Board and Administration



Dr. Jane Forester, joined Allied Benefits Systems, Inc. in 2012 as Allied’s Medical Director. Allied is a national healthcare solutions company founded in 1980. Allied is the largest, independent third-party administrator in the United States. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a Master’s degree from The University of California, Berkeley and earned her Medical Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Practice at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Il. Dr. Forester practiced medicine in the private sector for many years before joining Allied. Dr. Forester has been involved in many volunteer positions through the medical community and through her children’s schools and extra-curricular activities.



DENISE HOEFLICH Board President/Executive Director/Founder

Denise Hoeflich is a working actor in Chicago and a graduate of the Conservatory at BlackBox Acting. Denise holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a JD from the New England School of law. Denise practiced law as a litigator in Illinois for many years before working full time as an actor in Chicago. In addition to serving as executive director of Compass Theatre, Denise currently serves on the grant committee for the Evergreen Invitational. Evergreen Invitational is a not-for-profit that, in partnership with The Woman's Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, funds initiatives that primarily support women in programs that are historically underfunded. Denise is also on the Board of Directors for Artemisia, Chicago's professional theatre for the development and production of all new feminist plays that center around women who have agency, independence and are the focal point of their own narratives. Denise previously served as Board President of Halcyon Theatre in Chicago. Other philanthropic leadership roles have included positions with the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Soul of a Powerful Woman (Black Ensemble Theatre), Have Dreams (non-profit supporting programming for autistic children and young adults), FIDF (Friends of the Israel Defense), and the Glencoe Junior High Project. 




Julie Levine currently works for a non-for-profit college access program, The Schuler Program, which sends first generation, low-income students to select private liberal arts colleges. She has a background in social work, receiving her BA from the University of Michigan and her MA in Social Work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Earlier in her career, Julie spent many years as a social worker in the Chicago Public School system, where she worked with students ranging in age from 8 to 18. Julie also spent many years on the Auxiliary Board of Planned Parenthood where she served in many roles, from member at large to vice-president to co-president. In the years when Julie’s children were young, she spent several years volunteering for the PTO at the elementary school serving in various capacities, including multiple committee chairs as well as vice president.


Lesa Rizzolo is the Owner of L.A. Rizzolo Architects.  She started her North Shore firm over 25 years ago and she focuses her work on residential projects - small and large.  She combines her knowledge of design and building, with her passion for preservation, creating a full range of services in the housing industry.  Lesa received her B.S. in Architecture from the University of Illinois, and is Registered Architect in the States of Illinois and Wisconsin.   Lesa also owns Keeping Pace, a company that specializes in organizing and managing homes. Lesa has been a resident in Chicago for the last 35 years, and an active participant and leader on various Village and School Boards. Previous Professional Board positions include:  Chairman – Glencoe Historic Preservation Commission-2005-2010, Glencoe Historic Preservation Commission-2001-2010, Member of the Glencoe Planning Commission-2007-2010, Founding member of the Glencoe Contextual Design Review Commission 2005-2008, and the Sacred Heart Church – Building and Grounds Commission-2010-2014.Other Board positions include Board of Directors Compass Theatre, Halcyon Theatre Board, New Trier Fine Arts Board, and the Glencoe Jr High Project.  Lesa has been involved, along with providing Pro Bono architectural work for Beacon Place (Waukegan), Lydia House (Chicago), and Sacred Heart Church (Winnetka).


Felice Rose is a Commercial Real Estate Attorney at Schiff Hardin LLP, an AmLaw 200 Law firm located in Chicago. Felice has spent more than 25 years representing national commercial developers, landlords, tenants and public companies, privately held companies and high net worth individuals. She is direct, responsive, innovative and a deal-maker. Felice also takes an active role in guiding the future of Schiff Hardin. She is a member of the Diversity Committee and chaired the Gender Diversity Subcommittee for seven years. Felice received her B.A., from University of Michigan and her J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law. Felice once played Rosie in “Bye Bye Birdie” in 7th Grade and thereafter, in the best interests of the audience, decided to support theater in a different way post production … She’s now an avid theater-goer.


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