Board of Trustees
The Catherine Cook School is a not-for-profit corporation licensed by the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago. It is governed by a Board of Trustees selected through an internal nominations process. The Board is given the "trust" to establish the essential nature of the school, to raise necessary funds, and to hire the Head of School. Trustees are invited to serve for three-year terms. The Board has ultimate responsibility for the school and concerns itself with accounting for the use of tuition and other funds. It does so by devising and controlling budgets, serving as the school's legally accountable body, appointing a Head of School, and setting general school policy. Board members receive no compensation or preferment for their service and are called upon to make extensive time commitments.
Board members do not involve themselves in the normal daily operation of the school except through the operation of duly appointed committees. The Board does not hear complaints, sit as a court of appeals, or overturn the Head's decisions. However, the Board determines the essential nature of the school, its academic emphasis, its style of relations with the public, and its methods of self-evaluation. In close cooperation with the Head of School, the Board determines the kind of education to be provided. The Board delegates to the Head of School authority to hire and fire all employees based on his assessment of individual suitability for the school.
It is a goal that the Board be constituted not only of parents, but also of parents of alumni, alumni, and civic and community leaders who desire to support and perpetuate the school's mission. The Catherine Cook School seeks for its Board individuals who have an objective commitment to the school, who by their own support and leadership contribute to the school's growth and financial well-being, who seek to work voluntarily on a variety of committees, and who, through their leadership in the community, bring recognition and honor to the school.
As part of our commitment to our mission, the Board of Trustees adopted a new Strategic Plan for the school in 2013. The plan is our roadmap to further excellence in education over the next five years and identifies key priorities and initiatives for the growth and health of The Catherine Cook School.
- Linda K. Myers, Chair of Board
- Lisa Snow, Vice Chair
- Keith Morgan, Treasurer
- Penny Fine, Secretary
- Ellen Best, At Large
Linda K. Myers is a nationally recognized corporate partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She leads the Firm’s Debt Finance Practice Group and is a member of Kirkland’s 15-attorney Global Management Executive Committee. Linda focuses her practice on debt financing transactions for private equity groups, commercial lending institutions, and major private and public companies.
Linda’s clients include Apple Vacations, Bain Capital, Burlington Coat Factory, Energy Future Holdings, Hanesbrands, IMC Global, KKR, Madison Dearborn Partners, Radio One and Zebra Technologies, among others.
She has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US. In 2015, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois honored Linda with a “Women of Achievement” award. The American Lawyer named her one of the “2014 Dealmakers of the Year,” and she was featured as one of the “20 Most Powerful Women in Chicago Business” by Crain’s.
A founding member of Kirkland’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, the Firm’s mentoring and professional development program for female attorneys, Linda also established the Firm’s Diversity Integration Task Force which determines policy and structural enhancements.
Linda is the President of the Catherine Cook School Board of Trustees and Vice President of the Friends of Prentice at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. She is a member of The Chicago Network Board of Directors, The Economic Club of Chicago, the American Bar Association Section of Business Law, the Illinois and New York State Bar Associations, the Women in Law Empowerment National Advisory Board, Center for WorkLife Law Board, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago Board of Directors.
Linda earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Linda's husband, Dennis, is also a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and they have three children, two of whom are Catherine Cook alumni and one who is currently in 7th Grade.
Lisa Snow is a Managing Director at Duff & Phelps in the Chicago office and part of the Disputes and Investigations practice. She possesses over 20 years of experience providing both expert witness testimony and financial valuation damages analysis in complex litigation and commercial dispute matters. Lisa has led numerous corporate investigations addressing a broad range of accounting and financial inquiries.
Lisa serves as an expert in matters in state and federal court as well as in arbitration. Lisa recently served in US District Court, Northern District of Illinois as Receiver of K.I.P., LLC and previously for Central Coast Nutraceuticals. Her industry experience includes financial services, professional services, healthcare, insurance, workers’ compensation, telecommunications services and equipment, and consumer goods. She performs work involving damages analysis, lost profits, forensic accounting analysis, class certification, data analysis, industry and market analysis, revenue and cost analysis, purchase price adjustments, sales history and pricing analysis.
Lisa has been involved in many highly publicized and noteworthy cases including the Spamhaus v. e360 matter where she served as the testifying damages expert. In a decision that supported Lisa’s testimony, plaintiffs were awarded $27,000 on a claim for over $120 million. The Seventh Circuit later reduced the award to $3, because, as Lisa testified in the district court, the award was based on lost revenue not lost profits.
Lisa serves as Vice-Chair for the Catherine Cook School Board of Trustees. She also serves on Board of Directors for Women Employed.She sits on the Board of Governors for the Metropolitan Planning Council, having previously served as Treasurer.Lisa is a Chicago Co-Founder for the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF).Lisa was a Vice-Chair for the Chicago Bar Foundation Investing in Justice Campaign in 2014 and 2015. She is a member of International Women’s Forum of Chicago and The Economic Club of Chicago where she serves on the Membership Committee.Lisa presents annually at the Practicing Law Institute’s Accounting for Lawyers course.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, with concentrations in finance and business strategy.
Keith Morgan has served on the Board since 2007, joined the Executive Committee as Secretary in 2012 and became Treasurer in 2014. He is a managing director in the Public Finance Investment Banking group at Piper Jaffray, where he manages education finance for colleges and universities nationwide. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago and is the parent of two graduates of Catherine Cook.
Penny Fine is a Senior Vice President and Business Development Officer at FirstMerit Bank Business Credit in Chicago. Prior to joining FirstMerit, Penny held various positions in the lending industry at JPMorgan Chase, CIT, GE Capital and Heller Financial. Penny started her career at Arthur Andersen in public accounting. She earned her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. In addition to her current Board position at CCS, she is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, Chicago Finance Exchange and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Penny lives in Deerfield with her husband Jay.
Ellen Best is the Managing Partner at Eire Direct Marketing, LLC in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Ellen founded Eire in 1997 and is proud to be a certified Women’s Business Enterprise organization.The team at Eire has the expertise to meet any marketing objective to grow their clients’ businesses – from strategy development and planning to customer engagement and implementation – focusing on customer acquisition and retention, branding and loyal behavior to deliver results.
Ellen began her career at Wunderman Worldwide and directed client services for national brands, some of which continue to be clients today at Eire.She is successful marketing to businesses and consumers for clients like the Alyce Paris, American Bar Association, American Dental Association, BP North America, ComEd, FleetCor Technologies, Mizuho, the Morton Arboretum.Ellen is an active member of the Women’s Energy Network , supporting STEM education and career opportunities for our Chicago youth.
For Catherine Cook, Ellen serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, and is the Chair of the Marketing Committee, responsible for working with the school’s administrative team on branding, admissions and community engagement, and Co-chair of the Trustee Nominating Committee.
Ellen lives in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood with her husband Greg, and son Christopher who is proud student at Catherine Cook!