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The Board of Trustees of Morgan Park Academy is entrusted with the preservation and success of the school as a premier educational institution.

BOARD MEMBERS

James Mitchell '61, Board Chair

James Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell, the Board Chair, is an alumnus of the class of 1961. His attendance at the academy spanned the all boys era of Morgan Park Military Academy and the co-ed prep school of today.

He received his Psychology Degree at Lake Forest College and went on to a 38-year career at Northern Trust, where he retired as the President of Worldwide Operations and Technology. Mr. Mitchell is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Roosevelt University, and recently retired as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Voices for Illinois Children.

He and his wife, Mrs. Linda Mitchell, have three grown children.

Beverly Biggs

Beverly Biggs

Beverly Biggs is a native Chicagoan who makes her home in the Beverly neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and an M. Ed at the University of Illinois at Chicago-Circle.

Beverly taught for Chicago Public Schools for five years and then at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for 15 years before being appointed Lower School Principal. She served as Lower School Principal for 16 years (including one year as Interim Director of the Laboratory Schools) before her retirement in June of 2010. Beverly served for six years on the Board of Directors of the Independent Schools of the Central States (ISACS).

She is married to retired Attorney James Biggs, and they have two children.

Dr. Lisa Daniel-Olimene '89, P'23, '25

Dr. Lisa Daniel-Olimene '89 is currently a physician at Chicago Family Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the underprivileged in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago. She has been a provider for the Pullman community for more than eight years. For two years prior to that, she served in Northwest Indiana.

Dr. Daniel-Olimene earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Stanford University in 1994, and obtained her medical degree from the University of Illinois in 1999. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois in 2004. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has membership in the American Medical Association.

Dr. Daniel-Olimene is a 1989 alumnus of Morgan Park Academy, attending the school from kindergarten through 12th grade. She and her husband, Michael, live in Olympia Fields, and have two daughters attending the Academy, Michaela '23 and Madison '25. At home, waiting to join them, is Mackenzie '29.

Michael J. Harris P'20, '23

Michael J. Harris

Michael is a life-long Chicagoan currently residing in the Chicago Lawn community. He earned degrees in marketing and advertising from Illinois State University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Michael has worked in the marketing and advertising field for more than twenty years, with the past twelve in Corporate Marketing for BMO Harris Bank, the U.S. subsidiary of Canadian-based BMO Financial Group.

Michael is married to Masheba Gailey-Harris. Their two daughters, Samaria '20 and Sheridan '23, are both Morgan Park Academy students.

David Jensen

David Jensen

David C. Jensen is senior partner in the law office of Eichhorn & Eichhorn, LLP, where he practices in the areas of litigation, both trial and appellate, with special emphases on professional liability and commercial litigation. He earned his B.A. degree from DePauw University and his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Jensen is a member of the Lake County, Indiana State, Illinois State and American bar associations and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, and a Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been designated an Indiana Super Lawyer since 2004. He has also been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for 25+ years, including the designation as a Bet-the-Company attorney since 2009. He is admitted to practice in Indiana and Illinois, and before the U.S. Federal Court for the Southern and Northern District of Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Linda Klawitter

Linda Klawitter

Linda McCarthy Klawitter, a resident of Beverly, is the Student Services Director for a public school district in the western suburbs, serving students ages 3–22.

Prior to assuming this position, Linda worked within the Chicago Public Schools as a teacher, a school psychologist, and as the principal of the Lenart Regional Gifted Center. While working in Chicago, Linda was one of the coordinators of citywide gifted programs, a position which afforded her the opportunity to work with the Midwest Academic Talent Search, the Advanced Placement Program, and also the International Baccalaureate Program. She also served on the selection committee for the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

Linda has a Certficate of Advanced Study and a Master's of Science from National Louis University, in the area of school psychology. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, earning a Bachelor's in Elementary Education. Linda is a recipient of the Mary Kooyumjian Award, presented by the Illinois Council for the Gifted, recognizing service to gifted students in Illinois.

Colin McFarland P'20, '26

Colin McFarland

Colin McFarland, who lives in Beverly, is the Chief Compliance Officer at Harris Associates L.P., an investment advisory firm in downtown Chicago.

Prior to this, he worked at Deloitte & Touche LLP from 1997 to 2005 in their New York and Boston offices consulting in their investment management and bank advisory service groups. He was also a National Bank Examiner from 1991 to 1997 for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency where he served regulating many large regional and global banks.

