Board of Directors

The Baker Board of Directors oversees the strategic, long-term direction of the school and establishes goals and plans consistent with Baker's mission and vision. There are 18 directors who serve three-year terms, and both standing and ad hoc committees to address fulfillment of strategic goals. Our directors are current and former parents, alumni, and friends from the local community. The day-to-day operations of the school are overseen by the Head of School and his administrative team.

Ralph Walsh

Board President

Ralph is a current stay-at-home parent. He has worked as a research associate for a local child advocacy organization, taught English at the university level in China, and for twelve…

Jonathan Cowan


Board Treasurer

Jonathan is the Chief Research, Design, and Innovation Officer at the KIPP Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the national network of KIPP public charter schools. KIPP schools serve over…

Mike Doornweerd

Board Vice President

Mike is a litigation partner at the national law firm of Jenner & Block LLP, where he is a member of the Firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration Practices.…

Stacey Empson

Chair of Search Committee

Stacey has been a healthcare consulting executive for approximately 20 years. She currently serves as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Trained as an attorney, Stacey brings legal experience to the…

Elizabeth Gillette

Director

Elizabeth has been involved with fundraising for healthcare, independent schools, and cultural institutions for more than 20 years. As the Senior Director of Major and Planned Gifts at Lincoln Park…

Tammy Ho

Co-Chair of Board Development Committee

Tammy is a nephrologist with the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, NorthShore University Healthsystem. She serves as Medical Director of the Acute Dialysis Facilities and Chronic Kidney Dissease Care Program.…

Charis Irving

Co-Chair of Board Development Committee

Charis has eleven years of experience as a licensed Realtor working in a variety of areas within the real estate industry including sales, marketing, and customer service. She owned and…

Bill Michalski

Chair of the Admissions & Retention Committee

Bill is the Chief Product Officer at ArrowStream, a technology company that provides supply chain management and logistics software to national restaurant chains, foodservice distributors and suppliers. In his role,…

Jeffrey O’Koon

Director

Jeffrey has practiced as a Clinical Child Psychologist for 16 years and is a Partner at The Pediatric Consultation Center, which provides comprehensive learning, social/emotional, and academic evaluations for children…

Ade Patton

Director

Ade J. Patton currently works at Millennium Management LLC, where he is a Senior Portfolio Manager focused on Media, Telecom, Cable, and Internet. Most recently, Mr. Patton served as Senior…

Kim Ptak

Director

Kim Ptak currently serves as the Director of Operations for Glenbrook High School District 225, where she is usually the only project manager wearing a hard hat with a dress.…

Jay Robinson

Chair of Advancement Committee

Jay is an industrial designer specializing in the generation, specification, and pre-visualization of custom aircraft interior concepts. His company, Robinson Design, consults to state, corporate and private jet owners. His…

Matt Rooney

Board Secretary

For 30 years Matt was a litigation partner at the international law firm of Mayer Brown, in Chicago, handling complex commercial, antitrust and securities cases. For his last three years…

Lisa Sparrow

Director

Lisa Sparrow is the President and CEO of Utilities, Inc., a national water and wastewater utility with operations in 17 states. Prior to joining UI she was with BP and General…

Alexa Starr


Director

Alexa is the Senior Director of Finance for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She has spent over 10 years working in finance for higher education helping drive…