Our Team

Learn more about our dedicated board, staff and volunteers that make Erika’s Lighthouse so special. From our founding, it is our community that keeps us going.

Please check out our committed, passionate team:

Virginia Neuckranz
President & Co-Founder
Executive Committee, Governance Committee, Membership Committee
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Elaine Tinberg
Co-Vice Chair
Executive Committee, Audit/Finance Committee, Governance Committee
Barbara Williams
Co-Vice Chair
Executive Committee, Marketing Committee
Kathleen Hooper
Treasurer
Executive Committee, Audit/Finance Committee, Team Resilience Leadership Committee
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Deedee Brannigan
Secretary
Executive Committee
Michael Alcala
Board Member
Membership Committee
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Eric Dahl
Board Member
Corporate Advisory Committee
Eric joined the board of Erika’s Lighthouse in 2023. He is a Vice President, Financial Advisor at RW Baird in Chicago, focusing on high-net-worth individuals, small business owners, and multi-generational families. Prior to Baird, Eric spent 10 years at UBS Financial Services. Before that, he spent 10 years with Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He also spent 2 years with the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. upon graduating Phi Beta Kappa with honors from the University of Maryland. He and his wife, Stephanie, a cancer fundraiser for the University of Chicago Medical Center, live in Wilmette, IL, along with their three children: Evan, Bennett and Audrey. Eric formerly served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. Additionally, for over a decade he and his wife have co-led a team raising funds for rare cancer research and treatment, in honor of Stephanie’s late sister, Megan, through Cycle For Survival.
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Lane Goggin, MBA
Board Member
Corporate Advisory Committee
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Barry Greenhouse
Board Member
Marketing Committee, Corporate Advisory Committee
Barry Greenhouse is the Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Supplier Management of W.W. Grainger, Inc. He oversees the company’s merchandising capabilities, supplier relationships and cost management. Since joining Grainger in 2004, Barry has held several roles of progressive responsibility in the supply chain organization. Prior to joining Grainger, Barry held roles in operations, sales, marketing, and project management at McMaster-Carr and Webvan. Barry holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and an MBA, both from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Eileen Sheehan Hovey
Board Member
Audit/Finance Committee
What makes the mission and work of Erika’s Lighthouse meaningful to you? As a Board member since the inception of ELH I have seen the positive and profound results of our efforts to educate, de-stigmatize and bring hope to adolescents and their families who struggle with depression. We wanted to raise awareness about depression and also encourage good mental health in our community and beyond. It is incredibly meaningful to be a part ELH and know that our educational programs are reaching hundreds of schools and empowering students in a positive way and giving them both help and hope in understanding themselves and others.
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Kevin Leicht
Board Member
Governance Committee
Kevin is a Managing Director at Protiviti, a Global Risk Management Consulting firm, and has spent his career working with clients to strengthen risk management and solve business problems. What makes the mission and work of Erika's Lighthouse meaningful to you? In today's challenging and uncertain world, young people are struggling with mental health at levels previously unseen. The work that Erika's Lighthouse is doing to destigmatize conversations around mental health and provide tools to navigate depression has already positively touched so many lives, and yet there is still so much more work to do to help promote strong mental health and provide a bright future for all young people.
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Michelle Mirzoian
Board Member
Marketing Committee, Team Resilience Leadership Committee
Michelle Mirzoian is a strategic, organized, and process-oriented, sales leader who can bridge between the education sector and the corporate/tech world. She specializes in organizational growth and large development goals. She has a strong commitment to equitable and inclusive work environments that thrive to create social impact in the world.
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Linda Monico
Board Member
Membership Committee
Linda Monico MS, RN, is a retired advance practice nurse who most recently worked at Northwestern Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. She has been involved in many volunteer activities over the years, but is most passionate about Erika’s Lighthouse because of the need and mission. She firmly believes in Erika's Lighthouse work to provide key information for students to proactively identify depression and to receive help.
Tom Neuckranz
Co-Founder
Audit/Finance Committee, Governance Committee
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Joshua Taustein
Board Member
Marketing Committee
What makes the mission and work of Erika’s Lighthouse meaningful to you? The mission of Erika’s Lighthouse is very personal and important to me. Since I have become a Board Member, I’ve seen firsthand how the depression education program has positively impacted thousands of students in the Chicago area and around the country.
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