We’re a highly experienced, multidisciplinary team.

We’re educators and family advisors, entrepreneurs and creators, clinicians and curriculum nerds. We delight in our work, and in learning from our clients and one another.

Family Advisors

Elizabeth Kieff

LK co-founder Elizabeth Kieff is a psychiatrist with over fifteen years of experience as a clinician, educator, coach, and mentor. In her clinical practice, Elizabeth is a generalist who works with individuals, groups and families, with expertise in the care of emerging adults. Before moving into private practice, Elizabeth spent a decade as a psychiatrist and the Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where she created a multi-disciplinary Wellness Curriculum designed to help medical students grow personally and professionally.
A Chicago native and Hyde Park enthusiast, Elizabeth hails from a family of therapists, educators, school guidance counselors, and U.S. military veterans. She was a University Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and received her M.D. from the University of Chicago.

Tom Levinson

LK co-founder Tom Levinson has spent much of his professional life working with families and family-owned businesses. Tom guides families toward an understanding of how their values shape their approach to wealth, philanthropy, stewardship, and communication. Tom is an owner of a family-owned registered investment advisory firm, as well as a writer whose work on religion, values, and American life has been featured in national magazines, major newspapers, and on TV and radio.
A Manhattan native who, since 2000, has been proud to call Chicago home, Tom is civically active as a non-profit board member, volunteer mentor, and community-based religious educator. Tom is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and received a Master’s of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Leonora Zilkha Williamson

Leonora Zilkha Williamson is a coach who empowers teams and individuals to access their best selves and navigate profound transformations. In her work at LK, Leonora serves as a family advisor, facilitator, and executive coach. Also a Founder of Platinum Rule Advisors and Lecturer in Negotiation at Vanderbilt University, Leonora’s career includes leadership roles at J.P. Morgan, Boston Consulting Group, and Estée Lauder. Leonora was a founding partner of women’s angel investment group The JumpFund, and also sits on the board of family company Sabre Yachts. Leonora speaks five languages, and is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School. An active community member engaged in education and conservation, she lives in Nashville with her two daughters and a golden retriever named Scout.

Heidi Coleman, L.C.S.W.

In her work with LK, Heidi Coleman serves as a family advisor, executive coach, group facilitator, and course designer. Heidi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than twenty-five years of therapy experience, focusing on the life-stage transitions of emerging adults. Heidi also has a long, distinguished background working at the intersection of experiential learning and the creative arts. She has served for years as Director of Undergraduate Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago, and recently has been developing trailblazing work there in New Media and Design, with an ongoing interest in Alternate Reality Games. She received her AB from Duke University, her MA from Columbia University, and her AM from the University of Chicago.

Kennise Herring, Ph. D

Kennise Herring, Ph. D., is a family advisor and coach, leveraging her deep skillset as a licensed clinical psychologist over the past three decades. Kennise combines a deep clinical expertise with a warm, engaging presence. In her private practice, she works with adolescents and adults, facilitates group processes, and makes clinical and academic presentations. She devotes part of her practice to working with young athletes as they transition from college to professional sports, as one of a select group of Program Case Managers with the NFL/NFLPA Substance Abuse Program. Kennise has also worked in the financial education space, helping financial planners assist their clients with the behavioral components of managing wealth. Kennise earned her Ph. D. from Northwestern University, a Master’s from the University of Chicago, and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Hampton University.

Renée Montoya Lado, M.S., N.C.C.

Renée Montoya Lado, M.S., N.C.C., is a gifted and trusted family advisor, executive coach, and leadership consultant to some of the world’s leading family-owned businesses. Renée is the founder of Strategic Designs for Learning, where she worked closely with family-owned businesses, their families and their governance boards. Renée is also an organizational development practitioner with thirty years of strategic leadership experience and consulting with small, mid-range and large companies in a broad range of fields, and a sought-after executive coach and facilitator. Renée holds advanced degrees in Behavioral Psychology, Policy Analysis and Pastoral Psychotherapy, is certified in the use of numerous assessments and instruments, and has developed a number of proprietary tools that can be used with family owned businesses. She is a Certified Wealth Advisor through the Institute for Preparing Heirs and is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association of Managers of Organizational Design, American Counseling Association and Organizational Development Network.

Catherine Braendel, MLA

Catherine Braendel's nearly 30-year career has included leading strategy and communication for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, one of the nation’s largest and most prominent independent N-12 schools, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Chicago’s public television station. She began her career in advertising, quickly rising to senior partner at a global agency, where she led marketing and advertising activities for international consumer goods and service clients. She has advised numerous businesses, nonprofits, and associations as a consultant, board member, and volunteer. She earned her Master of Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago and her BA, cum laude, from Brown University. She is an avid world traveler and reader who never met a museum she didn’t like.


Nicole Herweck

NIcole Herweck is a teacher who spent over two decades as a beloved primary school educator at The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Nicole helps drive LK’s experiential learning work with elementary school-age kids. A Chicago native and part of a large, formerly enterprise-owning family, Nicole attended Amherst College and obtained a Master’s in Education from ______. She might be the biggest Chicago Blackhawks fan in the world.

