
Maggie McCoy, Director, Finance Consulting Services
Maggie brings more than 30 years of financial management experience to Lumity, both in nonprofit and for-profit settings. Prior to joining Lumity, Maggie worked with nonprofit and for-profit entities, assisting staff, management, and boards on accounting and financial planning, and strategic planning. Maggie is responsible for managing and developing Lumity’s Finance Services and oversees the work of staff and contractors delivering those services. She holds an MBA in Finance and Economics.
phone ext. 205
John Suffern, Director of Technology Services
With 24 years of experience in information data management, workforce development, business development, customer relations and project management, John now leads the Technology Services at Lumity. His achievements include developing a web-based job matching system for the City of Chicago, successfully matching 1,000 Chicago residents to jobs at Ford Motor Company's manufacturing campus. He implemented the QuietAgent Workforce Solution technology at Career Advancement Network’s job training programs in Chicago and has 12 years of experience working with the government in outsourcing adult and youth workforce development programs.
In 2007, John received a Distinguished Service Award from US District Attorney Pat Fitzgerald for his work in employment projects serving ex-offenders in Chicago. John has a BA in Business Administration from Beloit College.
phone ext. 209
Maggie Christ, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator
Maggie joined Lumity in 2013, bringing her experience in marketing and journalism. She manages the online and social media marketing efforts, writes web content, and assists with the marketing plan for Lumity’s partnership with CPS and the Early College STEM schools. Maggie holds a BA in English.
phone ext. 210
Lisa D'Angelo, Director of Development
Lisa brings more than 25 years of nonprofit and corporate experience to Lumity’s fundraising efforts. Previous affiliations in the nonprofit arena include Family Promise Chicago North Shore, the Warming House Youth Center, and Grace Church Community Center. Lisa also worked in a variety of finance and marketing positions prior to her shift to the nonprofit world. Lisa holds a BS in Finance from Fordham University and an MBA in Finance from New York University. She also received a Kellogg Executive Scholar’s certificate from Northwestern University’s Nonprofit Management Institute.
phone ext. 206
Julie Henderson, Director, Administration & Foundation Relations
Julie joined the Lumity team in 2004. She has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, focused on establishing efficient and effective administrative policies and procedures. As Director of Administration & Foundation Relations, she is responsible for office operations, facilities management, and human resources. She also works with the fundraising team, focusing on foundation grant management and relations. Julie holds a BA in Social Work and MS in Nonprofit Administration.
phone ext. 203
Shalanda Holmes, Director, STEM Programs
Shalanda brings her experience working within Chicago Public Schools to lead Lumity’s STEM initiative. Shalanda works directly with Chicago’s Early College STEM schools and schools interested in building their STEM offerings, City Colleges of Chicago, Lumity’s corporate community and our Community Corps to build and develop programs for STEM.
Shalanda has over 13 years of education experience working in charter and public schools as a teacher and administrator. She received her B.A. from Indiana University-Bloomington, M.A. from Purdue University and is currently enrolled as an Executive Scholar through Northwestern University’s Center for Nonprofit Management.
phone ext. 208
Jean Newcomer, NPO.net Manager
Jean brings over 15 years of experience in freelance work in design, production, and administrative services for nonprofits and small start-up businesses. She manages NPO.net, develops marketing plans and materials. Jean holds a BA in Social Work.
phone ext. 202
Dale Youngkrantz, Training Coordinator
Dale has over 30 years of technology and management experience in nonprofit, for-profit, and government agency settings. Dale develops Lumity’s course offerings and teaches classes on Microsoft Office applications and cloud technologies. He holds a BA in Management.
phone ext. 217