Mike has sat on the Board of Directors since 2012 at CTF ILLINOIS and 2013 at Impact 360. He currently works as a Director/Team Leader at BMO Harris Bank who is experienced in evaluating the creditworthiness of a variety of non-profit and for-profit entities in the Midwest. He graduated from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business with a degree in finance and business in 2006 where he also received a Certificate of Completion for participation in the Credit Analyst Training Program at LaSalle Bank.
The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, B.S Finance and Business
Carthage College, BA, Marketing & Business Administration
Geoff has been involved with Impact 360 since 2017. After graduating from North Central College with a B.S. in Accounting, he obtained his Master’s degree in the Science of Taxation from the DePaul Dreihaus College of Business. As a first choice advisor at RSM, he’s dedicated to maintaining client and peer relationships to enable efficient engagement performance and confidence. He is an expert on manufacturing and distribution businesses in the Industrial Products and Consumer Products industries, with a focus on food and beverage companies. Additionally, he manages the overall implementation of tax engagements, consults regarding overall tax matters, tax return reviews, ASC 740 reviews, tax saving opportunities, consults on mergers and acquisitions, and practices extensive tax planning, all while working closely to manage and develop employees.
DePaul Driehaus College of Business, Masters of Science in Taxation
North Central College, B.S. Accounting
Michelle Barnes is a south suburban native with nearly 20 years of experience in advertising & marketing. Post earning a BA from the University of Illinois, Michelle started her career in digital advertising at Chicago Tribune & Monster.com. She then went on to earn her MBA for Keller Graduate School and spent years learning the foodservice & marketing landscape at Chicagoland-based Esrock Partners Advertising Agency, paving the way for her career in Foodservice Marketing. She went on to hold corporate marketing roles for several years at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen & Wingstop Restaurants having led advertising initiatives for both culturally connected and top performing brands. She then joined the manufacturer side of the food industry with Kellogg’s, now leading the strategy for the National Restaurant and Lodging Teams focused on branded opportunities and placement with top Partners and Influential chains.
Michelle’s passion is creating connections to drive results and improving the lives of others. She is a founding member of the Kellogg’s Diversity Council, member of Women’s Foodservice Forum and actively participates in Kellogg’s Chicagoland recruitment efforts. She is a Crestwood, IL resident, proud mother of a 10 year old daughter (Morgan), and daughter of retired CTF Director of Community Services, Lorraine Barnes.
Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University, MBA Concentration in Marketing
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, BA Speech Communications
Genevieve Kottemann serves on both the Impact360 and CTF ILLINOIS (CTF) Boards of Directors. She has been a longtime advocate for people with disabilities of all ages, which includes activism work in Springfield supporting the ADA act before it passed, and demanding change in the educational approach for Least Restrictive Environment.
Genevieve graduated from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1978 and had a successful nursing career until her retirement 35 years later in 2013. She has four adult children, including a daughter who was born with Down Syndrome, a son, and two stepsons. She is also known as “Gigi” to seven grandchildren. In her retirement, she remains an active volunteer with CTF, Impact360, and several other local non-profits alongside her daughter.
Carmen Rossi is a Frankfort, Illinois native. He received four degrees in higher education while owning and operating five profitable companies, then acquired and developed a number of hospitality venues in the Chicagoland area following law school. Currently, he owns and operates thirteen such businesses.
Carmen earned his B.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in English and Political Science, as well as his Master’s Degree. He finished his academic career at Northern Illinois University where he received his Juris Doctorate. During law school, he worked as a clerk with the Will County State's Attorney’s office, and Block, Klukas & Manzella, P.C. in Joliet, IL. Following graduation, Carmen took a full-time position with Block, concentrating on appellate court drafting for cases primarily focused on civil litigation.
In 2013, Carmen proudly introduced “8”, a Hospitality Management Company that manages and employs over 700 people in the Chicagoland area, and in 2014 he started "Chicago Knight Life", a company built to collaborate with local nonprofits. To date, Chicago Knight Life has worked with Little Black Pearl, Sarah's Circle, Ronald McDonald House, Asian Youth Services, and many others.
In addition to serving on the CSF board, Carmen serves as a Commissioner on the City of Chicago Landmark Commission, is a board member to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce PAC, and serves as the Board of Directors and Finance Chair for the Illinois Restaurant Association. In April 2016, Carmen was appointed by the Governor to serve as a member on the Illinois Economic Development Board (now “Intersect”).
Northern Illinois University, Juris Doctor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master of Science, Sport Management, Marketing
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Secondary on English Lit