Meet the Team

Lumity has a dynamic work environment where learning and growing is part of our culture. We live what we teach! Our staff and contractors work hard to make an impact toward our mission, and have fun along the way. Meet the team of staff and contractors:

Kara Kennedy
Executive Director
Kara Kennedy has dedicated her career to nonprofits, ranging from health care, voluntary health associations, and youth-based organization. Kara joined Lumity in August 2009. She previously worked at Boys & Girls Clubs of America, American Lung Association of Metro Chicago (known as Respiratory Health Association of Metro Chicago), Alzheimer’s Association, and two community-based hospitals. Kara is a highly versatile professional with expertise in fundraising, program development and management, strategic planning, and organizational development.
Julie Henderson
Grants Management, Administration & HR
Julie brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and human resources to her role at Lumity. As Director of Grants Management, she is part of Lumity’s fundraising team, overseeing all aspects of grants management. She is also Lumity’s HR Director. Julie holds a BA in Social Work and MS in Nonprofit Administration.
Tashiara Little
Business Development & Career Readiness Manager
Tashiara works with schools and corporations to coordinate and collaborate on experiential and project-based experiences for students. She brings her experience working in the financial and information technology sectors into this business development role. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration.
Chuck Munro
Director, Career Readiness
Chuck Munro is responsible for developing and implementing Lumity’s career readiness curriculum in partnership with high schoolteachers. He is an experienced educator who facilitates high-level personal development training that leads to meaningful learning. Chuck has a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Instructional Leadership.
Laura Birnbaum
Consultant, Project Manager
Laura brings her experience as an IT Project Manager to support the team on special projects and process improvement to facilitate the development and expansion of Lumity programs. Laura holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Caryn Curry
Consultant, Career Readiness Instructor
Caryn has over 30 years of experience working on behalf of children and families as a manager and practitioner in non-profit, community based and academic settings. She provides training on social emotional learning and is committed to supporting students to thrive and participate productively in life.
Andi Grabemeyer
Consultant, Project Manager
Andi believes that helping individuals become self-sufficient is critical to ending poverty. She uses her extensive experience as a program designer, program manager and fundraiser to help implement Lumity’s four-year STEM pathway plan and to develop relationships with donors and key stakeholders. Andi leads the implementation of Real World Projects. She holds a BA and is currently completing her Masters of Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management.
Koz Kritzer
Consultant, Accountant
Koz has over 25 years of experience in Accounting, HR and office administration. He oversees Lumity’s accounting, NPO.net, and handles other administrative matters. Koz has a BBA in Accounting and a Juris Doctorate.
Nick Lamb
Consultant, Career Readiness Instructor
As an advocate for STEM careers and more than 9 years in education, Nick Lamb utilizes all of his skills in each class to demonstrate opportunities for students and their futures. He has a BA in Acting/Directing and is owner of the critically acclaimed Aleatoric Theatre Company.
Linda Lampe
Consultant, STEM Talk Coach
Linda Lampe uses her nearly 40 years experience in marketing/communications to help corporate and nonprofit leaders find and tell the stories that will assist them in sharing their ideas on the stage and in the marketplace. Her clients have appeared as key note speakers at major industry conferences, TEDx events and Chicago Ideas Week. Linda is also the coach for Lumity STEM Talk speakers. To learn more about STEM Talks, click here.
Jack Stonebraker
Consultant, Business Relations
Jack Stonebraker has over 35 years of Big Box retail experience in multiple roles. At Best Buy, he developed and led a successful local growth initiative focused on working with local community, education and nonprofit leaders to bring the power of Best Buy to meet needs in the local community. Jack leverages corporate and community relationships to co-create and support our programs for local high school students.