Stephanie Lieber serves as the Executive Director of Imerman Angels bringing with her a wealth of experience and acumen. With over 20 years working in the non profit world, she has a proven track record of leading large-scale development efforts and has worked extensively with executive Boards to form innovative strategic plans that have significantly advanced the missions of several prominent organizations in the Chicagoland area.
Before her time at Imerman Angels, Stephanie served as Vice President of Development at Chicago Children’s Museum where she provided leadership and management of fundraising operations for Chicago’s only museum focused exclusively on children and families. Working with the museum’s Board of Directors and senior leadership, Stephanie has a proven track record of successful campaigns, annual funds, major gift efforts, developing fundraising talent and initiating and executing innovative strategic plans. Prior to her role as Vice President of Development, Stephanie was Associate Vice President and Vice President of Individual Giving at CCM. Her fundraising career began at the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School where Stephanie served as Associate Director and Director of Development.
In addition to her professional fundraising work, Stephanie has been an active volunteer and leader at both the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (LSCRF) and Francis W. Parker School. Stephanie began her volunteer involvement with LSCRF in 2006 and has since served as Vice Chair, Chair of the Board, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and Co-Chair of LSCRF’s 30th anniversary celebration. Stephanie has also been a Board of Trustees member of Francis W. Parker School since 2009. In her role at Parker, Stephanie has served as a Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Trustee Committee.
Stephanie holds a BA from University of Michigan.
Josh Kaufmann serves as Senior Operations Director and brings nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience to the team. As the son of a breast cancer survivor, he was drawn to the organization’s mission and the opportunity to support those affected by the disease.
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.
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.
Jonah first connected with Imerman Angels in 2013 after he was diagnosed with cancer and sought a mentor. This experience was so meaningful that he was moved to become a Mentor Angel in 2014. Jonah’s passion for the organization continued to grow over the years and Jonah joined Imerman Angels as a Cancer Support Specialist in 2019. In this role, he aids in connecting Support Seekers with Mentor Angels.
Jonah graduated from DePaul University with a Masters in Social Work and has a background in early childhood education. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and reading.
Hannah joined the team in 2019 as a Cancer Support Specialist at Imerman Angels after several years in the nonprofit and social service world. She has personally seen how cancer impacts fighters, survivors, and caregivers, and uses her passion for serving others and creating connection to ensure no one faces challenges alone.
With a background in maternal and veteran’s community mental health work, Hannah has much experience working with people who may feel marginalized by society. It is her goal in her work to ensure that those who may feel alone can be connected to a community that will love and understand them for who they are.
Hannah received her Bachelor of Social Work degree with a minor in Spanish from Trinity Christian College and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her free time, Hannah enjoys CrossFit, watching reality TV, and spending time with her dog.
Bryan joined Imerman Angels in 2018 as the Bilingual Cancer Support Specialist. Bryan has previously fundraised for non-profit organizations in Chicago and in doing so, developed an excitement to work for greater causes. Bryan discovered Imerman Angels and upon witnessing the process and the unique stories, he grew a desire to further the organization’s mission while also collaborating with other organizations to raise awareness of cancer issues in the Latino community.
Bryan is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and a minor in Marketing at Columbia College Chicago. A native to Texas, he enjoys training Muay Thai, traveling with his cat, and holding out constant hope for the Dallas Cowboys.
Vanessa joined Imerman Angels as volunteer coordinator in April 2018 with 16 years in Retail and Customer Service.
Vanessa was a caregiver for her mother who lost her battle with breast cancer. And from that experience comes a passion for one of Imerman Angels core beliefs that no one should have to face cancer alone.
Additionally, Vanessa studied French at Northeastern Illinois University. Also, she is a native of Chicago’s Northwest side and loves to attend concerts.