Development Board | PAWS Chicago

Development Board

Coming together, making an impact

PAWS Chicago Development Board members serve as ambassadors to the Chicago community.

They are impassioned animal lovers that are accomplished professionals, representing a broad range of corporate, philanthropic and civic organizations. Board members are engaged in the issue of pet homelessness and committed to helping PAWS Chicago obtain the resources it needs to continue to grow lifesaving programs and ultimately build a No Kill community.


Raising Awareness

Development Board members are true ambassadors of PAWS Chicago and homeless animals, raising awareness in their professional, civic and social circles. They serve as PAWS Chicago representatives at signature events each year, from engaging passers-by at Angels with Tails adoption events each summer to supporting lifesaving adoptions and outreach while volunteering to hosting our most important fundraising events.

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Providing Support

The Development Board is charged with providing, facilitating and securing the resources needed to operate PAWS Chicago’s life-saving programs. With continued growth every year, the Development Board’s efforts continue to expand, including:

  • Leading two signature fundraising events: the Beach Party in July and the Fur Ball in November
  • Overseeing the annual Desktop Calendar, featuring community members and their pets
  • Contributing and raising funds to support the PAWS Chicago Adoption Centers, the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic and outreach and education programs

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All Development Board members are expected to become or solicit event sponsorship, providing annual support that is fully tax deductible and directly supports PAWS Chicago’s operations. Involvement in Board committees and volunteering is encouraged.

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New members are accepted on an ongoing basis. To begin the application process, they are asked to submit a resume and a statement of interest. From there, a Development Board or PAWS Chicago representative will meet with the applicant. 

If you are interested in joining the PAWS Chicago Development Board, please send an email with a resume and statement of interest included.

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Meet the Development Board

Development Board Executive Officers


Victoria Magnus  | Chicago Chair
Melissa Canning | North Western Suburbs Chair
Julie Miller | North Shore Chair
Wayne Gailis | Ambassador Co-Chair
Katie Edwards | Professional Board Liaison
Bonnie Spurlock, Nancy Sterling & Judy Tullman | Hospitality Co-Chairs


Development Board Members

  • Donald Allerton
  • Sharon Axelrod
  • Nancy Baird
  • Janice Beck
  • Sharon Bergen
  • Dustin Bertram
  • Erica Bishaf
  • Aileen N. Blackwell
  • Lynn Block
  • Renata M. Block
  • Robert Block
  • Benjamin Bornstein
  • Walter Brindell
  • Nicole Brown
  • Jennifer Burg
  • Melissa Canning
  • Jessica S. Canning
  • Pamela G. Carey
  • Lindsay Carlton
  • Deborah L. Chapman
  • Hsing Chen
  • Tara Clack Bell
  • Melissa Cocagne
  • PJ DeCamp
  • Angie DeMars
  • Jackie Donnelly
  • Tracy Drake
  • Elaine Duffens
  • Pamela Duffy
  • Matthew Evan Duvall
  • Rick Eddington
  • Katie Edwards
  • Alexis Fasseas
  • Paula Fasseas
  • Candace Fates
  • Steven Fatora
  • Virginia L. Follmer-Stafman
  • Susan Frank
  • Adam Fried
  • Wayne R. Gailis
  • Laurie Gentle
  • Kimberly Gleeson
  • Suzie A. Glickman
  • Christine Gnutek
  • Deb Gold
  • Janice Goldman Picker
  • Alison Victoria Gramenos
  • Elly Greenspahn
  • Ramona Griffin
  • Merle Gross
  • Margie E. Habermann
  • Amy Halstead
  • Lauren Hamlin
  • Meda Hatcher
  • Gary Haut
  • Beth Hayden
  • Frances C. Henkel
  • Stephanie Henry
  • Virginia H. Holden
  • Kathryn Hopper
  • Robert Hovermale
  • Holly Hunt
  • Susan Jacobson
  • Shari Johnson
  • Candace Jordan
  • Robert Kabakoff
  • Susan L. Karkomi
  • Erica Kelly
  • Brittany Kirk
  • David M. Klaskin
  • Michelle Koss
  • Brigette Kragie
  • Dr. Tony Kremer
  • Claudia Langman
  • Cheri Lawrence
  • Linda Leahy
  • Suzanne LeMignot
  • Sheryl Lesch
  • Hannah Levine
  • Leigh Levy
  • Nancy MacIntosh
  • Amy Mack
  • Victoria Magnus
  • Karen Maisa
  • Joanna Mallers
  • Christine Mallul
  • Joseph M. Manicki
  • Elaine Markoutsas
  • Anita L. Mauro
  • Daniel P. Mauro
  • Kristina McGrath
  • Thomas McGuire
  • Irene Michaels
  • Amy Mick
  • Julie Miller
  • Kurt Miller
  • Michele Mistovich
  • Robert Montgomery
  • Rita Moore
  • Pam Myerson-Gratz
  • Saq Nadeem
  • Esther Newman
  • Michelle Newman
  • Scott Newman
  • Nancy Officer
  • Dawn O'Neal
  • James O'Neal
  • Maria Pandolfo
  • Anne Marie Peretz
  • Ashley Pettit
  • Pamela G. Phillips Weston
  • Stephanie Prousis
  • Suzanne Prysak
  • Ashley Quicksilver
  • Laurie Randolph
  • Barbara Rinella
  • Sharon Rosenthal
  • Jennifer Rosner
  • Robin Ross
  • Erin Runnels
  • Rebecca Sanchez
  • Regina Savage
  • Allison S. Schatz
  • Haley Schulman
  • Mitch Serrano
  • Stan Siuta
  • Maria Smithburg
  • Peggy G. Sorenson
  • Patricia S. Spratt Bauer
  • Bonnie L. Spurlock
  • Fred Steingraber
  • Nancy Sterling
  • Lynne A. Styles
  • Edmund Sweeney
  • Lesley Sweeney
  • Jo Ann Sweig
  • Robin Tennant
  • Jaclene Tetzlaff
  • Nancy Timmers
  • Andrew Tobin
  • Heidi A. Torrence-Simon
  • Howard A. Tullman
  • Judith K. Tullman
  • Amy L. Turk
  • Mallory Ulaszek
  • Mark VanGorder
  • Laura Wallace
  • Carol Walter
  • Julie Weisler
  • J. Patrick Welch
  • Michelle Welton
  • Dori Wilson
  • Heather Yeager
  • Mark Yeager
  • Wesley Yee
  • Michael Yetnikoff
  • Amy W. Yu
  • Christopher Zachary
  • Johnathan Zani