Meet Our Board
Therese K. Fauerbach
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Therese K. Fauerbach is a highly regarded business leader and entrepreneur with an extensive track record in international management and consulting. As Chief Executive Officer of The Northridge Group, Ms. Fauerbach is committed to providing real-world, cost-effective and executable solutions that drive profitability. Through a deep understanding of analytics and honest discussion, Ms. Fauerbach creates simplified and attainable business solutions for organizations with complex operational problems.
Ms. Fauerbach advises C-level executives across the Fortune 100 and has, on occasion, acted as an interim executive. Under her leadership, Northridge has operated profitably each year since its inception. Ms. Fauerbach earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Norbert College and an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She serves on several boards including DePaul University and The Cradle Foundation, one of the foremost adoption agencies in the country. She is a former chair on the board for The Chicago Network.
Harold E. D’Orazio
Harold E. D’Orazio, the owner and operator of Decision Vectors, Inc., a consulting business specializing in business planning, financial assurance, and operations reviews, is a results-oriented senior executive with expertise in marketing, finance, strategic planning, regulatory affairs, and operations. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Mr. D’Orazio has held numerous executive level positions in the telecommunications industry, including serving as President of Ameritech Services and Vice President, Iridium Investments at Motorola, Inc. Mr. D’Orazio earned a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in communications engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He attended postgraduate business and management programs at Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois and Harvard University.
Robert C. Froetscher
Robert C. Froetscher is the founder and president of Vista Advisors, LLC. He has over 30 years of experience as a senior operating executive, private equity investor, and board director, leading enterprises as large as $3 billion with a focus on technology and service sector businesses.
Prior to Vista Advisors, Mr. Froetscher spent nine years as a partner at Willis Stein & Partners, a mid-market private equity investor and 17 years as a general manager running operations as large as $3 billion in revenue for companies including Ameritech (now AT&T), APAC Customer Services and MCI Communications. Mr. Froetscher currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Empower Software Solutions, and as a Board Director for Viamedia and its ad-tech subsidiary, Placemedia, Inc.
Mr. Froetscher earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he was an Austin Scholar.
Kathryn M. Sullivan
Kathryn M. Sullivan, most recently chief executive officer, employer, and individual, local markets at UnitedHealthcare, brings executive management experience in nearly every division of the third-party payer sector in healthcare including financial, operations, marketing, managed care and benefits administration. While at UnitedHealthcare, Ms. Sullivan also served as a member of the inaugural UnitedHealth Group Cultural Leadership Team responsible for guiding and implementing the company’s Culture Map to include Vision, Mission, Values, and Behaviors.
Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Ms. Sullivan held executive positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. Ms. Sullivan serves on the Boards of Hanger, Inc. and Welltower, Inc. A Certified Public Accountant, Ms. Sullivan earned a master’s in business administration from Louisiana State University and served as a Fellow in the CEO Perspectives program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Ann E. Ziegler
Ann E. Ziegler, most recently senior vice president, chief financial officer and executive committee member at CDW, is a qualified financial expert with significant public company and audit and compensation committee experience. Prior to joining CDW, Ms. Ziegler held a number of executive positions with Sara Lee including finance, strategy and general management roles in both U.S. and international businesses. Ms. Ziegler serves on the Boards of Hanesbrands, Inc., Groupon, Inc., Wolters Kluwer, Revolution Foods, The Chicago Network, and the Smart Museum of Art. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of William and Mary and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.