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
  • 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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Development Board Members

Melissa Canning, President

  • Carol E. Allerton
  • Mitzy L. Applegate
  • Suzanne H. Bachman
  • Nancy Baird
  • Juliana Barrish
  • Kirsten Barrish
  • Margaret Bentley
  • Sharon P. Bergen
  • Aileen N. Blackwell
  • Lynn Block
  • Renata M. Block
  • Robert Block
  • Benjamin Bornstein
  • Barrie L. Brejcha
  • Jessica S. Canning
  • Melissa Canning
  • Linda Carallis
  • Pam G. Carey
  • Hsing Chen
  • Renee Chez
  • Brittony Croasdell
  • Terri D'Ancona
  • Amy G. Day 
  • Angela DeMars
  • Michelle Durpetti 
  • Matthew E. Duvall
  • Phillip Emigh
  • Laura Epstein
  • Alexis Fasseas
  • Paula Fasseas
  • Candace F. Fates
  • Ellie Feldmann
  • Susan Foley
  • Virginia L. Follmer-Stafman
  • Susan Frank
  • Christopher Frederick
  • Wayne R. Gailis
  • Sarah Galioto
  • Kimberly L. Gleeson
  • Suzanne A. Glickman
  • Christine Gnutek
  • Judy Goldberg
  • William I. Goldberg
  • Paula Goldman
  • Alison Gramenos
  • Elly R. Greenspahn
  • Whitney Gretz
  • Ramona D. Griffin
  • Bruce Haas
  • Margie E. Habermann
  • Neil Hackler
  • Jon Harris
  • Gary Haut
  • Beth Hayden
  • Frances C. Henkel
  • Stephanie Henry
  • Virginia H. Holden
  • Mark Holder
  • Kelly Hondru
  • Courtney Howell Freeman
  • Shari Johnson
  • Candace Jordan
  • Robert Kabakoff
  • Susie L. Karkomi
  • Erica Kelly
  • Shanna Khan
  • David M. Klaskin
  • Michelle L. Koss
  • Samuel Kung 
  • Anthony Kremer, DVM
  • Paige Krueger
  • Claudia Langman
  • Lisa Latessa
  • Erin Lazarus
  • Jennifer Lugo
  • Nancy MacIntosh
  • Emily Mackie
  • Joanna Mallers
  • Elaine Markoutsas
  • Anita L. Mauro
  • Daniel P. Mauro
  • Thomas F. McGuire
  • Sarah McNally
  • Chloe Mendel
  • Tinsley Mercer
  • Irene Michaels
  • Amy Mick
  • Julie B. Miller
  • Michele Mistovich
  • Shay Moinuddin
  • Sora Monachino
  • Robert A. Montgomery
  • Rita Moore
  • Lisa E. Mullaney
  • Emily K. Mullen
  • Pam Myerson
  • Scott Newman
  • Nancy Officer
  • Daphne Ortiz
  • Joe Panarese
  • Lori Paris
  • Bridget Penney
  • Anne Marie Peretz
  • Ashley W. Pettit
  • Magdalena (Maggie) Pisarczyk
  • Stephanie Prousis
  • Suzanne J. Prysak
  • Nadia M. Quarles, Esq.
  • Ashley Quicksilver
  • Jenny Kustra-Quinn
  • David Rekhson
  • Frances E. Renk
  • Barbara Rinella
  • Sharon Rosenthal
  • Laura Sachs
  • Nancy Santi
  • Regina Savage
  • Dan Segura
  • Mitch D. Serrano
  • Mihir Shah
  • Kimberly N. Smith
  • Maria Smithburg
  • Patricia S. Spratt
  • Bonnie L. Spurlock
  • Mika Stambaugh
  • Nancy E. Sterling
  • Jill Stewart
  • Robin Tennant
  • Nancy Timmers
  • Andrew G. Tobin
  • Judith K. Tullman
  • Mark A. Vangorder
  • Carol Walter
  • Lindsay Walter Carlton
  • Julie E. Weisler
  • Pat Welch
  • Kristine Wexler
  • Ludan Wu
  • Christoph Wunn
  • Heather Yeager
  • Michael Yetnikoff

*Development Board Members as of May 24, 2023