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 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.  Until they can meet in person again, meetings will be held via Zoom at 6:00 p.m. with a special welcome session for prospective/new members at 5:30 p.m.  Our 2020-2021 dates are: 

  • Thursday, August 27, 2020
  • Monday, October 12, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021
  • Thursday, June 10, 2021

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

  • Sarah Atkinson 
  • Mike Heberlein
  • Paige Krueger


Recruitment Committee

  • Rachel Light, Chair
  • Taylor Atkins
  • Iliana Blasdell
  • Amanda Ford
  • Jeremy Knapp
  • Paige Krueger

Social Committee

  • Amanda Trcka, Chair
  • Sarah Atkinson
  • Ladye Cook
  • Darae McNair
  • Lindsey Phillips

Medical Center Day Committee

  • Caroline Rothstein, Chair
  • Mike Heberlein
  • Marie Hollister


Professional Board Members

  • Quinlan Abel
  • Catherine Alpeter
  • Christopher Aluce
  • Jonathan Angelica
  • Jessica Angelica
  • Nickas Antoniou
  • Taylor Atkins
  • Sarah Atkinson
  • Kathryn Bakaly
  • Kayla Beljan
  • Karli Bieniek
  • Beth Blackman
  • Iliana Blasdell
  • Alison Bouchard
  • Jennifer Brennan
  • Hilary Brown
  • Kay Brungs Laud
  • Curtis Bush
  • Stephanie Bylos
  • Michael Chester
  • Nichole Clark
  • Ladye Cook
  • Natalie Dickson
  • Sarah Divine
  • Lauren Easterday
  • Mario Echevarria
  • Alex Eddy
  • Morgan Eisenstein
  • Alyssa Falk Gregory
  • Christine Filarski
  • Amanda Ford
  • Ryan Foreman
  • Kelly Frasciello
  • Jonathan Funch
  • Jena Gambaccini
  • Alison Gismondi
  • Danielle Goldstein
  • Tricia Gopalakrishnan
  • Blake Green
  • Lindsay Green
  • Andrew Hambleton
  • Jessica Hardin
  • Emily Harkins-Widen
  • Mike Heberlein
  • Meredith Hein
  • Kiki Heron
  • Tyler Hirschel
  • Jared Hocking
  • Jess Hout
  • Joseph Tucker Jameson
  • Jeremy Knapp
  • Kate Knutson
  • Maria Krejci
  • Paige Krueger
  • Catherine Kurtz
  • Alonso Lam
  • Brooke Lampert
  • Kimberly Lavelle
  • Sarah Leas
  • Alex Lee
  • Rachel Light
  • Kyle Lindberg
  • Amelia (Amy) Litterski
  • Emily Macaluso
  • Kim Mahan
  • Christina Malecki
  • Lea Malewitz
  • Ryan Manning
  • Nikki Mazza
  • Darae McNair
  • Nicole Minadeo
  • Kimberly Neydon
  • Michael Novitski
  • Emily Olsen
  • Jennifer O'Neill
  • Holly Pearson
  • Patricia Pelaez
  • Dayna Perlut
  • Lindsey Phillips
  • Katherine Racanelli
  • Lauren Redies
  • Cassie Ringer
  • Martina Rodriguez
  • Caroline Rothstein
  • Ellie Ryan
  • John Ryle
  • Michelle Scinkovec
  • Gwen Seamon
  • Sunil Sekhri
  • Megan Sheppard
  • Yash Siddhartha
  • Drake Spence
  • Terry Thomasson
  • Taylor Thrift
  • Jamie Travis
  • Amanda Trcka
  • Deborah Tschiltsch
  • Jessica Vogel
  • Irina Voloshina
  • Elizabeth Westrope
  • Piotr Wietrzak
  • Lavanga Wijekoon
  • Brittney Williams
  • Jacob Wright
  • Anna Young