Community Leaders Making a Difference
Our board is comprised of people of achievement whose reputation within our community is one of leadership and integrity. We count on our board members for governance and active participation in furthering the mission of Interfaith Community Partners.
Our board members support us in a variety of ways, including:
- Assistance in developing community awareness
- Participation in fundraising
- Avoidance of conflicts of interest
- Advisory services to the president about the operation of the organization
- Adherence to fiduciary responsibility
- Leadership in fund development, including reasonable personal gifts
Mary Pat Flaherty, President
Mary Pat Flaherty is an attorney practicing in Western Springs. She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University of Chicago and earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Her volunteer positions have included La Grange Park Public Library District board member and president, Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout Troop Treasurer, and several positions at St. Francis Xavier Catholic parish, including Eucharistic Minister and Coordinator and Finance Council member. Mary Pat is married to Mike and they have four children ranging in age from 21 to 27.
Kathleen King, Vice President
Kathleen King is an associate professor of education at North Central College in Naperville, IL, and has served as principal, assistant principal, and curriculum director in K-12 schools. She and her husband Brian have five children, serve as volunteers with St. John of the Cross Parish, and are involved in foster care. Kathleen has served Interfaith Community Partners since 2002 as a volunteer, board president, committee member, grant writer, and currently as a board member. She is a true believer in the mission of ICP and its impact on community building.
Julianne Rizzo, Secretary
Julianne Rizzo is a Certified Senior Advisor and owner of Oasis Senior Advisors of Southwest Chicago, which assists families in navigating senior living options. Julianne has over two decades of healthcare experience as a Registered Nurse and earned her MBA in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University. She has worked in non-profits her entire professional career and volunteers for the Alzheimer’s foundation, Cubs charity, and Chicago food depository. Julianne is a lifelong resident of Westchester and an avid Cubs fan. We are grateful for the insights and guidance Julianne is sure to bring to the ICP Board!
Andy Gore, Treasurer
Andy and his wife, Ann, have lived in Western Springs for 38 years and have two daughters who both live in the East Bay Area of California. Andy started his career in public accounting in 1979 and then moved on to work for Baxter International in Deerfield, where he retired as Senior Tax Counsel in 2014. He has served as the president of the Chicago chapter of the Tax Executives Institute and the St. John of the Cross school board. Andy also serves the Thomas Ford Memorial Library as both treasurer and board member. After retirement, Andy tutored students at Arrupe College for three years as part of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. He has been providing transportation to our care partners for the past year and especially enjoys the free continuing education he receives during his rides.
Other Board Members
Mardel Graffy worked in accounting and finance for over 35 years. She started her career in public accounting and then moved into corporate accounting and finance with FMC and FMC Technologies, where she held various roles in consolidations, financial reporting and as Controller and Pension Benefits Manager for FMC’s employee service center. She recently retired as Chief Financial Officer of Rubicon Technology, Inc. Mardel has resided in Indian Head Park for 30 years and is a member of St. John of the Cross. In addition to driving for ICP, she is a Garden Angel for SJC and, during tax season, a volunteer for the VITA tax preparation program that prepares tax returns for low income earners.
Bob Grecco is a CPA who is part owner/operator of companies in Illinois, California, Minnesota, and New York. He has lived in Western Springs for 40 years with his wife of 43 years, Ginny. Bob has two daughters and three grandchildren. He has served on ICP’s Board of Directors at various times during the organization’s history, beginning almost with its inception 23 years ago. Over the years, Bob has served as a driver, treasurer, and president. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Men’s Club at St. John of the Cross Parish and sings in the choir. He also volunteers each year for the SJC Parish Festival, Brew Moon, and Endless Summerfest. On a national level, Bob serves on the Board of Directors of Alpha Phi Delta Foundation, an organization that raises money not only to support the fraternity but also to assist in charitable and philanthropic endeavors.
Michelle is Vice President, Director of Social Impact at the Leo Burnett advertising agency. In partnership with executive leadership, she is responsible for integrating social responsibility strategy. Her role strengthens, streamlines, and grows the agency’s commitment to pro-bono clients, community & employee engagement, and charitable giving.
Michelle’s personal and professional passion is sharing her time, talent, and resources with non-profit organizations. She has a long history of local to global volunteering and has sat on non-profit boards to share her network and marketing & communication skills for the greater good.
Supporting older adults has been a consistent and heartfelt endeavor throughout Michelle’s life. The mission of ICP is so very important to Michelle and she’s grateful to have the opportunity to serve on the board.