“To me a family is whoever I can depend on for support, to laugh with, to play with, and to share the challenges and awards of life with.”
Chief Operating Officer
Beth Lakier, COO of Chicago Commons, is responsible for oversight of the IT systems and Senior Services and Early Learning programs at Chicago Commons.
Prior to joining Chicago Commons, Ms. Lakier was President of B.LAKIER CONSULTING LLC, utilizing her extensive experience in early childhood and not for profits to consult with a number of local Chicago not for profits.
Previously at One Hope United, Ms. Lakier was the Executive Vice President for Child Development and Early Learning, managing the agency’s 12 child development programs, and the Healthy Families, Doula, Wings, and Success by Six Programs. Ms. Lakier has a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in Early Childhood and Adolescence Development and a Masters of Arts from the University of Chicago, School of Social Services Administration. Ms. Lakier has worked as a manager in the early childhood field since May 1993. Her roles have included the following positions: Director of Systems and Finance for Lutheran General Hospital; Center Director of Lutheran General Children’s Day Care Center - O’Hare; Center Director of the Roosevelt Early Childhood Education Center (a “lab school” for Roosevelt University Students), Regional Manager for up to 10 Bright Horizons corporate and community-based centers, Executive Vice President at One Hope United and Consultant. Ms. Lakier’ s experience includes both opening new child development programs and transitioning management of programs that have as few as 54 to as many as 220 children. At One Hope United she grew the Child Development and Early Learning programs from a business $ 6.5 million to a business of 21 million.
As EVP at One Hope United Ms. Lakier was not only responsible for oversight of all OHU child development programs, but also managed the different contracts and funding sources for these sites. Ms. Lakier believes that NAEYC accreditation represents the building blocks of quality and at One Hope United built programs where NAEYC accreditation represented the foundation of OHU quality.
Ms. Lakier, in her most recent role as consultant, provided guidance to organizations on their organizational structure, salary structure, fiscal processes, program development, growth, operations management and staff development.
Work Life balance is important, and when not at work you can find Beth with friends on the lakefront biking, running and swimming to prepare for a half iron man or iron man race, or grilling with her husband and enjoying family time.