Board of Directors
Brian A. Cunningham is a married father of twin girls and an avid member of the SouthSide Y. As part of giving back to the community, he coaches the boys’ basketball team at Bret Harte Elementary. Brian is a real estate broker who works to help Chicagoans buy and sell their houses, condos and buildings. He started with leasing and continues to help renters become owners. As a Woodlawn resident, Brian is focused on serving the local neighborhoods and educating all about the importance of real estate ownership.
Ebony was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. She graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from Aurora University. A proud parent of a Bret Harte Badger. She is super excited to be a part of FoBHE. It is her mission to serve and support FoBHE visions to ensure the best productivity to the Bret Harte community.
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.
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.
Lorraine is the mother of one adult daughter (Ashleigh Noelle) and the caretaker of one ferocious tuxedo cat (Teensie Noel).
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.
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.