Meet The PYP Chicago Leadership
Jennie is originally from the UK but met her husband Brian, who hails from Virginia, when he was working in London in the early 2000s. Jennie studied philosophy at the University of Manchester and then went on to have a career in IT corporate sales, where she headed up sales for the UK reseller partner division at Dell with annual sales in excess of $50m. In 2007 Jennie had the first of her three children and became a stay-at-home mom. In 2010 Jennie became a part time volunteer for UK charity ‘Sue Ryder’ where she worked on the ‘Sponsor a Village’ campaign, raising funds for communities in Malawi. In 2011 the Pastors relocated from London to Greenwich, Connecticut where the family and their 3 children lived for seven years. In 2015, Jennie launched and operated a fine jewelry e-commerce start-up. Wanting to get more involved in her community, in 2017 Jennie successfully ran for office for the Greenwich ‘RTM’, the legislative body of the town of approximately 61,000 residents. During her tenure, she sat on the Public Works committee and was focused on environmental issues, such as the successful campaign to ban single-use plastic bags in the town dramatically reducing toxic plastic waste and encouraging the use of sustainable reusable bags. In 2018 the Pastors relocated to Winnetka, Illinois where Jennie sits on the executive board of the PTO at her children’s middle school. Jennie is also on the Executive Board of the Winnetka Public Schools foundation. In 2021 Jennie decided to get her Realtor's License so she could marry her extensive personal experience of moving/buying/renting/building/selling, with her sales skills. She joined The Paige Dooley Team at Compass in October 2021. In her spare time Jennie loves to run, binge watch British TV shows and eat food from all over the world (the spicier the better!).
Shawna is originally from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and currently lives in Winnetka, Illinois. After earning her M.S. Ed. degree from Northern Illinois University, she taught high school health and physical education before becoming a devoted step-mother of three and mother of two with her husband Mark. Currently, Shawna is the Head Coach at Stride, a treadmill studio located in Wilmette, where she actively coaches several HIIT treadmill classes, oversees the class schedule and manages all coaches. She also works as a travel consultant for Duffle & Compass, a boutique travel firm specializing in travel not only to Africa but worldwide. In her free time, Shawna serves as the Development/Outreach Secretary on the Executive Board of the Children’s Home & Aid Woman’s Board in Chicago. She actively raises funds to support three Early Childhood Centers located in Chicago and it’s suburbs that provide family education and childcare to families in need. Having co-chaired the organization’s 99th annual Woman’s Board Gala, she helped to raise over $700,000 to support its life-saving work. Shawna has also served on the Executive Board of her children’s preschool in Winnetka as Director of Communications and Registrar before moving on to become PTO President of her children’s elementary school where she oversaw and managed 30+ committees that supported school activities and student learning. She has also served as the Events Chair of the Winnetka Public Schools Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to enable Winnetka Public Schools to go above and beyond what tax dollars support alone. In her spare time, Shawna enjoys travel, exercise, reading and spending time outdoors with her family and dog, Rosie.
Carolyn grew up in Massachusetts and earned her BS in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. During her 20-year career, she has advised Fortune 500 companies as a consultant and managed several $100M+ businesses for both GAP Inc and Kraft Foods. Most recently, she completed 5 years as the Head of Global Marketing for a specialty ingredients company that helped food companies find sustainable and natural food ingredients for everyday products. In 2019, she co-founded Clark Strategic Consulting to help select clients with their marketing and communications while being able to spend more time with her family and community. Carolyn lives in Winnetka with her husband and two kids. She currently serves on the board for Winnetka Children’s Hour and her children’s local PTO and looks forward to getting to know more organizations within the community.