Our Bodacious Board

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Meegan Dugan Bassett

Chair, Board of directors

MA Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

BA Sociology and Spanish, North Park University

Meegan's successful consulting firm helps non-profits make the world a better place. She does policy work, as well as program development, research, and visualization of data. Foster Progress is lucky to benefit from her expertise. 


Laura Studee

Treasurer, board of directors

BA Biology, University of Pennsylvania

MPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Maternal Child Health, University of Illinois at Chicago

Laura's background in data analytics, research, and program evaluation make her an invaluable asset to Foster Progress. She also enjoys being a Safe Families host and a foster parent. 

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Tracy Cupper


Masters of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

BA Psychology, Calvin College

Tracy's heart for teenagers and background in psychology and social work make her an excellent mentor to a young lady from foster care. Her organizational skills and efficiency whipped the board of directors into shape! We appreciate her dedication and passion. 


Angela Walker

Board of Directors

MA Religious Studies, Trinity International University

BA English, Mount Mary University

Angela's experience in the field of higher education, particularly in the area of diversity recruitment, make her a great asset to Foster Progress. She is a critical thinker and an intentional listener, who builds positive and productive relationships to give voice to the voiceless. 


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Susanne Immell

Board of Directors

BA Communications, University of California Santa Barbara

Susanne has successfully guided two of her own children, as well as a number of youth from foster care, through the college access process. Her community involvement, mentoring experience, and passion for children to complete a higher education fuels her drive to help students through Foster Progress.

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Matt Ward

Board of Directors

BS Business Administration/Marketing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Growing up in a family of educators, Matt always appreciated the intrinsic value of an education, but also understands that education can establish healthy relationships, grow self-confidence, and increase self-reliance. He has 25+ years' experience as a corporate strategist, focusing on positive social change through energy sustainability, micro-financing or financial services accessibility, and education.


Alison Myers

Board of Directors

MA Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
BA School of Social Work, Illinois State University

Alison’s passion and personal connection to the foster care community stems from her own experience being a foster youth. Alison has become very active in child welfare advocacy by spreading awareness, giving back to the community, and working towards a career in child welfare policy.


Freddy Castillo

Board of Directors

BS Computer Science, Wheaton College

Freddy is a native of Colombia, South America, and he moved to the US for his college studies. Freddy’s college experience in an unfamiliar environment, helped him understand the importance of having a support structure and a mentor relationship to help navigate college life. Freddy manages a team of IT professionals at a global law firm, is an active member of the Uptown community, and is a board member of his church.

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Mallory Littlejohn

Board of Directors

Juris Doctorate, John Marshall Law School
BA Political Science, Quincy University

Mallory has dedicated her legal career to public interest work. Currently, Mallory’s practice is solely focused on assisting survivors of sexual assault and sex trafficking. Mallory’s interest in assisting youth in care stems from her mother’s work in foster care. From this, Mallory learned of the many barriers youth in care encounter when trying to obtain an education.


Jason Engstrom

board of directors

BSBA, Management Information Systems, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Senior Manager, Smart Cities at Itron, Inc.

Jason is passionate about using technology and compassion to solve challenging problems. He has worked as an IT consultant for most of his career, and helped establish a vocational training center in East Africa. As a foster parent and adoptive dad, he is familiar with the joys and the challenges of the foster care system, and believes his strategic and analytical skills and his love for people will help Foster Progress continue to address the difficulties those aging out of the foster care system face.