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 2018 - 2019 dates are: 

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 – Meeting and Awards Ceremony
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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 Leadership Committee

  • Sarah Atkinson 
  • Paige Krueger
  • Nikki Mazza

Professional Board Members

  • Angela Accurso
  • Faisal Alabsi
  • Jessica Angelica
  • Jonathan Angelica
  • Nick Antoniou
  • Sarah Atkinson
  • Jeffrey Avery
  • Kathryn Bakaly
  • Rachael Banas
  • Russell Batra
  • Karli Bieniek
  • Daisey Blower
  • Tiffany Brown
  • Joshua Brown
  • Kyle Bruner
  • Kay Brungs Laud
  • Victoria Centomani
  • Michael Chester
  • Carrie Cihasky
  • 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
  • Uma Ghelani
  • Michael Godlin
  • Blake Green
  • Alex Hale
  • Inna Halperin
  • Andrew Hambleton
  • Teri Hanson
  • Corissa Hart
  • Mike Heberlein
  • Tyler Hirschel
  • Jared Hocking
  • Marie Hollister
  • Brooks Hurd
  • Tucker Jameson
  • Kate Knutson
  • Lisa Kossover
  • Selena Kowalski
  • Maria Krejci
  • Paige Krueger
  • Rachael Kuhn
  • Catherine Kurtz
  • Alonso Lam
  • Kimberly Lavelle
  • Ashley Legel
  • Rachel Light
  • Amelia (Amy) Litterski
  • Jennifer Lugo
  • Emily Macaluso
  • Kim Mahan
  • Samantha Manfredini
  • Ryan Manning
  • Margo Masserman
  • Nikki Mazza
  • Darae McNair
  • Megan Morton
  • Danielle Moss
  • Olivia Napier
  • Emily Olsen
  • Drew Osika
  • Laurel Palluzi
  • Madeleine Parker
  • Holly Pearson
  • Patricia Pelaez
  • Dayna Perlut
  • Sydney Perotti
  • Stacia Peterson
  • Katherine Racanelli
  • Paula Renaldi
  • Sarah Romberg
  • Caroline Rothstein
  • Robin Saffir
  • Amy Saltzman
  • Michelle Scinkovec
  • Lily Seglin
  • Sunil Sekhri
  • Whitney Siehl
  • Carrie Spaniol
  • Jamie Travis
  • Deborah Tschiltsch
  • Chandler Watts
  • Austin Welch
  • Marisa Wiener
  • Lavanga Wijekoon
  • Kate Yager
  • Rebecca Zeni