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Board Members

Our board members share a wealth of experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including accounting and financial services, insurance, education and the law. They have held positions as diverse as investment bankers, controllers, defense attorneys and legislative staffers. In addition, several members of our board have held senior management positions in charitable organizations such as United Way and Feeding America. That wealth of experience gives First Nonprofit Foundation a thorough understanding of the challenges and hazards nonprofits face.

Our board actively reviews all grant decisions, helping First Nonprofit ensure that our grants remain aligned with our vision and mission. Many of our board members also share experience in determining risk exposure, making them highly qualified to advise on our funding decisions.

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Hugh R. Parry

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Parry is the President and CEO of Prevent Blindness America, the oldest voluntary health agency nationally engaged in the prevention of blindness. Hugh is also an active mentor in the Harris School of Public Policy at…

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Philip R. Warth

Board Member

Mr. Warth has been the Chairman and CEO for the Mutual Insurers Holding Company, in Chicago, IL, as well as the Chairman for the School Choice Illinois. He served as President and CEO for the First Nonprofit Mutual Insurance…

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Adam Karkowsky

Vice Chairman, VP of Strategic Development for Mergers & Acquisitions at AmTrust Financial Services

Mr. Karkowsky has been the VP of Strategic Development for Mergers & Acquisitions at AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. since March 2011. Prior to coming to AmTrust, Adam served as the CEO of UPRS Group, LLC and was a Managing…

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Barry D. Zyskind

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director at AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

Barry D. Zyskind, Director at AmTrust Financial Services since 1998, has held senior management positions and currently serves as our Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Zyskind also serves as an officer and director…

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Thomas C. Vanden Berk

CEO Emeritus

Tom Vanden Berk has devoted 40 years to improving the lives of abused, neglected and dependent children. Since joining UCAN in 1987, Tom led UCAN from a shelter for 50 boys and girls on the brink of closing to the forefront…

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Harry Schlachter

Secretary Treasurer, Senior VP of Finance and Treasurer at AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

Harry Schlachter joined AmTrust Financial Services in 2001 and has been Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer since 2007. Mr. Schlachter began his career as Controller at Capri Optics Inc. and between 1982 and 1986…

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