Bronwyn Poole (President of the Board since 2017) 

Change Leadership & Communications Advisor: Bronwyn Poole is a change leadership and communications consultant who develops strategies for merger integration, business transformation, leadership alignment, culture change and employee engagement. Bronwyn earned her MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her BA in English from Wesleyan University. She studied Japanese language in college and is a lifelong enthusiast of Asian art, culture and food. (Like Jiro, she dreams of sushi!) Bronwyn lives in Chicago with her husband Peter Schmitz and their cat Tamarind.


  Michael Foster (Vice President of the Board since 2017)   Senior Sales Manager, The Whitehall Hotel 

Michael Foster (Vice President of the Board since 2017)





Stephanie Gaines (Secretary of the Board since 2017)

Employment Law Attorney: Stephanie Gaines, JD/MBA, is an employment law attorney with over 15 years' experience and is a true film fan.  She is a founding board member of Sophia's Choice and Secretary of its Board of Directors.  Stephanie is involved with other arts organizations, such as the Frankie Knuckles Foundation and the Chicago International Film Festival.  She is also a Trustee at Adler University where Stephanie chairs the compensation committee. 



Sophia Wong Boccio (Founder & Executive Director) 

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Colin Hara

As the Chairman Emeritus of Chicago Masudafunai, Colin counsels clients on a broad range of corporate issues, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, the establishment of corporations and LLCs, distribution and sales agreements, and technology transfers. He also advises on employment and labor practices such as reviewing, drafting and negotiating employment agreements and developing human resource policies and strategies. In addition, he assists with immigration matters pertaining to work-related visas, including employment authorization and non-work applications for spouses.



Maureen Herlehy (Treasurer of the Board since June, 2018)

Director, Strategic Initiatives : An artist and creative professional with a deep knowledge of higher education enrollment management, non profit organization and the arts. Held various Director positions at Columbia College Chicago with focus on enhancing students’ success, cultivating relationships, and developing strategic opportunities for students to finish college. 


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Linda S. Levin, AIA

Owner, Studio-Levin : A Chicago native, Linda is a self-employed architect, specializing in residential remodeling, commercial tenant build-outs and code compliance.  Prior to practicing  on her own, Linda worked on several downtown historical renovations including the Santa Fe Building, the Carson Pirie Scott Building, 111 West Washington and 350 North Clark.  Philanthropy is very much a part of Linda’s life, including past and present affiliations with JFMC Facilities Corporation, Florence G. Heller JCC, Johanna & Herman Newberger Hillel, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Redmoon Theater, SOAR, SC-APUC and Cabinet of Curiosity Events.  Linda is an arts patron, collector and contributor.  She has completed a home in Arizona and doing research for a book she hopes to publish.


Past directors: (2015-2016-2017)

Margreth Trumpi

Rujanee Mahakanjana

Lorraine Shoto

Randy Adamsick