The LPMC Foundation will be managed by the current and former students of Miss Kim and LPMC with supervision from the LPMC Foundation Board of Directors and parent volunteers. We will strive to maintain a sustainable, integrity-driven foundation that will tirelessly look forward. Our involvement with the LPMC Foundation will continue to foster our own character development and understanding of how to live a life based on Love, Peace, Mercy and Compassion.
Whe Do Kim, President
Founder of the 30 year old Lincoln Park Music Center, piano instructor to over 200 students during this time, and general life and character teacher. It is Miss Kim’s influence on the many students and families she has touched with her many talents over the years that have inspired us to form and fund the LPMC Foundation.
Rachel Kohler, Treasurer
Rachel is the managing principal of KoHop Ventures, a firm focusing on social impact investments. Prior to this, she spent 22 years as a group operating executive of Kohler Co. where she led the Interiors Group, a portfolio of five businesses in the high end furnishings category. She remains on Kohler Co.’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee and is a member of Kohler Foundation. Prior to Kohler, she held positions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Booz Allen & Hamilton. She is also a trustee at the University of Chicago, the University of Chicago Medical Center and is Chairman of the MacLean Center for Medical Ethics. She holds a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. All three of her children are students at LPMC.
Lisa Capitanini, Secretary
Lisa is a TV News Producer at NBC Universal in Chicago. Prior to that she worked at the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reporter, and CBS. She is a member of The National Academy of Television Arts & Science (NATAS) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). She holds a BA from Macalester College and an MSJ from Northwestern University. Lisa’s two children are students at LPMC.
Fannie Young, Chair for Legal Affairs
Fannie is trained as a lawyer and has primarily worked in finance, international estate tax planning and real estate investments. She started her career at a family office, and later became a principal of a venture lending fund in the Silicon Valley where she was responsible for operations including finance and legal due diligence. She also has counseled clients on international estate and tax planning as a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch. She holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and a JD from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. She is a member of the California State Bar. Her two children are students at LPMC.
Elizabeth Chow, Treasurer
Elizabeth spent 15 years working in healthcare management and consulting, primarily in Boston and Washington, DC, before retiring to rear her children. She is a founding board member and treasurer of Impact Grants Chicago, a women's collective giving organization that connects, engages and inspires women to improve our community by collectively funding $100,000 grants to Chicago nonprofits. Elizabeth received her BA from Allegheny College and her MBA from The Wharton School. All three of Elizabeth's children have studied with Miss Kim.
Vanessa Lyon, Chair for International Projects Vanessa Lyon is a wife, mother, and educator with a BA in Early Childhood Education and a Masters of Education. Vanessa taught as a elementary school teacher for 10 years at a local private school. As a student of the late Emilio del Rosario, of the Music Institute of Chicago in Winnetka, Vanessa has a firsthand appreciation of the importance of music in a child's education. Vanessa's two daughters are students at the LPMC.
Mariam Alsikafi, Chair for Local Projects Mariam Alsikafi was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. She attended Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School. Mariam Alsikafi is a co-Founder of The Citizens Archive. She brings with her a unique perspective from time spent in finance and management, allowing her to refine and develop a sustainable and ambitious strategy for the organization that includes raising funds and developing access to cutting edge education policy and tools. She has led Exchange for Change projects between schools in Pakistan and North America and a pilot history and culture project with the Google Cultural Institute. Mariam Alsikafi is also the co-Founder of Higher Education Advisors LLC, an education counseling firm supporting underserved, primarily first-generation college applicants.She has served on the Alumni Board of Directors at the Harvard Business School, the Silk Road Theater Project and the Women's Steering Committee for CARE USA. She is currently a Chicago host for We.org, a supporter of Young Chicago Authors, a member of the Founders' Board at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and a Board member for the Lincoln Park Music Center Foundation. She is also a founding member of the Leadership Now Project, aimed at recruiting and developing women business leaders for government.
Jeane Emily DuBose, Chair for the Website and Communications
Jeane Em graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan in April 2017. She studied history, focusing specifically on the intersection of law and mental health in the Victorian era. She currently works as Community Education Coordinator for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Metro Suburban organizing school presentations, community events, and speaker series' around mental health. She also works for Philanthropy RX as Manager of Digital Media, where she was tasked with building the AFVM website. Since moving back home, she volunteers as a youth group leader with her church, as a tutor for the Chicago organization Tutoring Chicago, and takes lessons with Ms. Kim. Jeane Em attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools until the 8th grade. She graduated from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in 2013. While in high school, she took lessons from Ms. Kim and tutored younger students. She is the first alumni Board Member.