Steering Committee

Members of the SAY Steering Committee are leaders and advocates from community organizations in Oak Park and River Forest. They provide support, guidance and oversight of SAY’s progress.

  • Carolyn Newberry-Schwartz, Collaboration for Early Childhood
  • Lisa DeVivo, Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township
  • Julie Mann, D97 PTO Council
  • Laura Zumdahl, New Moms/Parenthesis Family Center
  • Frances Kraft, E-Team
  • Tracy Dell'Andelo Barber, Oak Park Education Foundation
  • David Saleb, Oak Park Public Library
  • Rob Breymaier, Oak Park Regional Housing Center
  • Kristin Carlson Vogen, Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation
  • Claremarie Keenan, Oak Park Township
  • Jan Arnold, Park District of Oak Park
  • Mary Kay Akers Stiff, River Forest Public Library
  • Carla Sloan, River Forest Township
  • Carey Carlock, Riveredge Hospital
  • Joylynn Pruitt-Adams, School District 200
  • Ed Condon, School District 90
  • Carol Kelley, School District 97
  • Mary Rita Moore, Triton College
  • Phillip Jiminez, West Cook YMCA

Linda FrancisLinda Francis

Director, Success of All Youth

(708) 848-1560
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Linda Francis comes to the Foundation as an accomplished industrial engineer and a program leader with extensive experience developing and implementing solutions. She has substantial analytical, technical and communication skills with a background in continuous improvement. Locally, she has worked with diverse individual and organizational cultures toward common goals. She currently serves on the Board of the Oak Park Education Foundation.


Jennifer StixJennifer Stix

Communications, Success of All Youth

(708) 848-1560
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Jennifer Stix has written for retailers, manufacturers, social enterprises and non-profits. Her favorite projects involve working on behalf of organizations that strive to make the world a better place. She looks forward to helping grow awareness of SAY’s mission in the Oak Park - River Forest Community. 

Our Communities

Our Partners

Oak Park and River Forest strive to create communities where every child/youth is empowered to reach her/his full potential and where race/ethnicity, family income/education, gender/sexual orientation, and learning style are not barriers to achievement. 

The Village of Oak Park shares its eastern border, Austin Boulevard, with the West Side of the city of Chicago. The Village of River Forest lies just west of Oak Park. With a total population of 51,988 people, Oak Park is the 29thlargest municipality in Illinois. River Forest has a population of 11,088. Oak Park is known for its architecture and diversity while River Forest is home to Dominican University and Concordia University Chicago.

River Forest K-8 School District 90 has 2 elementary schools (K-4), one of which has been awarded the “National Blue Ribbon,” and one middle school (5-8). Oak Park School District 97 has 8 elementary schools (K-5) and 2 middle schools (6-8). Both communities share one (9-12) Oak Park River Forest High School District 200.

Contact Us

1049 Lake Street, Suite 204
Oak Park, IL 60301

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