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 2019 - 2020 dates are: 

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Monday, October 21, 2019
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Thursday, April 16, 2020
  • Monday, June 15. 2020

Meeting locations vary. If you would like to attend a meeting as a guest, please email for more information. 

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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.  

Prospective members are invited to upcoming meetings, social events and some volunteer opportunities.  If you would like to learn more about upcoming events and be included on our guest list, please send an email to  If you have additional questions and would like to set up a time to talk with our Leadership Team members or staff lead, please email us at

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Meet the Professional Board

Professional Board Executive Leadership Team

  • Sarah Atkinson 
  • Paige Krueger
  • Nikki Mazza


Recruitment Committee

  • Paige Krueger and Rachel Light, Co-Chairs
  • Jessica Angelica
  • Kay Brungs Laud
  • Victoria Centomani
  • Sarah Divine
  • Amanda Ford
  • Alonso Lam
  • Madeleine Parker
  • Caroline Rothstein
  • Carrie Spaniol

Social Committee

  • Madeleine Parker, Chair
  • Jessica Angelica
  • Amanda Ford
  • Kim Lavelle
  • Rachel Light
  • Emily Olsen
  • Robin Saffir
  • Amanda Vaal

Medical Center Day Committee

  • Kay Brungs Laud, Chair
  • Kim Lavelle
  • Caroline Rothstein
  • Amy Saltzman



Professional Board Members

  • Angela Accurso
  • Faisal Alabsi
  • Jessica Angelica
  • Jonathan Angelica
  • Nick Antoniou
  • Taylor Atkins
  • Sarah Atkinson
  • Jeffrey Avery
  • Kathryn Bakaly
  • Rachael Banas
  • Russell Batra
  • Karli Bieniek
  • Iliana Blasdell 
  • Daisey Blower
  • Joshua Brown
  • Hilary Brown
  • Kyle Bruner
  • Kay Brungs Laud
  • Victoria Centomani
  • Michael Chester
  • Pat Conway
  • Darby Crane 
  • Joe Cunningham
  • Sarah Divine
  • Anna Dziamski, MD
  • Mario Echevarria
  • Amanda Ellis
  • John Emerson
  • Christine Filarski
  • Amanda Ford
  • Rachel Fried
  • Jena Gambaccini
  • Michael Godlin
  • Blake Green
  • Alex Hale
  • Inna Halperin
  • Andrew Hambleton
  • Teri Hanson
  • Jessica Hardin
  • Corissa Hart
  • Mike Heberlein
  • Tyler Hirschel
  • Jared Hocking
  • Marie Hollister
  • Justin Hunter
  • Brooks Hurd
  • Tucker Jameson
  • Kate Knutson
  • Selena Kowalski
  • Maria Krejci
  • Paige Krueger
  • Rachael Kuhn
  • Catherine Kurtz
  • Alonso Lam
  • Kimberly Lavelle
  • Rachel Light
  • Amelia (Amy) Litterski
  • Emily Macaluso
  • Kim Mahan
  • Lea Malewitz 
  • Ryan Manning
  • Margo Masserman
  • Nikki Mazza
  • Darae McNair
  • Megan Morton
  • Olivia Napier
  • Emily Olsen
  • Drew Osika
  • Madeleine Parker
  • Holly Pearson
  • Patricia Pelaez
  • Dayna Perlut
  • Sydney Perotti
  • Stacia Peterson
  • Katherine Racanelli
  • Paula Renaldi
  • Caroline Rothstein
  • Henry Sackman
  • Robin Saffir
  • Amy Saltzman
  • Michelle Scinkovec
  • Lily Seglin
  • Sunil Sekhri
  • Whitney Siehl
  • Carrie Spaniol
  • Jamie Travis
  • Deborah Tschiltsch
  • Amanda Vaal 
  • Heather Watson 
  • Chandler Watts
  • Austin Welch 
  • Marisa Wiener
  • Lavanga Wijekoon
  • Rebecca Zeni