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  • published Meet the Board in About Us 2018-09-17 08:42:08 -0500

    The Executive Board

    The YNPN Chicago Executive Board is an all-volunteer working and governing board, consisting of 15-20 young nonprofit professionals. Find out more about the commitment, responsibilities, and how to apply here.

    2018 – 2019 Executive Board Members 

    Executive Chairs


    Ani Schmidt, Chair ani@ynpnchicago.org
    Public Programs Coordinator | Chicago History Museum

    In the Education Department at the Chicago History Museum, Ani develops and facilitates programs for adult, youth, and family audiences, including special commemorative events such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Fourth of July. She works closely with interns and volunteers to share Chicago’s stories in new and engaging ways. Ani is the vice chair of the museum's digital future committee and manages the Out at CHM committee, an LGBTQ community advisory group.

    Prior to entering the museum world, Ani worked as an English teacher and administrator in Dongtan, South Korea. She holds a Master’s in Art & Museum Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s in Cognitive Science and Art History from Northwestern University. Besides YNPN, Ani loves running along the lakefront, reading post-apocalyptic fiction, and exploring the city. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MuseumUnhinged.

    Brian Elmore, Vice Chair brian@ynpnchicago.org
    Senior Financial Analyst | Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation

    Brian is a Financial Analyst at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation. He manages the financial framework around philanthropic funding of pediatric medical research initiatives. Prior to Lurie Children’s, Brian worked at PwC, performing financial statement audits of insurance and financial service companies.

    Brian is originally from the Philadelphia area, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a licensed CPA in the State of Illinois. Since moving to Chicago in 2013, he has become active in advocating for legislative transparency and social justice in city and state politics. Brian is a year-round cyclist, loyal supporter of the Philadelphia Phillies, and frequenter of live music shows across this fine city.

    Secretary/National Liason

    Jaclyn Carmichael jaclyn@ynpnchicago.org
    Innovation Lab Manager | Lake View High School

    Jaclyn is the Innovation Lab Manager at Chicago Public School’s Lake View High School, where she is developing their Innovation Lab makerspace and increasing programming available to students. She is also working on developing professional development opportunities for the students at Lake View and maintaining the quality of the space. Previously, she was the Program Director for Project Exploration, a non-profit educational organization in Chicago that provides out-of-school time STEM programming for youth and teens, where she took charge of building partnerships, strengthening her team through trainings, and initiating new programming to reach students in new subjects. She has also worked in the formal education space as a high school Biology/Environmental Science teacher at Chicago’s Perspectives Charter Schools. Jaclyn received her B.S. in Biological Sciences and Teacher’s Certification from Eastern Illinois University and recently started at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart School of Business in the Master of Public Administration program.

    When Jaclyn isn’t working, she loves hanging with her poodle-terrier pup, Eli, sharing a craft beer with friends, or going to see a superhero movie. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @lilcarm17!

    Finance Chairs

    Claire Barner claire@ynpnchicago.org
    Senior Manager, Operations | Center for Financial Services Innovation

    As a Senior Manager at the Center for Financial Services Innovation, Claire is responsible for legal and insurance operations, internal IT systems, facilities management, financial management, and administrative processes for a growing national non-profit. Claire is especially focused on creating and implementing strategies for enhancing process improvements and leveraging technology solutions in order to develop efficiencies. With a background in social service, nonprofits, and education, Claire is passionate about supporting programs and tools to address urban poverty.

    Claire's nonprofit career began early at the age of 15, as a member of the Teen Council at the Chicago History Museum. At the museum, Claire collected oral histories on the teenage experience in Chicago, culminating in the exhibition Teen Chicago. Claire received a Bachelor’s in Public Policy and a Masters in the Art of Teaching from the University of Chicago. In her free time, Claire enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, trying local craft beers, and exploring Chicago with her family.

    Rebecca Kaplan becca@ynpnchicago.org
    Data & Learning Specialist | Feeding America

    Rebecca is the Data & Learning Specialist on the Member Grants team at Feeding America. In her role, Rebecca manages a portfolio of nearly $15 million in grant opportunities to Feeding America food banks and focuses on leveraging grants data to support organizational strategy. Prior to Feeding America, Rebecca worked in nonprofit consulting and for Center for Independent Futures, a nonprofit in Evanston, IL that supports individuals with disabilities to live independently.

