Board of Directors

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

They are talented experts in foster care, guardianship, adoption, recruiting, 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.

While Let it Be Us is launching in Illinois, their work is a scalable model to follow.


Susan McConnell

Founder and Executive Director

Susan is an adoptive mother and a tireless advocate for foster care and adoption.  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


Bob Noonan

Board Chair

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


Kerry Miller


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



Susan Stoga

Vice Chair

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


Elizabeth Felice


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



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

Rick Smith

Rick Smith

Board Member

Rick brings 30 years of corporate experience in the Insurance Industry to the Let It Be Us team as Co-Chair of the Finance Committee.
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About Us

Advisory Board

Peter Yankala
Philips Menswear

Elizabeth Sherman, PsyD

Rick Smith
Allstate Insurance

Nadiya Ali

Bob Lee
Barrington Area Development Council

Connie Going
Adoption Advocacy Center