June D. Barnard
President and CEO
June is the curator of our curiosity mission, focusing the Foundation’s efforts on cultivating curiosity from the earliest education levels upwards. As an integral part of the Foundation from its inception in 2009, she became President & CEO of the board in 2014 and continues to evolve the Foundation’s mission and strategy. She is also a member of the Chicago Leadership Council for the Mayo Clinic.
As part of the Foundation’s redefined mission, she is embarking on new strategic partnerships, expanding and rebranding the Foundation, and raising awareness of the Foundation both on the local and national levels. She provides the vision, direction, inspiration and motivation, steering Driskill’s long-term success. contact: email@example.com
Paul P. Pyrcik
Director of Development
Paul is a key member of the Foundation’s leadership team. He enjoys working closely with donors, supporters, partners, and other interested friends to develop a shared understanding of their charitable giving priorities and to explore possible opportunities to support The Driskill Foundation’s exciting – and important – mission.
Paul’s background includes extensive philanthropic, relationship-building, and fundraising experience honed over more than 25 years in corporate giving, community investment, and healthcare and education resource development.
His community and professional involvement currently include volunteer board service with Metropolitan Family Services DuPage and with the Suburban Chicago Planned Giving Council (SCPGC). Paul is originally from Chicago. He and his wife Robin have two adult children and reside in west suburban Lisle, Illinois.
Director of Educational Programming
Maddy’s previous role as an Education Research Specialist and Hub Coordinator for InSciEd Out in Rochester, MN provided opportunities for international education experience, adult education practices, and curriculum development with educators ranging pre-k to undergraduate level instruction. Also included was the facilitation of professional development internships with an emphasis on community health need and scientific inquiry, quantitive and qualitative data collection and analysis, and project management.
At Driskill, she directs the strategic and long-range planning for the Foundation’s education programs. She identifies new partners and programs that align with the mission of the Foundation while continuing to develop current partnerships to cultivate curiosity and passion in the lives of students. She works directly with educators and partners to develop inquiry-based classrooms, explore students passions, and create meaningful long-term impact.
Maddy has a Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences from the University of MN – Rochester. contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Katelyn M. Moon
Executive Assistant & Business Coordinator
Katelyn is the hub of the Foundation. She provides high-level support for the President/CEO and administers the Foundation’s internal operations to ensure everything runs smoothly. In addition to the everyday tasks of coordinating meetings and schedules, she also prepares the taxes and financial data. She oversees new grant applications; manages relationships with current grantees; and coordinates events the Foundation is involved with. contact: email@example.com
President and CEO of the National Children’s Museum in Washington D.C. Her extensive network and years of non-profit experience, Crystal brings expertise in fundraising and community relations. She advises the team’s fundraising efforts, with a focus on securing philanthropic gifts and developing prospect strategies, including the cultivation, solicitation and follow-up activities with gift prospects and donors.
Timothy M. Kuzel, MD
Dr. Kuzel is a leading authority on developing innovative immunotherapy treatments for cancer, as professor of internal medicine and division chief of Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy. He is the division chief of Hematology, Oncology, and Cell Therapy at Rush University Medical Center. Kuzel was previously director of Northwestern University’s Driskill Immunotherapy Research Program, was a professor of medicine and dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and oversaw the Genitourinary and Cutaneous Oncology Programs at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. During which time he treated Mr. Barnard for melanoma until his passing.
Dr. Kuzel is a past winner of the American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Career Development Award and served as president of the Illinois Medical Oncology Society. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 journal articles, editorials and book chapters and edited a series of leading cancer treatments textbooks including “Cancer Treatment and Research: Immunoconjugate Therapy of Hematologic Malignancies. Keenly aware of the need for creating a pipeline for the next generation in the field of medicine and research, Dr. Kuzel is committed to igniting curiosity in the minds of today’s youth. We are honored to have Dr. Kuzel on our board
Wesley Miller has been in education over 18 years in Chicago. His experience as a teacher and instructional support leader provides the board with a voice that speaks to the needs of our youth and educational system they attend.
Wesley also provides professional development for network principals, assistant principals, next generation science standards, and career and college readiness. He observes teachers and provides feedback to improve classroom quality.
Since founding The Collins Law Firm in 1992, Shawn has been a frequent lecturer to bar associations, civic organizations and business groups on topics such as environmental contamination, business disputes, and effective communication. He has also participated as a key speaker in many webinars and conferences, sharing his environmental expertise and experience with the legal field.
Shawn has been named as one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers by The American Trial Lawyers Association from 2005 through 2016.Shawn has been honored as a finalist for the Daily Herald newspaper’s “person of the year” award for his work on behalf of the families in Lisle, Illinois to secure a safe source of drinking water after learning their groundwater had been contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) from a local manufacturing plant.
We are honored that Shawn has agreed to Chair our board.
Dr. Karim Mustafa
InSciEd Chicago Hub Coordinator
Dr. Mustafa is the InSciEd Chicago Hub Coordinator. His role is to provide support for our CPS partners to address the needs of all Chicago area students in the context of scientific inquiry. As a research scientist at Lurie Children’s Hospital focusing on mental health and addiction. Karim’s job is to facilitate partnerships between scientists, educators, industry, and other community partners to rebuild science education practices and bring available technology and mentorship to the students to help them become more informed about science and more empowered for better and healthier living.