Board of Directors

frank ten brinkChairman: 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 until August of 2014 and continues to be their Senior Vice President M & A. 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.”


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Vice Chairman and 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 Market Leader. Barry has more than 30 years of experience serving middle-market and large manufacturing and distribution companies. Prior to Baker Tilly, Barry served as chief financial officer at a large distribution company. Prior to that, he was a partner at Arthur Andersen.

“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.”


Stiles 1Secretary, 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.”


Ed FiorentinoEdward J. Fiorentino

Ed Fiorentino joins the Clearbrook Board of Directors with a close family connection to the cause, as well as years of business and volunteer leadership experience. He has dedicated his entire professional career to the healthcare industry and has founded three specialty pharmaceutical companies. As CEO of Actient Pharmaceuticals, Crealta Pharmaceuticals, and most recently, TerSera Therapeutics, Ed has worked in partnership with GTCR, a leading Chicago based private equity firm. Previously, Ed was a senior executive and corporate officer at Abbott. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from State University of New York and earned his MBA from Syracuse University.

Ed’s philanthropic interests include organizations which serve people with disabilities, especially autism, as well as Catholic educational and religious organizations.


Fitzgerald 1 colorGerald F. Fitzgerald, Jr., Past Chairman, Cornerstone Bancorp, Inc.

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.”


Arly 1Arly 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 NigroPaul 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.”


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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.”


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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.”


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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.”


Rubin 1Brian N. Rubin, J.D., Rubin Law A Professional Corporation

Brian Rubin brings the experience of being a parent of an adult son with autism (a Clearbrook client), 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 since 2005; is the immediate past-president of Arc of Illinois; member serves on of the State of Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission; is past chairman of the State of Illinois Department of Human Services Statewide Advisory Council on Developmental Disabilities; and served on 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 past Chairman of the Special Leisure Services Foundation (Foundation for the Northwest Suburban Special Recreation Association), PACT, Inc., Keshet, Encompass, and Northpointe.

“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.”


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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.”


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David Flanagan, Client

“I’m happy. I feel more responsible. Clearbrook feels like a family.”

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Elizabeth Racette, Client

“Clearbrook has done so much for me and it’s made a big difference. It’s a good feeling. It has broadened my horizons.”

Jennifer Gott, Client

“Clearbrook helps me to be more independent and to get a job in the community. Clearbrook cares about the clients.”

Julie Stoltzner, Client

“Clearbrook is all about living in a house with others where I have my own bedroom. I love being here.”

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Joe O’Brien, Client

“I feel good here. At my house, we work as a team. I’ve learned how to make my own dinner. It’s a good feeling.”