JourneyCare extends a hearty welcome to each of our new Board of Trustee members, and thanks them for their service! Get to know a little more about each new member below.
Barrington community supporter and volunteer
Melissa was the founding Board President of BStrong Together, a Barrington area coalition that provides programs and resources for parents as they navigate issues around raising happy, healthy, resilient children. She has also held leadership positions in several Barrington parent-teacher organizations. She joins JourneyCare with a special place in her heart for the pediatric programs.
Anthony Iosco, JD
Retired, Cook County Judge
Prior to his election to the bench in 2000, Anthony spent nearly 20 years in private practice and also served as an assistant attorney general, chief of general prosecutions for State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, and commercial loan attorney for the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. He was also an adjunct faculty member at the John Marshall Law School and has taught classes for the Northern Illinois University MBA program and in the Northern Illinois University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. Anthony is a proud member of the Northern Illinois University College of Law’s first graduating class (1978).
Anthony is active in his community and is passionate for his alma matter. He has served as the President Northern Illinois University Alumni Association, a member of the Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council, and on the Board of Trustees for Northern Illinois University.
Howard Lapin, JD, CPA
Attorney and CPA, Solo Practitioner
Howard is a solo practitioner in Buffalo Grove, Illinois advising clients on taxes, employee benefits and business issues. He retired from the Segal Company, an employee benefits consulting firm after 23 years, where he was the Compliance Manager and Vice President advising employers and plan administrators on a wide variety of employee benefit issues. Howard was also an attorney at William M. Mercer for 8 years and an attorney at Margolin and Brandwein, a law firm, for 4 years. He has conducted seminars and given speeches for numerous organizations including the International Foundation of Employee Benefits, Illinois CPA Society, Chicago Bar Association, and Lorman Education. He was a past chairperson of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Illinois CPA Society. Howard is also an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School where he has developed and taught courses on cash or deferred arrangements and the Affordable Care Act.
Program Officer, Topfer Family Foundation
Cathy McCann currently serves as a Program Officer for the Topfer Family Foundation. In this role, she manages $1m in annual philanthropic giving to over 40 nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area. Cathy has over 19 years of experience in nonprofit administration as a staff member, consultant, board member, and grant maker. She began her nonprofit career in the Education Department at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she was responsible for overseeing the largest arts education program in the Midwest. As Program Director for the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, NC, she was responsible for managing the grant-making processes for local arts organizations and individual artists. For the past 10 years, she has also served as a grant writing consultant and researcher for various nonprofit organizations.
Cathy is an active volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House Charities and received the 2019 WSPN Distinguished Service Person of the Year for her volunteer work with the West Suburban Philanthropic Network. Cathy and her husband, Adin, manage The Sadie McCann Fund, a charity started in memory of their daughter, Sadie Elizabeth, which is dedicated to supporting families who have a child with Aicardi syndrome. Cathy received her B.S. in Arts Administration from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. She enjoys traveling, cooking, playing tennis, and spending time with her 13-year old rescue German Shepherd mix, Baxter.
Meg Schmitz (Layton)
Meg’s deep knowledge of franchising started in the 1990s, when she opened the first of five Great Clips salons in the Chicago area. As the president of the Chicago area owners’ co-op and liaison to corporate executive staff, Meg witnessed other owners struggling because they bought a franchise that wasn’t the best fit. Now, after nearly 20 years as a franchise consultant, Meg has helped hundreds determine whether business ownership, especially franchising, is the right vehicle for their personal and financial success.
With a degree in Counseling Psychology and work as a certified Mediator and hospice volunteer, as well as an Angel Investor and business owner alongside her husband (Peter J Layton), Meg is attuned to the importance of asking the right questions and listening, which allows her candidates to hone their questions/concerns about business ownership into a refined investigation to match them with the best business opportunity.