Board ChairJocelyn Vana

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Jocelyn now resides in the western suburbs with her husband Chris. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Undergraduate Business School, Jocelyn went on to work in the Corporate Development and Finance industries. Currently, she works as the Budget and Procurement Manager at the Illinois Tollway, while also pursuing her MBA from Kellstadt, DePaul University. In addition to her role as the Chair, Jocelyn also participates in the overall development of the organization, fundraising efforts, and volunteer recruitment.

SecretaryDr. Jeffrey Shipko

Dr. Jeffrey Shipko began his career as a physical education teacher in the city of Detroit where he taught at the middle and high school levels. Additionally he coached both boys and girls basketball at the high school level and developed an after-school recreation program that met once a week. As time went on, he became very interested in the social, emotional, and psychological development of his students. After completing a master’s degree in Administration and Curriculum Development he left teaching to obtain a second master’s degree in Humanistic Psychology. From there he worked in community mental health, hospitals, the field of addictions, and private practice with adults, children, couples, and families. Then in 1985, Dr. Shipko moved to Chicago to begin his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

After obtaining his Doctorate in 1989 he continued as a psychotherapist, became published in addictions, taught at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, and made numerous presentations in the fields of education and psychology. He also returned to the field of education where he could combine his education and clinical background becoming an administrator, supervisor, writing curriculum addressing the social and emotional needs of students and staff, and directing professional development. Dr. Shipko’s last position in the field of education was serving as principal of a therapeutic high school in Chicago for students with a diagnosis of serious mental illness, trauma, and periods of incarceration.

With his background in physical education, coaching, administration, and psychology, becoming a board member at Lost Boyz is the perfect match. He looks forward helping Lost Boyz and its founder LaVonte Stewart, the board, staff, and community in their quest to serve the high risk youth of South Shore as they battle poverty, violence, trauma, and educational inequality so every child has a chance to achieve their dreams.

Treasurer – Jataun Martin

A graduate of the University of Illinois-Urbana, with a BS in Finance, Jataun has 25 years of treasury management experience in federal and municipal government, insurance, and financial services, most recently leading the cash operations unit of a Chicago-based alternative investment fund.  She is currently working as an independent treasury consultant, providing cash management service reviews and operational solutions for small to middle market organizations.  A lifelong south sider, she currently resides in Hyde Park with her husband David.

General Board Member – The Honorable Judge Pamela E. Veal

Judge Pamela VealJudge Pamela Hill-Veal was appointed as a judge to fill a vacancy in 2004, was elected to the Cook County Circuit Court in 2006 and retained as a Circuit Court Judge in 2012.  At the time of Judge Hill-Veal’s retirement, she was assigned to the municipal division where her docket primarily included cases involving small claims, breach of contract, and insurance matters.  Prior to becoming a judge, she had a successful private practice where she concentrated in domestic relations matters.

During Judge Hill-Veal’s time as a sole practitioner, she served in several capacities including: an administrative hearing officer with the Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings, a Civil Service Board member/chairperson of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and as a member/chairperson for the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission’s Inquiry Panel.

Earlier in her career, Judge Hill-Veal was an associate attorney for the law firm of French, Kezelis & Kominiarek and an Assistant Cook County Public Defender for the Cook County Public Defender’s Office.  She was also an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Chicago State University where she published two books: Trial Practice and Procedures – 1993: 1996 (2nd Edition) and Criminal Procedure: A Workbook – 2003.

Before her entry into the legal field, Judge Hill-Veal was an instructor at Chicago State University where she taught Speech and Psychology. She was also Communications Director for the Chicago Urban League, News Reporter and Producer for WFMY/TV, WCIA/TV, WILL/Radio and WHPK/Radio. Additionally, she was a clinical therapist and counselor for the Chicago Board of Health and Friendship Medical Center.

Judge Hill-Veal received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University, her M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance from Loyola University of Chicago, her M.S. in Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University and her Juris Doctor, with a Certificate in Health Care Law, from DePaul University School of Law.  She is licensed to practice law in several jurisdictions, including Illinois and Michigan, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.  Judge Hill-Veal is member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

General Board Member –Cooper Thompson

Cooper Thompson was born and raised on the north side of Chicago. He had a sheltered view of Chicago violence while attending grade school at Franklin Fine Arts Center during the late 80’s and early 90’s. Going to school just blocks from Cabrini Green, Cooper saw one of the most troubled parts of the city on a daily basis, but he was always able to escape back to his relatively crime-free neighborhood in Ravenswood. There, he didn’t have to think about the troubles of the city, and he found daily respite from the troubles of his peers. During 7th and 8th grade, Cooper took part in a recreational basketball league that played their games at Seward Park. It was only then that he began to notice the everyday differences between his life and the lives of people only miles away in the same city.

While attending high school and college, Cooper often drifted off society’s predetermined “path to success,” and it wasn’t until a massive seizure sent him into a coma that he found his own path. After his recovery began, Cooper realized that his limited experiences in giving back to his city were what had given him the most joy in life. He joined Lost Boyz as a coach at the start of the season three years ago, planning to donate six weeks’ worth of his available time. That plan quickly changed. Now, a few years later, he finds himself driving to the south side multiple times per week because of the love he’s developed for Lost Boyz, the admiration he has for Lavonte Stewart, and the inspiration he receives from all the young players in the program.

General Board Member – Ernie Naylor

Ernie Naylor is the President and Founder of Karrot, a loyalty and engagement solutions company. Karrot helps brands influence the point of sale by creating passionate brand ambassadors and engage associates selling the brand’s products to the end user or consumer.

Ernie has many years of loyalty and incentive management experience with a wide discipline from various industries; executing best practices. His experience includes strategic program oversight of several Fortune 500 clients.

Lastly, he is also an avid Chicago sports fan.

General Board Member – Brandon Parrott

Brandon is a Strategy & Operations Specialist who works at Google to help its employees promote Diversity & Inclusion at Google and within the communities it operates. Brandon believes that everyone is capable of achieving great things, but knows not everyone has equal access to the opportunities and resources needed to achieve their goals. For this reason much of the work his programs support is aimed at circumventing barriers – be it barriers to resources or barriers to greater understanding across cultural lines.Through programs he manages, Brandon has supported a number of Google’s community outreach efforts. This includes a 2017 company sponsored outreach project in Johannesburg, South Africa, for which 60+ Google employees, from 7 countries traveled to South Africa for several days of outreach that reached 300+ community members.

For his work as a lead of the Black Googler Network (BGN), one of Google’s Employee Resource Groups, Brandon was featured on Google’s official Blog in 2016. His BGN work included organizing volunteer initiatives and professional development opportunities for employees.

Brandon is originally from Chicago, IL and currently resides in New York City. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Morehouse College, and is part of a 3rd generation of HBCU graduates in his family.