Meet Our Board


Sue Blumberg (Board President) joined Northmarq in February, 2006 as a multifamily specialist and is the Managing Director of the Chicago office. Her previous employment included originating loans for FHA under the coinsurance program in the 1980’s, with the first approved Fannie Mae DUS lender in the 1980’s and 1990’s and with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and FHA since then. Sue has closed loans on over 300 properties during her career, primarily in the Midwest region. Sue served on the Freddie Mac Production Advisory Council for 7 of the last 10 years, and serves on the Amerisphere Fannie Mae Advisory Council. She is a member of CREW Chicago, and is a founding member of the Real Estate Finance Forum in Chicago. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Business Arts degree and received her MBA in Finance/Real Estate at DePaul University.

Nicole Henricks (Board Vice President) is an early childhood special education teacher with Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED). Prior to joining NSSED, Nicole taught at Community for several years.  She continues to serve and remain connected with Community by being a part of the Board. Nicole is also a member of the Curriculum team and serves as a Coach to Leaders of K-2 age children in the children’s ministry at Willow Creek North Shore.

Jaime Barraza (Board Secretary) is the Director of Biliteracy for Distinctive Schools. Prior to joining the DS team he led language and biliteracy programming in a northern suburb of Chicago. Jaime began his career in education working in nonprofit organizations focused on supporting under served students with enriching after school and summer opportunities. Jaime started his teaching career serving as an elementary ESL teacher then as a middle school dual language teacher specializing in social studies and Spanish.

Katie Wiswald (Board Treasurer) is a commercial and consumer lender at Highland Park Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank. She has spent the last 13 years in Highland Park focusing on community lending and serving the needs of local businesses and residents. She has previously served on the board of the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce as Assistant Vice President and is currently the chairman of the task force for the Ravinia Business District Alliance as well as an advisory member for the Ravinia District SSA.


Noel Cooper is a certified financial planner working with RBC Wealth Management. He has more than 15 years of wealth management experience. He recently joined the Board of Directors to raise awareness for the center and its programs. Noel, his wife Nancy, and their children moved to Highland Park from Chicago.

Eva Lok is the mother of 2 boys who attended Highland Park Community. Eva joined the board because Community is an important partner for Highland Park and strongly believes in the values and teachings the staff provides to their kids. She is a Sourcing Manager for a consumer products company. Eva and her family moved from Chicago to Highland Park in 2014.

Jennifer Luczkowiak, is a mother of three (all of whom have or will attend HP Community) and a Highland Park resident. She is an Attorney and the Director of Development at Prairie State Legal Services. She grew up in Lake County and received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. After graduating from law school, she spent three years at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley serving homeless and runaway youth as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney. She joined the HP Community Board of Directors because she believes having access to diverse affordable childcare is vital to a healthy community and an incredible asset Highland Park.

Anita Pildes, is the Community Education and Outreach Coordinator for SHALVA, a non-profit for Jewish women experiencing or healing from domestic abuse. She also has been a long-time substitute teacher for North Shore School District 112. She was an attorney, working as a litigator and as general counsel for a corporation for many years. She earned her J.D. from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law. She received her Bachelor of Social work degree from the University of Illinois. Anita is an experienced youth and adult Jewish studies educator.

Zach Waickman is the Biodiesel Lab Manager at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability. He helped launch this student-run sustainable business within the University when he was while earning his bachelors degree, and later completed his MBA at Loyola as well. His work in sustainability over the past decade has focused on waste utilization, innovative product development, and green business operation. He is particularly interested in businesses that utilize local, traditional waste products to create community resources and jobs. Zach and his wife, Amy, have two young children (either attending or soon to be attending Community) and are thrilled to be part of Highland Park Community.


Upcoming Meetings:

January 17, 2018

February 21, 2018

March 21, 2018

April 18, 2018

May – no meeting

June 20, 2018

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