Contact – Our Directors



Chairman of the Board

T.C. Leonard, Executive Director, Chairman of the Board  708-479-6613

TC is the founder and President of Grant Staff, a Mokena, IL based consulting firm that provides not-for-profit organizations with grant writing, research, strategy, and marketing services.  She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) specializing in fund development and holds a Masters Degree in Leadership Studies from Lewis University.  Prior to founding Grant Staff, TC worked for a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Girl Scouts of Trailways Council, Senior Services Center of Will County, Greater Joliet Area YMCA, and more.  During her 21 years in fund development, she has raised over $30.2 million for not-for-profit organizations.  TC is very active in the community.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the One Love Global Wellness Foundation and helps run their Mission Meals program in Mokena, which provides participants with hot, nutritious meals in a restaurant setting and provides bags with food, toiletries, and other necessities to homeless individuals.  TC’s hobbies include marathon running, competitive ballroom dancing, and is a black belt world competitor in karate.

Music Over Miles - Kathleen Gallagher

Kathleen Gallagher, President of the Board 

Kathleen Gallagher, resides in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and is the owner of Gallagher Media and Marketing, LLC, a boutique marketing/communications agency.  Kathleen has a Bachelor of Arts, Literature, and Communications from Loyola University and an MBA from Lewis University.  Kathleen has spent 40 years in various local, regional and national leadership, sales and marketing positions with experience in print/digital publishing, advertising, business development, mobile application development, media planning, video production, social media and tradeshow & event planning. Kathleen has a strong background in fundraising and volunteer projects within the Catholic School system as well as other charitable organizations and not-for-profit foundations and is a strong supporter of music and the arts.

Marlena Cannon, Treasurer 

Marlena Cannon is the President of Cannon Communications, an award-winning marketing consulting business that specializes in manufacturing start-ups and new product launches. Prior to owning her current business, Ms. Cannon was a lobbyist for numerous companies including AT&T. Ms. Cannon is a graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC and holds a BA with honors in psychology. She currently lives in Santa Rosa CA, is a frequent contributor to the Oakmont News and is the Marketing Chairman for Oakmont Lifelong Learning as well as an avid national competitive Scrabble player.

Louisa Hayward

Ms. Louisa Hayward is the Strategic Board Advisor of  Louisa resides in Glenview, IL and is President of Hayward Consulting and also works as a marketing exec for an information security technical firm.  Louisa is a very creative and hard-working individual and has an MBA from Kellogg/Northwestern University.  She has special expertise in marketing, health information management, and information/computer security, and is well connected to fundraising, investing, and business development opportunities that may benefit the organization.


Numerous individuals serve on the volunteer Advisory Board representing multiple regions of the country.  We thank all of them for their service, time, and creative ideas which support Music Over Miles.



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