Jeanne OsgoodBoard Chair
Social & Emotional Learning
Jeanne's community involvement and career have focused on education including the arts, youth development, and social and emotional learning (SEL) since settling with her husband, Mark, in the Burr Ridge area in 1990 to raise their children.
She has been a consultant to area schools and districts implementing SEL, worked for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), and participated on statewide committees of the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership. In 2009, she received a Those Who Excel Award from the IL State Board of Education for her leadership in District 181 to initiate SEL system-wide.
As a board member of the District 181 Foundation, she developed its programming for parents. Prior to her work in K-12 schools, Jeanne taught at the Art Institute of Chicago, area museums, and DePaul University's School for New Learning.
She attended the University of Michigan (BA) and the University of Chicago (MA).
Jeanne enjoys travelling with her family, biking, and gardening, as well as the arts and assisting English-language learners as a tutor. She is pleased to support the Candor Health Education as it provides essential learning and life skills to students and families.
Senior Investment Advisor,
PNC Private Bank
Caryn serves as a lead advisor to high net worth individuals, families and organizations, including closely-held and family-owned businesses. She closely works with clients to gain a complete understanding of their lifestyle, career, philanthropic and wealth planning goals. Then she identifies and engages a Client Strategy Team to create a unique and constantly evolving financial plan and strategy to help meet these goals. Caryn joined PNC Private Bank in 2023 and has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Caryn earned her BS in Marketing from the University of Illinois. She went on to earn her MS in Education- Mathematics from DePaul University. Caryn holds series 6, 7 and 63 securities licenses and sitting for the CFP designation in 2020.
She is a board member of the Candor Health Education in Hinsdale. Caryn lives in Chicago and enjoys tennis, boxing, traveling and visiting National Parks.
CEO & President
Elizabeth is the CEO & President of EG Strategies, a lobbying & consulting firm. EG Strategies, lobby’s on behalf of its clients at the state and local level whiling drawing upon ethics, political knowledge, and public, private and non-profit sector experience to create successful political and business strategies for its clients.
A native of Rockford, Illinois, Elizabeth graduated with distinction from the University of Illinois at Chicago and later received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from DePaul University. While completing her graduate studies at DePaul University, Elizabeth was selected by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development as a Chaddick Scholar.
Elizabeth joined the Candor Health Education board to help educate our youth on topics that are impactful to one’s life. As a board member, Elizabeth hopes to generate revenue for Candor Health so that the organization can continue to positively impact the physical, social and emotional health of young people through innovative education programs within communities.
During her free time, Elizabeth enjoys running, tennis, traveling and going on walks with her puppy Santino.
VP-Commercial Account Manager, Old Republic National Title Insurance Co.
Steve Hartschuh is a Vice President-Commercial Account Manager at Chicago Title Insurance Company. He joined the Candor Health Education Board to help Candor Health Education make a positive impact on the youth in our area. There are so many pressures in today’s world and social media has taken it to an entirely new level, so organizations like Candor Health Education can help make a difference. He hopes as a Board Member for Candor Health Education he will be able to assist the organization as it works towards educating young adults to make smarter choices, specifically as it relates to drugs and alcohol.
Steve likes spending time with his kids. They enjoy bike riding; hiking; watching movies; eating dinner as a family; going on family vacations (as they will be out of the house before you know it); playing platform tennis (paddleball); ending the day watching the news and enjoying a glass of wine with his wife discussing the activities of the day.
Michael KoenigsbergerVice Chair
Partner, Dussias Wittenberg Koenigsberger LL
Michael Koenigsberger joined the Candor Health Education Board because he strongly believes in its mission. As a junior high school student, Michael attended the programs and had a positive experience and hopes to help ensure all students have the same opportunity. He has since watched his three children attend the Candor Health Education programs and is grateful he has the opportunity to give back to the community.
Independent Mental Health Consultant
Alisa Messana is an Independent Mental Health Consultant. She joined the Candor Health Education Board because she believes strongly in developing empowerment and awareness through education. Candor Health Education offers programming for both children and parents that supports this development. As a community, it takes family, schools and community resources to support and empower our children as they navigate the developmental stages to adulthood. As a Board Member she hopes to impact the interrelation between physical and social emotional health. As a clinical social worker with a background in mental health, she has a passion for educating children and parents about emotional well-being.
Alisa also enjoys spending time with family outdoors, playing family board games; fitness, dance, music and writing.
Regional Manager, Economic Development, BNSF Railway Company
Eric Pitcher, a long time Hinsdale resident, grew up in a loving home but one in which topics like body changes, sexual health, and drug use weren’t openly discussed. His family experienced the downside of not talking more about these issues.
As a father of a boy and a girl who both participated in Candor’s puberty program, he was impacted by the conversations it stimulated at home. He is a strong believer in early education about topics that can shape a student’s life – and in some cases, save it.
Eric is the Regional Manager, Economic Development, at BNSF Railway Company where he has worked since 2005. He develops strategic products and services for industry groups, including rail transport, industrial real estate, electric/gas utilities, economic development agencies. Prior to that, he worked in an economic development role for Northern Indiana Public Service Company and in sales roles with Trigen Energy and Enron Energy Services. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1995.
Eric and his wife Ann enjoy volunteering in the community where they have lived for 25 years. He is an avid platform tennis player, history buff, and is looking forward to being a grandfather in 2022.
Brad Schmidgall is a Client Director with Burwood Group, a technology consulting firm based out of Oak Brook. Now in his 13th year with the firm, Brad is passionate about helping his clients design, deploy and adopt cutting edge technology in a sustainable manner that drives strategic business outcomes. Burwood Group’s focus areas include, Business and IT Alignment, Operational Excellence, Business Productivity Enhancement, Financial Optimization, and Business Risk Mitigation. Our team at Burwood Group prides itself in being seen as a trusted business advisor to clients by delivering innovative solutions and superior quality through the employment of exceptional people.
As a Clarendon Hills resident and the father to two young daughters, Brad is passionate about the challenges that are facing kids today. As a teenager, Brad participated in a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Task Force and saw firsthand how a community can benefit from programs like those provided by Candor Health. Brad looks forward to volunteering his time and effort to a cause that is near and dear to his heart and to the hearts of all parents with younger children.
With ever evolving threats, distractions and pressures on today’s youth, Brad feels that the need for education programs to arm kids and parents with the tools to make good decisions have never been greater. The importance of emotional, social and mental health are even more critical in these uncertain times.
Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois with a minor in Information Technology Studies. In his spare time, Brad enjoys rooting for the Fighting Illini, playing golf, paddle tennis and traveling with his family.
Neal & Leroy, LLC
Brad Smith is a partner with Neal & Leroy, LLC law firm. Brad has been with Neal & Leroy for 15 years and focuses his practice primarily in real estate matters ranging from transactions and leasing to asset valuation litigation. Brad has developed a substantial eminent domain and condemnation practice representing both property owners as well as governmental entities, and is the only Illinois attorney that has been recognized each year from 2013 to 2017 as a SuperLawyers™ Rising Star in the area of eminent domain. In addition to his real estate practice, Brad serves as counsel to a number of businesses and not-for-profit corporations concerning risk and general contracting matters. Brad received his Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University and his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Brad and his wife Katie live in Hinsdale with their two sons, Ethan and Brennan. Brad enjoys golfing, paddle tennis, running and spending time outdoors with his family.