Nupur Bahl is a Research Assistant II in Population Sciences at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 2020 with a BA in Health & Human Biology with Honors. Nupur’s research and professional interests are focused on the social context of health and disease as it relates to the intersection of medicine, ethics, and personal narrative. Born and raised in the Western suburbs, Nupur is a Class of 2016 Hinsdale South alum and cares deeply about giving back to a community that has given so much to her. She is proud to be working with the amazing group of students Green Halo gets to meet every year.
Mike Murphy is an adjunct instructor of finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Mike recently retired from a 30-year career in business and finance. In 2002, he co-founded Discovery Group, a private fund management company. Mike earned an MBA from Chicago Booth and a BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mike has a long track record of contributing to higher education causes. His current role as the Director of the Investment Management Academy at the Gies College of Business prepares undergraduate students for careers in finance by providing practical work experience in an experiential program that manages $1.5 million for the University endowment. In the summer he can be found in the Midwest cycling frequently, and in the winter skiing and guiding in Colorado.
Kate Hendrix Foster
Kate Hendrix Foster has 5 years of experience partnering with students to pursue their desired college and career path. She currently serves as the Assistant Principal for Student Development at Lake Park High School. She earned an MA in Educational Leadership from Aurora University, an MS in Counseling and a BS in Education from Missouri State University and is presently working on her Doctorate. She is a passionate advocate for her students and works diligently to ensure they transition into their postsecondary path with confidence! She is devoted to her students, both past and present, and enjoys serving as a trusted resource long after graduation. She looks forward to continuing to support the great work of the Green Halo Scholars as a member of the Board.
Claire Muraoka, recently retired after 30 years with a major oil and gas company. Claire has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Master’s in Civil Engineering and started her career in operations. She then moved on to various roles in performance management, strategy, business development and licensing. She has worked in the UK, Russia and managed a global team covering Asia and the Middle East. She and her husband Michael have two sons and one daughter. All have managed to navigate through college which has provided Claire with an appreciation on the complexity and challenges faced by first generation college applicants.
Irene Yates currently is a retired corporate tax executive, whose last two roles have been leading the global tax teams at McDonald’s Corporation and Univar Solutions. She also spent 19 years in various tax and business-facing roles at Procter & Gamble, including living for 5 years in Geneva, Switzerland. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Accounting, an MBA in international business and finance, and a law degree. She and her late husband have twin boys who recently graduated from college at different universities. She is excited to help Green Halo Scholars explore opportunities to find the right fit for them.
Nate Carden is a twenty-year resident of the Western Suburbs of Chicago, dad to children at the beginning and end of their college journeys, and active admissions interviewer for his alma mater. He is deeply committed to supporting Green Halo’s mission of helping young people in the community navigate an unfamiliar and increasingly complex college selection and admissions process. He is also passionate about mentoring emerging adults as they develop connections and build professional networks. Separately, he is proud to serve as a board member of the Northern Illinois Food Bank. In his day job, he is an attorney at a global law firm and specializes in assisting companies with cross-border tax disputes, negotiations, and arbitrations.
Mark Guglielmo and his wife Sally, one of the founders of Green Halo Scholars have been residents of the Western Suburbs of Chicago since 2005. A father of three children, two graduates and the youngest entering the final year of the college experience. He has been an active supporter of Green Halo Scholars since inception and recently retired after thirty three years in the financial services industry. As he begins his next chapter he has decided to commit more of his energy and time to supporting Green Halo’s mission of helping young people in the community navigate an unfamiliar and complex college selection, the admissions process as well as assisting graduating scholars discover career paths post graduation.