Laurie is the founder and president of Collaborative Community Housing Initiative. Laurie and her husband Rick have one adult son Zachary, who inspired them to form CCHI. Laurie is leading this grassroots movement for inclusive living options with a group of volunteer families and stakeholders throughout the country. By collaborating with educators, organizations, housing specialists and urban planners, CCHI is encouraging public dialogue regarding inclusion, as well as creating space for community problem solving regarding affordable housing for people with IDD. By researching and visiting various living models around the world, they learned that creating neighborhoods where everyone can thrive is possible! Laurie is committed to building a more equal, diverse, inclusive and welcoming community for people of all abilities. In addition to working full time as an Executive Corporate Recruiter, Laurie is involved in the National Fragile X Association as an event organizer, speaker and mentor.
Anthony Bilotti, Ph.D.
Anthony has advised government and private sectors in the planning and implementation of health and environmental initiatives, property redevelopment, and educational curricula during his professional career of 40 years. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. He was also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has served on municipal and county planning commissions, and boards of professional societies. Anthony and his wife Emma Kowalenko enjoy involvement with the community and have been active volunteers in civic and community organizations.
Carole Rosen, MAID, CAPS
Carole served on the Community Housing and Inclusion and Executive Committees of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. Her diverse background in advocacy includes serving on The Going Home Coalition, The New Trier Township Funding Committees and organizing community wide events promoting affordable community supported housing. Her driving belief is that Community is strengthened by diversity and whether the issue of community housing and inclusion is analyzed from an ethical or economic viewpoint, it is crucial that current living situations for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities innovate and change. In addition to her Masters of Interior Design degree, she is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist with additional coursework in Universal Design. She is an award winning photographer with work shown in numerous regional and national photography exhibitions. Carole and her husband, William, have a daughter who has developmental disabilities and a son.
Carolyn has over 30 years of experience in disability parenting and advocacy. Drawing on her Business Management and Human Resources Benefits administration experience, she has worked collaboratively with her community, school boards, and various organizations to effect change and expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities to lead more inclusive and independent lives. Carolyn led an effort to implement PACE Dial-a-ride service in Shields township; she worked to facilitate a partnership between NSSRA and Lake Forest CROYA; she was a founding member of a non-profit organization of parents of special ed students in Lake Bluff and a social organization for adults with disabilities; she served on the NSSRA Parent Advisory board and Lake Bluff school caucus. Carolyn and her husband, Kelley, enjoy playing tennis and golf, fishing, boating, and spending time with their three adult children, their spouses, grandson, and two dogs, Hops and Barley.
Colleen was a Managing Director at CIBC US running the Treasury Management Sales Department. She graduated with honors from University of Illinois and received her MBA from Northwestern’s University’s Kellogg School of Management with a concentration in Marketing, Management and Organizational Behavior. Colleen and her family live in Elmhurst. She owns The UPS Store City Centre in Elmhurst with her husband. She serves as the Secretary for Autism Speaks Chicago and has been on the board for over five years. Colleen recently joined Collaborative Community Housing Initiative in 2020. She enjoys working out on her Peloton, baking and reading.
Ed, first and foremost, is the dad of Laura, who has cerebral palsy and lives with a roommate and a live-in caregiver in a condo in Wilmette, a few blocks away from Ed and his wife Ellen. Ed spent 18 years with the IL Dept. of Human Services—as an attorney, Home-Based Services coordinator and regional manager. He retired in 2011 and created McManus Consulting, which is one of the six statewide organizations representing providers of services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Earlier in his career he was an editor and reporter at the Chicago Tribune, an assistant Cook County state’s attorney, and executive director of the Wisconsin ACLU. He is the secretary of the New Trier Township Democratic Organization and formerly was national president of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, a peace/nonviolence organization; president of the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago; a board member of the Chicago Council of Lawyers; and an elected member of the Wilmette Dist. 39 School Board.
Jacob C. Noble (“Jake”) Managing Director CIBC Chicago. Jake is Managing Director & Group Head in CIBC BANK USA’s Commercial Real Estate line of business. He leads a team responsible for executing CIBC’s relationship banking strategy with dynamic and growing middle market companies in the commercial real estate industry. The team currently manages a loan and deposit portfolio in excess of $2.0 billion and primarily focuses on clients headquartered in Chicagoland. Mr. Noble has worked for CIBC (including via a predecessor organization, The PrivateBank) since October 2007. Previously he was Vice President in the Illinois Commercial Real Estate division with LaSalle Bank where he was responsible for managing relationships with Illinois-based commercial real estate firms and growing a loan portfolio in excess of $300 million. Mr. Noble completed the Commercial Lender Training Program at LaSalle in 2002. Jake has been involved with Midtown Educational Foundation in a variety of capacities for over 10 years and currently serves on the Midtown Advancement Council board. Jake is also a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (2017).
He lives in Evanston with his wife, Kate, and their two sons, Matthew (15) and Lucas (12). Jake and Kate are active in their local parish, Saint Joan of Arc, and also with special education advocacy for kids with developmental disabilities.