Ours is a dedicated and fun-loving community. Our indomitable optimism permeates the Foundation to its core, informing every initiative and revealing the promise within even the toughest challenge.


Board of Directors

NOTE: Individuals listed below serve both as directors of Cantata and as directors of the Cantata Best Life Foundation.

Karen Garrison (Chair)
Manager, US Department of Agriculture
DBE* State of Kansas
Belton, MO

Paul McAllister (Vice President)
Banker, retired
Northbrook, IL

Ann Robards (Treasurer)
Attorney-at-Law, Member of Missouri Bar Association
Retired – Management, Major Airline
Honorary Vice-President (Past National President) DBE*
Jacksonville, FL

Mike Miller (Secretary)
Director of Health Care, Insurance Program Managers Group
St. Charles, IL

Keith Hill
Financial Advisor
La Grange, IL


*Daughters of the British Empire, Founders of the Cantata Legacy


Cantata Best Life Foundation Advisory Board

Seated (left to right), Nancy Firfer, Andrew Palomo, Renee Finnell.
Back row (left to right), Carole Walther, Eric Johnson, Keith Hill, Paul Dillon, Marissa Filippo, Robyn Golden

Advisory Council

Paul Dillon
Dillon Consulting Services, LLC, President and CEO

Nancy Firfer
Metropolitan Planning Council, Senior Advisor

Robyn Golden
Rush University Medical Center, Director

Keith Hill
Financial Advisor

Carole Walther
Harrison & Held, LLP, Paralegal

Eric Johnson
Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Director of Development

Andrew Paloma
Pillar Financial Advisors, Financial Planner

Renee Finnell
University of Chicago, Sr. Director, Alumni Relations

Marissa Filippo
Dental Assisting National Board, Executive and Strategic Projects Manager