Who we are

Keystone Alliance is a family of nonprofits that all share a powerful mission, to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live, work, recreate, and participate fully in their community.  This mission is at the heart of everything we strive to accomplish. It is the yardstick by which we measure success. We believe that nonprofits can achieve better outcomes for the people they serve through collaboration and partnership. 

Our member organizations serve more than 1,400 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities annually throughout the Chicagoland area.  Keystone supports this important work with highly flexible administrative and consultative services. We offer a comprehensive set of tools for nonprofits to grow mission impact, foster long-term mission sustainability and create innovative program models.

From Surviving to Thriving - A Keystone Alliance Presentation


The Team

  • John Lipscomb

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    John Lipscomb was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Keystone Alliance in October 2009.  John also serves as CEO for Glenkirk, Search, Inc. and the Keystone Foundation, and the founding Managing Director of Search’s social purpose enterprise, Planet Access Company.

    Previously, John was the Chief Financial Officer for Search (1996 - 2009), President of New Hope Center (1983 – 1996) in Dolton Illinois, Director of Development for Trinity Roseland Community Development Corporation (1982) and Support Services Administrator for the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (1975 -1982) in Chicago, Illinois.

    Throughout his career John has advocated for excellence and solid financial leadership in organizations providing services for people with disabilities.  His perspective in the field of services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and his experience in providing services to those most in need, offers a unique window into the ways that communities and individuals care for each other.
  • Cory Gumm

    Senior Division Director

    Cory Gumm was appointed Senior Division Director of the Keystone Alliance in 2017.  Cory started her career with Search, Inc. in the Adult Learning Program and Career Services division (2006 – 2010).

    She then served as Senior Project Manager at Keystone (2010-2014) working to onboard Keystone’s first partner organization, PACTT in addition to leading several other strategic projects supporting Keystone’s affiliate agencies.  Most recently, Cory served as the Day and Employment Services Division Manager at Glenkirk (2014-2017) before returning to Keystone.

    Cory completed her Masters of Nonprofit Business Administration from North Park University in 2012.  In addition to her degree, Cory earned a certificate in Organizational Leadership focusing on organizational development and behavior.  Cory has a Bachelor of Arts from Millikin University majoring in both Political Science and Human Services.

    Cory now leads Keystone Alliance in the areas of Human Resources Management, Benefits Management for staff and individuals served, Communications, Affiliate and Partner Support Services and Project Management as well as Enterprise Management.

  • Linda Coleman

    Chief Financial Officer

    Linda Coleman attended the University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana where she received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Accounting.  Linda has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 20 years, including serving as CFO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago from 1993 - 2004. 

    In 2004, Linda was appointed CFO of Glenkirk, a non-profit disability services provider.  In 2009, Linda was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Keystone Alliance.  In her position with Keystone Alliance, she serves as the CFO for Keystone’s four affiliate organizations, including Search, Inc.