Bright Promises Welcomes New Board Members

May 16, 2023

Welcome New Board Members


Bright Promises Foundation is excited to introduce four new members who were recently voted onto the Board of Directors.

“We are delighted to welcome Neelamjit Kaur Dhaliwal, Randall D. Hardy, Jason Nierman, and Nick Bruce to the Bright Promises Foundation’s Board of Directors," said Board Chair Gaylord Gieseke. "We look forward to their contributions to our long-term success”.

Each of these Directors brings valuable knowledge, skills, and relationships to Bright Promises Foundation that will help to advance our mission to create better lives and brighter futures for Chicagoland children and youth.

Meet our newest members


Jason Nierman

Jason Nierman is Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Rollick, a technology start-up in the recreation space that enables powersports, RV and boat manufacturers and dealers to find, win and keep customers.  Jason is concurrently the Founder and President of Accelerated Advising, a boutique consulting firm that is focused on accelerating company growth through strategic partnerships. 

Prior to his roles at Rollick and Accelerated Advising, Jason was Chief Development Officer and a member of the executive team at OpenHouse Realty, a real estate technology start-up based in Santa Monica, CA. and 7.5 years at TrueCar as a founding member.  Jason received his M.B.A. at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business in 2007 and holds a B.S. in Finance and a Journalism Certificate from Indiana University.  Jason resides in Northbrook, Illinois with his wife, Debby, and three kids, Cole, Alex and Mallory.

“I joined the Bright Promises Foundation board because I am passionate about helping children succeed and get on a path toward living a fulfilling life. The mission of Bright Promises is directly aligned with that objective. I am particularly impressed by how Bright Promises “recharters” on an ongoing basis to meet the current needs of our city and state’s youth." - Jason Nierman 

Nicholas Bruce

Nicholas Bruce is a Senior Vice President in the Government, Not-for-Profit, & Healthcare Division at Wintrust Bank, N.A. and is responsible for helping non-profits achieve their goals through cash flow management and lending. He works directly with the Executive Directors, Presidents, CEO’s and CFO’s of organizations to help them achieve their overall goals. He is first primary point of contact for the relationship and ensures that client’s expectations are met and that the banks quality standards are upheld.

Mr. Bruce and his husband reside in the Andersonville area of Chicago. In his free time he enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends.


Neelamjit Dhaliwal

After 10+ years as a high school math educator and DEI practitioner, Neelamjit Dhaliwal returned to Chicago in 2020 to work in her family business. She jokes that her greatest qualification is her last name! Raised in the Sikh faith, she strives to live in chardi kala, which loosely means having a “positive, buoyant and optimistic” attitude to life and the future. And this is what drew her to Bright Promises. In the face of so much injustice and inequity, it offers hope. She is humbled and honored to be a member of the Board. 

Randall D. Hardy

Randall D. Hardy serves as Executive Vice President of Business Technology for PULSE, a Discover Financial Services company headquartered in Houston, Texas. PULSE is one of the nation’s leading debit/ATM networks. Randall was a leader in the inception of the Enterprise Payments Platform and multiple initiatives impacting PULSE settlement, Discover Debit and Apple Pay enablement. In addition, Randall is a Lean Champion and a founder of the Black Organizational Leadership at Discover (BOLD) Employee Resource Group in Houston.

Randall also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center of IT Talent Acceleration of Chicago, and the Panel for C.T. Bauer College of Business – Leading High-Performance Teams in Houston, TX.

“I joined the Bright Promises Board to utilize my personal past experiences in a way that serves and strengthens underserved communities similar to areas I grew up in and around. To pay it forward. I want to help bring national attention to the effects and challenges of trauma from racism and share meaningful information that will help children move forward regardless of their circumstances.” - Randall D. Hardy