Board of Directors

NICHOLAS TASSONE     President & 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. Nicholas spent time as a Research Associate for Dr. Edward M. Gong at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Currently, Nicholas is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. In his free time, Nicholas enjoys playing piano, hiking, and seeing concerts. Fun fact: fluent in German.

NICHOLAS TASSONE

President & 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. Nicholas spent time as a Research Associate for Dr. Edward M. Gong at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Currently, Nicholas is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. In his free time, Nicholas enjoys playing piano, hiking, and seeing concerts. Fun fact: fluent in German.

ASHANTIS JONES     Executive Director & 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.

ASHANTIS JONES

Executive Director & 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.

 
TODD J. OCHS, MD, FAAP     Medical Director    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.

TODD J. OCHS, MD, FAAP

Medical Director

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.

DIANE KOTOVSKY     Treasurer    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 University

DIANE KOTOVSKY

Treasurer

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 University

LUCAS WELK     Board of Director    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.

LUCAS WELK

Board of Director

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.

 
ANDREW GOULD     Camp Counselor Liaison    Born in the United Kingdom, Andrew graduated from DePaul University in 2018, where he studied Biosciences and English Literature. Andrew has spent most of his career in scientific research, investigating a myriad of topics from organic chemical synthesis to bladder stem cells. After working a yearlong research position at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Andrew has decided to build a body of clinical experience before he applies to medical school later this year. He is currently working as an assistant at a community-based pediatrician's office in Chicago, while also studying to become a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

ANDREW GOULD

Camp Counselor Liaison

Born in the United Kingdom, Andrew graduated from DePaul University in 2018, where he studied Biosciences and English Literature. Andrew has spent most of his career in scientific research, investigating a myriad of topics from organic chemical synthesis to bladder stem cells. After working a yearlong research position at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Andrew has decided to build a body of clinical experience before he applies to medical school later this year. He is currently working as an assistant at a community-based pediatrician's office in Chicago, while also studying to become a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

SHAILAR WEBBER     Program Manager    Shailar is currently studying Health Sciences at DePaul University in hopes of going into a Physician Assistant program and eventually specializing in Neonatology. She currently works as a physical therapy aide in which she works with patients of all ages to help them on their road to recovery. She also teaches Zumba classes in her free time. As a CAMP counselor, Shailar found her passion and hopes to have a lasting impact on CAMP, like it had on her. She is very excited to start working toward planning new programs to expand camper opportunities and can’t wait for CAMP 2020!

SHAILAR WEBBER

Program Manager

Shailar is currently studying Health Sciences at DePaul University in hopes of going into a Physician Assistant program and eventually specializing in Neonatology. She currently works as a physical therapy aide in which she works with patients of all ages to help them on their road to recovery. She also teaches Zumba classes in her free time. As a CAMP counselor, Shailar found her passion and hopes to have a lasting impact on CAMP, like it had on her. She is very excited to start working toward planning new programs to expand camper opportunities and can’t wait for CAMP 2020!

 

Advisory Board

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