Board Member Steven Schenker is making a difference

November 3, 2023

Arden Shore Child and Family Services’s Board of Directors are outstanding members of our shared community. Arden Shore is proud to share this feature article published by Wintrust about Board member Steven Schenker. If you are interested in learning more about leadership opportunities with Arden Shore, please email

Learn How Steven Schenker Makes a Difference

Community service is a key tenet of Wintrust, and service on the local level, directly in the communities we serve, is the most impactful. Steven Schenker, Director, Great Lakes Advisors, LLC, a specialty business unit within Wintrust Wealth Management, sat down with Wintrust Communications to share his commitment to community through a local organization in Waukegan, Ill.

Q: What organization(s) are you a board member of?

A: I am a board member of Arden Shore Child and Family Services, a nonprofit organization founded in 1898, tailored to help children and their families rebuild their emotional and physical wellbeing by providing a safe and nurturing environment, planning and treatment, and support tools to make healthy life choices. It is located in Waukegan, Ill.

Q: Why’d you want to get involved with the organization(s)?

A: I initially became involved as the portfolio manager of their endowment. Soon afterward, I realized what great work this organization does for families in the community and I needed to become more involved.

Q: How do you help the organization move the needle?

A: I still manage their investments, try to attend all the board meetings and help by leveraging my contacts and ideas. Wintrust was named by Arden Shore as the recipient of the 2023 Corporate Donor of the Year Award. Wintrust Financial Corporation, Great Lakes Advisors, LLC, and Libertyville Bank & Trust Company, N.A. have generously given to them annually. Currently, artwork depicting Arden Shore’s commitment to helping families thrive graces the Mural Building along the Kennedy Expressway (pictured below).

Q: What do you find most enriching from the work you do?

A: The mission of Arden Shore is to rebuild children’s lives in a caring community. What greater reward than to know that I was instrumental in making that happen?

Q: What would you advise someone who is interested in getting involved?

A: There’s a misconception that you need to have a personal connection to serve on a board. Find something that you are passionate about, and you may be the one who makes a difference in someone’s life!

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