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.
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.
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.
Jordan serves as the Marketing Manager at Imerman Angels, leading the charge in all things content and social. She has seen firsthand the effect of cancer on fighters, survivors, and their loved ones, and uses her passion for helping others to spread awareness of the Imerman Angels mission.
With a background in public relations and digital marketing, Jordan began her career at a small public relations firm in the south suburbs of Chicago. After moving to the city and working in e-commerce, Jordan realized that her skills and dedication would be put to better use helping others. Determined to make a difference in the world, she came across Imerman Angels and knew she found the opportunity she had been waiting for. Jordan’s strong background in content creation and social media management helps her raise awareness and engage with those in the community we strive to support.
Jordan has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A resident of the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago, Jordan enjoys trying new restaurants, watching Netflix, and cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jonah first connected with Imerman Angels is 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 shopping for records and seeing movies at one of Chicago’s many art theaters.
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.
Justin serves as the Office Coordinator at Imerman Angels, with almost 15 years of non-profit experience under his belt. He believes strongly in the mission of Imerman Angels, and using his skills to further this mission.
Justin comes to Imerman Angels from Northwestern University, where he was the Fellowship Coordinator for the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship. He made sure all the fellows in the department had what they needed to work properly and graduate from their fellowships without any issues. Before that, he worked at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy as the Operations Manager, keeping the office running and helping run events.
Justin graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. of German History. In his spare time you can find him in his garden, reading history books or tooling around in his classic car.