Leadership 

The Three Pillars Initiative is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation established by the founders, mentors, parents and students of the Future Philanthropists Program, the original Three Pillars of Philanthropy model program established by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation in 2010.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS BIOS

Rick King, President

Mr. King is Chairman of Kittleman & Associates, LLC, an executive search firm devoted exclusively to the recruitment of nonprofit leaders, and creator of the Future Philanthropists Program and the Three Pillars Initiative.

Prior to purchasing Kittleman in 1985, he served as the first Executive Director of the Illinois Youth Service Bureau Association, a statewide association of 72 private and public youth agencies that provided counseling, substance abuse treatment and educational alternatives for youthful offenders. Prior to this, he served as the founding Executive Director of an independent, comprehensive community youth treatment agency affiliated with a suburban Chicago hospital

Mr. King earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/Sociology from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Dominican University. He is the author of From Making a Profit to Making a Difference, the seminal book on career transition from the business sector to charitable sector leadership.

His nonprofit governance experience includes the Board of Directors of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, the Board of Trustees of Dominican University and Illinois Wesleyan University, the Board of Directors of the First Nonprofit Insurance Companies, Board of Directors of the American Public Garden Association, and Co-founder and Life Member of Chrisholm Historic Farmstead in Ohio. He and his wife, Cheryl, lived in Oak Park for 41 years before relocating to Downtown Chicago in 2014.

Joe Smith, Secretary

With over 40 years’ experience in managing the delicate business relationship between the public and private sectors in issues as diverse as promotion of pharmaceutical products, anonymous HIV testing and emergency communications, Mr. Smith has established a reputation for honesty and integrity in both arenas. He has published and spoken extensively in the area of ethical business promotion.

Among his professional associations are memberships: Legatus: The League for Business Ethics, The American College of HealthCare Executives, The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, North American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Health Care Finance Management Association and the Modern Language Association of America.

Mr. Smith earned his B.S. degree at Villanova University and M.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on the Board of Directors of The Georgia Doty Foundation and the Loretto Hospital Foundation. He and his wife, Dr. Annalynn Skipper, live in Oak Park.

Scott Moller, Treasurer

Scott is a marketing consultant and entrepreneur. He founded Marketing Werks, a consumer-based marketing firm, and grew it into a $100+ million-dollar company. The firm developed strategy and execution for experiential marketing campaigns for some the world’s largest brands including Verizon, Walgreens, Hershey, LEGO, PlayStation and many others. Prior to Marketing Werks, Scott worked in radio and television and as a music promoter.

Scott earned his undergraduate and MBA degree from Southern Illinois Univeristy. He serves on the boards of the Southern Illinois University Alumni Association, Southern Illinois University Foundation, Entrepreneur Leaders In Philanthropy, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, and Moller Family Foundation. He is an avid runner, cyclist and traveler and lives in River Forest with his wife and two children.

Steve Derks

Mr. Derks is President and CEO of Quick Leonard Kieffer, an executive search firm in the hospital and healthcare sector.

Before joining the firm, he served as President and CEO of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the leader in the fight against muscular dystrophy and ALS through its funding of research, clinical care, support services and education. Prior to this position, he served for 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of the American Cancer Society’s Illinois Division, one of the eleven separately incorporated divisions of Society. Earlier in his career he held key management roles in the healthcare industry including Advocate Health Care, Lutheran General Hospital/EHS Healthcare and the Illinois Hospital Association.

Mr. Derks earned a BS degree from the University of Illinois and an MS degree in Health Systems Management from Rush University. Steve is co-founder of Horizons for Youth, a Chicago scholarship and mentoring program serving 250 at-risk children from kindergarten through college graduation. He also serves as a trustee of the International Association of Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation.

Tony Martinez Jr.

Mr. Martinez is President and CEO of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation. The Foundation currently has assets in excess of $40 million and serves the two villages with a combined population of approximately 65,000 residents. Before joining the Foundation in 2018, Mr. Martinez served as Director of Development for The Chicago Community Trust where he was instrumental in increasing the organizations assets by $1.6 billion.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Martinez was with the American Bar Association, Museum of Science and Industry and the Chicago Cubs. He serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Chicago Chapter, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, The Resurrection Project and Future Leaders of Chicago. He is also the founder and chair of LEARN West Rogers Park, a collaboration of nonprofits, community leaders, and business leaders focused on building solutions to address the needs of Chicago’s West Rogers Park neighborhood.

Mr. Martinez earned his BA degree in Marketing Communications from Columbia College. He is a 2014 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, a 2012 Fellow of Great Cities Institute at University of Illinois Chicago, and a 2008 graduate of Metropolitan Leadership Institute. In 2017, Mr. Martinez received recognition for his work in nonprofits by Negocios Now in their annual Who’s Who in Chicago Hispanic Power magazine edition.

Molly Philosophos

Ms. Philosophos is Director of Development at the University of Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association where she raises money for the Wisconsin School of Business. This position combines two of her passions; raising money and supporting UW Madison.

Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, she was the Director of Development at Hephzibah Children’s Association, a children’s residential center in Oak Park where she also served on the Board of Directors for ten years prior to her employment.

Ms. Philosophos earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Wisconsin School of Business and a Masters of Non-Profit Administration from North Park University. Her nonprofit governance experience includes president of the Kappa Kappa Gamma House Corporation Board and advisor to the executive director at Maydm, a program that provides girls and youth of color in grades 6-12 with skill-based training for the technology sector.

Sydney Rayburn

Ms. Rayburn graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School and is currently in her first year at Brown University. She spent her formative years in Oak Park where she developed her passion for community service. She worked with organizations supporting domestic violence awareness and also served as an after-school mentor for children in low income neighborhoods. She has been in the Future Philanthropists Program since 2016. Ms. Rayburn is excited to continue exploring her interest in philanthropy at Brown.

Marita Sullivan

Ms. Sullivan serves as an associate judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. She is currently assigned to the Domestic Relations Division, which hears cases relating to dissolution of marriage and civil union, as well as parentage proceedings.

Ms. Sullivan is the mother of Nina Rossiello, a 2012 Oak Park River Forest High School graduate and member of the first Future Philanthropists Program cohort. Nina then served as the first Alumni Mentor for FPP in 2016-2017. Ms. Sullivan is also the aunt of Elizabeth Riley, a 2018 Trinity High School graduate and FPP participant.

Prior to becoming a judge, Ms. Sullivan was senior litigation counsel at the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, where she investigated and prosecuted attorney misconduct cases. Before working at the ARDC, she was Assistant to the Director at the Helen Brach Foundation, where she assisted with the administration of the charitable foundation’s annual grant program. Ms. Sullivan began her legal career at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, where she first served in the General Law Division representing state agencies and state employees in federal and state court, followed by work in the Civil Appeals Division, where she presented cases in the Illinois Appellate Court, Illinois Supreme Court, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Sullivan is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and English. She earned her law degree at Loyola University of Chicago, where she received the Loyola Law School Leadership and Service Award.