Tom founded Dreams for Kids in 1989 at the request of his mother, Patricia Tuohy, a single parent of four children. Abandoned by his father at eight years old, Tom was deeply influenced by mentors who introduced him to a level of suffering in other children far worse than his own difficult challenges and presented him with a vastly different worldview.
Tom is an attorney, author and public speaker and is convinced social entrepreneurship will solve our local and global social issues. Learn more about Tom
Jeff is a Financial Consultant with LPL Financial. Having worked in the corporate finance and management consulting fields for more than ten years, Jeff has gained the skills necessary to provide competent, reliable advice to help investors work towards their financial goals. He has been actively participating in Dreams for Kids through the Associate Board since 2011 & Executive Board since 2015. Currently, Jeff resides in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago with and his wife, Katie and two kids where they enjoy frequenting local businesses and taking part in community activities.
Jeff is active as an alumni of Fairfield University, Loyola University, and Loyola Academy. Jeff received his BA in International Studies from Fairfield University and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago Quinlan Graduate School of Business in finance and international business.
Shery is the Chief Marketing Office for Advantaged Futures, a premier futures brokerage firm. Shery is responsible for the day-to-day marketing operations and oversees marketing strategy for the firm. Shery is active in civic and philanthropic organizations including Open Heart Magic (2009) and Dreams for Kids (2009). She holds an Associates degree from South Suburban College and also attended DePaul University
Michael Burke is a digital media entrepreneur and executive. He was an early employee at HotJobs.com (IPO/acquired by Yahoo!), Director at Webs.com (acquired by Vistaprint) and Co-Founder of native advertising pioneer, appssavvy. Michael currently leads Strategy and Partnerships at Curiosity. Burke is a mentor at Techsters and advisor to L Street Collaborative and Wide Open Media. He is a graduate of Boston College and lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and 3 daughters.
With over 11 years working in startup technology, Beth’s passion is working with youth to create tech products that make a positive impact in the world. Her organization Community Startups pairs Chicago Public School students with industry professionals and entrepreneurs each summer to launch their products at market, generating revenue for scholarships. Coming from a military family, she believes that through collaboration and service in the community, we can find solutions to life toughest problems.
Ryan F. Evans is a managing partner with Blueprint Wealth Advisors, LLC. Since 2004, Ryan has been helping families create, preserve, and protect wealth by developing and implementing their personalized financial ‘Blueprint.’ He co-founded Blueprint Wealth Advisors based on the principal that every recommendation made is dependent solely on the client’s individual needs and not those of the typical Wall Street business model where a firm sells its products to meet its sales goals.
Ryan has also developed a specialty working with retirement plans—defined benefit, defined contribution (401(k)/403(b), and nonqualified plans—for a variety of institutional clients, including corporations and not-for-profits. His main focus is on helping participants achieve retirement security while simultaneously helping his plan sponsor clients meet their fiduciary responsibility and minimize both personal and organizational risk.
Ryan is a CHARTERED FINANCIAL CONSULTANT (ChFC®) professional, an ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY (AIF®), holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations, and received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Illinois Champaign Urbana. Ryan is proud to have been recognized as a Financial Times Top 400 Advisor for 20151 and Chicago Magazine’s Five Star Wealth Manager Award since 2013.
Prior to joining Blueprint Wealth Advisors, Ryan was an options trader on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange for five years. He lives in Elmhurst with his wife, Andria, and his two daughters, Abigail and Delaney. Ryan enjoys anything outdoors, music, spending time with his family and friends, and in his free time he attempts to play golf.
Nate Gabriel Blackburn is a strong proponent of community service and development and has a passion of pushing people and organizations to the highest level of excellence. Mr. Blackburn was a founding partner in an investment group that targeted small business opportunities within urban communities. This entity successfully bought and sold a chain of retail cellular communication locations that provided local area jobs.
Currently, Mr. Blackburn provides personal development, executive coaching, and mentorship to young professionals and small business. In addition to Dreams for Kids, Nate’s board work includes a current board role with Connections for the Homeless, an Evanston based, affordable housing and Homelessness alleviation non-profit, as well as reoccurring work with The Chicago International Social Change Film Festival.
Nate’s professional experience includes positions at Merrill Lynch, Houlihan Capital and Food for Thought. He currently works as the Vice President of Sales, Client On-boarding for Acquirent, the leading Sales Outsourcing firm, where he is responsible for executing new client engagements and leading diverse client sales teams. Mr. Blackburn holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance and Economics from DePaul University, and an MBA in Finance from Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. Nate and his wife are Chicagoans who love to experience life through travel, the arts, and athletic adventures.
Peter is a former hedge fund manager and presently a wealth advisor at Morgan Stanley. He is deeply passionate about giving back along with paying it forward. Being an entrepreneur himself at a young age he realizes the importance of social entrepreneurship and many of the vital learning mechanism that come with running your own business.
Peter holds a BA from Northwestern University and is born and raised in Chicago.
Sagar Seth is Chairman of U.S. Operations for MKM Partners, LLC. Sagar joined MKM Partners in 2014 as a Managing Director and Head of Midwest Equities, where he started the firm’s first Chicago office. He built a team of professionals and quickly grew MKM’s presence in 11 states and 20 cities across all business lines including sales, trading, research, derivatives, and event event-driven arbitrage.
Mr Sheth previously served as Director in the Global Markets Division of Deutsche Bank, where he was a top ranked Institutional Equities Salesperson covering some of their largest clients globally. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he spent nearly four years at UBS Investment Bank in the Equities Group. He also held positions at as an Associate Quantitative Analyst at UBS Global Asset Management and as a Business Analyst at Morgan Stanley’s Discover Financial Services Group.
In his personal time, Mr Sheth gives back to the community as an Adjunct Professor at the IIT Stuart School of Business in Chicago teaching a course on Investment Banking, Global Markets, and Hedge Funds. He is member of the Board of Directors of the Israel Idonije Foundation, and is an active supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Foundation for Educating Children with Autism, and the S.M.I.L.E. Organization. He is also an investor in a wide variety of businesses and start-ups ranging from education, technology, hospitality, and finance.
Mr Sheth received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and he graduated from University of Michigan with a Bachelors in Economics. He is also a Licensed Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker and holds multiple securities licenses. He grew up in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and currently lives in the River North area of the city.
Steve is a creative corporate relations and fundraising professionally skilled at raising revenue and awareness for non-profit organizations. Steve has served as the Vice President of Corporate Engagement for Alzheimers Association, the Vice president of Corporate Development for Community Health Charities of America. Currently, Steve is the director of Philanthropy for Eversight, a charitable, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation, and research.
Steve holds a BA from Northern Illinois University and an MA from Aurora University.