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Foundation names new board members

The Evanston Community Foundation has named four new members to its board of directors.

The new members at large are Bill Blanchard, Naomi Lovinger, Eric Robison, and Sandra Shelton. They will serve three-year terms.

Blanchard joined Bessemer Trust in 2005 as a senior client account manager in the Chicago office. Previously, he served as a senior trust advisor and first vice president with JPMorgan's Private Client Services Group and before that held positions with William Blair & Co., LLC and LehmanBrothers. He''s also worked 11 years as attorney with private firms and the government.

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Blanchard is a graduate of Loyola Academy and received bachelor's and law degrees from Georgetown University. He has lived in Evanston since 1994 with his wife Jane Grover and three sons.

He has been active with the Evanston Baseball and Softball Association since 2000 as a volunteer, coach and board member. He recently stepped down as co-president to focus on converting the Evanston Recycling Center into an indoor youth sports facility. He is also a member of the Independent Review Board for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Lovinger is head of communications for Nordex USA, a wind turbine manufacturer headquartered in Chicago. She joined the company in 2008 as its second employee, and has managing the start-up operations in Chicago and set up the company's first American production plant, in Jonesboro, Ark.

Lovinger spent much of her career in international economic development. As a senior vice president for British development agencies, she headed the American sales and marketing efforts that led to some of the largest US investments in England.

She has lived in Evanston for 25 years, participates in a variety of community activities, and served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Evanston Symphony Orchestra.

Robison has been an Evanston resident for 25 years and also attended Noyes School here as a child. A vice president and private banker with BMO Harris Private Bank, he provides investment advice and creative credit solutions for individual high net worth clients.

His 25-year career in finance has encompassed asset-based, leveraged, and corporate lending; securitization; and hedging of risks such as credit exposure, interest rate and commodity sensitivity, at institutions including Chase Bank, Credit Agricole, and HSBC.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a master's of business administration degree from Loyola University in Chicago.

Shelton is the KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accountancy at DePaul University and a licensed certified public accountant. She received her Ph.D. from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MBA from Indiana University.

Her research focuses on judgment and decision-making issues with financial information.  She has published in numerous academic and practitioner journals, and presented research papers in national and international conferences.

Shelton is on the board of Second Baptist Church, the Committee of Research and Education Advisors of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the North Shore Chapter of the Links, Inc., the Pioneering Healthier Communities Evanston Task Force, and the Planning Committee of the PhD Project Conference.

She has served on the boards of the McGaw YMCA, Community Economic Development Corporation of Cook County, Holy Family Lutheran School, Art Resources in Teaching, and the Blue Ribbon Committee of the City of Evanston.

She has lived in Evanston for over 25 years and has one daughter.

The board has also selected new officers — Penelope Sachs, board chair; Joan Gunzberg, vice-chair; Ronna Stamm, second vice-chair; Mike Brody, secretary; and John McCarthy, treasurer.

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