Carol Jungman / President
Carol is a consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach with a Master’s degree in Organization Development. She specializes in relational leadership, team dynamics, strategic change, and multicultural awareness. Carol has worked with non-profit organizations, educational institutions, theatre groups, and small to mid-sized businesses. She is a consultant with Matrix Leadership, an intercultural trainer for Aperian Global, runs an au pair cluster for Au Pair in America, and dabbles in theatre-story performance.
Jim Bensdorf / Past President
Jim is currently teaching as an adjunct faculty member for DePaul University in the school of education. He works with career switchers who are obtaining Master’s degrees in special education at Northeastern Illinois University and is also a private educational therapist. He is the former Director of Special Education at Martin Luther King Lab School in Evanston, Illinois.
Tekki Lomnicki / Artistic Director & Co-Founder
Former teaching Artist, Gallery 37/After School Matters Connections Program. Advertising Copywriter, True Value Company. Tekki received an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship (2004) and Finalist Award (2008) in New Performance Forms. She most recently received a prestigious 3Arts Artist Award in theater and the Grigsby Award for Excellence in solo performance. Tekki serves on the Inclusion Committee at Old St. Mary’s Church.
Evan Trad / Secretary
Evan is a Chicago Public Schools special education teacher who has had a long time love of theater. From acting to directing and producing, Evan has done it all! He was the founder of the theater department at Erie Elementary Charter School. He joined the Tellin’ Tales Board of Directors after completing his Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He loves the mission of Tellin’ Tales and is excited to help move the organization forward.
Michael Funk / Treasurer
Mike (a licensed CPA) has been in public accounting for 18 years, and has been with Schneiderman, Kohn and Winston, Ltd for 14 years. During this time Mike has been involved with financial statement audits of small to medium sized businesses, not for profit organizations, and employee benefit plans. He also prepares federal and state income tax returns, sales tax returns, payroll tax returns, and exempt organization filings. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. Mike is also a member of the finance council at Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Elmhurst.
Board of Directors
Jeneane is a Southside native and residential Realtor since 1997 where she helped produce some of the city’s most successful residential developments. A graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Jeneane earned additional graduate certificates from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (Corporate Communications) and North Park University (Non-profit management). She is one of the founders of Multiple Solutions, the first National MS Society Junior Board and spends her free time playing golf, 16” softball and following the Chicago White Sox.
Vicki is a Professor of English, and Women’s and Gender Studies at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), where she has taught for more than 25 years after receiving her MA and PhD from Purdue University. She teaches undergraduate writing courses, undergraduate courses in LGBTQ studies, women’s studies courses, graduate courses in composition research and theory, and has an administrative role as Coordinator of the First-Year Writing Program. Her son Kayden has participated in Tellin’ Tales annual production of Six Stories Up as both an apprentice actor and a student assistant director.
Paula is a 25 year technology veteran who also happens to be a recovering actor and an aspiring author. Currently, she is the Regional Vice President and General Manager at IPsoft, an emerging technology company specializing in cognitive artificial intelligence (AI). Paula is also the proud mother of two daughters, one of whom was born with Fragile X Syndrome, providing her a unique opportunity to experience what it’s like to grow up “different”. Paula joined the TTT board because she passionately believes that as AI proliferates, there will ever increasing need for strong writers and creative thinkers at all levels. Her mission is to promote TTT’s unique position in preparing people, with and without disabilities, to participate in the emerging “intelligent economy”.
Suzanne was a litigation partner at Phelan Pope & John and Cahill, Kunkle & Christian. She retired after 23 years to have more hands on time with her son, Jackson, who has spina bifida; he has experienced first-hand the amazing benefits of Tellin’ Tales. In 2010, Suzanne together with three other colleagues founded Perspective Group and Gallery, a not-for-profit group whose purpose is to promote photography as a fine art. Suzanne is a former board member and chair of the gallery’s Student Perspectives, a free juried exhibition featuring Chicago area high school students.
Matt has been a real estate professional since 2005, currently focusing on the management and disposition of high value commercial properties in the Chicagoland area. He is a member of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and the Chicagoland Apartment Association. Matt became interested in working with Tellin’ Tales after attending several of their events over the years and is excited to help the organization fulfill its mission.
Mike is the Principal Consultant for ODS where he designs HR solutions for employers in transition. Mike began consulting in 1995 building out HR functions for tech start-ups in Seattle and then moved on to consult in San Francisco and San Diego before returning to his hometown of Chicago in 2011. Since 1985, Mike has also been an active Volunteer for multiple ASO’s and was a founding Board Member for a 501c3 in California that was the first organization in the U.S. dedicated to transitioning HIV+ individuals back to competitive employment. Mike did his post-grad work at UCLA and possesses Master’s Degrees in Human Resources, from Drake University, as well as Organizational Behavior from Marquette University.
Molly Wiesman has been involved with Tellin’ Tales Theatre for the last fifteen years in varying capacities, first as a performer in Six Stories Up and the annual Young Adult Writers Workshop, then as a member of the Tellin’ Tales marketing committee and now also on the Board of Directors. She has a passion for disability advocacy, and has done volunteer work with several disability organizations such as Best Buddies, Easter Seals and Access Living. She is truly honored to be a part of the board after so many years of involvement with Tellin’ Tales.
Les was a distinguished educator and administrator at York High School in Elmhurst, IL, for 36 years. He is uniquely heralded as one who inspired thousands of young performers and stage professionals during his tenure, instilling confidence and teaching valuable life lessons to all his students. Currently the Senior Designer with Walter E. Smithe, Les continues to share his talents with charities serving on the board of Humboldt Christian School and Tellin’ Tales Theatre.
Judy assists Tellin’ Tales Theatre in the areas of development, fundraising, event implementation, volunteer recruitment and organizational management. During her tenure with Special Olympics, and other nationally recognized nonprofits, Judy’s forte was securing private and corporate contributions while steadily increasing revenue, corporate engagement and resource support. She has experience in diverse corporate fundraising, the design and creation of signature events and strategic marketing. Judy received her BA from Miami of Ohio with a focus on Speech, Theatre and Education. She managed a community theatre, created the Palatine Arts Council, performed in community theatre and produced numerous productions.