do-over.me is a large, extended family of sorts. We come together because we are like-minded people who are always learning and growing and striving to do good in the world. We help each other by sharing our time, talents and treasures with others.

The "Shirtsleeves" Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is a dedicated and committed group of individuals who clearly understand the goals and vision of do-over.me. They bring a wealth of talent, imagination, creativity and compassion to their roles.

Cynthia K Wade, Founder and Managing Director

 Cynthia K Wade and Bella, the do-over.dog, our mascot

Cynthia K Wade and Bella, the do-over.dog, our mascot

Ms. Wade brings 30+ years of business experience to do-over.me, including 18+ years in B2B marketing, 10+ years recruiting and 7 years managing an educational program in a not-for-profit.  Her strengths include organization, management, marketing and sales.  Ms. Wade graduated from Illinois Institute of Art and also has certification from Harper College in Volunteer Management.  Ms. Wade is a founding director of Talk of the Town Toastmasters, serving as their first VP of Education.  She is an accomplished speaker, presenter and facilitator.  She is single, has a grown daughter and lives in Geneva, IL with her West Highland Terrier, Bella.  For more information on Bella, read her story here.  For more information on Cynthia, read her story here.

 Sybil Ege

Sybil Ege

Sybil Ege, Treasurer, Director of Finance

Ms. Ege has 30 years’ experience in corporate America in the Information Technology field, managing the development and implementation of large and complex software systems. She has also been a small business owner for over 14 years. Ms. Ege additionally managed the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Elgin Community College for close to six years until the center closed in 2016. She currently operates Oracle Business Planning, providing consulting services relating to financial and business planning. In 2017, Ms. Ege became a senior member of the Dream Hub, an Elgin company serving as an incubator ecosystem that supports the start-up and growth of food businesses. She oversees the educational programs for food entrepreneurs and farmers and guides planning activities and development of company-wide procedures. 

 

 Tiza Pyle

Tiza Pyle

Dr. Beatriz Pyle, Director of Member Services, Guiding Lights Coordinator

Dr. Beatriz “Tiza” Pyle brings her extensive professional experience in leadership development and executive coaching and team development to the Board of Directors at do-over.me. As a result of her own work experience and well-documented research on organizational effectiveness, Tiza believes that companies should focus on developing a culture that leverages both task achievement and people development to achieve better results and long term sustainability.
Dr. Pyle has accepted the position of Director of Client Services. She is also the Coordinator of the Guiding Lights.  Guiding Lights is an internal program of do-over.me, who provides its services as a career/community center for people that are unemployed, underemployed, or unhappily employed. Tiza is committed to “an active longevity” approach to life, and in her own business, works with clients who want to make changes in their lives to achieve this goal. She is bringing this commitment to do-over.me.


As a native of Brazil, Tiza offers workshops and coaching in English and Portuguese. Tiza is the co-founder of Human Synergistics-Brasil and its Sr. Consultant, and she travels abroad to support the development of local consultants. She lives with her husband, in St Charles, Illinois, USA. 

 

 Kathy Underwood

Kathy Underwood

Kathy Kremen Underwood, Acting Secretary, Director of Volunteer Services

Ms. Underwood has worked at not-for-profit organizations for 20 years. Her career started as a program manager at Clearbrook Center for developmentally disabled adults. She then worked in several restaurants while raising children. Currently, she is the Director of Religious Exploration and Education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin, and works as a tutor at a middle school for the Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. Kathy has volunteered for many organizations over the years. She graduated with a BS in Psychology   from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Kathy lives in South Elgin, IL with her partner, Todd. Their oldest child is grown, and two are still living at home.

 

George A Tattersfield, President Emeritus

 George Tattersfield

George Tattersfield

Mr. Tattersfield brought 40+ years of business experience to do-over.me. Most of his career was spent in the flooring business. His skill set includes management and sales. In addition, Mr. Tattersfield has done volunteer work at a not-for-profit for 8+ years. In that role he served as Treasurer and Annual Campaign Chairman as well as on several committees. He currently serves on the BOD at Lifelong Learning and is training his friend, Dickens, a yellow lab, as a therapy dog. Mr. Tattersfield is married with grown children and currently resides in St. Charles, IL with his wife, Gail.