    Rebecca received her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and her BS in Psychology from University of Michigan. Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys volunteering at Lakeview Pantry, divvying (with a helmet!) around the city, and cooking lots of veggies from her farm share.

    Development Chairs

    Suzy Lee, Annual Giving suzy@ynpnchicago.org
    Director, Nonprofit Strategy and Engagement | Forefront

    Suzy is the Director of Nonprofit Strategy and Engagement at Forefront. As part of the Engagement Team, Suzy’s focus areas include nonprofit membership, #ILGive for #GivingTuesday, the Nonprofit CEO Roundtable, the B Corp community, and supporting Forefront’s racial equity work. Suzy previously served as the Senior Manager of Children's Nutrition Policy at the Greater Chicago Food Depository and led the Illinois No Kid Hungry campaign. Prior to that, Suzy served as the Vice-Chair of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Association and was responsible for policy research, program evaluation, and development.

    Suzy is a member of the National Council of Nonprofits Membership Committee and volunteers as a Chicago Women in Philanthropy Ambassadoress, and a member of the Hanover College Alumni Recruitment Team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Hanover college, and a Master of Public Administration from DePaul University School of Public Service. When she’s not working or volunteering, you can find her in her garden, trying a new ice-cream recipe, or playing with her English bulldog.

    Jamara Bell, Special Events jamara@ynpnchicago.org
    Program Coordinator | Always Giving Back Foundation

    In 2017, Jamara graduated from Bradley University, Foster College of Business with a degree in Business Management Leadership and Marketing. As a marketing & civil service thought leader she lives her life by the quote “If you don’t like something change it and if you can’t change it change your attitude about it.” by the great Maya Angelou. As the Program Coordinator for the Always Giving Back Foundation she works closely with interns and scholars to encourage them to actualize their dreams by providing access and opportunity.  She is a detailed-oriented team player, that has proven her success using different CRM systems to engage and cultivate relationships. Jamara’s goal in life is to help improve, enhance, and elevate anyone’s life I encounter. With interests in project management and advertising, she is continuously seeking out ways to provide access to youth and advance in marketing. She provides insight and initiatives that align strategic partnerships, social media management, and donor relations for non-profit organizations.

    Dave Cotugno, Special Events dave@ynpnchicago.org
    Senior Manager of Development | Cradles to Crayons

    Dave is in his 7th year with Cradles to Crayons. In his first five years he worked at C2C Boston, helping grow their family philanthropy program to a more than $2M program, accounting for 50% of the annual revenue. Since moving to Chicago and helping open their new office, Dave has led the Development team to a $3.1M annual budget that serves more than 60,000 Chicagoland children annually. In his role, Dave manages corporate, foundation, and individual donors, sets the fundraising strategy, and oversees events. Dave graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Business Administration and has run two marathons.

    Communications Chairs

    Elizabeth Blasko elizabeth@ynpnchicago.org
    Marketing & Communications Specialist | Bernie’s Book Bank

    Elizabeth serves as the Marketing & Communications Specialist for Bernie’s Book Bank, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality books for at-risk children throughout Chicagoland. In this role, she plans and executes communications strategies involving socials media, website content, newsletters, blog posts, digital media and print. Prior to joining Bernie’s Book Bank, Elizabeth worked on the public relations team at Hendrick Motorsports in Charlotte, North Carolina. She also spent time at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as a Disney College Program intern.

    Elizabeth is a proud graduate of Western Michigan University with a B.A. in Public Relations and minors in Nonprofit Leadership, Event Management and Psychology. Additionally, she earned her Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in 2016. Outside of work, she can be found reading, running, traveling or watching NASCAR.

    Christine Fifield

    Christine Fifield christine@ynpnchicago.org
    Marketing and Communications Specialist | American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA)

    Christine is the new Marketing and Communications Specialist with the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association. In this role, she develops and executes marketing strategies related to the website, social media, email, as well as print and digital media. Before coming to the AHA, Christine worked in communications-related positions for a variety of religious nonprofit organizations including a Lutheran church and bishop’s office.

    Christine recently moved to Chicago and is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Christine received her B.A. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. She is a huge animal lover and welcomes any time she can spend with other people’s pets. When she’s not working or volunteering, you can usually find her running, watching the Great British Bake-Off, or listening to podcasts. She’s hoping to start her own soon!

