Featured Faces: Meet the New Foundation Executive Director Brian Lepacek

We’d like to welcome Brian Lepacek, the new Foundation Executive Director. And we’d like you to get the chance to get to know him better. Welcome, Brian!

What are your impressions of Little Company of Mary so far? The Little Company of Mary Hospital family has an incredibly rich tradition of impeccable medical service and faith-based ministry to the southwest side of metropolitan Chicago, and the medical staff and administration embody that tradition and live that commitment every day. The compassionate ministry that Little Company offers to community is unrivaled, and I am now honored and proud to be part of that family.

What do you enjoy most about not-for-profit fundraising projects? People who work in fund development have the privilege of meeting and working with many of the most influential, generous and kind-hearted people in our communities. Fundraisers have a unique role in that we are the conduit between passionate donors and very worthy causes. We have a duty to help donors connect to their passion, and then use that passion to connect to a cause that can benefit from that passion. As a fundraiser, I truly enjoy serving as the bridge from passionate donor to worthwhile cause.

What do you like best about the Campus Transformation Project?
I enjoy watching the excitement and pride in both donors’ and staff members’ eyes when they talk about the scope and depth of the project, and the impact that this new state-of-the-art facility will have on the broader community. Not only is the main campus being transformed, but the entire Beverly, Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn communities are seeing the transformation with the relocation and new construction of the 95th Street Care Station. Little Company of Mary continues to innovate, grow and thrive, and that is fantastic for everyone in the community.

What do you most look forward to in your role as Executive Director?
I look forward to working with the incredible professional and medical staffs of the hospital and the foundation, and meeting with as many stakeholders (donors, patients, supporters and advocates) as possible, hearing their stories and discovering what ignites their passion for Little Company of Mary Hospital.

Where did you grow up?
I am a native of Plainfield, IL, and was educated at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School and Joliet Catholic High School. Attending college and graduate school at the University of Chicago and Catholic Theological Union, I have been a Chicago resident for over 25 years. Being a former South Loop resident and a “Northsider”, I am looking forward to learning more about the Beverly/Evergreen Park/Oak Lawn area and exploring all of the wonderful things it has to offer!

What are your personal interests/hobbies outside the office? Prior to my career in non-profit executive management and fundraising, I was a professional musician, so pursuing outlets for music-making is and will always be a passion of mine. And I am always up for around or two of golf on the weekends. Fore!

Education: BA/MA degree from the University of Chicago and Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Associations: Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Chicago chapter, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)
Awards: 2006 Future Leader by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

An accomplished professional musician and liturgist for the first twelve years of his career, Brian gained his start in not-for-profit fundraising during his tenure at the Diocese of Rockford/St. John Neumann Catholic Church from 1995 to 2001 where he served as a core team member and fundraising strategist for an $11.4 million capital campaign and expansion. From 2001 through 2006, Brian worked for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) where he progressed from regional development work to the national Vice President of Development, responsible for annual fundraising efforts in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. In 2006 Brian was recruited to Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago as part of a turnaround team to assist the organization with its annual fundraising programs and the silent phase of a $40M endowment campaign. From 2008 to 2011, Brian served as Chief Development Officer for the Anixter Center, one of the largest service providers for people with disabilities in metropolitan Chicago.

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