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Updated: January 30, 2014 6:03AM



The board of directors at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, recently approved the appointment of six new members: Andrea L. Zopp, president and CEO, Chicago Urban League; Edward J. Laginess, former board president, Chicago House; Edward J. McGunn, president, FireKing Security Group; Kimberly McCullough-Starks, director, external and legislative affairs, AT&T; Katie Coderre, University of Chicago (contract employee/economic department); and Megan Boguszko, former financial services professional, according to a press release from the center.

Prior to her appointment as president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League in 2010, Zopp was executive vice president and general counsel at Exelon Corp. Before joining the private sector, Zopp was the first black to serve as first assistant state’s attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, the release said. Zopp earned her juris doctor degree from Harvard University. She is a member of the Chicago Board of Education and serves on the boards of Navy Pier, the Black Ensemble Theater and the board of Urban Partnership Bank, where she chairs the human resources committee.

Laginess was board chair for Chicago House, a nonprofit that provides community-based services to people affected by or at-risk of HIV and AIDS, for 13 years. While at Chicago House, Laginess led an organizational transition that nearly tripled revenues, broadened the mission, increased services and provided an emphasis on prevention and life skills programs. Laginess earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. His private sector career includes serving in a variety of high-level roles at Juno Lighting, including senior vice president of human resources for administration. Laginess’s philanthropic work includes service to the American Heart Association, Special Olympics and Children Affected by Aids Foundation.

McGunn began his career as a third-generation safe builder in the family business, McGunn Safe Co., working his way up to vice president of wholesale sales. In 1988, he became a founding partner of Corporate Safe Specialists, leading that company to become the top supplier of safes for retail businesses in the United States, according to the press release. McGunn holds five U.S. patents on inventions centered on cash-management needs for retail businesses.

In her position as director of external affairs for AT&T Illinois, Kimberly McCullough-Starks works with Chicago-area communities to provide initiatives through AT&T and serves as the company’s liaison to local government. Before coming to AT&T, McCullough-Starks was director of business and work force diversity for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which owns and operates McCormick Place and Navy Pier. She serves on the board of directors for the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, Calumet Area Industrial Commission and Chicago State University Foundation, and she is the board president of Young Women’s Leadership Charter School.

Coderre is a contract employee with the University of Chicago, working on educational research in the department of economics. Coderre also serves as an accounting assistant at County Fair Foods and worked with Hewitt Associates as a benefits consultant. She is an active and committed volunteer for school and community-based organizations.

Boguszko is a former financial services professional. As a compliance officer for several proprietary trading firms in Chicago, she has experience developing operational policies and procedures. She also worked as an account coordinator for DDB Worldwide, a global advertising agency, planning and executing campaigns for such blue-chip clients as Budweiser, McDonald’s and State Farm. Boguszko is on the board of the Beverly Ridge Home Owner’s Association and is building a Rodan + Fields skin care consultancy.

With the exception of McGunn, who is to begin his term in spring, the new BAC Board members began their service at the December board meeting.

Founded in 1968, the Beverly Arts Center is a nonprofit that serves the Chicago area with fine arts education and programming for people of all ages, according to the center.

Staff report



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