Board President and Board Director
Donna graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and an emphasis in Marketing and Advertising. Donna’s professional career has been with large and small advertising agencies in the Chicago land area. In her capacity as a marketing strategist she has led B2B and B2C clients in diverse industries such as healthcare, financial, technology, and foodservice develop and manage their brand, execute marketing campaigns that address business goals, and achieve profitable growth.
Board Treasurer and 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 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.
Stan Gorbatkin continues to support excellence and innovation in public education after retiring with 34 years of Illinois Public School Service, including 30 years in Indian Prairie School District 204. Stan served as an instrumental music director, assistant principal, and principal before joining the IPSD 204 District-level administrative team. He served on the superintendent’s cabinet as director and assistant superintendent and led the technology strategic planning process from 2010-2018.
Currently, Stan serves as an instructor with the Illinois Digital Educators Alliance for the *ISTE Standards Certification Program, while also providing education, technology, and leadership consulting services to educational organizations across the United States.
*International Society for Technology in Education
Julie earned her Masters degree in Public Health Sciences, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Illinois. She has practiced research and led analytics organizations for more than 25 years. Previous positions include Senior Researcher at UIC, healthcare consultant at AonHewitt, Vice President of Enterprise Analytics at CVS|Caremark, Chief Analytics Officer at eviCore and EVP of Clinical Analytics for GNS Healthcare. Currently Julie is Chief Analytics Officer at Cohere Health.
As Associate Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at Allstate Insurance Company, Paula works to improve Allstate’s reputation through its corporate citizenship program. Through the management and coordination of sponsorships and donations to Chicagoland nonprofit organizations, she helps create awareness of Allstate as a top corporate citizen externally among consumers and customers, as well as internally among employees and agency owners. Paula manages Allstate’s “Hometown” corporate budget which primarily focuses on programs and partnerships that empower youth by improving their social and emotional learning (SEL) skills.
Prior to her work in corporate contributions, Paula managed Allstate’s volunteerism program which engages thousands of employees and agency owners each year. Paula led Allstate’s company-wide volunteer initiative Allstate Week of Service, oversaw the volunteer recognition award program, and led the officer volunteer event at Allstate’s annual Leadership Conference. She also worked with Allstate’s 113 Helping Hands Committees providing support and continuity to their volunteer activities.
Before joining corporate relations, Paula worked as a Senior Communication Consultant for Allstate Financial providing product communication to agency owners and exclusive financial specialists.
Paula is a member of the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals and Donors Forum. She volunteers at several local nonprofit organizations in Lake County. She attended Columbia College of Missouri where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.
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.
Senior Administrator/Program Coordinator and Board Secretary
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.”
Executive Director , Arts Refreshing the Soul (A.R.T.S.)