Samantha Ngooi

Samantha Ngooi is a financial educator with LK. She helps design and implement learning modules -- both in-person and virtual -- as part of LK’s experiential learning curriculum. She also serves as the Director of Operations for Park Piedmont Advisors, LLC. Sam has extensive experience managing educational outreach programs and financial education programs for school-aged children and emerging adults. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago, as well as a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Sam is an avid Crossfitter and food enthusiast who serves on the advisory board of several UChicago student organizations.

Corenna Roozeboom

Corenna Roozeboom is an educator and operations specialist for LK. She also serves as Operations Specialist for Park Piedmont Advisors, LLC, where she provides systems, client, marketing, and education support. Before joining LK, Corenna worked as a nonprofit program educator for nearly a decade and, before that, as a project manager for a marketing firm. Corenna earned her master’s degree from Miami University in Ohio and has a deep appreciation for gardening, music, good food, friends, and family.

Michelle Webb

Michelle Webb is an experienced elementary school educator, having taught students from Kindergarden-6th grade in both Independent and Public School classrooms. Michelle is also an educational entrepreneur, teaching Ideas for Those Who Love Teaching, an online marketplace for teachers to buy, sell, and share their course materials and curricula with one another. A National Board Certified Teacher, Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and her master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Christian Montoya

Christian Montoya brings over a decade of expertise in the family advising space to his work with LK. A Principal of Strategic Designs for Learning, Christian is a leading contributor in the firm’s technology capabilities, and use and analysis of assessments for clients. He is certified in the use of the Caliper Profile™, HR Chally Instrument™, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator™, EQ in Action Profile, and Hogan Judgement Assessment.

Advisory Board

Emma Wellman

Emma Wellman is the Beginning School and Lower School Principal at Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is also co-host of the Princi-Pals podcast. Prior to her role at Rowland Hall, she worked for five years at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, first as a teacher and then an administrator, and was an adjunct instructor at the City Colleges of Chicago. She has also founded and run a small childcare business called Banana Mashers, also in Chicago. She has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Michigan, and an MS in child development from the Erikson Institute. Emma is a certified nutrition coach and CrossFit trainer. In her life outside of school, she loves fitness, cooking good food, reading graphic novels, and spending time with her husband, son, dogs, and cats — especially in nature.

Lauren Cronin

Lauren Cronin is a business development executive and strategic consultant working at the intersection of education, technology, and health. Lauren serves on the advisory board of HMS MEDscience, which is a high school STEM program run out of Harvard Medical School, with a pedagogy focused on teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving in case-based situations. She believes that all group learning environments should encourage participation, inclusiveness, and instill confidence and enthusiasm in each participant. Lauren also serves on the ad board for Elizabeth Seton and Marillac Residences, which are Skilled Nursing and Resident Care facilities based in Wellesley, MA owned by the Sisters of Charity and managed by Legacy LifeCare. Also a licensed RN, Lauren is a graduate of Boston College School of Nursing, and lives in Wellesley, MA with her husband and three children.

Jamail Carter

Jamail Carter has nearly twenty years of experience leading business development and sales operations, including defining strategy and managing teams within the consulting, telecoms and utility industries. He is the co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer at Varuna, a company providing innovative solutions to water utilities around the U.S. Jamail has an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a BS from Vanderbilt University, where he also played quarterback. He lives with his wife, an emergency room physician and medical educator, and their three children in Chicago.

Nat Piggee

Nat Piggee is an attorney, strategic advisor, and the founder and principal of Tiger Law. Nat has two decades of experiences providing thoughtful, sophisticated counsel to a host of businesses and organizations, ranging from global real estate firms to local non-profits. He has a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University. An avid fisherman and collegiate a capella veteran, he is an active volunteer in his community, serving on the Princeton AlumniCorps board, and having served as a Princeton Project 55 fellow at Bethel New Life in Chicago, where he was a Director for a decade. Nat lives with his wife and their two high school-aged children in Oak Park, Illinois.

Jessie Ronai

Originally from Hyde Park, Chicago, Jessie Ronai is the proud Principal of Golder College Prep in Chicago. Jessie previously served as the founding Assistant Dean of Students of The Noble Academy, where she also taught 9th grade English, served as the Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal of the Upperschool, and most recently, Assistant Principal of Academics. Prior to joining Noble, she taught 2nd and 3rd grade Special Education in New Orleans and served as her school’s RTI Coordinator, implementing academic and behavioral interventions for students in grades K-4th. Jessie earned her B.A. from Duke University where she studied International Comparative Studies and earned her M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston in 2016.

Our work is guided by our values.


We model a process of being ourselves in our work and with one another as a team


We’re committed to creating an environment that facilitates respectful candor


Our work is evidence-based and facilitated by highly competent, continuously learning team members


We protect what’s been entrusted to us to care for


We work at modeling being our word and doing the right thing


We believe diversity (from the perspective of identity, background, demographics, and outlook) makes our team and communities better


We practice being flexible, tolerating difficult emotions, and learning from mistakes


We share of ourselves and assume the best of others


We build connection through the comedy of everyday life

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