    Jillian Madden jillian@ynpnchicago.org 
    Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations | Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

    Jillian Madden is the Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, where she fundraises for an array of programs throughout the state, including mental health services, children’s services, and programs that help formerly incarcerated individuals. Prior to moving to Chicago, she spent five years in Atlanta, where she worked as the Development Director at Midtown Assistance Center, a local nonprofit providing homelessness prevention services, and United Way of Greater Atlanta. She also sat on the board of YNPN Atlanta as the Professional Development Chair. Jillian started her career in nonprofit as part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in 2013 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Communications and English.

    She is a member of the Junior League of Chicago, where she sits on the Mad Hatters committee, promoting literacy throughout the city. She also volunteers at Open Books West Loop in their bookstore. Jillian was a member of YNPN Atlanta’s 30 Under 30 Class of 2016 and was selected for Georgia Center for Nonprofit’s High Potential Diverse Leaders Class of 2017. Previously, she sat on the board of the University of Michigan Club of Atlanta as the Student Recruitment and Scholarship Chair and served as a mentor at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School. In her free time, she loves to read and try new restaurants and coffee shops. 

    Evan Williamson evan@ynpnchicago.org
    Manager, Strategic Advancement | Ounce of Prevention

    Evan serves as the Manager of Strategic Advancement at the Ounce of Prevention Fund, where he cultivates and stewards relationships with corporate partners to promote philanthropic investment across the Ounce's various program areas, including education policy, research, and programming. In this role, he also helps to coordinate the Ounce Affiliates Board, and recruits sponsors for Ounce events. Previously, Evan has held roles in education advocacy with the University of Illinois Alumni Association and Advance CTE. He began his career on Capitol Hill working as a press assistant in the House of Representatives.

    Evan is a native of Champaign-Urbana, IL, and a proud alumnus of the University of Illinois with a B.A. in Political Science. In his spare time, Evan can be found playing soccer; walking his oversize Beagle, Watson; and experimenting in the kitchen to varying degrees of success.

    Leadership Institute Chair


    Ilana Bruton ilana@ynpnchicago.org
    Director of Interpretation and Guest Services | Adler Planetarium

    Ilana is the Director of Interpretation and Guest Services at the Adler Planetarium where she works collaboratively with the Guest Experiences team to provide engaging experiences for visitors. Prior to her work at the Adler, Ilana was the public programs manager at the Chicago History Museum where she was responsible for the design and implementation of programs to expand and diversify audiences. She is active in increasing her learning about visitor behavior and access and has been a member of the Visitor Studies conference planning team since 2017. Ilana coauthored the article “The Goal of the Emancipated Spectator: A Dramaturg and Museum Educator’s Facilitation of a Theater and Museum Collaboration” with Kristin Leahey, who is currently at the Seattle Rep (published in the academic journal, Theater Topics). She also graduated from The Second City’s Improvisational Training Center in 2012.

    Ilana has a Master’s in Museum Education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Michigan State University. You can follow her on Twitter at @iBmuseum.

    Programming Chairs

    Jerica Banks jerica@ynpnchicago.org
    Development Assistant | University of Chicago

    Jerica is a development assistant at the University of Chicago, an institution currently campaigning for $5 billion to advance campus-wide priorities. In her role, she supports international development by drafting fundraising proposals, preparing prospect briefings, and creating donor-centric reports. Jerica also assists teams across UChicago’s alumni relations & development department on an ad hoc basis.

    Prior to entering the nonprofit space, she worked as a paralegal at both intellectual property and real estate law firms. Jerica received her B.A. in Legal Studies in Business from Tulane University. As a native of Baton Rouge, she is passionate about all things related to Louisiana, enjoys planning domestic and international trips, and loves sifting through vinyl at Hyde Park Records.

    Briana Davis briana@ynpnchicago.org
    Assistant Director of Research | UIC Center for Literacy

    Briana is the Assistant Director of Research at the UIC Center for Literacy, a public service and research center that works to improve literacy education, policy, and research at the local, state, and national levels. In this role, Briana works to develop, implement, and disseminate the findings of the Center's research initiatives.

    Prior to her work at UIC, Briana moved from her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona to pursue her Master's in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. As a student, she was introduced to the Chicago nonprofit community while completing her fieldwork with Broadway Youth Center and CCS Fundraising. Outside of work, Briana enjoys reading, traveling, and sharing photos of her rescue dog, Murphy.

