Leadership Team

Leadership Team

The people who have formed Let it Be Us have a lot in common.

They are creatives who are talented experts in marketing, media, public relations, education and fundraising.  They are parents, foster parents and adoptive parents.  They are an advocacy group for the adoption of foster children because they believe that every child deserves to have permanent, committed parents who will love them throughout their lives.

The people who have formed Let it Be Us have another thing in common.  They all have roots in Barrington, Illinois.  While Let it Be Us is launching in Illinois, their work is a scalable model to follow and is expected to expand through the United States.

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Susan McConnell

Founder and Director

Susan brings attention to causes through media creation. Her work has raised millions for philanthropic projects and has won numerous awards. She is most proud of the congressional award for her commitment to foster children through the Illinois Heart… Learn More

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Jennifer McAndrews

Board Chair

Jennifer is the mother of 6 boys, ages 13 to 24, and the foster mother of 2 little children. She and her husband, Peter, became interested in being a Safe Family as a way for her own family to reach out to…
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Kerry Miller

Treasurer and Board Member

Kerry is well versed in 501(c)(3) financial reporting and communications. She lends her expertise to Let it Be Us as well as  Saint Anne Catholic Church in Barrington. Since she and her family joined Safe Families…Learn More

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Susan Stoga

Board Member

Susan brings more than 25 years of experience in brand marketing and communication. As a principal and cofounder of Carson Stoga Communications a suburban Chicago-based public relations…Learn More

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Bob Noonan

Board Member

Bob brings 30 years of corporate experience in the Telecommunications field to the Let it Be Us team. He has experience in operations, engineering, marketing and sales and is currently a corporate officer as a Senior Vice President for a Fortune 500…Learn More

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Elizabeth Felice

Board Member

Elizabeth Felice brings over a decade of experience as an educator to the Let it Be Us mission. Her work as an English teacher, reading specialist. tutor and coach has provided a rich body of problem-solving experiences and a growing testimony toLearn More

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Nadiya Ali

Board Member

Nadiya brings 22+ years of corporate experience in the Sales and Project Management fields to the Let It Be Us team.  She has experience in sales, database structures, operations, and highly technical sales cycles….Learn More

About Us

Advisory Board

Peter Yankala
Philips Menswear

Elizabeth Sherman, PsyD

Rick Smith
Allstate Insurance

Nadia Ali
Arris

Bob Lee
Barrington Area Development Council

Connie Going
Adoption Advocacy Center