Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Adoptive parent of a son with FASD. It took ten years before obtaining a diagnosis of FASD for her son. She has a MBA in Marketing and Healthcare, and an undergraduate in Economics and Finance. She has over 25 years healthcare experience primarily in strategic planning, finance and project management. Her desire to help others affected by FASD, lead to organizing the camp. Her vision is to be a resource for families struggling with the challenges of FASD.
Executive Director & Co-Founder, Camp Director
Nicholas graduated from DePaul University in 2017 where he studied Chemistry and Non-Profit Management. Since 2013, he has worked with over a dozen non profit organizations throughout Chicago in both fundraising and leadership capacities. Currently, he is a Research Associate for Dr. Edward M. Gong at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. In his free time, Nicholas enjoys playing piano, hiking, and seeing concerts. Fun fact: fluent in German.
Ajeet Charate, LCPC
Ajeet is a physician from India with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, a Licensed Clinical and Professional Counselor, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and a Board Certified Neurotherapist. A member of the DuPage County Task Force for FASD in Illinois and the Advisory Council of the Midwest Regional FAS Training Center (MRFASTC), he serves as the Illinois State Coordinator for the Illinois MRFASTC team. In addition, he represents Illinois at the National Association of FASD State Coordinators and Building FASD State Systems (BFSS). Ajeet is also director of the Neurofeedback, Counseling and FASD Institute of Illinois, a division of Trinity Services, Inc., based in Naperville.
Todd J. Ochs, MD, FAAP
Dr. Ochs has been a general pediatrician in Chicago since 1984. He is an advisory board member of Illinois National Affiliate Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), and has spoken at several conference and hospital seminars on FASD. He is the founding member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section of Adoption and Foster Care, and served on its executive committee for six years. He has advocated for adopted and fostered children around adoption health and mental health issues, including FASD.
Director of Social Media
Ashantis is a graduate from the BFA Theatre Management program at The Theatre School at DePaul University and is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Counseling for College Counseling and Student Affairs at DePaul. She comes to CAMP with several years of experience in the non-profit sector. Her most notable experience comes from her time serving as the Executive Director of DePaul University’s annual Dance Marathon, DemonTHON as well her time serving as the Campaign and Major Gifts Coordinator at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. During her years of fundraising, she has contributed her time to raising nearly $10.5M across various organizations.
Director of Public Relations
Richie Roesner is a public relations professional specializing in consumer and corporate communications. He currently works at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global communications firm. Richie holds a graduate degree in public relations and advertising from DePaul University, which he obtained in June 2018. Throughout his career, Richie has coordinated public relations efforts for clients such as Aflac, Chick-fil-A, ANGOSTURA bitters and Mazda, in addition to several other major companies. He joins CAMP with several years of experience with nonprofit experience, particularly serving two years as the internal director of DemonTHON, DePaul University's 24-Hour Dance Marathon benefitting Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. His passion for CAMP runs deep, as he served as a camp counselor in the organization's inaugural year. Richie looks forward to working with the Board of Directors to enhance the organization's PR efforts and continue its rapid expansion.
Accounting/Financial Analyst that has worked in the oil industry, banking industry, property management and others. A leader in business resource groups, a dedicated supporter of diversity and inclusion. Proven business development professional that excels at leadership including coaching and mentoring. MBA/MSMOB candidate at Benedictine Univers
Board of Director, Camp Counselor Liaison
Some of you may recognize Luke as he has served as a counselor at CAMP the past three summers. He studied Biology and Chemistry at DePaul University before studying abroad in Paris during his last quarter and graduating in 2017. While in school, Luke did genetics research and volunteered his time assisting with spay and neuter surgeries at the Anti-Cruelty Society. Currently, Luke works on protein crystallography at Argonne National Laboratory, looking into potential treatment for hypercholesterolemia and Alzheimer's. Luke is passionate about our mission at CAMP, FASD community, and he is looking forward to seeing the organization continue to grow and help the world.