Chief Compliance Officer
Courtney Fong is a native of Chicago and lives in the north suburbs of Chicago with his wife and five children. Courtney is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Castle Creek Arbitrage LLC. In addition, Courtney is an Adjunct Professor of Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law where he developed and teaches a course on Hedge Funds and Regulatory Compliance. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and received his JD and MBA from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Courtney is the immediate past president of the Chinese American Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the NAPABA Law Foundation. “Every day, I am working on making other people better. We all benefit when others are excelling at whatever they do and I truly want others to maximize and fulfill their potential. I also follow this timeless scripture – act justly, love mercy, walk humbly.”
Lauren Schifferdecker is a licensed clinical professional counselor and the founder/clinical director of Inspire Counseling Center. As a psychotherapist, she is passionate about using neuroscience and research to inspire people to thrive. She first fell in love with research as a laboratory assistant in the Infant Cognition Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 17 years ago and has been dedicated to understanding and sharing scientific research ever since. As part of her mission to inspire others, she has written various articles and frequently speaks to groups in her community to help people live their best life. Lauren was raised on psychology, with both her parents and brother in the psychological field as well. She is a Northbrook native proud to now raise her family and business in her own hometown.
Ecological Community Organizer
Stephen Packard has extensive experience in the restoration of prairies and oak woodlands. His work has helped clarify our understanding of the composition and dynamics of these threatened communities. As Field Rep with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (1978-1983), director of science and stewardship for the Illinois Nature Conservancy (1983-1999), and founding director of Audubon Chicago Region (1999-2014) he helped develop the technical discipline and the popular appreciation of ecological restoration in the Chicago region. Packard co-edited and partly wrote the “Tallgrass Restoration Handbook – for prairies, savannas, and woodlands,” a principal text in this new field. He taught conservation policy and ecology at Northwestern University (2008-2013). He helped organize many initiatives including the Volunteer Stewardship Network, Mighty Acorns, Society for Ecological Restoration, Chicago Region Biodiversity Council (Chicago Wilderness), and Friends of the Forest Preserves.
Firefighter, Cancer Survivor, and Marathoner
Steve DeLuca is a full time firefighter with the Northbrook Fire Department. He is also an Acoustic Neuroma brain tumor and a 15-year stage-3 colon cancer survivor. He has completed 24 marathons, including 15 consecutive Chicago Marathons, and is a 2007 Ironman Wisconsin Finisher. In addition to being a cancer survivor, he is a double hearing aid wearer and has interviewed on CNN, WLS, WGN, and other venues talking about his experiences. He is also a passionate Chicago Cubs fan who is still watching videos daily from 2016! Steve is happily married to his best friend and a father of four - three boys and one girl (ages 17,8,8,5).