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 Meet the Game On! Sports Foundation Board of Directors

 

 Mara Georges

Mara Georges is an attorney at Daley and Georges, Ltd. who focuses her practice on federal, state and local governmental issues, including zoning, land use and planning, municipal finance, government relations and economic and business development. Ms. Georges provides counsel to corporations and individuals with matters before government boards, commissions, agencies and legislatures. She also advises on legislative development, regulatory affairs and public to private sector partnerships. Ms. Georges joined her current firm after 12 years as the City of Chicago’s corporation counsel. As the City’s longest-serving corporation counsel, she was responsible for the City’s law department of nearly 300 lawyers in practices as diverse as civil and quasi-criminal litigation, contracts, environmental, taxation, bond issues, real estate transactions and other municipal matters. Ms. Georges was the City’s senior advisor on legal and policy issues and worked collaboratively with the Mayor, members of the City Council and the City’s departments, agencies and commissioners. Throughout her time with the City, Ms. Georges managed disparate interests with an eye toward the needs of the City, and she brings that same focus to her clients at the firm.

A prolific speaker, Ms. Georges has appeared before the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Black Women Lawyers’ Association, the Illinois Municipal League, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and many other organizations. She has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers (2005–2006, 2008–2009, 2012).  In 2011, Ms. Georges was honored by the Illinois Institute for Local Government Law with its Annual Distinguished Service Award, and by the International Municipal Lawyers Association with its Joseph I. Mulligan, Jr. Distinguished Public Service Award. She has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer; one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago” by the Chicago Sun-Times; one of “Forty Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin; one of the “Forty Under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business; and one of the “Ten Most Influential Women Lawyers in Illinois” by American Lawyer Media. She earned a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV-Preeminent.  Ms. Georges is a board member of the Federal Bar Association and the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), and an active member of the Chicago Bar Association. In addition, she is a member of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Circle of Advocates, a board member of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and a hearing board member of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

Ms. Georges received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and is a member of the trial bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ms. Georges enthusiastically supports the mission of the Game On! Sports Foundation based on significant personal experience. Not only is she an avid fitness enthusiast who has played organized sports all her life, but she has completed the Chicago Marathon ten times. Just as important, her daughter attends Game On!, permitting Mara the opportunity to witness first hand the incredible positive impact the program can have on campers. One of Mara’s joys today is having the opportunity to work out with her elementary school-age daughter and son.

 Susan G. Weitzman

Susan G. Weitzman is currently a First Vice President and Financial Advisor in Wealth Management for the firm of Morgan Stanley. In her wealth management practice, Ms. Weitzman helps to educate and guide families, professionals and business owners as they strive to achieve their own unique financial goals.

Ms. Weitzman is a Certified Financial Planner and earned her Master’s of Business Administration and her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1982 and 1981, respectively.

Ms. Weitzman is proud to be involved in civic endeavors including serving as an active member of The Game On! Sports Foundation Board of Directors and the University of Illinois Psychology Alumni Advisory Board.  She also served for six years as a member of the University of Illinois Alumni  Association Champaign-Urbana Alumni Advisory Board and is a former member of the Golf Advisory Committee for the Park District of Highland Park.

Ms. Weitzman’s personal sports experience stands behind her commitment to the Game On! Sports Foundation.  She is a former member of the University of Illinois Women’s Golf Team, and in high school lettered in four sports (diving, volleyball, badminton, softball). She continues to enjoy golf and paddle tennis, is an exercise enthusiast, and has played in a Summer Softball League for over 30 years.

Participation in sports and fitness is a gift that brings with so many benefits and life lessons. It is Ms. Weitzman’s hope to pass on this gift to those deserving through the Game On! Sports Foundation.

Carrie A. Jaworski, MD, FAAFP, FACSM

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Carrie A. Jaworski, MD, FAAFP, FACSM is a sports medicine physician and the Director of the Division of Primary Care Sports Medicine within the Department of Family Medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem/University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Jaworski is the Fellowship Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship within the Department of Family Medicine where she oversees the training of physicians in sports medicine. Dr. Jaworski is also part of the leadership team responsible for the Sports Health and Performance program at NorthShore that aims to assist athletes of all ages and abilities to excel in their sport. Her clinical practice is divided between offices in Glenview and Highland Park. She has a longtime involvement with the American College of Sports Medicine, including recently being elected as one of their Vice Presidents.

