Our People

Learn more below about our dedicated staff and boards that make up Erika’s Lighthouse.

Our Staff

Our staff is an amazing, hard-working and dedicated group who develop and implement programming to educate communities about teen depression, break the stigma that surrounds mental illness, and promote mental health in teens.

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Brandon Combs

Executive Director

Brandon joined Erika’s Lighthouse in June 2019. He brings with him over 20 years of nonprofit experience ranging from Executive Director, Board Member to volunteer for many passions and causes. He earned his Master’s in Nonprofit Administration in December 2009 from North Park University and his BA in Political Science from Indiana University in May 2004. Brandon wants to ensure that every child feels empowered, validated and important.

Contact Brandon at [email protected] or call 847.386.6481 ext. 101.

Peggy Kubert, L.C.S.W.

Senior Director of Education

Peggy is a licensed clinical social worker, addictions counselor, student assistance trainer and parent educator.  She has a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago, and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.  Peggy has been with Erika’s Lighthouse since 2006, developing our programming and working with schools to implement our programs. Peggy is passionate about providing consultation, support and training to students, educators, parents and health professionals to help young people lead healthy, happy and productive lives.

Contact Peggy at [email protected] or call 847.386.6481 ext. 103

Ilana Sherman

Director of Education

Ilana joined Erika’s Lighthouse in September 2019 as Director of Education. She has a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ilana brings with her over 15 years of non-profit health education programming experience ranging from Outreach Coordinator to Director of Education. Ilana is excited to be part of Erika’s Lighthouse to help further the mission and empower preteens, teens, their caregivers and educators to learn and talk openly about adolescent depression.

Contact Ilana at [email protected] or call 847.386.6481 ext. 106.

Kristina Kins

Director of Operations

Kristina came to Erika’s Lighthouse in 2016 as a graduate intern and joined the team full time in 2017 as Director of Outreach & Development. After spending many years in the business and financial services sectors, Kristina changed career directions and is excited to be working with an organization working to spread the importance of good mental health through education. She obtained her Master of Social Work (MSW), along with a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Philanthropy, from Loyola University Chicago. Kristina graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a BA in sociology.

Contact Kristina at [email protected] or call 847.386.6481 ext. 105

Katie Conklin

Director of School Culture

Katie joined Erika’s Lighthouse in August 2021. She has a Masters degree in Human Services and Counseling from DePaul University. Katie has over 15 years experience working in behavioral health and nonprofit administration. Katie is passionate about mental health awareness in schools and is excited to be a part of the Erika’s Lighthouse team. 

Contact Katie at [email protected] or call 847.386.6481.

Rachel Magnabosco

Manager of Fundraising Marketing & Engagement

Rachel joined Erika’s Lighthouse in February 2021. She brings with her over six years of nonprofit experience, as both a professional and volunteer. She obtained her BS in Communications and Organizational Leadership from Illinois State University in 2017. Rachel is motivated by our mission and will go above and beyond to ensure that no young person feels alone in their depression through her efforts in marketing, fundraising development, and volunteer and donor relationship management.

Contact Rachel at [email protected] or call 847.386.6481.

Laura Geiger

Donor Engagement Manager

Laura joined Erika’s Lighthouse in January 2022, bringing a decade of nonprofit fundraising experience as a professional and a volunteer. She is committed to working to further the Erika’s Lighthouse mission within our community and across the country. Her three children drive her dedication to promoting good mental health for all. Laura has a BS in Human Development from Colby College and a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA.

Contact Laura at [email protected] or call 847.386.6481.

Meade Means

Development Coordinator

Meade joined Erika’s Lighthouse in October 2019. She brings over eight years of nonprofit experience as both a professional and a volunteer. She is committed to helping nonprofits and is excited to be a part of an organization that is tirelessly working to improve mental health in young adults. Meade has a BA in Political Science from Kenyon College, and a Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University.

Contact Meade at [email protected] or call 847.386.6481 ext. 104.

Jamie DeCaria

Marketing Coordinator

Jamie joined Erika’s Lighthouse in January 2022. She brings nearly 20 years of marketing experience; in the consumer packaged goods industry, as an entrepreneur, and in nonprofit marketing. As a parent of three, she is happy to be making a difference in the lives of young people with Erika’s Lighthouse. Jamie earned her MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and her BBA from the University of Michigan.

Contact Jamie at [email protected] or call 847.386.6481.

Anna Robbins

Operations Assistant

Anna joined Erika’s Lighthouse in December 2021. She brings over 6 years of experience in nonprofit administration. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) from Adler University (Chicago). Anna is passionate about creating authentic connections and making mental health and education accessible to all.

Contact Anna at [email protected] or call 847.386.6481.

Our Boards

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors oversees the mission and governance of Erika’s Lighthouse. These passionate volunteers are determined to Get Depression Out of the Dark.

Meet the Board of Directors

Professional Advisory Board

Our Professional Advisory Board includes both educators and experts who provide us with their guidance on issues surrounding teen depression and mental health.

Meet the PAB Members

Lighthouse Council

Our Lighthouse Council is a group of members who are actively involved in advocating for Erika’s Lighthouse in our community and raising funds for our programming. Fill out the interest form to learn more.

Meet the Council Members

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