Paul J. Karafiol, Board Chair
Paul has been committed to developing talent in young people since his first summer job as a counselor in the UChicago Young Scholars Program. He’s taught math at Phillips Academy, Providence-St. Mel School, and Payton College Prep. Currently he serves as the principal of Lake View High School. Outside of school, Paul coached the Chicago-Area All-Star Math Team and is the head author of the American Regions Math League Competition. Awards Paul has received include the ICTM Flener Award, the MAA’s Edith May Slyffe Award, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. He lives in Hyde Park with his wife, three children (two of whom attend CPS schools), and two dogs.
David Margolin is managing director of a boutique consulting firm. He initially became involved in Math Circles of Chicago through his son, who has been enthusiastically spending Saturdays doing math for several years now. David lives in Roscoe Village with his wife and two children.
Matthew Moran, Founding Member
Matthew Moran taught in CPS for fourteen years. He helped coach the Whitney Young Math Team to two state championships, the first being the first ever 4AA championship for a CPS school. Recently, he helped coach the Whitney Young team to the first ever perfect team score at a North Suburban Math League meet. He is a coach for the Chicago-Area All Star Math Team, and a founder and director of the Chicago Junior Math League. In his free time he enjoys riding bicycles, geometry, and has a new interest in algorithms.
Sendhil Revuluri, Founding Member
Sendhil Revuluri works to improve opportunity for children in high-need schools. He previously traded equity derivatives and helped launch a new public high school in the South Bronx (where he was recognized as a Math for America Master Teacher). He chairs the project committee of the Bright Promises Foundation, was recently elected Vice President of the IMSA Alumni Association and to the Board of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. His family lives in Pilsen, where his wife is an executive at a non-profit working to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty, and his son is a kindergartener at a CPS elementary school.
Ann Turner coordinated and organized the math circle at Lane Tech High School. After leaving Pricewaterhouse Coopers to raise her 3 children, her family settled in Chicago in 2008. In addition to her involvement in MC², Ann founded an incentive-based literacy program, the Summer Reading Challenge. This program inspires reading among students from pre-k through 8th grade during the summer break, and has donated thousands of books to CPS students over the last 8 years. She also serves Hope4All-Chicago Lights, an organization working to meet the needs of those facing poverty. In her free time, she is an avid hiker and has summited over 25 14,000-foot mountains.
Lawrence Tanzman is a CPS alumnus and a prior student of two of the founding members of the Math Circles of Chicago. Lawrence works for a financial company in Chicago trading equity derivatives. Lawrence has taught a Math Circle session on mathematics in Finance, and also hosts a Guesstimathon every year at the QED Math Symposium.
Jesse Ruiz was recently appointed Deputy Governor for the state of Illinois. He has served as the president of the Chicago Park District and is a former vice-president of the Chicago Board of Education and chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education.
Gary Jones is President of Jones Partners, Ltd., an independent consulting firm in the electric power industry. He is a retired Senior Vice President and Owner of Sargent & Lundy, LLC, an international consulting engineering firm in the electric power industry and served as a Senior Safety Engineer at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. He founded the Chicagoland Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and has served on several Boards of Directors for non-profit organizations in the Chicago area, including EWB-Chicago, SALUTE, Inc. (which aids veterans and their families), and the Chicago Chapter of the American Nuclear Society. He also served on the Agassiz Local School Council.
Gary Sircus is a passionate STEM educator, professional development manager, museum administrator, former attorney and curriculum developer. He’s taught math in CPS, at various independent schools and for the School of Education at Northwestern, and managed the teacher education programs at the Museum of Science and Industry. Gary is a board member and education committee chair for the Anti-Defamation League and has also served with the Chicago Children’s Choir and Equip for Equality.