Board - Andrea's Hope Foundation

Bart Harris - President

Bart Harris majored in Psychology and English in college but did not receive his degree. Photography was his chosen field as a teenager and he used three years of college to get a more rounded education while pursuing photography on his own by taking photographs, working for several magazines and freelancing for advertising agencies. Bart is self-taught as a photographer but worked for three highly visible studios until the age of twenty three when he started his own photography studio as a fashion photographer and a humor-centered advertising photographer. His accomplishments piled on at an early age and Bart produce a dozen television commercials a year from 1970 until 1980, as a cameraman/director. He has Clios, Chicago Film Festival awards and nearly 100 other photography awards received over more then fifty years in "The Business" of advertising photography.
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Erma Tranter - Treasurer

Erma Tranter is an experienced urban planner who specializes in parks, recreation, and environmental planning. She served as President and Executive Director of Friends of the Parks (FOTP) for 34 years. She is currently a consultant on parks, playgrounds and environmental issues in Chicago. Under her leadership of Friends of the Parks, the organization successfully worked to safeguard, protect and improve thousands of acres of land for parks, playgrounds, forest preserves and trails. She worked to save over 200 acres of lakefront land from proposed private development and advocated for hundreds of new acres of parks in Chicago's neighborhoods.
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Joel Harris - Secretary

Although Joel grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago, he has always considered himself a Chicagoan. Shortly after receiving his undergraduate degree in psychology from Loyola University Chicago, Joel was hired as Special Facilities Supervisor at the Park District of Highland Park where he met his wife, Amy, 20+ years ago. While the Park District was putting the final touches on a newly built state-of-the-art aqua park, Joel helped hire and manage a 75 person staff. He then transitioned into residential real estate sales throughout the Chicagoland area, where he received multiple sales awards. After a four year stint with Coldwell Banker, Joel decided to make another career move which landed him with State Farm, as an insurance consultant. After gaining fourteen years of personal lines experience with State Farm, Joel successfully transitioned into a brokerage role with TrueNorth Companies.
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Gene Deutscher - Board Member

Mr. Deutscher's career in healthcare commenced after his graduation from Duke University and his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps with the rank of Captain in 1968. Several years of learning at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation followed the Marine Corps. He enrolled in the hospital administration graduate program at Columbia University in New York City, graduating in 1973. In 1975, he completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowship at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Career opportunities have included the Greenville (S.C.) Hospital System, Humana, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Tarrant County Hospital District (TX) and numerous consultative engagements including the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Fort Worth, Texas. An active runner until recently, in 1980 he was honored in being selected to represent the State of Texas on the Torch Relay Team for the 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, New York.
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Aaron Harris - Board Member

Aaron Harris is a resident of Micanopy, Florida and Owner of My Hometown Agency, a full service Insurance agency in Ocala Florida. He grew up in Glencoe, Illinois, twenty miles north of Chicago, where he attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. Aaron had several jobs between high school and attending the University of Toledo College of Engineering where he considered a career in the auto industry. Two years after returning to the Chicago area, he accepted a job in insurance sales and customer service working for a State Farm Insurance agency located near his parents home in the Chicago suburbs. Aaron has more then twenty years experience working with a variety of insurance lines while working for four different insurance companies. His many years of experience led to Aaron recently opening the doors of his own insurance agency in Ocala.
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Shannon Mangiameli - Board Member

Shannon Mangiameli is a real estate professional at Lincoln Property Company. As the Vice President of Project Services, she is responsible for the regional oversight of building renovations and tenant improvements for Lincoln's Midwest portfolio in Chicagoland, Missouri and Ohio. Shannon graduated with her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, completed a year-long, post-professional urban design program at ArcheWorks and most recently was awarded a Goldie Wolfe Miller Merit Scholarship to complete her MBA at Roosevelt University. She is a LEED Green Associate and IL Real Estate Broker.
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Sandie Bacon - Board Member

Sandie Bacon is a classically trained, versatile artist known both for her drawing/painting, her murals and public installations. She has an MFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has lived throughout the United States- from California to NYC. She shows on a national basis, locally at the Dandelion Gallery in Waukegan and at the AOB Gallery in Lake Forest. Sandie has received numerous mural and corporate commissions, including a collaboration with John Hatlestad with the Chicago Tree project up for the year just south of the Peggy Noteabaert Nature Museum.
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Dr. Nanajan Yakoub MD, DABFP - Board Member

Dr. Nanajan Yakoub is a family medicine doctor in Chicago, Illinois and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Swedish Covenant Hospital. She received her medical degree from Rush Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
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