Board of Directors
Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago (NPN), formerly the Northside Parents Network, was established in 1980 as a Chicago nonprofit organization. Our founders, a small group of pioneer parents, decided to raise their children in urban Chicago and knew they needed to create a strong network of support in the city. This network has grown into an even stronger community of parents, volunteers, schools, businesses, service providers and other nonprofits. Learn more about who is involved in creating the NPN we have today.
Our Executive Board
Marie Lona (President)
Abigail Claiborne (Treasurer) was happy to find NPN while on maternity leave in 2013 with her daughter. She loved her experience so much, especially her New Moms Group, that she joined the NPN Board as Treasurer in 2015. Abigail works at Deloitte in their Office of Confidentiality and Privacy. She has experience in marketing, finance, operations and internal audit. She is also involved with Girls on the Run Chicago and enjoys running and coaching new runners. She and her family live in Lincoln Square.
Jennifer Fout (Vice President)
Our Board of Directors
Allison Foster is pediatrician mom working in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. Soon after joining NPN in 2013 after her youngest child was born, Allison began writing parenting and professional blogs for NPN and served as host for an online Q&A session for parents with questions about their new baby. Allison also has led potty training sessions for NPN members. Joining the Board of Directors in 2015, Allison brings experience in working with families and children, bridging gaps among families throughout the city and being a resource for health and wellness education and expertise for NPN members. Allison is an avid runner and lives in the South Suburbs with her husband, kids and two dogs.
Neil Hackler has been a proud sponsor of the Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) since 2013. Neil has been in real estate for 20 years and working as a residential Realtor since 2006 with Real Living City Residential (formerly Chicago Real Estate Resources - CRER). He has a Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University where he studied interior design and marketing. He currently lives in Edgewater and has been living in the city of Chicago since 2001.
Hema Raj Trukenbrod is a trained pediatric therapist who founded a practice and has specialized in the field of Sensory Integration for almost two decades. She is emphatic about her role as a Board Member at NPN as she strives to help this fantastic organization continue to grow and affect positively the lives of families in the Chicagoland area. Hema is the lead Board member in the organization of NPN’s annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair and the Committee Chair for NPN’s diversity and inclusivity committee. She lives in Lakeview with her husband and her two little girls and the other love of her life, her 11-year-old Viszla dog, Macallan.