Board & Staff

Executive Board

Sandra Wortham, Executive Board President

Sandra Wortham is the owner and principal attorney of The Law Office of Sandra J. Wortham, LLC. Prior to founding her firm, Sandra served as a civilian Deputy Director in the Chicago Police Department Bureau of Patrol. In addition to her law practice, Sandra periodically serves as an adjunct instructor with the City Colleges of Chicago. As a native Chicagoan with strong ties to her Southside community, Sandra is also committed to advancing issues related to public safety in Chicago. She serves as President of the Nat King Cole Park Advisory Council and Vice-Chairperson of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. Sandra is a graduate of Howard University and the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Sandra’s commitment to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is close to her heart, as her brother, Chicago Police Officer Thomas E. Wortham, IV, was killed in the line of duty on May 20, 2010.

Timothy J. Caballero, Executive Board Member

Tim Caballero is President of Metropolitan Steel, a successful steel erecting company based in Chicago. He is an active member of other professional organizations including ASE (Associated Steel Erectors) and HACIA (Hispanic American Construction Industry). He is also a founding member of Vistage, an organization dedicated to learning and both professional and personal growth for CEO’s and executives. Tim is a dedicated family man who supports his community by donating to charitable organizations. He is committed to supporting or assisting families during their time of need.

Brendan Deenihan, Executive Board Member

Brendan Deenihan is a respected leader and strong advocate for public safety, who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Board. He is a native Chicagoan and dedicated public servant, committed to making a difference in the lives of others. He served for 27 years in the Chicago Police Department, rising through the ranks to become the Chief of Detectives. In this role, he was responsible for leading and managing over 1,000 detectives as they investigated some of the city’s most challenging crimes.

In his current position as Security Manager at Google, Brendan is committed to providing his colleagues with the resources they need to keep the community safe. He is also passionate about helping families who have been affected by crime. Brendan is proud to serve on the Executive Board of the CPMF, and is a longtime supporter of the Foundation’s mission.

Kevin Durkin, Executive Board Member

Mr. Durkin is a Partner at the Clifford Law Offices, P.C. in Chicago where he has practiced since 1988. From 1980 to 1988 he was an Assistant State’s Attorney to Cook County. He received his undergraduate degree in 1977 from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana in Accountancy and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1980. He is the past president of the Chicago Bar Association from 2006 – 2007. He has obtained on behalf of his clients, numerous large jury verdicts and settlements in state and federal courts both on injury and wrongful death cases all around the country.

Rob Foersterling, Executive Board Member

Mr. Foersterling is a Senior Portfolio Manager and Endowment & Foundation Consultant for UBS Financial Services in Chicago. Rob began his career working in Investment Banking for both William Blair & Company and EVEREN Securities, then transitioned his career to Wealth Management at both Morgan Stanley and now UBS. Rob joined the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Advisory Board in March 2014, and most recently served as Co-Chair of the Advisory Board, before being nominated to the Executive Board in December 2019. Rob is an alumnus of the University of Michigan, majoring in Political Science with minors in Business Administration and International Security Affairs. He has received the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) credential from the Wharton School of Business, and he has passed Level II of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. Rob is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and has done extensive volunteer work with the Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Special Olympics, Chicago Cares, and ACP Veteran Mentoring.

John Lausch, Executive Board Member

John Lausch is a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. John is an accomplished leader, dedicated counselor, and experienced trial lawyer with more than two decades of experience in both the government and private sector.

John served as the presidentially appointed, senate confirmed United States Attorney in Chicago during two presidential administrations, from 2017 to 2023. In that role, John oversaw more than 300 employees, including approximately 155 Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs), who investigate and prosecute federal criminal offenses and represent federal agencies in affirmative and defensive civil litigation. Under his leadership, the office successfully conducted significant
prosecutions in the areas of public corruption, national security, financial fraud, violent crime and drug trafficking. John also served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, where he provided advice and counsel on policy, management, and operational issues impacting the U.S. Department of Justice nationwide.

John received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he was also the captain of the football team, and his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. After law school, John clerked for a federal judge and worked as a Kirkland associate, before spending the bulk of his career serving as an AUSA in Chicago (for 11 years) and as a Kirkland partner. As an AUSA, John tried more than 20 criminal jury cases and served as a Deputy Chief in the Narcotics & Gangs section, driving the office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and anti-violence initiatives. John worked extensively with the Chicago Police Department during his time at the U.S. Attorney’s office, where he championed effective partnership among local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Anthony Marino, Executive Board member

As the president and owner of Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Anthony Marino runs a thriving family-owned and operated dealership comprised of a tight-knit team of automotive experts. Although Tony started his career in the financial sector and joined his father in the automotive industry in 2012, the Marino family has been deeply connected to Chicago’s auto industry for nearly a century. The Marino family’s influence in the industry dates back to the 1930s at Uptown Auto Supply on Broadway Avenue in Chicago’s North Side – back in the days when AC Delco and GM were the top performers in the S&P 500. Times may have changed, but the Marino family’s unwavering commitment to superior service has not.

