She has worked both domestically and internationally to build capacity for nonprofits focused on everything from art and scientific research to climate change and human health. One of Isabel’s greatest passions is working in collaboration to create feasible projects with “real world” impact. Throughout her career, she has worked with stakeholders in the U.S., Kenya, Cuba and Belize to expand their funding portfolios through collaborative grants focused on sustainable nonprofit business models. She is a firm believer in the concept of “all ships rising”, meaning that when nonprofits, corporations, foundations and citizens connect and share ideas and resources, everyone benefits. Perhaps this is why Imerman Angels’ concept of “THE TEAM” resonates so strongly with her. We are a global community determined to make sure that no one has to face cancer alone.
Prior to her arrival to Imerman Angels, Isabel worked at prominent organizations such as The Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago), The Exploratorium (San Francisco, California) and Earthwatch Institute (Boston, Massachusetts). At these organizations, she was able to lead fundraising efforts and manage the financial and compliance aspects of large funding portfolios upwards of 60MM. She has also managed communication teams and served as an editor on major scientific research publications distributed by the University of Chicago Press. Isabel co-produced, scripted and narrated a nationally-broadcast television show, which aired on PBS and was picked up by Apple Learning.
Isabel holds a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies with advanced certificates in Arts/NonProfit Administration and Public Programming. She is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals.
Stan possesses 30 years of experience in sales and sales Management, with a successful track record in the medical testing arena, leading teams to meet and exceed sales goals in compliant and ethical matters. In doing so, he cultivated many relationships within the medical community and witnessed the powerful impact that caring physicians and support staff make on patients’ lives.
Stan has honed his operations skills as an active member of the Board of Directors of his condominium association, leading three multi-million dollar projects that came in under budget and on time. He has been a project manager for other operations projects as well, which involved contract negotiation, structure and leading teams of diverse personnel to work together for a common goal and outcome.
In addition to the aforementioned roles, Stan founded and operated a successful coffee shop/café in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
Stan is originally from upstate New York, where he received his Business Degree through the State University of New York system. He lives in Lincoln Park with his wife and two dogs.
Dave graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in History and Political Science and is an avid college basketball fan cheering on his Golden Eagles each winter (and, hopefully, into the spring). Dave also received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and an LL.M. in healthcare law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Dave and his family live in Chicago’s Smith Park neighborhood.
Jackie graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has worked in the fields of animal training, customer service and education. Her diverse background has proven to be beneficial for her role with Imerman Angels.
Prior to that, Sam spent five years living in South Korea, first teaching English then working in a civilian job on a US Army base. He developed a taste for Korean food and culture while there and can often be found at the various Korean restaurants around Chicago.
Sam has extensive experience in marketing and creative consulting. He is always searching for the next “BIG idea” and devotes his time to leading Imerman Angels in its marketing and communication efforts.
Sam is a firm believer in maintaining a healthy work/life balance. A die-hard Cubs fan, which finally paid off in 2016, he tries to catch as many games a year as possible. He is also a big fan of Penn State Football which his uncle, a Penn State Alumnus, introduced him to at a very young age. Not long after Sam came to Imerman Angels, his uncle who resides in Washington D.C. was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. This experience has impacted him in a big way and is a driving force behind everything he does, including running his first marathon for Team Imerman Angels at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2016.
Samuel’s other hobbies include soccer, attending concerts and music festivals, and the Chicago Lyric Opera.
Christina has been touched by cancer multiple times as the caregiver to her mother and grandmother who both are survivors of breast cancer. She joins Imerman Angels as a bilingual Cancer Support Specialist and looks forward to helping us expand our reach into the hispanic community.
Being from South America, Christina loves to go to the beach and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Megan is a 2012 graduate of DePaul University and holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Human Services Psychology. She has participated in a number of charity events, such as Wings of Mercy and Make A Wish Foundation. Megan is an active advocate for volunteering, mentoring teens and young children who are facing cancer struggles at summer camps. She has also interned as a volunteer coordinator and assisted physician services at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Her positive energy and perseverance to achieve the best quality of life is ever present. In addition, Megan has a strong compassion for animals and has a husky/beagle mixed breed dog named Blue, who serves in official capacity as the mascot for Imerman Angels.
She has experienced cancer from both sides, not only as a survivor, but also as a caregiver to her father who passed away from liver cancer in 2015. Though her experiences have been difficult, she sees them as stepping stones that have enabled her to reach out and help others struggling through the same thing.
Ambreen studied Biology at Loyola University Chicago and is passionate about making healthcare more accessible to underserved populations. It is this passion that inspired her to spend a summer in Honduras where she worked in a medical camp providing free healthcare to those who normally have access to none. Born and raised in Chicago, she loves spending time on the lake. She enjoys biking, hiking and spending as much time outdoors as humanly possible. When she isn’t out seeking adventure, she can be found curled up on the couch with her cat and a good book.
As a Bi-lingual Cancer Support Specialist, Cristian is helping Imerman Angels offer one-on-one cancer support to a wider segment of the population who can be helped by our mission. Cristian is also heading up our Male Outreach Program. A program which offer men the opportunity to seek and give support. Men are more likely to get cancer than women yet support for men is only requested by less than 25% of those affected. Cristian is helping change those numbers.
The Bachelor of Arts degree Cristian earned from Roosevelt University in December, 2016 is a tremendous asset for his role at Imerman Angels. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Cristian now calls The Windy City home. In his free time, Cristian enjoys playing soccer, running, and enjoying the fun and festive Chicago summers.
Always ready for a hug or a treat, Blue is a constant reminder of how animals can bring out the best in everyone. Her beautiful blue eyes and vibrant personality bring a quick smile to all who meet her. Blue is very gentle and respectful of anyone, especially with a disability, and is strongly capable and protective in her role as a guide dog.
In her free time, Blue is very active in the Chicago area; playing at the dog beach, running alongside Megan on the bike paths on Lake Michigan, and making friends in her neighborhood.
Two of Blue’s favorite things are leftover chicken and squeaky toys.