Our Bodacious Board


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. 


Ashley Lepse

Board of Directors

MA Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

BA Social Work, Illinois State University

Ashley's experience growing up in foster care, her expertise as a social worker, and her passion for influencing policy at the state and national level have been a driving force behind Foster Progress. 


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.