Today, Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is a multi-award-winning dealership which is nationally recognized for providing outstanding customer service at every stage of the customer experience. Tony currently employs nearly 100 industry specialists with over 300 years of combined automotive expertise.

A long-time philanthropist and proud Chicago native, Tony has also made community service a strong part of the dealership’s tradition. He contributes tens of thousands of dollars every year to numerous local charity organizations and stays actively involved in various youth sports programs to help build a stronger, healthier, and more connected community.

Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is consistently rated by its own loyal customer base as Illinois’ #1 dealership, which is likely tied to Tony’s simple business philosophy: to always be reliable, transparent, upfront, and focused on the customer’s needs at all times.

Joe Patterson, Executive Board member

Mr. Patterson has a lifetime of law enforcement experience. He first became a Chicago Police Officer in 1986 and rose through the ranks, holding various positions until his retirement when he served as Chief of Patrol. He is currently the Deputy Chief of the Amtrak Police Department. He brings a wealth of law enforcement knowledge to the Executive Board.

Nicholas J. Roti, Executive Board Member

Mr. Roti began his 30 plus year law enforcement career as a Chicago Police Officer. He rose through the ranks and has served as Commander of the Crime Strategy and Accountability, Gang Intelligence and Narcotics Sections as well as the Deputy Chief of both the Detective Division and Organized Crime Division of the Chicago Police Department. Ultimately he supervised over 1000 employees as Chief of the Bureau of Organized Crime (Narcotics, Gang Investigations, Gang Enforcement, and Vice Divisions, as well as the Intelligence/Counter-Terrorism Section) and served in that capacity for five years. He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and serves as a Board member of the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Committee. Additionally, he is a Board Member of the Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association (IDEOA). Nick holds an BS in Law Enforcement Management and an MS in Law Enforcement Administration. He has attended several executive level law enforcement management and leadership courses and is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP)

Mr. Roti has extensive experience in partnering and coordinating efforts with local, state and Federal law enforcement agencies. He recently served as the Chief Policy Advisor to the Director of the Illinois State Police and is currently the Executive Director of the Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Mr. Roti has been a featured speaker at several events and for various groups such as; The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The League of Women Voters, The Chicago Crime Commission, The United States of America Department of State, Central American Law Enforcement Executives, the University of Chicago Urban Labs, etc.

James Sarallo, Executive Board Member

Mr. Sarallo retired from Motorola in 2006 as Senior Vice President and General Mgr. in the communications business. During his career, he was involved with a number of organizations serving public safety. He served as board member for the International Associations of Chiefs of Police Foundation and was made lifetime Honorary Chief by the IACP. He also had a long association with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Foundation, steering funding for the NLEOMF museum and serving as advisory member.

James has been involved with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation since its inception, and led efforts for Motorola to be the founding sponsor for the memorial. In 2006, he was awarded the Richard J. Daley Police Medal of Honor by Superintendent Philip Cline for his work with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department.

Leo Schmitz, Executive Board Member

Leo Schmitz is a highly accomplished law enforcement leader. He currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. Leo’s law enforcement career started in 1986 with the Chicago Police Department. He served with distinction in all assignments, including Commander of the Gang Enforcement Unit and Gang Investigations Section. Leo received recognition regularly from the community and colleagues for his vision, unmatched work ethic and valiant efforts. He was awarded the Illinois Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Superintendent’s Award of Valor after he was shot chasing armed robbery suspects in 1996. In 2012, Leo’s dedication to his communities and to the men and women of the Chicago Police Department ultimately culminated in promotion to Deputy Chief of the Englewood District. Under his leadership, the district experienced significant drops in overall crime.

In 2015, Leo was appointed as Director of the Illinois State Police (ISP) by then Governor Bruce Rauner. There, Leo continued his oath of service and strengthened relationships with partner agencies and communities. He served the ISP until 2019, at which time he was invited by then Mayor Lori Lightfoot to participate as an advisor on her transition team. Leo was uniquely qualified because of his vast experience in law enforcement, and fostering trusted partnerships with the community. Leo is currently a board member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Highway Safety Committee. He holds a BS in Administrative Sciences, has attended many executive level leadership courses, and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute.

Paul Slade, Executive Board Member

Paul Slade is the Founding CEO and Board Chairman of Wintrust Financial’s Old Plank Trail Community Bank.  Since its founding in 2006, Paul has built the bank into a successful $2.3 billion asset institution serving the Chicago area’s southland and northwest Indiana.  Paul has spent nearly his entire career as a Chicagoland Banker.

