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. 

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 our work is 100% reliant on the support of our community. 

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. Locations vary but all meetings start with a networking hour at 5:30pm, meeting at 6:30pm, and follows with an optional post meeting social at 7:30pm. Our 2022-2023 dates are: 

  • Thursday, August 25, 2022
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022
  • Thursday, December 8, 2022
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023
  • Thursday, April 6, 2023
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2023

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

  • Danielle Kroloff
  • Paige Krueger


Professional Board Members

  • Taylor Atkins
  • Sarah Atkinson
  • Beth Blackman
  • Iliana Blasdell
  • Jennifer Brennan 
  • Kay Brungs Laud
  • Tiffani Caldwell
  • Michael Chester
  • Natalie Dickson
  • Sarah Divine
  • Erin Dodd
  • Lauren Easterday
  • Morgan Eisenstein
  • Andrea Etienne
  • Emma Ewing
  • Christine Filarski
  • Amanda Ford
  • Ryan Foreman
  • Kelly Frasciello
  • James "JK" Freyvogel
  • Jonathan Funch
  • Jena Gambaccini
  • Abbey Garnett
  • Blake Green
  • Alyssa Gregory
  • Cynthia Hamilton
  • Emily Harkins-Widen
  • Meredith Hein
  • Kiki Heron
  • Charlie Hildebrand
  • Jared Hocking
  • Jess Hout
  • Ricky Kemp
  • Jeremy Knapp
  • Emily Kosmin
  • Danielle Kroloff
  • Paige Krueger
  • Catherine Kurtz
  • Alonso Lam
  • Sarah Leas
  • Alex Lee
  • Kyle Lindberg
  • Kim Mahan
  • Nicole Minadeo
  • Jennifer O'Neill
  • Holly Pearson
  • Patricia Pelaez
  • Dayna Perlut
  • Lindsey Phillips
  • Katherine Racanelli
  • Patrick Raeder
  • Cassie Ringer
  • Caroline Rothstein
  • Ellie Ryan
  • John Ryle
  • Kelly Scheltens
  • Sunil Sekhri
  • Mark Shannahan
  • Adam Swantz
  • Jamie Travis
  • Deborah Tschiltsch
  • Jessica Vogel
  • Irina Voloshina 
  • Erin Weintraub
  • Lavanga Wijekoon
  • Brittney Williams