    Miriam Kamya miriam@ynpnchicago.org
    Director of Philanthropy | SAGA Innovations

    Miriam serves as the Director of Philanthropy at SAGA Innovations. SAGA is a nonprofit organization that provides in school math tutoring to 9th and 10th-grade students across Chicago and New York City. As SAGA continues to grow and expand, Miriam is responsible for establishing a solid donor base in Chicago. She leads prospect research, site visits and builds partnerships. Prior to SAGA, Miriam had the opportunity to serve as a White House intern, where her passion for education policy deepened.

    In her spare time, Miriam volunteers with Traffick Free, a local non-profit that works to eradicate human trafficking in the Chicagoland area. Miriam holds a Master's in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and a Bachelor's in Political Science from North Carolina State University.

    Bridget McPike bridget@ynpnchicago.org
    National Volunteer Specialist | Muscular Dystrophy Association

    Bridget works with the National Volunteer Program at the Muscular Dystrophy Association. During her five years at MDA, Bridget has also held positions in Foundations, Volunteer Coordination, and Accounting. MDA is working to transform the lives of people affected by neuromuscular disease, including muscular dystrophy, ALS and other related diseases. Prior to MDA, Bridget worked for the University of Chicago at UChicago Impact in Human Resources. UChicago Impact provides empirically-based tools and supporting services to create reliably excellent schooling.

    Bridget attended North Park University earning her degree in Nonprofit Management. She is an avid White Sox and Blackhawks fan and when she is not working, you can catch her experiencing live music throughout the city or hanging out with her four nieces.

    Membership Chairs

    Phil Masters

    Phil Masters, Operations phil@ynpnchicago.org
    Program Director | Spark

    Phil currently serves as a Program Director for Spark in Chicago, a career exploration and self-discovery nonprofit for middle school students. Spark focuses on building students’ vision of what’s possible for themselves through experiential learning labs and mentorships. Phil’s roots in Chicago’s education sector began at Kelvyn Park high school where he learned both about how students experience and navigate the Chicago Public School system, and how schools strategize to serve vulnerable populations.

    Phil earned his B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Geneseo, and hails from frigid Buffalo, NY. Phil is a life long Bills fan, a newly minted Bulls fan, and listens to podcasts for approximately three hours every day.

    Kelsey R. Vuillemot

    Kelsey R. Vuillemot, Outreach kelsey@ynpnchicago.org 
    Program & Marketing Manager | DirectWomen

    Kelsey Vuillemot is the Program & Marketing Manager at DirectWomen, a national non-profit that works to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards. Prior to joining DirectWomen, Kelsey served as Senior Program Manager at the National Association of Women Lawyers ("NAWL"), where she worked with a group of talented and passionate lawyer volunteers to plan and execute all NAWL programming, ranging from single and multi-day conferences to programmatic webinars and teleconferences.

    In addition to her work on the YNPN Chicago Board, Kelsey is involved on Women Employed's Advocacy Council and is active in her Alma Matter's Alumni Association. She previously served on the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' Associate Board, where she helped plan the Board's signature "Derby for a Cause" event for several years. Kelsey received her Bachelor's degree, with honors, in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Michigan.

    At-Large, Technology


    Ryan Charnov ryan@ynpnchicago.org
    Co-Founder | Giftluence

    Ryan is the Co-Founder of Giftluence, a technology startup that stimulates charitable giving through online activity such as shopping and searching the internet. In this role, Ryan is responsible for developing cause marketing opportunities between major brands and over 800,000 nonprofits.

    As a social entrepreneur, Ryan is passionate about leveraging technology to make it easier to support charitable positions at nonprofits in the education space such as Moneythink and Junior Achievement. Ryan received a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Entrepreneurship and Economics and Strategy. Outside of Giftluence and volunteering, Ryan is an avid fan of Houston sports and enjoys exploring Chicago restaurants.

