Board of Directors
Chairman: Gerald F. Fitzgerald, Jr., Cornerstone National Bank & Trust Company
Gerald F. Fitzgerald, Jr. began his banking career in the mid-60’s at Suburban National Bank in Palatine. After the acquisition of Suburban by a larger bank, he and four partners organized Cornerstone National Bank & Trust Company in 2000. He presently serves as the Chairman and President of Cornerstone Bancorp, the parent company. Mr. Fitzgerald has been active in many local charities over the years.
“Clearbrook is about having a significant impact in the lives of others.”
Vice Chairman: Frank ten Brink, Stericycle, Inc.
Frank J.M. ten Brink has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer since joining Stericycle, Inc. in June 1997. He has nearly 20 years of finance experience in high growth environments, mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Stericycle, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with Telular Corporation. Between 1991 and 1995, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hexacomb Corporation. Mr. ten Brink studied International Business at the Netherlands School of Business and received an M.B.A. degree in Finance from the University of Oregon.
“Having a son with a disability has opened my eyes to the needs, especially in Illinois, to have services like Clearbrook. When a former Chairperson asked me if wanted to join the Board approximately 10 years ago, I was not only honored, but also very excited to be able to help such a great organization serving so many people with needs.”
Treasurer: Barry M. Masek, Baker Tilly, LLP
Barry M. Masek is a partner at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; he has been with the firm since 2006. He is the Chicago office’s Regional Assurance Leader and Regional Market Leader. Barry has more than 25 years of experience serving middle-market and large manufacturing and distribution companies. Prior to Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, Barry served as chief financial officer at a large distribution company. Prior to that, he was a partner at an international public accounting firm.
"Clearbrook is a great organization that provides special services to special individuals and families. I am glad I can provide some of my skills and experience and assist this dedicated group anyway I can."
Secretary, Richard E. Stiles, Schaumburg Bank & Trust Company N. A.
Rick is the President of Schaumburg Bank & Trust, one of the 15 Chartered Banks in the Wintrust Financial Family. With over 28 years of corporate banking experience, Rick joined Wintrust in March of 2010. Previously, Rick held executive positions with Banco Popular North America and JP Morgan Chase Bank/American National Bank.
Rick received his MBA from the University of Iowa – Henry B. Tippie College of Business.
"I joined Clearbrook's Board 15 years ago because their mission touched my heart. I continue my involvement because helping Clearbrook allows me to make a difference in the lives of people who cannot help themselves."
Arly J. Guenther, Arlington Computer Products
Arly is the CEO of Arlington Computer Products where he has worked since 1985. He has over twenty seven years of experience managing a company that provides I/T products and solutions to corporate customers. His firm is located in Buffalo Grove but supports customers on a national basis. Arly has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School and is also on the Board and Executive Committee of Children's Memorial Hospital.
"Clearbrook is an outstanding organization that enhances the quality of life for disabled individuals. It is a pleasure to be able to assist such a dedicated team of individuals as they work to enrich many lives."
Paul N. Nigro, Brookdale Senior Living, Inc.
Paul Nigro currently serves as Vice President of Integration with Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD), the largest Senior Living provider in the U.S. In this capacity Paul helps the company integrate both business and technology processes from companies purchased into Brookdale’s operating platform. From 2000-2006 Paul served as the company’s Vice President of Information Technology where he was responsible for systems integration, security, enterprise applications and network infrastructure. Paul held Senior Information Technology and Finance positions within the hospitality industry prior to joining Brookdale. He holds a B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a Certified Public Accountant.
“Clearbrook has been a part of my family for many years as my cousin Joe is a long-time client. Because of his participation, I have attended numerous fundraising events and worked with other family members and Clearbrook staff and will continue to help out in any capacity I can. It’s a reward and a privilege for me to help people with special needs.”
Joy (Piccolo) O’Connell, Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund
Joy O’Connell has served on Clearbrook's Board of Directors for over 20 years. Ms. O’Connell’s sister Carol is in her 60's and has lived and worked at Clearbrook for over 20 years. Ms. O’Connell established the “Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund" in 1970 and continues to stay actively involved as President of the Fund. Mrs. O’Connell is a member of the Cancer Leadership Committee at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago; a member of Bears Care, a charitable arm of the Chicago Bears, since 1995; and has been working at the Gavers' Community Cancer Fund since 1999.
"Both charities are very close to my heart. I am committed to making the lives of other, less fortunate people better."
Larry Organ, Exact Data
Larry Organ is CEO of Exact Data, the leading source of online/offline consumer behavioral data and interactive solutions, such as email marketing. Larry's expertise in the direct marketing industry spans more than two decades; he is an internet marketing pioneer and innovator. Prior to starting Exact Data, Larry founded student scholarship search website, fastWEb in 1995, which went on to become a Monster.com company and then employment website JobsOnline.com in 1999 which remains a Media Matrix Top 100 internet company.
"My involvement with Clearbrook began when I noticed the great work they were doing for individuals and families in the Chicago area. They truly are a deserving organization that I am very proud to be a part of."
David P. Riley, Retired
David P. Riley is the retired co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Middleby Corporation, a $500 million dollar public company that manufacturers commercial restaurant equipment with sales and service in more than 120 countries.
Past Chairman of Clearbrook's Board of Directors, Mr. Riley is currently Chairman of the Major Gifts Committee and also serves on the Finance and Marketing Committees for this organization.
Mr. Riley is past Chairman of the Chicago Chapter of the World Presidents Organization. He is also an advisor for the Arial Homes Foundation. In addition he serves on several private and not for profit boards.
“I was drawn to Clearbrook while looking for a residential home for my brother-in-law, Steve. Steve has never been happier. What a fantastic organization.”
Brian N. Rubin, J.D., Rubin Law A Professional Corporation
Brian Rubin brings the experience of being a parent of an adult son with autism and an extensive legal background to his membership on Clearbrook’s Board of Directors. As an attorney, his law practice is dedicated to appropriate legal & future planning for his fellow families of children and adults with special needs.
Having served on many committees at local and State levels, Brian currently serves as co-chair of the State of Illinois Autism Task Force; president of Arc of Illinois; member of the State of Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission. He is past chairman of the Illinois Statewide Advisory Council on Developmental Disabilities; and as a member of the Quality Care Board, overseeing the Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of the Inspector General. In addition to Clearbrook, Brian serves on the boards of many organizations that provide community services, programs, and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities, including Chairman of the Special Leisure Services Foundation (Foundation for the Northwest Suburban Special Recreation Association), and as a member of the Board of PACT, Inc.
“Words seem so inadequate to express my family’s appreciation for all that Clearbrook has done for our son, Mitchell. I sincerely feel privileged to serve on the Clearbrook Board, and to be a member of the Clearbrook family.”
Stephen D. Sayre, Dykema Gossett PLLC
Stephen is a transactional attorney with the law firm of Dykema
Gossett PLLC. His practice includes mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and commercial contracting matters, with particular emphasis on commercial transactions involving pharmaceutical companies and information technology companies. Mr. Sayre's
practice also includes corporate lending transactions, with particular emphasis representing lenders making secured loans to borrowers in the railroad industry.
Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Sayre served on the Clearbrook
Associate Board where he assisted on fundraising events.
“By leading us to additional resources to care for our son who has autism, Clearbrook has helped ease the pressure of raising a child with this disability. The breadth of Clearbrook’s services – providing assistance for families like our’s over the entire life of a disabled child – provides great comfort to me as I look at my son’s future. I am pleased to serve on the Board to help Clearbrook do this for others.”