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 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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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
Collette Cummins & Liz Grubbs | PAWS Chicago 5K Co-Chairs

Professional Board Members

  • Nick Antoniou
  • Sarah Atkinson
  • Courtney Baratz
  • Chelsea Berg
  • Lydia Bishop
  • Kay Brungs
  • Lauren Buxbaum Gordon
  • Sierra Campbell
  • Lex Cisler
  • Madelynn Conlin
  • Michael Cora
  • Kimberly Cozza
  • Collette Cummins
  • Andreana Droz Pena
  • Nelson Francis
  • Jena Gambaccini
  • Ken Gasper
  • Brian Geiger
  • Ariella Gelb
  • Michael Godlin
  • Jenn Golden
  • Danielle Golden
  • Bridget Gotz
  • Elizabeth Grubbs
  • Alex Hale
  • Inna Halperin
  • Teri Hanson
  • Sarah Heck
  • Brooks Hurd
  • Jill Jacobbi
  • Elan Jacoby
  • Olivia Jones
  • April Kalinski
  • Natalie Krachman
  • Sarah Kregor
  • Maria Krejci
  • Nicole Kristy
  • Paige Krueger
  • Robin Larson
  • Wanda Laszcz
  • Alexandra Lester
  • Katie Lewis
  • Michael Lewitt
  • Jessica Lilja
  • Lauren Little
  • Emily Macaluso
  • Madison Wright
  • Courtney Magnuson
  • Stephanie Mariduena
  • Gina Marogil
  • Amie Marrs
  • Lora Martyn
  • Nicole Mazade
  • Nikki Mazza
  • Christine McKillip
  • Corinne Merriman
  • Cindy Miles
  • Jenny Milkowski
  • Julie Morrissey
  • Megan Morton
  • Danielle Moss
  • Kari Moxness
  • Sarah Myer
  • Annie Nayak
  • Michael Novitski
  • Maureen O'Connor
  • Andrew Ojeda
  • Carolyn O'Reilly
  • Drew Osika
  • Eugenia Ostrozhansky
  • Patricia Pelaez
  • Lisa Peterson
  • Nicole Rabinowitz
  • Mara Rasikas
  • Amanda Ritchie
  • Sarah Romberg
  • Christine Ryndak
  • Henry Sackman
  • Lauren Schwartz
  • Kevin Sharpe
  • Will Shaw
  • Katie Sherson
  • Whitney Shiel
  • Dana Snyder
  • Gabriela Soltys
  • Steven Spangler
  • Whitney Staloch
  • Mitchell Staloch
  • Kelly Tousi
  • Jamie Travis
  • Ashley Van Leer
  • Nagini Velagapudi
  • Allison Ward
  • Jill Weinberg
  • Sophia Weisberg
  • Sandra Williams
  • Kate Yager