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    Pon-headshot-150x150.jpgPon Angara
    Principal and Creative Director, Barkada Creative

    As partner to nonprofits, Pon is passionate about creating their distinct brand using his depth of real-world experience in communication design, event marketing and storytelling. Part artist and part engineer, Pon fuses seemingly disparate concepts to spark bold, new ideas that can lead to meaningful transformation. He has served as Nonprofit SIG Director for the American Marketing Association, Marketing SIG Chair for the Association Forum and Program Chair for the Chicago Area Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association. Pon's unique approach is driven by his understanding for how principles and methods in science, business and the arts can converge for innovative problem solving. He has a BS Engineering Management, BFA Industrial Design and BFA Communication Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    org-chart-portrait-matt-blakely-FAL_8568-150x150.jpgMatt Blakely
    Executive Director, Motorola Solutions Foundation Director - Inclusion, Diversity, and Culture Motorola Solutions

    Matt Blakely has more than 20 years of experience working with private and corporate foundations. Since 2005, Matt has coordinated the foundation and corporate giving programs of Motorola and Motorola Solutions Foundation, a company recognized by Points of Light as one of the fifty most community-minded companies in the United States.He develops philanthropic strategies and directs grants, corporate contributions and volunteer programs focused on science education, public safety training, and disaster response. Motorola Solutions Foundation and Motorola Solutions employees make contributions totaling more than 70,000 volunteer hours and $12 million in over 35 countries annually. Since 2017, Matt's responsibilities expanded to include the coordination of Motorola Solutions' Inclusion and Diversity efforts.Before joining the Motorola Solutions, Matt was Senior Program Officer in the Communities Program at the McCormick Tribune Foundation where he helped guide the philanthropic giving of 11 different companies across the United States. He currently serves on the board of the Chicago History Museum including the museum's OUT committee.He is also active in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Funders Network, and recently joined the Inclusion and Diversity Committee of the Red Cross of Chicagoland Facebook: Motorola Solutions, Foundation Twitter: @MSIFoundation

    chan-2015-head-shot Kathy Chan
    Director of Policy, Cook County Health & Hospitals System, Northwestern

    Kathy is the Director of Policy for Cook County Health & Hospitals System where she provides leadership on policy activities and initiatives for one of the largest public hospital systems in the nation. Previously, Kathy was the Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy for EverThrive Illinois (formerly the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition), where she worked for over ten years. From 2002-2006, Kathy staffed EverThrive Illinois’ Covering Kids and Families Project. Her efforts there helped Illinois gain recognition as a national leader in outreach and enrollment. Kathy also worked at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, where she assisted with strategic enrollment efforts and the implementation of All Kids. She is an appointed member and elected Chair of the Illinois Medicaid Advisory Committee and serves on the boards of the Midwest Access Project and Delta Dental Foundation of Illinois. Kathy formerly served on the boards of Chicago Volunteer Doulas, IFLOSS, and YNPN Chicago. Kathy was recognized for her policy work with an award from Health and Medicine Policy Research Group in 2012. Kathy graduated with a B.A. in English from Northwestern University and began her career as an organizer with Green Corps.

    Joy-Decker Joy Decker
    Executive Director, Esperanza Community Services

    As the Executive Director of Esperanza Community Services, Joy Decker is committed to serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help improve their quality of life. Joy joined Esperanza in 2014 and has over 22 years working in social service organizations that serve people with disabilities. Prior to Esperanza, Joy worked at Orchard Village where she held various roles including case manager, residential director, senior director of programs, and president and CEO. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Drake University and a M.A. in Nonprofit Administration with distinction from North Park University. Joy continues to stay connected with North Park and serves on the Axelson Symposium planning committee and the Alford-Axelson Award committee. She is a seasoned strategic executive with proven experience and demonstrated results in program development, community outreach, and strategic change.

    Marissa Filippo Marissa Filippo
    Assistant Director, Executive & Strategic Projects, Dental Assisting National Board

    Marissa, PMP, has 14 years of experience with associations and nonprofit organizations in Chicago. She currently serves as Assistant Director, Executive & Strategic Projects at the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and its affiliate, the DALE Foundation. Prior to DANB, Marissa was the Nonprofit Programs Manager at Donors Forum (now Forefront). From 2010 – 2013, she was a member of the volunteer executive board at the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) of Chicago and served as Executive Co-Chair. Marissa earned a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Arizona State University.

