Professional Board | PAWS Chicago

Professional Board

Joining forces to save lives.

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. 

Make it Better named PAWS Chicago's Professional Board one of the "Best Young Professionals Groups in Chicago in 2017."

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 welcomes prospective members to any of their meetings. All meetings are 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. with networking from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Our 2017 - 2018 dates are: 

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2017 – Meeting 
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – Meeting
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018  Meeting
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Meeting
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – Social Event
  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 – Meeting and Awards Ceremony

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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

Applications for the 2017 - 2018 Leadership Committee are currently under review.

Professional Board Members

  • Nick Antoniou
  • Sarah Atkinson
  • Katie Barrett
  • Chelsea Berg
  • Kay Brungs
  • Ryne Carr
  • Carrie Cihasky
  • Lex Cisler
  • Michael Cora
  • Kimberly Cozza
  • Cody Crook
  • Collette Cummins
  • Caitlin Foley
  • Nelson Francis
  • Jena Gambaccini
  • Ken Gasper
  • Brian Geiger
  • Ariella Gelb
  • Uma Ghelani
  • Michael Godlin
  • Lauren Gordon
  • Bridget Gotz
  • Alexandra Grant
  • Elizabeth Grubbs
  • Alex Hale
  • Inna Halperin
  • Kelley Halpin
  • Teri Hanson
  • Justin Hardt
  • Sarah Heck
  • Jory Hilpipre
  • Tyler Hirschel
  • Jared Hocking
  • Brooks Hurd
  • Jill Jacobbi
  • Elan Jacoby
  • Olivia Jones
  • April Kalinski
  • Galen Kelly
  • Maria Krejci
  • Nicole Kristy
  • Paige Krueger
  • Robin Larson
  • Wanda Laszcz
  • Alexandra Lester
  • Katie Lewis
  • Michael Lewitt
  • Jessica Lilja
  • Lauren Little
  • Jennifer Lugo
  • Emily Macaluso
  • Andrew Maratea
  • Stephanie Mariduena
  • Gina Marogil
  • Amie Marrs
  • Lora Martyn
  • Nicole Mazade
  • Nikki Mazza
  • Christine McKillip
  • Cindy Miles
  • Jenny Milkowski
  • Julie Morrissey
  • Megan Morton
  • Danielle Moss
  • Kari Moxness
  • Olivia Napier
  • Annie Nayak
  • Michael Novitski
  • Drew Osika
  • Patricia Pelaez
  • Lisa Peterson
  • Amanda Poll
  • Nicole Rabinowitz
  • Mara Rasikas
  • Amanda Ritchie
  • Sarah Romberg
  • Courtney Rosoff
  • Christine Ryndak
  • Christina Rzepka
  • Henry Sackman
  • Lauren Schwartz
  • Sunil Sekhri
  • Kevin Sharpe
  • Katie Sherson
  • Whitney Shiel
  • Dana Snyder
  • Whitney Staloch
  • Mitchell Staloch
  • Kelly Tousi
  • Jamie Travis
  • Ashley Van Leer
  • Allison Ward
  • Sophia Weisberg
  • Marisa Wiener
  • Madison Wright
  • Kate Yager