Professional Board | PAWS Chicago

Professional Board

Joining forces to save lives.

Young Professionals Making an Impact


The PAWS Chicago Professional Board is a group of professionals, emerging in their careers in and around the Chicagoland area, who are passionate about saving homeless pets by way of their social and professional networks. 

Tasked with raising funds and awareness for PAWS Chicago’s life-saving work, Professional Board members are role models in the community and a lifeline to thousands of homeless pets. 

As advocates committed to PAWS Chicago’s No Kill mission, the Professional Board helps homeless animals through volunteering, fostering, planning the Board’s annual fundraising events, and engaging others to support our great organization. 


Raising Awareness & Providing Support

PAWS Chicago is one of the nation’s largest No Kill animal shelters, guaranteeing life to the nearly 6,000 homeless animals it rescues each year. The goal of making Chicago a No Kill city is only possible through the help of the animal-loving community, as PAWS Chicago receives no federal or local government funding.

Professional Board members are true ambassadors of PAWS Chicago and homeless animals, raising awareness by way of their social and professional networks. They serve as PAWS Chicago representatives at signature events each year by volunteering, fostering, planning the board’s annual fundraising events, and engaging others to support our great organization. 

In order to provide the vital support PAWS Chicago needs to continue their lifesaving programs, board members are asked to complete specific Board Requirements during each year of membership, including General, Program, Fundraising and Event Requirements. 

The Professional Board meets quarterly. 2017 dates are: 

  • Wednesday, January 18 – 6:30 p.m. (Location TBD) 
  • Thursday, April 6 – 6:30 p.m. (Location TBD)
  • Wednesday, August 17 – 6:30 p.m. (Location TBD)
  • Tuesday, December 5– 19  6:30 p.m. (Location TBD)

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Events 

Each year, the Professional Board hosts or takes part in several PAWS Chicago fundraising events, adoption events and lifesaving programs. Check them out: 

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Join the Board

The PAWS Chicago Professional Board is pleased to accept new members on an ongoing basis! 

Prior to joining the Professional Board, please review our annual Board Requirements.

To begin the application process, download and complete the Professional Board Application. Once completed, send an email with the application and your resume and a PAWS Chicago representative will follow-up with you shortly.  

If you would like additional information, have questions regarding the Professional Board, or would like to attend a meeting to see what we are about, please send an email and we will get back to you.

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Meet the Professional Board

Professional Board Leadership Committee

Lex Cisler, Liz Grubbs & Drew Osika | Executive Leaders

Professional Board Event Chairs

Drew Osika & Jena Gambaccini | Animal Magnetism Co-Chairs
TBD | PAWS Chicago 5K Co-Chairs

Professional Board Members

Arin Aragona

Courtney Baratz

Kari Bardis (Moxness)

Kate Bartlett

Jennifer Behnke

Lauren Bever

Reva Bhatia

Lydia Bishop

Kay Brungs

Lauren Buxbaum Gordon

Sierra Campbell

Kristine Chrapek

Lex Cisler

Katie Clark

Savannah Clement

Madelynn Conlin

Kevin Connell

Michael Cora

Kimberly Cozza

Gina Crittenden

Patrick Crowley

Collette Cummins

Cynthia Davis

Andreana Droz Pena

Gregory Durkin

Jackie Evans

Anne Fisher

Nelson Francis

Jena Gambaccini

Ken Gasper

Brian Geiger

Michael Godlin

Danielle Golden

Jenn Golden

Bridget Gotz

Alyssa Graudins

Elizabeth Grubbs

Alex Hale

Alyson Hall

Inna  Halperin

Teri Hanson

Sarah Heck

Brooks Hurd

Elan Jacoby

April Kalinski

Megan Kamdar

Natalie Krachman

Sarah Kregor

Maria Krejci

Nicole Kristy

Paige Krueger

Wanda Laszcz

Katie Lewis

Michael Lewitt

Kaleigh Lockhart

Emily Macaluso

Madison Wright

Courtney Magnuson

Melissa Manis

Stephanie Mariduena

Lora Martyn

Nicole Mazade

Nikki Mazza

Christine McKillip

John McMann

Corinne Merriman

Jenny Milkowski

Jennifer Miller

Kristin Morrison

Julie Morrissey

Megan Morton

Danielle Moss

Sarah Myer

Annie Nayak

Stephanie Nelson

Ronald Neroda

Maureen O'Connor

Andrew Ojeda

Carolyn O'Reilly

Drew Osika

Eugenia Ostrozhansky

Patricia Pelaez

Lisa Peterson

Nicole Rabinowitz

Mara Rasikas

Amy Reilly

Amanda Ritchie

Sarah Romberg

Christine Ryndak

Stacy Schmitz

Yasmin Schnayer

Courtney Schroeder

Lauren Schwartz

Will Shaw

Katie Sherson

Whitney Shiel

Dana Snyder

Gabriela Soltys

Steven Spangler

Susan Tanaka

Ashley Van Leer

Nagini Velagapudi

Leigh Wang

Allison Ward

Jill Weinberg

Matt Wesche

Andrew Wethekam

Sandra Williams

Drew Wills

Sydney Wippman

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