Special Olympics Illinois Foundation Board Adds Two New Members

Special Olympics Illinois announces the addition of two new members to the Special Olympics Illinois Foundation Board. The new Foundation board members are James E. Parisi and Raymond W. Bock.

The Special Olympics Illinois Foundation is a 509(a)(3) supporting foundation that supports individuals with intellectual disabilities served by Special Olympics Illinois with an alternative revenue stream in perpetuity.   The Foundation provides resources and support for program innovation and athlete growth for non-recurring budget items such as USA Games and World Games, capital expenses and technology advancement.

James E. Parisi

JamieParisi-1095 1Parisi has served as CME Group’s Chief Financial Officer since 2004.  His responsibilities include oversight of the company’s corporate finance, accounting, investor relations, treasury, real estate, and procurement functions. He has played a leadership role in the completion of more than $20 billion in mergers and acquisitions, including CME’s historic acquisitions of the Chicago Board of Trade in 2007, the New York Mercantile Exchange in 2008, and the Dow Jones Index Business in 2010.

Parisi received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a MBA from the University of Chicago.

Raymond W. Bock

Bock is President & CEO of Conversion Energy Systems Inc. of Burr Ridge, which was founded in 2008. He is responsible for overall direction and performance of the company and the full commercialization of the technology, including business plan development and implementation. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the waste management and environmental industry.

Prior to joining CES, Bock was President of Environmental Funding Solutions, Inc., which he started in 2001, to provide financing solutions to long-term funding needs for environmental cleanups mandated by regulations.

From 1995-2001, Bock was President of Enterprise Environmental & Earthworks, Inc. He worked for 20 years at Waste Management Inc. and began his career in waste management  with Bynal Products, Inc.

Bock is a member of the National Solid Waste Management Association. He was a past member of the Special Olympics Illinois Board of Directors for 9 years, serving as Chairman for two years.

He has an associate’s degree from Wright Junior College, Chicago, and has completed specific coursework at Wharton School of Business and Kellogg School of Business.

Parisi and Bock join the following people on the Special Olympics Illinois Foundation Board:

  • Hub Arkush, General Manager & Editor, Chicago Football
  • Dave Breen, President & CEO of Special Olympics Illinois, Normal
  • Frank Burke, Managing Director of Aon Risk Solutions, Chicago
  • Jerry Cole, CEO of Waste Gasification Systems, Chicago
  • Anthony Coletta, Senior VP Corporate Finance of Prudential Capital Group, Chicago
  • Robert DiMeo, Managing Director & Co-Founder of DiMeo Schneider & Associates, Chicago
  • Dan Doheny, Chief Financial Officer of Reyes Holdings, Rosemont
  • Doug Donovan, Senior Vice President of GE Capital, Chicago
  • Jerry Dyson, Partner of @ Properties Gold Coast, Chicago
  • Jenny Fortner, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs & Co., Chicago
  • Phil Fowler, Director of Tribler Orpett & Meyer PC, Chicago
  • Don Gereau, CEO of GT Mobility, Galena
  • Julie Gustafson, Senior Vice President of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Chicago
  • Mike Kuhlin, Director of Communications, Voyage Financial Group, Lisle
  • Dan Lange, Senior Vice President, Illinois Region Head of Wells Fargo Bank, NA, Chicago
  • Jay Leonard, Vice President of Bernstein Global Wealth, Chicago
  • John McDonough, President & CEO, Chicago Blackhawks
  • Jim Pieper, Chief Accounting Officer, TransUnion, Chicago
  • Ed Rafferty, Superintendent of Schaumburg School District, Palatine
  • David Shane, Partner of FGMK, LLC, Bannockburn

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,00 traditional athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics changes lives by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.  If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website.


Michele Evans, Special Olympics Illinois, 309-660-8497