Development Board | PAWS Chicago

Development Board

Coming together, making an impact

PAWS Chicago Development Board members serve as ambassadors to the Chicago community.

They are impassioned animal lovers that are accomplished professionals, representing a broad range of corporate, philanthropic and civic organizations. Board members are engaged in the issue of pet homelessness and committed to helping PAWS Chicago obtain the resources it needs to continue to grow lifesaving programs and ultimately build a No Kill community.


Raising Awareness

Development Board members are true ambassadors of PAWS Chicago and homeless animals, raising awareness in their professional, civic and social circles. They serve as PAWS Chicago representatives at signature events each year, from engaging passers-by at Angels with Tails adoption events each summer to supporting lifesaving adoptions and outreach while volunteering to hosting our most important fundraising events.

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Providing Support

The Development Board is charged with providing, facilitating and securing the resources needed to operate PAWS Chicago’s life-saving programs. With continued growth every year, the Development Board’s efforts continue to expand, including:

  • Leading two signature fundraising events: the Beach Party in July and the Fur Ball in November
  • Overseeing the annual Desktop Calendar, featuring community members and their pets
  • Contributing and raising funds to support the PAWS Chicago Adoption Centers, the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic and outreach and education programs

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All Development Board members are expected to become or solicit event sponsorship, providing annual support that is fully tax deductible and directly supports PAWS Chicago’s operations. Involvement in Board committees and volunteering is encouraged.

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New members are accepted on an ongoing basis. To begin the application process, they are asked to submit a resume and a statement of interest. From there, a Development Board or PAWS Chicago representative will meet with the applicant. 

If you are interested in joining the PAWS Chicago Development Board, please send an email to with a resume and statement of interest included.

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Meet the Development Board

Development Board Executive Officers


Katie Edwards  | Chicago Chair
Melissa Canning | North Western Suburbs Chair
Barbara and Dick Rinella | North Shore Chairs
Wayne Gailis | Ambassador Co-Chair
Paige Krueger | Professional Board Liaison
Bonnie Spurlock, Nancy Sterling & Judy Tullman | Hospitality Co-Chairs


Development Board Members

  • Carol E. Allerton

  • Suzanne H. Bachman
  • Nancy Baird
  • Juliana Barrish
  • Kirsten Barrish
  • Jennifer G. Baryl
  • Sharon P. Bergen
  • Aileen N. Blackwell
  • Lynn Block
  • Renata M. Block
  • Robert Block
  • Benjamin Bornstein
  • Barrie L. Brejcha
  • Nicole Brown
  • Jessica S. Canning
  • Melissa Canning
  • Pam G. Carey
  • Lindsay Carlton
  • Deborah L. Chapman
  • Hsing Chen
  • Tara Clack Bell
  • Angela DeMars
  • Tracy L. Drake
  • Elaine M. Duffens
  • Matthew E. Duvall
  • Kathryn Edwards
  • Alexis Fasseas
  • Paula Fasseas
  • Candace F. Fates
  • Susan Foley
  • Virginia L. Follmer-Stafman
  • Susan Frank
  • Wayne R. Gailis
  • Kimberly L. Gleeson
  • Suzanne A. Glickman
  • Christine Gnutek
  • William I. Goldberg
  • Alison Gramenos
  • Elly R. Greenspahn
  • Ramona D. Griffin
  • Margie E. Habermann
  • Amy Halstead
  • Gary Haut
  • Beth Hayden
  • Frances C. Henkel
  • Stephanie Henry
  • Virginia H. Holden
  • Douglas Horwich
  • Courtney Howell Freeman
  • Shari Johnson
  • Candace Jordan
  • Robert Kabakoff
  • Susie L. Karkomi
  • Erica Kelly
  • Shanna Khan
  • David M. Klaskin
  • Michelle L. Koss
  • Anthony Kremer, DVM
  • Claudia Langman
  • Lisa Latessa
  • Cheri Lawrence
  • Jennifer Lugo
  • Nancy MacIntosh
  • Amy Mack
  • Joanna Mallers
  • Elaine Markoutsas
  • Anita L. Mauro
  • Daniel P. Mauro
  • Thomas F. McGuire
  • Sarah McNally
  • Chloe Mendel
  • Irene Michaels
  • Amy Mick
  • Julie B. Miller
  • Kurt Miller
  • Michele Mistovich
  • Robert A. Montgomery
  • Rita Moore
  • Tinsley Mortimer
  • Lisa E. Mullaney
  • Scott Newman
  • Nancy Officer
  • Bridget Penney
  • Anne Marie Peretz
  • Ashley W. Pettit
  • Stephanie Prousis
  • Suzanne J. Prysak
  • Ashley Quicksilver
  • Laurie Randolph
  • David Rekhson
  • Vasoula Rekhson
  • Frances E. Renk
  • Catherine Richmond
  • Barbara Rinella
  • Sharon Rosenthal
  • Nancy Santi
  • Regina Savage
  • Mitch D. Serrano
  • Maria Smithburg
  • Peggy G. Sorenson
  • Patricia S. Spratt
  • Bonnie L. Spurlock
  • Dale Stackler
  • Nancy E. Sterling
  • Edmund Sweeney
  • Lesley Sweeney
  • Robin Tennant
  • Nancy Timmers
  • Andrew G. Tobin
  • Judith K. Tullman
  • Mark A. Vangorder
  • Carol Walter
  • Julie E. Weisler
  • Pat Welch
  • Dori Wilson
  • Ludan Wu
  • Heather Yeager
  • Michael Yetnikoff
  • Pam Zunker Myerson