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Board of Directors


Debbie Powers
President
dpowers@kidsworkchildrensmuseum.org

I joined the KidsWork Board of Directors in late 2013. I later served Treasurer, and I am now in the second year of my second term as President of the Board. I have enjoyed being a part of the museum, and seeing it change and grow in recent years. I’m looking forward to the addition of new STEM exhibits soon! My husband, Tom, and I run Safety Meeting Outlines, Inc., a second-generation, family-owned publishing company here in Frankfort. Tom and I have lived in Frankfort with our three daughters for 17 years. We greatly enjoy living in Frankfort. When I’m not working or volunteering at KidsWork, I enjoy scrapbooking, traveling, and downhill skiing.

 

 

 

Belinda Basso    
President Elect
bbasso@kidsworkchildrensmuseum.org

I joined the KWCM Board in November 2016 and have had the pleasure to participate or Chair in the Annual Fundraiser Committee, Exhibits Committee, and other important committees that are moving the museum forward with exciting momentum! I currently work in Capital Markets at Northern Trust, and have been with Northern Trust in various positions for over 20 years. I moved to Frankfort in 2007 from Chicago with my husband and three energetic boys. I also lived in Frankfort briefly during high school back when there was only one Lincoln Way! My hobbies include travel, learning Italian, running, and spending time with my family, I joined the KWCM Board in order to give back, engage with my community, and promote Frankfort as a special place to live, work, and play! I am excited to see where the museum goes as we are endeavoring to make it extraordinary!

 

 

 

Marleen Thom
Vice President
mthom@kidsworkchildrensmuseum
I am a founding member of KidsWork Children’s Museum, I am part of the Exhibits committee for the museum and I do the purchasing for the MoJo Market at the museum. I grew up in Frankfort then attended college in Florida only to find my way back to begin my career as an educator and raise my family. I taught preschool and Kindergarten for 13 years in the Frankfort School District. Now, I am blessed to be able to stay at home with my four girls. I enjoy spending my free time traveling with my family, especially to the beach, and exploring everything our area has to offer. My hobbies are usually art related such as making shirts and other personalized items. Frankfort is wonderful place to live, work and play and I look forward continuing my role on the museum board.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Fahey
Treasurer
kfahey@kidsworkchildrensmuseum.org

I joined the KWCM Board in December of 2017 and am part of the exhibits committee, focused on adding and enhancing our interactive opportunities.  Recently, I became Treasurer, focused on ensuring KWCM continues to follow a solid financial path.  I’m a former math teacher and degreed engineer with a focus on integrating technology into classrooms in a meaningful, authentic way.  My passion is using technology to level the playing field so all students have access to the same information while also providing them non-traditional ways to show what they have learned.  I currently live and work in Lockport, after living in Texas for 10 years.  While I miss the warm weather, the southwest suburbs are home and I’m happy to be back with my husband and son.  My hobbies include reading, visiting new places, being with my family and friends, and most recently, learning how to quilt.  Being a part of the KWCM board has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to what’s to come!  

 

 

 

Erica Petro
Secretary
epetro@kidsworkchildrensmuseum.org

I joined the KWCM Board in January 2018 in order to complete one of my New Year’s resolutions: give back to the community. I jumped right in as Secretary and began to volunteer for KWCM events as well as participate as a member of the Annual Fundraising Committee. As a local Teaching Artist, Zumbini Instructor, and mother of a small child, I am deeply committed to the success and advancement of the museum and the Frankfort community. When not working or volunteering you can find me exploring the Chicagoland theatre and dance scene, spending time with my husband and daughter, or snuggling up with my dog. I look forward to continuing to serve the museum and all its future endeavors.

 

 

 

Cheryl Hamill
Board Member
chamill@kidsworkchildrensmuseum.org

Elected to the Board in March 2018, I am one of the newest Board Members and have had the pleasure of participating on the Fundraising Committee and in many of the organized activities in which the Museum participates.  I originally moved to Frankfort while in grade school and, like Ms. Basso, attended Lincoln Way High School when there was just one!  I spent many wonderful years at the University of Iowa, first majoring in Biology and then going on, of course, to earn my law degree!  I just celebrated my 24th anniversary with the AT&T Law Department.  I lived in the City for many years and moved to Mokena in 2017 when my husband retired from the Chicago Fire Department.  I always knew I would move back to give back.  My clients are primarily based in New York and Boston and you will often find me extending my business trips to take advantage of the rich culture in those cities.  In addition to my love of travel and theater, I enjoy biking, reading, puzzles and logging many miles and quality hours with my two best friends, Bogie and Scarlett.  Oh, and retaining my title as Best Aunt Ever.

 

 

 

Nancy Kuglin
Board Member
nkuglin@kidsworkchildrensmuseum.org

I joined the KWCM Board in 2018, although several years ago, I also served on the Education Committee and was the Tuesday morning storyteller! I have more than 30 years experience in education, teaching early childhood special education, providing developmental therapy for infants in the Early Intervention System and supervising a Prevention Initiative Program for at risk children, birth to 3, and their families. I love my current job as a Resource Specialist with StarNet, providing support and technical assistance regionally to professionals and families of young children, birth through eight, with an emphasis on children with special needs. I’ve lived in Frankfort with my husband, Jim, for over 25 years and share our home with our two Labs. My hobbies include planning outings to our Michigan cottage with family and friends, spending lots of time with my grandchildren, reading and sewing. I joined the KWCM Board to be an integral part of future planning to implement engaging, interactive exhibits and interesting events at KWCM!

 

 

 

 Sarah Verbeke Machamer, Ed. D.
 Board Member
 smachamer@kidsworkchildrensmuseum.org

 I joined the KidsWork Board of Directors in 2019, I have nearly three decades of experience in the field of elementary education, working as a classroom teacher, a reading specialist, and a consultant supporting reading instruction in urban charter schools across the country. Currently, I serve as the literacy coach   at Balmoral Elementary School in Crete, IL. I have lived in Frankfort since 2000 with my husband and three children. My hobbies include weight training,   cooking, gardening, and reading. I am exited to be a part of the KidsWork family.

 

 

 

 

 Randi McManus
 Board Member
 rmcmanus@kidsworkchildrensmuseum.org

I was elected to the KWCM board in March 2019. I have been an elementary school teacher for over twelve years.  I am currently the fourth grade math and science teacher at Andrew Jackson Language Academy in Chicago.  Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked in Radiation Therapy as a Radiation Therapist/Medical Dosimetrist for twenty two years. I live in Chicago and have been married to my husband Matt for 31 years. We have two sons, a daughter-in-law and a grandson who we love to spend time with. We love going up to Wisconsin to our little cottage on the weekends and we enjoy traveling by car so that we can explore. I am very excited to part of the KWCM family.

 

 

 

 

 Karla Nunnally
 Board Member
 knunnally@kidsworkchildrensmuseum.org

I joined the KWCM Board in December of 2017. I am part of the exhibits committee.  I currently live in the southwest suburbs. I love giving back and participating in the community with my work with KWCM, Girl Scouts as a troop leader, and a blogger.