Kara Friedman (Sherwood) became the club director in 2011. Kara, a chess novice, is a club parent and has undertaken the oversight of the club with the assistance of four great student coaches. Kara was inspired to take on the director responsibility because of the stimulation and opportunity to excel that the game has provided for her son, Noah. Her father, Alan, taught both her and her son to play. Kara is married with two kids and lives in Highland Park. She practices law in the health care field and is a shareholder in the Chicago office of the law firm, Polsinelli Shughart.