    JOanne-Howard-head-shot-2-150x150.jpgJoanne Howard
    Industry Assistant Professor of Public Admin, ITT

    Joanne Howard is an Industry Assistant Professor at the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Howard previously held academic appointments at Roosevelt University, The School of the Art Institute, and DePaul University. Dr. Howard has held senior administrative positions at The University of Chicago, Northwestern University School of Law, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to moving to Chicago, she worked for the Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Office of Migrant Education with the New Jersey Department of Education, and the Chicago Urban League. She attended Hampton Institute where she received her bachelor’s in Sociology, her master’s in Public Administration at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in Public Administration from the College of Urban Planning and Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Howard’s research interests are pipeline programs for underrepresented groups, nonprofit organizations, and school finance reform. She has served on the board of directors of four nonprofit organizations.

    KimShot Kim Hunt
    Executive Director, Pride Action Tank Aids Foundation of Chicago

    Kim has a 30-year career spanning the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with a focus on advocacy, nonprofit management, and training. She is currently the executive director of Pride Action Tank (PAT), a social justice lab devoted to improving outcomes for LGBTQ communities through a collaborative process of inquiry, advocacy, and action. PAT, which launched in the fall of 2015, is a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, where Ms. Hunt also serves as an advocacy advisor.She is the former executive director of Affinity Community Services, a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ people and queer youth. While there her accomplishments included working with the board to grow the organization’s income, launching a youth leadership program, greatly increasing public policy involvement and visibility, and securing state funding to implement HIV prevention programs. Prior to becoming an advocate for LGBTQ rights, Ms. Hunt worked in the private and public sectors. She co-founded a management consulting firm that worked with communities throughout the Midwest to create and implement community development plans and increase the capacity of neighborhood institutions and groups. The first 15 years of her career were in urban planning where she focused on public transportation.In her spare time Ms. Hunt is a co-host of a monthly LGBTQ storytelling event, the political columnist for FOP Magazine, a member of various boards and advisory councils, and occasionally an instructor for courses and workshops. In 2016, Ms. Hunt was inducted in the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.

    karen-head-shot-150x150.jpgKaren Kane
    Chief Financial Officer, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services

    Karen has served as Chief Financial Officer since July, 2015 and has been involved with Marillac St. Vincent Family Services for over 20 years including serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Finance Committee. Prior to joining MSV, Karen’s 30+ year financial career was with for-profit companies, including most recently as Group Senior Vice President Finance at RR Donnelley. She has a B.S. in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University, MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant, and a Six Sigma Green Belt.

    ynpn-chicago-danya-rosen Danya Rosen
    Executive Director, Peer Health Exchange

    Danya has a decade of experience in non-profit management across both the direct service and advocacy sectors. She is currently the Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange Chicago (PHE). In this role, she is responsible for the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the PHE Chicago program, raising funds, managing and growing the Chicago Board of Directors, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for PHE Chicago. Danya previously served as PHE’s Senior Director of Development in San Francisco, California since 2010. Prior to joining PHE, Danya spent over four years at Peace Action West (PAW) as the Deputy Outreach Director, where she was responsible for overseeing California-based programming. While at PAW, she lobbied for disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability’s DC Days, and managed the GOTV efforts for the 2006 CA-11 race through Peace Action West’s political action committee. Danya graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology. She is a member of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs’ JCore, the Chicago Foundation for Women’s LBTQ Giving Council, the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Maternal, Infant, Child, and Adolescent Health (MICAH) Advisory Committee, and is a New Sector Alliance mentor.

    Patrick Sheahan Patrick Sheahan
    Chief Development and Strategy Officer, Navy Pier Inc.

    Patrick has deep and wide expertise at the intersection of businesses, government and nonprofit organizations; advising Fortune 500 CEOs; starting a small business as a sophomore in college; leading highly respected nonprofit organizations; and currently, providing consultation on organizational change and program development to nonprofits and businesses. Highlights of Patrick’s career include his positions as Managing Director and Americans Head of Community Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility for UBS, as the Public Affairs Director for Sara Lee Corporation, as the founding board chairman for Center on Halsted, and as the current board chair of Woods Fund Chicago. The common thread and strengths that he has exhibited from these roles is the ability to inspire positive change, to support and develop colleagues, and to accomplish ambitious initiatives. Patrick received his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago; his M.S. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Kentucky, Lexington; and his B.A. from Asbury College in Kentucky. He has taught courses in nonprofit management and fundraising at Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies and Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.