Dr. Jaworski previously served as the Director of Intercollegiate Sports Medicine and Head Team Physician at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where she was actively involved with Big Ten committees that exposed her to the varied facets of sports medicine and athlete care. Dr. Jaworski served as a Team Physician at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake and the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. She volunteers as the one of the Team Physicians for New Trier and Loyola Academy high schools and annually as one of the lead medical officers for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon where she also serves as one of their research coordinators. She is a frequently invited speaker and author at the local and national level.

Dr. Jaworski is a graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood , IL; MacNeal Family Practice Residency, Berwyn, IL ; and Kaiser Permanente- Fontana Sports Medicine Fellowship, Fontana , CA . Her clinical and research interests include concussions, the pediatric and female athlete population, nutrition/supplements, endurance medicine, dance medicine and the promotion of “Exercise is Medicine”. In her spare time, she enjoys running, yoga, tennis and, most importantly, spending time with her two daughters Grace and Sara.

Dr. Jaworski’s is thrilled to support the mission of the Game On! Sports Foundation as she believes that fostering an early love of sports and active lifestyles through mentoring and positive experiences has immeasurable value throughout one’s lifespan.

Kara Bachman

Ms. Kara Bachman leads the business development efforts of the Chicago Sports Commission (CSC). Launched in October 2011, CSC is a division of Choose Chicago, Inc. (formerly the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau or CCTB). CSC is focused on raising Chicago’s sports profile by aggressively targeting and recruiting major sporting events that will generate positive economic impact on the city. Prior to CSC, Ms. Bachman worked for The Marketing Arm (TMA), where she led TMA’s business efforts with client, AT&T Wi-Fi Services (AWS). Focused on creating and implementing new strategies to increase AWS efficiencies nationwide, Kara was responsible for negotiating terms of sponsorship and temporary equipment deployments for 80+ events, including the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, 2011 Super Bowl, the Chicago Marathon, Coachella Music Festival, Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, and Lollapalooza, among others.

From January 2008 to October 2009, Ms. Bachman was the Development Manager for the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee. As part of the Development Team, Kara helped raise over $77M in private funding by producing three major events, including a U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. While with the Chicago 2016, she created and managed the Next Generation Leadership Advisory Council (NGLAC), a 200+ group of rising Chicago leaders focused on raising funds (over $500,000) and recruiting volunteers (over 2,000) for Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Ms. Bachman earned her M.B.A. in International Business and Finance from Loyola University of Chicago in 2008. Ms. Bachman earned her B.A. degree in International Relations and Environmental Geography from Colgate University in 2006.  While a student at Colgate, Ms. Bachman was a member of the Division I Women’s Varsity Hockey Team.   Kara grew up in the city of Chicago and attended The Latin School of Chicago where she was a member of both the Varsity Cross Country and Varsity Soccer teams all four years. Kara played AAA ice hockey for Team Illinois. With Team Illinois, Kara’s team won the State Championships four consecutive years, won the Midwest Regional Championships three years and competed in the National Championships on three separate occasions. Kara was selected to train with USA Hockey at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY in 2001- 2002. Kara is an active runner, avid skier and snowboarder and plays hockey year-round in a men’s adult league.

Tracey Benford

Tracey is co-head of the Goldman Sachs Chicago office, responsible for managing the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities (FICC) business, while also covering a select group of clients for Credit Products. She serves as the co-captain of The University of Chicago recruiting team and is also an advisor to the Securities Division Women’s Network Steering Committee.

Tracey joined Goldman Sachs in 1995 as an associate in FICC. She was on the Chicago corporate desk for five years and then moved to the Portfolio Credit group in New York before returning to Chicago corporate sales. Tracey was named managing director in 2005 and partner in 2010.

