Tom Sawyer, Chairman
AT&T Attorney (Retired)
“As a follower of Christ and lover of Chicago, intervening in the lives of young Chicagoans who are in critical need of such intervention is a great way to contribute to the well-being of Chicago.”
Sawyer remains active as a licensed attorney after retirement from Seyfarth Shaw LLP. This enables him to provide legal advice to By The Hand Club For Kids on a pro bono basis—as well as Christian organizations, such as The Moody Church, where he serves as the vice chairman of the Elders and a trustee on the Church’s Executive Committee. Sawyer has a JD from Indiana University School of Law and a BS from Indiana State University. He also has four daughters, whom he and his wife, Jodie, homeschool.
“By The Hand Club gets to the heart of making our world a better place: through the love of Christ, we help one child at a time discover his or her potential and find the path which leads to 'abundant life.”
After the Martin Luther King assassination in April, 1968, and the ensuing riots, Fellowes, a college senior, changed his plans and became a school teacher on Chicago’s west side. It is there that he first experienced the excitement of “making a difference” in young people’s lives. He later joined his family’s business, Fellowes, Inc., and has led a strong team to build a large global business. He also serves today on the board of directors of Crossway Books, Culver Academies, and City of Hope (cancer research). Other philanthropic interests include third world poverty, the fine arts, Christian ministry and scholarships.
Agency Owner, Allstate
“My mother was a lifelong educator, and I witnessed her passion and love for children. She would say, “Removing God from schools opened the door for the enemy to come in." By The Hand helps keep God in the hearts of our students.”
With love for helping people, Gomez became an Allstate agent in 2006 and opened his agency the same year, serving clients in both English and Spanish. He and his team are active members and supporters of their community. Having inherited his mother’s passion for children, he is especially interested in causes that provide resources to kids.
Gomez has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Northern Illinois University.
He and his wife Maria live in Chicago, and they have one daughter who also lives in Chicago.
Teacher, Naperville Community School District (Retired)
“I love working with kids and being able to work in an environment where we can talk about our faith. God transforms lives. Through education, He can change lives. An education is one of the most effective ways of breaking the cycle of poverty.”
Currently a volunteer, Nancy Hanson loves serving God by caring for His children—a response to God’s great love and sacrifice for us. Hanson is a retired teacher who serves on the board of trustees for North Central College and the board for the Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. She has a BA in education from North Central College and an MA in reading education from Northern Illinois University.
Founder & Owner Lincoln Park Preschool & Kindergarten
“Based on research and what we know about the development of a child’s brain, high quality education is crucial to their academic, social and emotional development. I believe all children have high potential yet not all children are given opportunity. Regardless of their zip code, every child deserves access to high quality education.”
A leader and expert in Early Childhood Education, Hickey-Kozek has created a culture at LPP where character, curiosity and excellence in education are the foundation and daily goal. They strive to foster and nurture a passion and love of learning. She founded The Nationally Accredited Lincoln Park Preschool and Kindergarten in 1993 and has opened 3 location in the city. LPP places a high value on supporting and coming along side of organizations whose passion and vision is to lift up orphaned and vulnerable children. Their impact of stewarding their time, talents and resources has reached children both locally and globally.
She and her husband Bill, who is the President, Truck and Parts at Navistar, live and attend Church in Chicago with their three children that they adopted in 2017. Sharon earned her BS in Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University.
“It is a privilege and a joy to watch children grow -- what could be more fulfilling than giving them tools to go out into the world and to be a shining example of all that is good.”
Peggy M. Lim has been engaged in the education field in various capacities for almost two decades. She is currently an active volunteer for, and board member of, several non-profit organizations in the educational world, including the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (“Lab”), where her two sons attend. Ms. Lim has a BS in finance and international business from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a MA in early childhood and elementary education, with Montessori Certification, from New York University. For two years, she was a head teacher at the Early Childhood Learning Center at the West Side Montessori School in New York. Ms. Lim resides in downtown Chicago with her husband, Yung Bong Lim, and two sons, Jake and Justin.
Managing Partner, Promus Capital
“By The Hand Club is profoundly impacting the lives of thousands of Chicago’s most precious children. I count it a privilege to partner with an organization that not only helps young people capture a vision for their lives, but also provides the resources and loving support necessary to be successful as they pursue their dreams. By The Hand Club is helping kids reach their full God-given potential, and I believe that is a worthy investment.”
Brian serves as a managing partner of Promus Capital. Prior to co-founding Promus Holdings in 2006, Brian was president of Accelerated Athletics, a sports performance enhancement company dedicated to training elite high school, college and professional athletes. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1998. He was an All-Big Ten football player and a member of the Wildcat’s Big Ten Championship teams in 1995 and 1996. He went on to play wide receiver for the New York Jets. Brian currently sits on the board of directors of Old Florida National Bank and Harvest Consumer Insulation, Inc. He is one of the founding board members of Chicago Hope Academy, a private Christian high school for inner-city youth. He lives in Wheaton, Illinois, with his wife Heather and his sons John David and Jordan Chase.
Christine Parker, Secretary
Attorney, Law Office of Christine A. Parker
“By The Hand personifies the light of the love of Jesus Christ for the kids we serve. Through human and divine love, they are given the hope for a better future—and the opportunities God wants to provide through an education.”
Passionate about providing children from disadvantaged backgrounds with hope and light, Parker applies her experience as an attorney on behalf of By The Hand. She holds a JD and MBA from William & Mary School of Law and School of Business, and a BS from Trinity Christian College. She is also actively involved with World Relief, a church ministry in Chicago, and with Compassion International.
Special Asst. to the President for Community Relations, Moody Bible Institute
“I love children. And I am very concerned about the issues they face. By The Hand is effectively sharing biblical life skills with the children. I love the emphasis on education, salvation and creativity. I'm a fan.”
Roy Patterson is a broadcaster, worship leader, preacher and soloist. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Trinity International University.
He is the host of two national Moody Radio programs: Celebration of Praise and Music for Sunday. He is also a host on Urban Praise Radio on Moodyradio.org. He currently serves as the Special Assistant to the President for Community Relations at Moody Bible Institute. He has been married to Lynette for over thirty years an has three adult children.
Mark Sauer, Treasurer
Senior Strategic Account Manager, Salesforce.com, Inc.
“I believe strongly in the way that God is working through By The Hand, and it is a privilege to be able to serve.”
Sauer is currently a Senior Account Manager for the Service Cloud business within Salesforce, Inc. and he serves as an elder at the Village Church of Barrington. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan and BA from the University of Illinois.
Carol Simpson, Vice Chairman
Attorney, Carol Simpson Law Offices
“I relish the opportunity to invest my time, talents and treasure to change the lives of Chicago's most needy children.”
With a passion for serving God and a love for kids, Simpson applies considerable experience as an attorney, accountant and business owner on behalf of By The Hand. Currently, she is the principal of Carol Simpson Law Offices in Greenville, SC and is a board member for Greenville Rotary Club, Greenville Literacy Center and Girl Scouts. Simpson holds a JD from George Mason University School of Law and a BA in business administration with a minor in economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Manager, Avaya (Retired)
“I love seeing kids learn about Christ and grow in their faith.”
Wilson has served on the board of By The Hand since it became a 501(c)(3) organization. A long-time elder of Moody Church, Wilson holds an MA from Moody Bible Institute and BA from the University of Illinois.