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 2023-2024 dates are: 

  • Thursday, August 17, 2023
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023
  • Thursday, December 7, 2023
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2024
  • Thursday, March 7, 2024
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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
  • Ryan Foreman

Professional Board Members

  • Nozi Afzali
  • Amanda Antonini
  • Taylor Atkins
  • Sarah Atkinson
  • Alison Baird
  • Brooke Bandy
  • Nicole Becker
  • Patrick Beisell
  • Kelly Bershader 
  • Beth Blackman
  • Bethany Boggess
  • Emma Boyer
  • Elise Braun
  • Jassica Brown
  • Tiffani Caldwell
  • Thomas Carlon
  • Emily Caruso
  • Michael Chester
  • Camille Conlan
  • Colleen Coyle
  • Julianne Dailey
  • Amy Davis
  • Cameron Davis 
  • Cathy Davis
  • Erich Deicke
  • Claire Demos
  • Natalie Dickson
  • Ally Dinkle
  • Lauren Easterday
  • Morgan Eisenstein
  • Chris Evans
  • Emma Ewing
  • Kristina Ferran
  • Christine Filarski
  • Amanda Ford
  • Ryan Foreman
  • Leah Frydman
  • Tommy Garrett
  • Charlie Gers
  • Alyssa Gregory
  • Cynthia Hamilton
  • Kat Haney 
  • Emily Harkins-Widen
  • Liam Heffernan
  • Meredith Hein
  • Brady Heller 
  • Griffin Herdegen
  • Kiki Heron
  • Jess Hout
  • Sean Hwang
  • Brittany Keegan 
  • Jennifer Keegan
  • Matthew Kelly
  • Madeline Kliebhan
  • Annabelle Kline 
  • Jeremy Knapp
  • Emily Kosmin
  • Elizabeth Kostelny
  • Danielle Kroloff
  • Paige Krueger
  • Catherine Kurtz
  • Alonso Lam
  • Catherine Lanchak 
  • Meghan Ledin
  • Jacob Lending
  • Kat Levitt
  • Matthew Lewis
  • Jack Lian
  • Kyle Lindberg
  • Amelia (Amy) Litterski
  • Jessica Loftus
  • Kristin Lordahl
  • Brian Lucido
  • Melissa MacNeur
  • Mark Madden
  • Catie Manganelli
  • Jessica McKune
  • Kelli Michaelis
  • Nicole Minadeo
  • Ashley Moody
  • Mary Kate Napleton
  • Alexandra (Ally) Neumann
  • Riley O'Gara
  • Caitríona Pagni 
  • Jeffery Pandolfino
  • Pratik Patel
  • Holly Pearson
  • Alyssa Peer
  • Patricia Pelaez
  • Tess Perica
  • Tyler Peterson
  • Michelle Phanthongphay 
  • Katherine Racanelli
  • Page Redding
  • Dr. Lynessa Rico 
  • Katherine Riley
  • Cassie Ringer
  • Alexis Rosales
  • Caroline Rothstein
  • Sloane Rubin
  • Nicholas Rubnitz
  • Maya Rudolph 
  • Ellie Ryan
  • John Ryle
  • Taylor Sabres
  • Linda Sancen
  • Claudia Saric
  • Clare Scheller
  • Abbi Schutter 
  • Sunil Sekhri
  • Ritu Shah
  • Sriya Siems
  • Madeline (Maddy) Simpson
  • Adam Swantz
  • Claire Thomas
  • Deborah Tschiltsch
  • Nick Velicka
  • Irina Voloshina 
  • Deirdre Walsh 
  • Levi Warner
  • Lavanga Wijekoon
  • Domanique Woods 
  • Olivia Woolley