MENTOR Illinois Names New Executive Director: Anna-Claire (Whitehead) Setterlin

CHICAGO - MENTOR Illinois -- the unifying champion for expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people across Illinois -- is proud to announce that Anna-Claire (Whitehead) Setterlin has joined as the new Executive Director. She brings with her extensive experience in mentoring nonprofit leadership, philanthropy, advocacy, and partnership development.

Setterlin has a proven commitment to the youth of Chicago. She joined MENTOR Illinois from the Noah’s Arc Foundation where she served as Executive Director of the family foundation of NBA star Joakim Noah. Mentoring is what connected Setterlin to the Noah family. Specifically, the youth advocacy campaign with mentors at LinkedIn through the Spark Program, one of MENTOR’s National Program Partners. While at Spark, Setterlin served in various leadership capacities including Manager Director of External Affairs and Interim Executive Director. Setterlin's previous roles were in fundraising and corporate relations roles in Washington, DC. She is a native Washingtonian who, along with her husband, has found her home in the Fulton Market Historic District of Chicago where she serves as a volunteer, leader, and mentor with various nonprofits.

"I am thrilled to serve MENTOR Illinois as your Executive Director in this exciting new chapter," Setterlin said. "Mentoring has played a meaningful role in my life and I have seen first hand how the support and experiences mentors provide our young people lights them up and inspires them to dream big and achieve greatness. I am honored and excited to work with old friends and new in advancing the mentoring movement."

Dwain Celistan, Managing Partner and leader of the Global Diversity Practice for DHR International, led the nominating committee in partnership with search firm Positively Partners and the entire MENTOR Illinois board of directors.

"As the chairman of the nominating committee, Anna-Claire was the strongest of a very talented pool of candidates to take MENTOR Illinois on the next stage of development," said Celistan. "She will provide the vision, energy, and has the experience to enable us to close the mentoring gap and provide our young people with quality mentoring relationships that have powerful positive personal, academic, and social emotional effects."

About MENTOR Illinois
Since launching in 2012, MENTOR Illinois has helped build and serve the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR Illinois is a proud affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. To learn more and join the mentoring movement, visit and connect on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.