Staff

Toby Sachs, Interim Executive Director
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Toby Sachs took on the post of Interim Executive Director in March 2017, having served as a Business Volunteer for the Arts with A&BC for more than ten years. He has consulted with numerous non-profits in and around Chicago, including working with A&BC on brand and strategic visioning. He comes from an advertising agency background, having held senior executive positions in London and Chicago at Leo Burnett, FCB and mcgarrybowen, leading advertising accounts for Fortune 500 companies and heading up business development. He now enjoys re-purposing that experience in the non-profit world, with a specific focus on strengthening the symbiotic relationship between business and the arts. He moved to Chicago from London over twenty years ago, but still talks funny.

Sarah Frye, Programs Manager
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Sarah Frye joined the A&BC team in November of 2014 as a Programs Assistant before being promoted to smARTscope Coordinator in January 2015. Sarah has been in her role as Programs Manager since June of 2015. Sarah hails from Jacksonville, IL, and received her BA in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2007 and worked for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Serving as Manager of Legislative Relations until 2012, Sarah then went back to school and received her BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. Obviously this major career shift was due to a passion and commitment to the Arts. Sarah also teaches dance in her spare time with Design Dance Chicago and writes for Chicago Stage Standard. Fun fact: My party trick is being able to walk on my hands. A skill from my former days as a gymnast.

Noemi Garcia, Programs Manager
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Noemi Garcia consults with new arts clients and manages the On BOARD program and the Membership program. Noemi joined the Programs Department in 2011. Before joining A&BC, she assisted a grassroots restaurant workers' rights nonprofit in Detroit with research and program development. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). She grew up in the arts and is thankful that her parents made her go to Saturday morning piano lessons, visit art museums, and attend cultural events at every opportunity. You can find her at cultural events and museums around the city, in the bike lane or at the airport on her way to her next adventure.

Chris Huaracha, ArtCore Director of Finance & Operations
Chris Huaracha joined ArtCore in November 2016 and serves as its first Director of Finance & Operations at our downtown office. Originally from the Cleveland suburbs and the Houston area, Chris attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he received his Bachelors degree in Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs. He brings over 9 years of operations and finance experience from a variety of industries. He initially began working for a biotech firm in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he began his career in accounting. Chris later relocated to Chicago, where he held positions in accounting, finance, and human resources in the legal and e-commerce industries. After a hiatus from the corporate world, Chris decided to focus and utilize his skills for nonprofits. This came after volunteering for organizations like the Lakeview Pantry, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Center on Halsted. Prior to working at ArtCore, he was in operations management at Equality Illinois, the country's third largest state LGBT advocacy and education organization. He is thrilled to be part of the ArtCore initiative and to be a part of the arts community. 

Usman Khan, ArtCore Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Usman Khan comes to ArtCore with a background in nonprofit and startup marketing, with experience in industries including conservation, public health, civil rights, lifestyle products and more. Usman moved to Chicago from St. Louis, where he received a Bachelors degree in marketing from the University of Missouri. He is currently working towards a Masters degree in advertising and is an avid photographer, enthusiastic traveller, semi-former athlete, and new Chicago resident.

Katie Kurcz, Director of Programs - Management Services
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Katie Kurcz co-manages the Programs Department and oversees the Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) program, consults with clients, trains consultants, develops core programs and evaluates program success.  Katie joined A&BC in 2009. She has experience both in the private and public sectors formerly working in marketing at Crain's New York Business, in consulting at United Way of America, in operations at Galleria Mentana and in development at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is founding co-chair of the Snow City Arts’ Auxiliary Board. She received her BA from Syracuse University with a double major in Public Policy & Public Relations and minor in Fine Arts and her MA in Arts Administration & Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Katie is an ex-team athlete turned reluctant runner, recreational painter, fearless traveler, March Madness addict and proponent of handwritten letters. She can be found walking her rescue chocolate lab Hiro along Foster Ave beach with her husband Alex.

Lonyae Thomas, Program Coordinator
Lonyae Thomas joined A&BC as an intern before starting her role as Programs Coordinator in April 2017.  After graduating with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Studies from Vanderbilt University, she taught for four years at public and private schools in Abu Dhabi and Beijing. With a background in international education, she is experienced in coordinating projects and fostering relationships in politically, religiously, and ethnically diverse communities. A proud Southside native, Lonyae cheers for the Sox as if every year is 2005. She credits The Field Museum, After School Matters, and her parents’ Stevie Wonder collection for her love for arts and culture.


Board of Directors

Joel Farran - Chair
Health Care Service Corp

Andrew Holtz - Vice Chair
The Northern Trust Company

Melissa Elbert - Treasurer
Aon Consulting

Jim Lupo - Secretary
Northwestern University School of Law

John E. Gingell - Executive Committee
The Segal Company

Amanda Delheimer Dimond
2nd Story

Michael Phillips
Rosenthal Collins Group LLC

Philippe Ravanas
Columbia College Chicago

Roche Schulfer
The Goodman Theatre

Jeff Usow
Mayer Brown