Paul is also Chairman of the Board of Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, a Chicago-based not-for-profit community development organization. HHDC develops and operates properties primarily in Chicago as well as four Midwest states and Puerto Rico. He also serves as a Board Member for Will County Habitat for Humanity as well as a Finance Committee Member for both Providence Catholic High School and St Anthony Parish in Frankfort.  Previously, Paul has been affiliated with numerous charitable and philanthropic organizations at both a committee and Board level.

Michael T. Sweig, Executive Board Member

Mr. Sweig was born in New York City in 1946. He received his BS/MBA from New York University. Michael moved to Chicago in 1991 to start his facilty service business which he sold to a NY stock excahange company in 2002. Lakeside Building Maintenance had 6,400 full time employees, operating in 12 midwestern cities, when it was sold. The Michael Sweig Foundation supports law enforcement nationwide, various oncology centers nationwide and animal welfare. Michael serves as First Vice President of the Orange County (CA) Sheriffs Advisory Council, serves on the Board of the Douglas County Sheriffs Advisory Board (NV) as well as on the Executive committee of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. Michael also serves on the Board of PAWS, Pets Are Worth Saving, a Chicago based animal center that is the largest spey/neuter clinic in Chicago. Michael is the former President of the Illinois chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and former Vice Chairmen of PANCAN the Pancreatic Action Network. Michael is a major benefactor of many organizations including but not limited to the Mayo Clinic, Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center, Moores Cancer Center of the UCSD, PAWS, many law enforcement agencies, and those in need. Michael resides in Lake Tahoe NV, Newport Beach CA and Chicago IL.

Jason Winkler, Executive Board Member

Mr. Winkler is executive vice president and chief financial officer at Motorola Solutions. Motorola Solutions is a global technology leader with $7.9 billion in revenues delivering mission critical communication solutions for government, public safety, and commercial enterprises. He formerly served as Chief of Staff for Motorola’s Chairman and CEO and was Senior Director of investor relations for the company interfacing with institutional shareholders and Wall Street banks. His prior experience includes finance leadership roles supporting global channel management, sales, mergers and acquisitions, and product operations. He joined Motorola in 2001 leading financial and operational audit teams worldwide. He began his career in consulting working for Hewitt Associates and then Oracle Corporation as Principal Consultant, where he designed and implemented financial accounting systems. Jason earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Valparaiso University and an MBA with concentration in finance from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, both with honors distinction. He is qualified as a Six Sigma Green Belt and achieved the Certified Internal Auditor designation. He serves on the Valparaiso University College of Business Advisory Council and is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

CPMF Chaplains

Father Dan Brandt

Father Brandt has been active in the Police Chaplains’ Ministry since 2004, assisting his predecessor, Fr. Tom Nangle. Dan was ordained a Priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago in May of 1999. A northwest side native, he has served as Associate Pastor of St. William Parish (in 025), then as Pastor of Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Bridgeport (in 009), before replacing Fr. Nangle upon his retirement in 2011. Now the full-time Director of the Chaplains’ Unit, Fr. Dan resides at a parish in Logan Square.

Rabbi Moshe Wolf

Rabbi Wolf, among his other rabbinical duties, has been involved in ministry to Chicago Police Officers for almost three decades. He also provides the Chicago Fire Department, Cook County Sheriff’s Police, several suburban and federal agencies with chaplaincy services. He lives on the north side (in 024) with his beloved wife and family. Moshe enjoys sharing good humor and can always make himself available for a ride-along.

Advisory Board

Mark Assise
Jim Buczek
Terry Burns
Robert J. Clifford
Karen Coley
George Coologeorgen
Roe Conn
Tom Egan

Brian Flanagan
Steve Georgas
Mara Georges
William Gibbs
Debra Guisinger
Lori Healey
Alexa James
Kenneth Jenero

Andrew Kaminski
Andrew King
Dan Krygowski
Paul Manning
Daniel McCarthy
Bob Montelongo
Peighton Myrie
Charlie Nicosia
Joe O’Neil

Patrick Philbin
Patrick Ryan, Jr.
Marc Schwartz
Kevin Shannahan
Mark Shannahan
Rick Simon
Melissa Stratton
Courtney Uslander
James Zangrilli

Legal & Government Relations

Matthew O’Shea

Executive Staff

Philip Cline

Executive Director

Maureen Biggane

Director of Operations

Jen Shanahan

Events Manager

Maria Marmolejo

Gold Star Families Chair

Mike Podlasek

Office Manager

Erin Bauer

Outreach & Events Coordinator

Jeanine Palacz

Administrative Assistant