Cat Tager, President

Cat Tager joined the CircEsteem Board of Directors in 2012. She is an Arts Administrator, musician and educator with hands-on experience in program development, management training and marketing strategy. Most recently she was the Marketing Director for the Old Town School of Folk Music where she oversaw the School’s rebranding in 2011 and focused the School’s marketing efforts for the expansion of its Lincoln Square campus in 2012.  Cat is an accomplished musician and teaches guitar at the Old Town School.

Lisa Silverman, Vice President

Lisa joined the board in 2011.  She is a Managing Director at K2 Intelligence, LLC; a corporate investigative and consulting firm.  She has extensive experience working with a diverse client base to develop effective solutions to a wide range of issues.  She has worked in for-profit and non-profit environments, and has spent many years volunteering for organizations that support youth and youth advocacy.

Meredith George, Secretary

Meredith joined CircEsteem’s board of directors in 2007. She has been an attorney since 1982. Meredith currently works as an educator in CircEsteem’s HomeWork CircusWork program. In addition, she volunteers on and off boards for various organizations in the Chicago area. She has three children, one of whom has been in CircEsteem since 2001.

Liz Kloster, Treasurer

Liz Kloster  joined the board in January of 2013. She is a CPA and manager at Crowe Horwath, a Chicago public accounting firm that specializes in not-for-profit accounting. She is a resident and member of the Uptown community and a mother of an aspiring circus performer.

Kristin Loeks Jackson

Kristin joined the CircEsteem board in 2016. She is the pastor of Living Water Community Church, a multi-lingual and multi-ethnic congregation in Rogers Park. She was initially invited to attend a CircEsteem show by several of the youth in her congregation who are also CircEsteem performers. She loves the creative, positive community of artists that CircEsteem has cultivated. Prior to being a pastor, Kristin taught for about ten years, mostly at Warren W. Cherry Preschool in Evanston. At one point or another, she’s taught every age from preschool through college. She has degrees from Wheaton College, Loyola University and North Park Theological Seminary.

Stacey Empson

Stacey joined CircEsteem’s board of Directors in 2015. She is a Partner at PwC, specializing in healthcare advisory services, and has more than 20 years of leadership and business consulting experience in health information technology, law, and transformation. Stacey has held many industry and philanthropic board seats, and is a frequent speaker at healthcare industry events. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and she has been named to the Women Business Leaders of the Health Care Industry Foundation. Stacey’s daughter has attended CircEsteem classes since 2013.

Craig Jeffrey

Craig D. Jeffrey joined CircEsteem’s board of directors in 2011.  He is a partner at Bryan Cave, LLP where his practice focuses on commercial real estate and finance. In addition to his role at CircEsteem, Craig also serves as a board member of Chicago Youth Centers and Quad Communities Development Corporation.  Craig has focused on youth services and education related boards since he joined the St. Louis Charter School Board back in 2001.

Merili Seale

Merili joined CircEsteem’s Board of Directors in 2012. She is an associate at BryanCave LLP. Her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and counseling, as well as commercial litigation matters in both federal and state courts.

Viviane Clement

In 2002, a year after Viviane Clement’s arrival to the United State from Egypt she joined CircEsteem. In the seven years she spent with CircEsteem she was a student, a teacher, a performer, Summer Camp Director, and now board member. CircEsteem has played an important role in shaping her to be the person she is today, and continues to do so by supporting her goals for the future. Viviane is a Posse Foundation Scholarship recipient and recent graduate from Carleton College where she majored in Sociology.

Sally Sharp

Sally works as Head of Student Life at Sacred Heart Schools in Chicago and has over twenty-five years of experience working as an educational administrator developing programs and overseeing support services for children and young adults. For the past five years she has worked with CircEsteem to offer an afterschool circus class at Sacred Heart and regularly calls on CircEsteem to assist with other fun activities at school.

Amy Hill

Amy Hill joined the board in 2015. She is a licensed social worker and the youth program manager at RefugeeOne, a refugee resettlement agency in Uptown. She has worked closely with staff at CircEsteem for many years in mutual support of refugee youth. Amy has a masters of social work from Loyola University Chicago and a masters of Child Development from the Erikson Institute. Prior to her work at RefugeeOne, she worked with youth in a variety of diverse settings, including Ghana, Kenya, the Bronx, and Guatemala.

Suzy Weinberg

Suzy Kahn Weinberg joined the board in the Spring of 2016. She has become increasingly involved with CircEsteem over the past few years. Her son, Aidan is on pre-team and is best known for leading the diabolo performances at the last several circuses. Suzy is the producer of a podcast called The Big Payoff, conversations about the changing workplace today. She is also the co-producer of a monthly live lit (stories on stage) series called “Is This a Thing?” Suzy is the chair of the Bernard Zell School annual campaign and serves on the Strategic Development Committee and the Endowment Committee. Suzy has been involved with Chicago Scholars, helping Chicago’s under-served high school seniors apply to college.