Joan M. Steltmann
Ms. Steltmann was appointed as Executive Director of Starlight Midwest in September 2010. Under her leadership, Starlight grew over 40% in 2011, launched Starlight Escapes in two new states, and expanded inpatient programming amongst its 150+ hospital partners. Prior to joining Starlight, Joan served as VP, Enterprise Advancement for Lake Forest Graduate School of Management where she held P&L responsibility for Development, Governance, Alumni Relations, and Community Outreach. Joan has 16 years of experience in global marketing, e-business, strategic planning, business development, and finance with IBM. She has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune. As Market Development Executive she was responsible for developing interactive, multi-media marketing campaigns targeted at strategic growth markets. Joan has been recognized as a Corporate Woman of Distinction by the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and was featured as Executive of the Month by Chicago Business Women magazine. An active community leader, Joan is Vice Chair of the Board for National Runaway Switchboard and chairs its Strategic Planning Committee. She is also past co-chair of the Women’s Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois®, a former Director of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce, a past member of the Donors Forum of Chicago Strategic Planning Committee. Joan earned an M.B.A. from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and a B.B.A. (highest honors) Ross School of Business Administration, University of Michigan.
Emily joined Starlight Midwest in July 2012 as Program Coordinator. Her prior experience as program area director at Double H Ranch, a summer camp for children with chronic illnesses, fuels her passion for Starlight’s mission. Emily also draws from her event marketing background with Marketing Werks, and her not-for-profit leadership perspective as a Board Member for Do Your P’Art Foundation, to bring both Starlight Escapes family programming and Starlight hospital partnership programming across the Midwest. Emily holds a BA from University of Vermont.
Development & Operations Coordinator
Brittany joined Starlight Midwest in January 2013 as the organization’s Development & Operations Coordinator. Her previous experience as a philanthropic consultant for nonprofit organizations, including Willow House, World Relief Chicago and Easter Seals of Metropolitan Chicago, fully prepared her for this role with Starlight. Brittany’s background as a volunteer for diverse youth-focused programs and agencies throughout Chicago drive her dedication to the nonprofit community, and more specifically, to Starlight’s mission. Brittany holds a BA from Northwestern University.