our board

2012 Board Members

2012 - 2013


Jeannett Leavitt

Vice President:

Michael Chu


Tina Sullins


Tina Sullins

Head of School:

Gina Dong & Isabella Liu


Michael Chu is a partner with Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, a Chicago-based law firm that practices intellectual property law exclusively.  Michael holds a J.D. from the College of William and Mary, where he was the Articles Editor for the William and Mary Law Review, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.  Michael recently finished his term as the president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), where he served on its Board of Governors since 2001.  He now serves as the president of the NAPABA Law Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships in support of the Asian Pacific American community.  As an advocate for the Asian Pacific American community, Michael has spoken before the Senate Democratic Steering Committee regarding issues of diversity within the federal judiciary.  Michael also serves on the board of directors of the Asian American Institute, a local organization benefiting the Asian American community in Chicago and an affiliate of the Asian American Justice Center in Washington D.C.  Michael is also a member of the University of Illinois Leadership Circle Steering Committee and a graduate of the 2006 Fellows class of Leadership Greater Chicago.  Michael has served on the Board of Trustees of the Latin School of Chicago from 2007-2010.   Michael and Stephanie have three children, Caroline, Christopher and Nicolas, have been students at ChinaKids over the years.

Juliana Yee Carlucci  Prior to becoming a full-time mother of two girls, Julie held marketing positions for major consumer package goods companies after graduating from the Kellogg Gracudate School of Management at Northwestern University. While working overseas in Taipei, Taiwan with S.C. Johnson, Julie took advantage of the full immersion environment and formally studied the language honing in on her reading and writing skills. Prior to starting a family, Juliana led the Chinese division of EthnicGrocer.com, serving as General Manager and Vice President of Marketing. Both of Julie's daughters are enthusiastic students of ChinaFriends and enjoy sharing their joy of the language and culture with others in hopes to further bridge the relationship between the two cultures. 

Jeannette Levitt grew up and attended school on the east coast.  She holds a BA degree from Smith College and an MBA from Northeastern University.  For 10 years prior to moving to the midwest, Jeannette worked in the Human Resources field for several large companies including Nabisco and Warner-Lambert.  In 1997, after her husband Steve’s work brought them to Chicago, Jeannette started a consulting business providing HR services to small organizations.  Once she and her husband started a family, however, the joys of motherhood eclipsed the world of “work” and she closed up shop.  Today Jeannette and Steve have four children, including two daughters adopted from China.  Jeannette was thrilled to find ChinaKids shortly after it opened and she and her children have been attending classes ever since.  Jeannette feels very fortunate to have found a place to not only help her family learn Mandarin, but also a place to feel connected to the richness and beauty of China and its culture.

Ginny Moffat spent her career in college textbook publishing, retiring as a vice-president with McGraw-Hill Higher Education in 2006.  Her professional experience includes sales, marketing, management, strategic planning, and custom publishing.  She has been a volunteer with Executive Service Corps of Chicago (retired executives who do business planning with non-profits) since 2007, as well as volunteering with Lincoln Elementary School and the Lincoln Park Zoo.  Ginny has also been an active volunteer with Holt International Children’s Services since 1992 and has traveled to see Holt’s child welfare and adoption programs in China, Vietnam, Thailand, Romania and Guatemala.  In 2006, Ginny and her family adopted a 2-year-old girl from China through Holt International.  Her daughter has taken Mandarin lessons ever since.  Her family was delighted to find ChinaKids, because of their dual emphasis on language and Chinese culture, as well as the structured approach to teaching.

Tina Sullins Owner of Blue Sky Realty and mother of an adopted daughter from China, Tina and her family have been students at China Kids since it’s inception in 2005.  Joining the board in 2010, she now lends her small business skills and entrepreneurial spirit to helping ChinaFriends thrive and grow.


Interested in Becoming a ChinaFriends Board Member?

Our Board is made up of a select group of dedicated professionals from the business and non-profit sector.  Board members contribute their time, give financial support, and share their community connections with the organization.  The Board is responsible for policy and budget governance.

We are seeking individuals to join our Board and help support the growth and development of our organization.  If you are interested in finding out more information about participating on our Board, please contact Jeannett@chinafriends.org

Board Member Responsibilities & Requirements

  • Consistently attend Board meeting in person or by phone
  • Attend annual strategic planning meeting 
  • Attend organizational functions and special events
  • Participate in at least one committee per calendar year plus the annual fundraiser celebration
  • Understand the organization's mission, policies, and programs; inform others about ChinaFriends Mandarin Language Center and solicit and recommend nominees for the Board, who can significantly contribute to the work of the Board and the organization

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