Board of Directors
Jacob serves as Secretary/Treasurer of FoBHE, as well as a Community Representative on the Bret Harte Elementary Local School Council. A graduate of Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy, he hopes to help build a community and city where all students receive an excellent and equitable education. He is an active member of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and an Avodah Justice Fellow, learning about the intersections of Judaism and social justice.
Meron moved to Hyde Park this past summer and has been enjoying every second of living in the neighborhood. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Psychology with the hopes of applying that knowledge to heal and advocate for communities that deal with the day to day implications of systemic racism. Meron is the Development Assistant at In These Times, an independent, nonprofit magazine, that is dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice. She is also the Development Associate for the Hyde Park Day School, which serves students with learning disabilities such as, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.
Aiko Kojima Hibino
A longtime resident of Hyde Park, Aiko loves the culture, nature, and people of this amazing community. She has become a strong advocate of equitable funding for public schools since her involvement in the fight to stop the district's plan to close National Teachers Academy, a successful majority Black elementary school. Aiko currently serves on Local School Council at Bret Harte Elementary, and on the Board of Directors of Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education.
Julie is new to Hyde Park and a mother of two Bret Harte students. They recently relocated from Dorr, MI. She Graduated from Cornerstone University, in Grand Rapids, MI with honors. She also holds an Associate’s degree majoring in Elementary Education as well as a technical degree in Airline Operations from Rio Salado Community College in Tempe, AZ. She holds a degree in Business Management and Ministry Leadership. She has over 20 years experience teaching elementary students as well as volunteering with local youth. She currently teaches English as a Second Language to Chinese students. She enjoys aviation, traveling, reading, hiking, and art in her spare time.
Kara recently moved from St. Louis to Hyde Park in August and is a mom of two Bret Harte Badgers. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and currently works downtown at Sound Physicians, which is a physician-founded and led organization providing services across the county. Kara enjoys knitting in her spare time and also supporting local small business in the community. She knows that it takes a village to raise and educate a child and believes that partnerships and community support are both necessary to prepare our students for tomorrow.
Emma is a Hyde Park resident who works at the University of Chicago’s Crime & Education Labs. She is passionate about using multiple tools to challenge structural impediments to social justice, especially in the area of educational equity. Emma is also a Research Associate with ConTextos, a narrative therapy-based social-emotional learning program for youth incarcerated in Cook County, and serves on the Board of Telling My Story, an interdisciplinary arts program that promotes awareness of social power and privilege in academia, the criminal legal system, and beyond.
Lorraine Richardson, a recent Chicago transplant, graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Wayne State University. She taught at both the middle and high school levels in the Detroit Public Schools before becoming a literacy coach and an instructional specialist supporting administrators, parents, and teachers throughout the state of Michigan.
Lorraine lives in Hyde Park where she serves on the Hyde Park Kenwood CAC, attends First Unitarian Church, is a Hyde Park Village member, a Black Unitarian Universal Woman, and served as membership chair of Hyde Park OWL. She presently serves as the Intergenerational Harte Literacy Coordinator at Bret Harte.
Beth is a mom of three Bret Harte Badgers. She had been involved at Bret Harte since 2010 when she ran for Community Rep on the LSC. Now a Parent Rep, she currently serves as the LSC Chair. Prior to moving to Hyde Park, Beth was a teacher and administrator in California and Louisiana. She enjoys reading and traveling in her spare time. Beth is looking forward to bringing more community resources to the Harte community.
A relatively newcomer to Hyde Park, Emily serves as a Community Advisor at FoBHE. Her involvement with FoBHE stems from her aspiration for a public education system that provides and equitable and holistic learning experience for all of Chicago's students, regardless of neighborhood. Emily also tutors in Hyde Park with Tutoring Chicago and volunteers with various political campaigns.