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


Katie Edwards  | Chicago Chair
Melissa Canning | North Western Suburbs Chair
Barbara and Dick Rinella | North Shore Chairs
Wayne Gailis | Ambassador Co-Chair
Paige Krueger | Professional Board Liaison
Bonnie Spurlock, Nancy Sterling & Judy Tullman | Hospitality Co-Chairs


Development Board Members

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