Our Team

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.

Kate Black, Program and Development Associate, headshot
Kate Black
Program and Development Associate
Phone: 779-210-8202
Email: Kate Black
Lisa DeLang, CFNIL Program and Administrative Associate
Lisa DeLang
Program and Administrative Associate
Phone: 779-210-8210
Email: Lisa DeLang
Shannon Gustafson, Director of Finance, headshot
Shannon Gustafson
Director of Finance
Phone: 779-210-8205
Email: Shannon Gustafson
Isabella Ibarra - Finance Associate - Headshot
Isabella Ibarra
Finance Associate
Phone: 779-210-8211
Email: Isabella Ibarra
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
James Patterson - Senior Program Director - headshot
James Patterson
Senior Program Director
Phone: 779-210-8206
Email: James Patterson
Heather Rapp, Program Coordinator and IYWT Liaison, headshot
Heather Rapp
Program Coordinator and IYWT Liaison
Phone: 779-210-8209
Email: Heather Rapp
Dan Ross - President - headshot
Dan Ross
Phone: 779-210-8201
Email: Dan Ross
Jennifer Smith - Engagement Director - headshot
Jennifer Smith
Engagement Director
Phone: 779-210-8204
Email: Jennifer Smith
Ciara Stahly - Assistant Development Director - headshot
Ciara Stahly
Assistant Development Director
Phone: 779-210-8203
Email: Ciara Stahly
Beezus Lambert - photo
Beezus Lambert
Territory Management & Entertainment Associate