Board Member Since 2019


Thompson Coburn LLP

Anita Mauro is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, concentrating on banking and commercial finance primarily representing lenders in syndicated and single lender secured and unsecured credit facilities. Anita’s practice also focuses real estate tax assessment , including appeals, incentives and exemptions. She has substantial experience in court and administrative adjudication of tax exempt status for charitable and religious organizations before local Boards of Review and the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Anita was an Assistant Vice President and Director of Marketing for First Bank of Highland Park. Anita is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, received a graduate degree in retail banking from the BAI Graduate School of Retail Banking also at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and obtained her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Anita was named a 2018 Notable Minority Lawyer by Crain’s Chicago Business, received a 2018 Animal Welfare Leadership Award from PAWS Chicago, and has been included in “Illinois Super Lawyers” Rising Starts list for Banking and Commercial Finance in 2009, 2011-2013, 2015.

Bio as of 2019


Board Member Since 2019

Director of Project Management

Strata Decision Technology

Molly Beran (she/her/hers) is the Director of Project Management at Strata Decision Technology, a healthcare technology firm that develops financial planning software, strategies and analyses for hospitals. Molly’s team ensures on-time and on-budget delivery for all of Strata’s software solutions and manages the certification training program for Strata’s software products.

Prior to joining Strata, Molly worked as a manager of multiple teams in IT at Lurie Children’s hospital, and as a consultant for Chicago-based Burwood Group, Inc., a boutique consulting firm specializing in IT management and infrastructure solutions. Prior to Burwood, Molly worked as a project manager and corporate trainer at Epic Systems Corporation, a Madison, WI-based healthcare software firm. Molly graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. with Honors in International Studies and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Molly has been a season ticket holder of Lookingglass since 2011 and joined the Lookingglass Associates Board during the fall of 2014. She is currently serving as President of the Associates Board. Molly also volunteers as a leader of a course dedicated to adult faith development at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lakeview, where she has been a member since 2012.

Bio as of 2019


Associates Board Member Since 2019

Nonprofit Account Manager

Big Buzz Idea Group

Amanda Wilson (she/her/hers) is a nonprofit account manager at Big Buzz Idea Group, a management company that helps nonprofits focus on their missions and maximize their impact.

A lover of theatre, Amanda has worked extensively both on stage, backstage, and in theatre administration. Her love for the arts led Amanda to pursue her BFA in Design & Production – Stage Management from the University of Michigan. Wanting to combine her passion for theatre with nonprofit work, Amanda then received her MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises from Northwestern University. While living in Chicago, she is also the business manager of the Asheville Performing Arts Academy in Asheville, NC.

While she’s no longer working in theatre, Amanda is excited to be able to still actively participate in the arts by being a part of the Lookingglass Associate’s Board. When not in the theatre, you can find Amanda watching Wolverine football, spending time in Northern Michigan, trying new hobbies, and exploring local bookstores.

Bio as of 2019

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