He has a Master's in Business Administration with a focus in International Finance from Northeastern University in Boston, and a Bachelor's of Science from Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

He has two children who attend Morgan Park Academy and enjoys spending weekends in Fennville, Michigan, with his family at their weekend home.

Dr. Gene Ranieri P'10, '13

Gene Ranieri

Dr. Ranieri is a periodontist practicing in Highland, Indiana. He graduated from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1975 and completed his periodontal residency in 1979. Dr. Ranieri is a leader in both dental education and organized dentistry in Northwest Indiana. He is the founder and director of the Northwest Indiana Dental Society's Foundation for Education, Inc., as well as the Dental Study Club of Northwest Indiana.

He has coached and umpired Little League teams in his community. He holds membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society and the Blue Key National Honor Society.He is a fellow of the Pierre Fachard Academy, American College of Dentistry, and International College of Dentists. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

Dr. Ranieri has a daughter, Dominique '10, and a son, Nikolas '13. Maureen Ranieri is his spouse of 21 years.

Rajeev Rathi '84, P'15, '17

Rajeev Rathi

Mr. Rathi is Senior Vice President of Investments at UBS. Prior to joining UBS, he worked as a Managing Director in Investment Banking for Lehman Brothers and as a Senior Vice President at J.P. Morgan.

Mr. Rathi earned his B.A. degree in 1988 and graduated with honors in economics from the University of Chicago. He has a M.B.A. from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. He served from 2004-2013 on the Visiting Committee for the College at The University of Chicago.

Mr. Rathi and his wife, T.J., have three daughters: Nina '15, Savi '17, and Sabrina.

George Ribet P'12

George Ribet

Mr. Ribet is a Liberal Arts graduate of Colgate University, where he majored in history. After graduation, he worked for Pillsbury and Union Underwear in sales and marketing. In 1978 he began a career in the metals trading industry with Commercial Metals Company in Dallas, Texas and in 1991 he joined Hunter Douglas Metals, Inc., where he became President in 1995.

Mr. Ribet and his wife Bonnie have three daughters: Barrie, Carley, and Jessica '12.

Dr. Carlos F. Smith P'22, '27

Carlos Smith

Dr. Carlos F. Smith is the Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director for Smith Centers for Foot and Ankle Care, overseeing three locations in the Chicagoland area.

He is a 1994 graduate of Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his internship and residency from the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio (1994-95) and Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency in Houston (1995-97). He is a Fellow of both The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and The American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine.

Dr. Smith also is a 1990 graduate of Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, where he has served on the Board of Trustees since 2001, serving as a member of the Student Affairs Committee and Admissions Committee. He is also on the Executive Council as Treasurer of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association. He is a past President of the National Podiatric Medical Association and Cook County Podiatric Medical Association.

He and his wife, Debra, are residents of Beverly and have two daughters attending Morgan Park Academy, Carla '22 and Juanita '27. This year, the Smith family is also hosting a 10th-grade Academy student from Germany.

Marc Sokol '88

Marc Sokol

Marc Sokol is an attorney at Jenner & Block LLP, a national law firm of approximately 450 attorneys with its headquarters in downtown Chicago.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in economics and political science in 1992. Mr. Sokol obtained his law degree from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2001, and earned a Master's in Business Administration from Duke University in 2003.

He is the former Chair of the Securities Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) and is the current Vice Chair of the Class Action Committee of the CBA. He maintains an active pro bono practice, and advocates for victims of domestic violence through the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic of Chicago.

Mr. Sokol is a 1988 alumnus of Morgan Park Academy’s Upper School, and previously served on the Academy's Visiting Committee. He currently lives in Elmhurst, Illinois with his wife and two young children.

Al Stonitsch P'09, '11, '13

Al Stonitsch

Mr. Stonitsch is a Managing Director in the Investment Bank at J.P. Morgan in Chicago specializing in tax credit investments. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, he was a tax attorney with Kirkland & Ellis. He lives in Beverly with his wife, Helen Witt, and his daughter, Meredith '13.

He has a B.S. in Accountancy (1980, High Honors) and a J.D. (1983, Magna Cum Laude), both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He and his wife serve on the Executive Council of the Parents Campaign Philanthropy Board at The George Washington University, where his two sons (Tom '09 and Mark '11) are undergraduates.


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