ILA Board of Directors
Aleksandar Jokik, Board Chair
Jennifer Pryal, Board Member
“I am Qahara Hepper’s mother, a Moyenne Section student. I am very excited to be a part of ILA and look forward to helping it grow and be as wonderful for others as it has been for my daughter thus far. To tell you a little about myself, I am a Midwife with my own practice in Portland called Portland Natural Childbirth. I started my career with a degree in psychology from DePaul university and then became nurse. I have worked in the private sector (as a mental health provider), public sector (as a mental health provider and a nurse) and have also helped start and work with non-profits (as a midwife). I hope to be a valuable asset to the ILA community.”
Nick Blankl, Board Member
Nick Blankl holds a BBA from Loyola Marymount University and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Nick has 14 years of professional experience in investment management having founded Compendium Capital Management. Prior to Compendium he held Senior Vice President and Portfolio Management positions with Roxbury Capital Management, Portland, OR and Provident Investment Counsel, Pasadena, CA. Nick is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Institute, and CFA Society of Portland
Michael Schafir, Board Member
Mike Schafir has been associated with ILA for over four years. He is the proud father of his twin girls Abby and Zoey. Mike has over 25 years experience in high-tech engineering and marketing working for both small startup and large companies including Netscaler, Inc., Resonate, Inc., Axil Computer and Sun Microsystems. He has a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In addition to his board activities, Mike helps ILA maintain it’s website, technology and fundraising efforts.
Erin Bonura, Board Member
Erin Bonura is a French speaker; board certified practicing Infectious Diseases (ID) physician and medical education researcher. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a BA in Biology and Minor in French Studies. Following this she graduated with honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2006, completed her residency in Internal Medicine from New York University in 2010 then finished two fellowships; Infectious Diseases (2012) and General Internal Medicine (2014). Though Erin practices clinical medicine, half of her time is dedicated to medical education in the form of curriculum development, research, and direct teaching across multiple levels of learners. She has secured a number of grants to fund educational research and plans to bring these skills to ILA as we grow our school. Erin also brings the perspective of an ILA mom as all of her three boys attend ILA.
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