Our Team

CFNIL staff are working a hybrid of in office and remotely, and are all available by email and phone during regular business hours (8:30a - 5p, Monday - Friday). The CFNIL offices are open Monday through Thursday, 8:30a - 5:00p, and Fridays 8:30a - Noon.

Experienced, professional, and committed to philanthropic service. 

As the regional leader of philanthropy, the Community Foundation serves as a promoter and advisor on charitable giving, a resource to the nonprofit sector, and an excellent steward of the community’s resources. Together, the staff of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois brings more than 75 years of experience in the community foundation field.

Kaye Connelly
Kaye Connelly
Donor Services Officer
Phone: 779-210-8208
Email: Kaye Connelly
Lisa DeLang, CFNIL Program and Administrative Associate
Lisa DeLang
Program and Administrative Associate
Phone: 779-210-8210
Email: Lisa DeLang
Sarah Lambert, CFNIL Vice President of Programs and Community Investment
Sarah Lambert
Vice President of Programs and Community Investment
Phone: 779-210-8207
Email: Sarah Lambert
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Joanna Mladic
Operations and Systems Coordinator
Phone: 779-210-8202
Email: Joanna Mladic
James Patterson
James Patterson
Program Director
Phone: 779-210-8206
Email: James Patterson
Marianne Plath, CFNIL Controller
Marianne Plath
Phone: 779-210-8205
Email: Marianne Plath
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Dan Ross
Phone: 779-210-8201
Email: Dan Ross
Gabrielle Sims, CFNIL Scholarship Associate
Gabrielle Sims
Scholarship Associate
Phone: 779-210-8209
Email: Gabrielle Sims
Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith
Engagement Director
Phone: 779-210-8204
Email: Jennifer Smith
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Ciara Stahly
Development Coordinator
Phone: 779-210-8203
Email: Ciara Stahly