 

 Brad Lipman   

Brad Lipman

 

Bradley R Lipman, Treasurer Emeritus

Mr. Lipman brought 30+ years experience in academia to do-over.me.  He has managed the media services departments of several community colleges.  He has a BA in Elementary Education and Child Development from Rockford College and a MA in AV Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  Mr. Lipman also brought experience working in a not-for-profit, serving as Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and heading up various committees.  He retired from Kishwaukee Community College in June 2014.  Mr. Lipman is married with grown children and lives in Batavia, IL with his wife, Doris.  Brad and Doris welcomed their first grandchild, Abigail Rose on February 14, 2017.

 

The "Blue Suit" Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is forming right now.  If you would like to join the Advisory Council please contact us.

Friends and Volunteers

Our Friends and Volunteers are the lifeblood!  We could not function without the many people who have dedicated large and small amounts of their time, talents and treasures to make do-over.me possible.

We respect that everyone is very busy and try hard to find opportunities to participate that match the needs of the volunteer.  We have fundraising events. housekeeping/decorating days, IT tune-ups, computer and research projects...There's always something that needs doing.

If you'd like to volunteer, please click here to contact us for details.

 Mary Lee Johanson, Office Manager

Mary Lee Johanson, Office Manager

 
 Abby Shaeffer, Communications Specialist

Abby Shaeffer, Communications Specialist

Mary Lee Johanson

Mary Lee Johanson is our volunteer Office Manager. She has been working with us since June 2015.  Mary Lee has a BA in Microcomputer Information Systems from De Paul University.  Retired and loving it, Mary Lee is still involved in networking and helping others.  She is a skilled customer service representative who increases customer satisfaction and enhances overall operations through an effective combination of people, communication and information management skills. Mary Lee lives in St. Charles with her grandson and their dog, Tessa.   

 

Abigail Sheaffer

Abby Sheaffer is do-over.me's Communications Specialist. Abby earned a BA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. In 2012, she launched Chicago Literati, an esteemed online literary journal. In 2014, Abby launched The Vignette Review, a prestigious literary quarterly that weds fine art and photography with short fiction. Abby's short fiction has been published eleven times and counting. In her free time, She dabbles in gourmet cooking and art. She resides in St. Charles. 

 

 

                          

 Laura Esposito, Social Justice Intern 2017-2018

Laura Esposito, Social Justice Intern 2017-2018

Laura Esposito

Laura Esposito, a first-year student at Adler University, is majoring in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is working with us on this project—Faces of the Fox—as her First Year Social Justice Practicum.

Laura is a graduate of St. Charles North High School. She and her fiancé, Francois, reside in Hoffman Estates with their dog, Coby.


 

 Nanette Shepardson, Social Justice Intern 2017-2018

Nanette Shepardson, Social Justice Intern 2017-2018

Nannette Shepardson

Nanette Shepardson, a second-year student at Adler University, is majoring in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She is working us on this project - Guiding Lights - as her Social Justice Practicum.  Nanette resides in Wheaton.

 

 

 Brandon Strickland, Social Justice Intern 2017-2018

Brandon Strickland, Social Justice Intern 2017-2018

 

Brandon Strickland

Brandon Strickland, a first-year student at Adler University, is majoring in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is working with us on this project — Guiding Lights — as his first year Social Justice Practicum. Brandon is single and resides in Bartlett.  

 

 

Abby Sheaffer is do-over.me's Communications Specialist. Abby earned a BA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. In 2012, she launched Chicago Literati, an esteemed online literary journal. In 2014, Abby launched The Vignette Review, a prestigious literary quarterly that weds fine art and photography with short fiction. Abby's short fiction has been published eleven times and counting. In her free time, She dabbles in gourmet cooking and art. She resides in St. Charles.