Little City Board Gains New Director and Advisors

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Three new members join Little City’s Board of Directors and Advisors to support and advocate for children and adults with autism and other disabilities.

Continuing the successes of Little City to help children and adults reach their fullest potential is something I feel passionate about.

Joining more than 40 of Chicago’s finest public and private sector leaders, Little City Foundation recently gained three new members who will help generate awareness and much-needed funds for children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The newest member of the Little City Board of Directors, Dr. Michael E. McKenna, serves as the Vice President of Medical Management and Chief Medical Officer at Advocate Lutheran General Hospita l and Lutheran General Children’s Hospital. Associated with nonprofit healthcare for 29 years, Dr. McKenna brings a wealth of knowledge in healthcare related issues.

"I would like to thank Little City for accepting me onto their board. I feel honored to be able to be part of its mission to service those with intellectual and physical disabilities especially with their future health care needs," commented Dr. McKenna.

Dr. McKenna provides medical leadership and acts as a liaison to administration for a 1400 member medical staff. He provides administrative management to graduate medical education with ten chairs, more than 200 residents and fellows and more than 850 medical student rotations from three medical schools. He has established a new quality infrastructure, which led to marked improvement in health outcomes. Under his management, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital ranked as one of the Top 100 for overall quality among large academic hospitals by Thomson Reuters in 2011, among many other accomplishments.

Mr. Laurence M. Landsman and Ms. Mona Pearl joined the Little City Board of Advisors.

“I did some public interest work years ago and got excited about helping Little City,” commented Mr. Landsman. “Continuing the successes of Little City to help children and adults reach their fullest potential is something I feel passionate about… I experienced first-hand how much help and support children with cognitive disabilities need to get ready for life and if there is anything I can do to help, I’d love to help.”

Mr. Landsman is partner and owner of Block and Landsman. He is an experienced securities litigation attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing parties in various securities disputes. He believes in the importance of staying current on changes in the law that can affect securities litigation and in educating his clients about those developments. As such, Mr. Landsman has authored several journal articles on securities issues, been featured in industry articles published in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today and presents continuing legal education seminars on investment fraud.

Ms. Pearl is the Founder and Chief Operating Officer at BeyondAStrategy, Inc. She is also an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University.

“I joined Little City Foundation to support a cause that is meaningful to me, and helps some of the most vulnerable people in our society,” commented Ms. Pearl.
“I look forward to utilizing my business skills and experience while leading with the heart to create a comfortable, secure and active environment in an atmosphere that promotes independence and dignity.”

Ms. Pearl’s experience in international strategic development and global entrepreneurship has been vital in helping companies design and execute their global strategies. Ms. Pearl is known for her out-of-the-box thinking and development of creative solutions to tough challenges, which produce positive bottom-line results. From operations to top-line growth strategies, Ms. Pearl initiated and executed cost-effective and creative opportunities for companies to increase their financial bottom lines.

These philanthropic executives and advocates possess the vision, passion and drive helping Little City serve as a model of excellence in the non-profit sector. Those who occupy the Little City Foundation boardroom recognize and accept that they have a legal and moral duty to ensure Little City fulfills its mission and purpose effectively, efficiently and responsibly.

To support individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, visit

For complete information, visit or contact Lisa Hoffman at lhoffmann(at)littlecity(dot)org or 847-221-7825.

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