Our Board of Directors

Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC’s PORTLANDIA, the executive producer and star of Amazon’s new series, FOREVER and can next be seen on a Spanish...

Edgar Blackmon

Edgar Blackmon is from Richton Park, Illinois.  He is an alumnus of Chicago’s famed Second City Mainstage.  Edgar currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kelli and their two exceptional children....

Jennifer Candy

Jennifer was born in Toronto, Canada.  She spent most of her growing up in LA with summer vacations to her family farm just North of Toronto. She attended Loyola Marymount University...

Kirk Crenshaw

Kirk Crenshaw has over 25 years of experience as an executive, entrepreneur and start-up advisor. Kirk’s experience includes leading marketing at high-tech companies such...

Scott Goldstein

Scott Goldstein is a creative professional, consultant and investor living in Chicago who is currently serving as Manager of Acorn Investment Partners.  An alumnus Director of the...

Shantira Jackson

Shantira is an alumni of the legendary Second City Mainstage.  She hails from Tallahassee, Florida and is a graduate of The Florida State University.  She is an inaugural Bob Curry...

Liz Kozak

Liz Kozak is an award-winning producer, writer and editor who has proudly been involved with Letters to Santa since 2013.  She is currently a writer and producer at The Second...

Michael Morden

Michael Morden is a partner in the law firm of Honigman LLP.  A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and New York University School of Law’s LL.M. program, he serves...

Rashida Olayiwola

A born and bred Chicago native, Rashida attended Northern Illinois University and is an NBC Universal/The Second City Bob Curry Fellow, Jim Zulevic Chicago Arts Recipient...

Katie Rich

Lifelong Chicagoan and diehard Bears fan Katie Rich studied at Northwestern University before travelling with Second City Theatricals and Second City Touring Company...

Amber Ruffin

Nebraska native Amber Ruffin got her start doing community theater and improv in Omaha, but her talent soon earned her spots on bigger stages including Boom Chicago...

Heather Whinna

President

Heather Whinna has been fulfilling wishes addressed to Santa for 20 years and has dedicated most of her life to creating convenient opportunities for...

Ashley Nicole Black

Ashley Nicole Black grew up in Los Angeles, attending UC Santa Cruz where she created her own major called Performance Studies and after graduation moved to the Chicago...

Alexander Burke

Alexander Burke is an established music professional that has worked as a film and television musical writer and composer, music supervisor and director, musical performer as well...

Jesse Cannady

Secretary

Jesse Cannady works in the live entertainment business industry with a background in non-profit management. In his current post as Business Development manager at...

Chelsea Devantez

Chelsea Devantez grew up all over the Southwest before landing in New Mexico. She studied at the United World College and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts on scholarships....

Drew Hester

Treasurer

Drew Hester is a licensed IL Certified Public Accountant with 15+ years of experience in Finance.  He is currently VP Corporate Controller & Global ...

TJ Jagodowski

TJ Jagodowski is an improviser, director and teacher who has been active in the Chicago theater world for the last 20 years.  He was a member of Second City’s Mainstage and ETC...

Kate Lambert

Kate Lambert is an actress, writer, producer, and improviser.  Along with the other members of the sketch/improv group “The Katydids,” she writes, stars in and executive produces...

Brad Morris

A Chicago native, Brad Morris is an actor, writer and producer known for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Cougar Town and Bajillion Dollar Propertie$.  Brad is...

Chris Redd

Chris Redd was born in St. Louis and moved to Naperville, IL when he was 8.  After giving up a future as a rapper, he turned to comedy. Chris toured Europe and the US with The Second City...

Sam Richardson

Born and raised in Detroit, Sam enjoys travelling to Ghana once or twice a year to visit his grandfather W.A. Wiafe who was a chief and local political leader.  Sam graduated from the...

Spencer Tweedy

Spencer Tweedy is a musician based in Chicago.  Through his collaborations with his father, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, Spencer has performed on albums by Mavis Staples...

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