Prior to joining the firm, Tracey worked as an investment banking analyst at Salomon Brothers Inc.

Tracey serves on the Chicago Finance Exchange Board, the Chicago board of the Positive Coaching Alliance, and the boards of Lincoln Park Zoo, Year Up, and the Game On! Sports Foundation. She is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the N Club.

Tracey previously served on the board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business School Management Committee for three years and is a Chicago-area interviewer and admissions advisor for the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Tracey earned an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1995 and a BA, with honors, in Mathematical Methods and Economics from Northwestern University in 1991.

 

Erin Bolan Hines

Erin Bolan Hines is an attorney at Baker Hostetler LLP. Ms. Hines concentrates her practice on a wide variety of complex business litigation matters, including contract and lease disputes, noncompetition agreements, trade secrets, business torts, product liability, construction and insurance coverage. Ms. Hines also provides counsel to clients in the area of employment law and employment-related matters. Ms. Hines’ clients include large and small corporations, private equity firms, financial advisory firms, public entities and high-net-worth individuals in matters of complex commercial and employment litigation and dispute resolution.

Ms. Hines has had an active pro bono practice as an attorney, including representation of clients seeking asylum status under the Violence Against Women Act. She also is active in women’s issues and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law. Ms. Hines has been a frequent speaker on attorney rules of professional conduct and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Prior to joining Baker Hostetler in 2009, Ms. Hines was a member of the litigation group at Lovells LLP (n/k/a Hogan Lovells), a major international law firm.

Erin is a lifelong sports enthusiast. Erin played varsity basketball and softball at
New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and has continued her athletic endeavors as an avid runner and paddle tennis player. Shes also enjoys golf, tennis and biking. In the spirit of GameOn!’s mission, Erin has seen first-hand the benefits of girls’ athletics as both a player and coach. Erin is passing on the love and inspiration of sports to her own daughters who she coaches in basketball and volleyball.

Alicia Schuyler Oberman

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Alicia Schuyler Oberman serves as the Executive Director of the Jack Miller Family Foundation (for which she is also a Board member) and its related philanthropic fund, the Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund. As Executive Director, Alicia directs all of the foundation’s programs and operations and serves as the foundation’s liaison to its non-profit partners and the community. Alicia further ensures that all of the foundation’s programmatic activities are aligned with their missions and strategic priorities and she works closely with each Board member to develop the foundation’s long-term strategic plans.

Prior to joining the staff of the foundation, Alicia worked as an attorney in the corporate and securities group of the Chicago-based law firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP. While practicing, she represented various public and private companies and individuals in a wide variety of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint venture transactions, divestiture transactions and corporate restructurings.

Alicia currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Women’s Health Foundation, Jewish Student Connection, Game On! Sports Foundation and the Melanoma Tissue Bank Consortium.  In addition, she also serves on boards of advisors and/or advisory councils of a number of additional not-for-profits organizations.

Alicia graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in English from Amherst College in 1999. She then received her JD from Northwestern University in 2003.  She resides in Chicago with her husband and three daughters.

Jen Layden, M.D

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Jen Layden is a physician and faculty member at Loyola University Medical Center, where she specializes in the field of infectious diseases and actively conducts research on infections in transplant recipients.  She received her undergraduate degree from University of Notre Dame, and her medical degree, as well as PhD in epidemiology from the University of Illinois.

Jen’s commitment to girl’s sports and the mission of GameOn! stem from her own personal experiences as an athlete, coach, and supporter of girls and women’s athletics.  She was a two sport athlete in high school (tennis and basketball), and played college basketball for two years.  She remains an active participant in running, tennis, hiking, and biking.

Prior to becoming a physician, she was a high school science teacher and athletic coach (basketball, tennis, cross country, track) at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Il.  She remains involved in sports by coaching youth soccer, t-ball, and basketball for the community and her two children’s school leagues.  She is a past member of the Near South Youth Athletic Association, and is a current member of her children’s athletic board.

Jen enthusiastically support the mission of Game On! and realizes the value of this camp experience from watching her own daughter benefit from Game On! camp for the past two summers.