The A.R.T.S. Board is made up of passionate professionals dedicated to bringing educational, creative, and healing arts to at-risk women and youth in our community.

The Board

Pam Shlemon
Board President and Board Member

Pam Shlemon earned her degree in business administration from Eastern Illinois University, and has more than 25 years of executive management experience in the health care industry. She was previously the Regional Vice President for ChartOne, a national leader in technology solutions for the healthcare industry and is currently the President and Executive Director of the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy.

Keri Rickey
Board Secretary and Board Director

Keri graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. She comes to A.R.T.S with eighteen years of experience in both public and private education serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education in three Illinois school districts. In addition, Keri has served as the Administrative Assistant to the President and CEO of a non-profit organization that provides educational services, employment services, and community-living services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Patrick Devine
Board Treasurer and Board Director

Patrick earned his B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration: Finance from Augustana College. He specializes in providing compliance and consulting services to tax exempt organizations and their taxable affiliates, as well as estate and trust tax planning. He has served not-for-profit organizations ranging from small family private foundations to large multi-state healthcare systems. Patrick is currently a Partner at M & R Ferber, a tax and accounting firm serving the Northwest Chicago area since the 1960’s.

Rick Stadler
Board Director

Rick graduated with honors from the University of Illinois, Champaign, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After working as a graphic designer in the corporate world and moving through the ranks of Art Director and Senior Art Director at design studios and advertising agencies throughout the Chicago area, he founded Richard Stadler Design Inc. in 1996 to provide creative advertising, marketing and graphic design solutions.

Danielle Carpenter
Board Director

Danielle earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Art from Illinois State University. She served as an administrative assistant for five different private non-profit organizations within The Benida Group, LLC for seven years. In addition, Danielle volunteered as a “Big” at Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County for five years, and she still cherishes and maintains an on-going relationship with her “Little.” Danielle was also a committee member of the Community Leadership Board at Big Brothers Big Sisters for McHenry County. Before joining the A.R.T.S. Board, Danielle was a part of the A.R.T.S. Events Committee from its very first year.

Julie Slezak
Board Director

Julie earned her Masters degree in Public Health Sciences, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Illinois. She has practiced research and lead analytics organizations for more than 20 years.  She was previously a Senior Researcher at UIC, a healthcare consultant at AonHewitt, Vice President of Enterprise Analytics at CVS|Caremark and the Chief Analytics Officer at eviCore.  Today she is the EVP of Clinical Analytics for GNS Healthcare.

Rebecca Giessel
Board Director

Becky earned her Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Iowa and her Masters degree in Organization Development from the University of Loyola, Chicago. She has over 20 years experience in business in both the finance and human resources areas. She has worked in multiple industries, including consulting, retail, for profit education, distribution and healthcare.  She is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for Medline Industries.

The Staff

Kim Stadler
Executive Director & Founder

Kim graduated with a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University. She went on to National-Louis University to complete an ED.S. (Educational Specialist) in School Administration and carries a Superintendent’s Endorsement in the State of Illinois. Her teaching experience includes teaching general music, band and chorus; and her administrative experience includes teacher development, curriculum planning, and implementation of new programs. As an assistant principal, Kim was key in opening a newly constructed elementary school of 80+ staff with more than 700 students and managing teams consisting of administrators, teachers, and parents.

Ann Lenz
Sr. Administrator/Program Coordinator

Ann received a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College and a Master’s of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to joining A.R.T.S., Ann was Vice President and Director of Operations at a management consulting firm.

“Shelter and recovery, education and training are essential, but lasting success requires emotional healing. Art empowers, transforms and rebuilds from the soul out.”

Kim Stadler
Executive Director
, Arts Refreshing the Soul (A.R.T.S.)

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