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    Senior Director of Bequests in the Gift Planning Department, ALSAC/ St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

    Susan attended St. Norbert College in DePere, WI, where she earned a B.A. in International Business and Spanish. After graduation, Susan held positions with the Embassy of Argentina in Chicago, United Airlines and later worked in a family business. In 1997, Susan began her career in the nonprofit sector, as a Regional Representative for ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the Chicago Regional Office. Her responsibilities were special event fundraising and volunteer development throughout the Midwest. She quickly moved into management roles, managing teams of special event fundraisers in several offices throughout Illinois and Minnesota that met multi-million dollar yearly budgets. In 2008, Susan was promoted to Senior Regional Director of Field Operations, working with regional special event field staff, managing regional offices throughout the United States and driving national fundraising programs. In 2011, Susan accepted a position within the ALSAC/St. Jude Gift Planning Department, as a Regional Director on the Bequest Team. In this role, Susan and her team focus on the stewardship of donors who have included St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in their estate plans or hold other planned gifts with the organization. Susan currently serves as the Senior Director of Bequests in the Gift Planning department at ALSAC. In this role, she oversees the strategic direction of the second largest Bequest program in the country, as well as leading a team of 3 Regional Directors and 31 Philanthropic Advisors.

    margie-schaps-from-qdy90 Margie Schaps
    Chicago Executive Director, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

    Margie is the Executive Director of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. Prior to taking this position in 1993, Margie was a board member of Health and Medicine and served as its vice president. While maintaining overall responsibility of all of HMPRG’s activities, her specific policy expertise is in public health systems development, health equity, health reform, and women’s health. Prior to joining Health and Medicine, Ms. Schaps served for eight years as the Director of the Women’s Health Resource Center at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, the first in the nation hospital- based comprehensive primary care center for women. Ms. Schaps speaks nationally and locally on a variety of health systems issues, and has published articles on women’s health issues, heath care safety net issues, health system reform, and public health policies. She serves on a number of local and statewide boards and taskforces focused on public health system development. She is passionate about creating a just health system that will improve the health of the public. Ms. Schaps holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois and a Bachelors Degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

    michelle-serbun-150x150.jpgMichelle Sherbun, PCC
    President, Merlin Solutions LLC

    Michelle Sherbun, PCC, ELI-MP, President of Merlin Solutions, LLC and recently launched Leadership Design Alliance, is committed to strengthening socially conscious leadership across sectors. She brings nearly 40 years of experience in nonprofit management and coaching. A seasoned consultant and accredited coach, Michelle has helped nonprofit leaders surpass fundraising goals and overcome organizational challenges. Through her work as a leadership coach, she brings philanthropists, advisors, businesses, and nonprofit leaders together in radical collaborations that turn good ideas into great solutions.Ms. Sherbun believes that each and every challenge presents organizations with unprecedented opportunities to transform. And she believes that successful people and organizations grow from the inside out. By tapping into the strengths that drive best efforts, clients inspire and motivate themselves and others toward success.She has led numerous management and fund development workshops. She continues to study and work in the area of leadership development and creative problem solving, introducing her clients to new techniques that prepare them to lead change.A published writer and accomplished speaker and trainer on topics related to fundraising, marketing, and personal development, Michelle is past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a member of the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy, the Association of Philanthropic Counsel, Women in the Development Profession, the Community Memorial Foundation Capacity Building Initiative Advisory Board, and the International Coaching Federation and its Chicago Chapter. In 2016 Michelle was recognized by AFP Chicago with the Benjamin Franklin Award for her contributions to the fundraising profession.And in 2017, she received the President’s Award for her contributions to the AFP Chicago Chapter.

    Nikki Stein Nikki Stein
    Executive Director, Retired- Former ED of Polk Bros Foundation

    From 1989 to 2012, Nikki was the Executive Director of the Polk Bros. Foundation. She was the first staff person hired after the Foundation separated from the Polk Bros. stores. Nikki worked with the Board to design and implement the Foundation’s giving program and hire its staff. At her retirement, the Foundation’s assets were over $400 million and its grant distributions had grown from $2.5 to more than $20 million a year. Prior to working at the Foundation, Nikki was the studio manager of her husband’s commercial photography studio and also worked as an administrator at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. Since retiring, Nikki has served as a consultant to the Polk Bros. Foundation and an informal advisor to staff at numerous Chicago nonprofits. Nikki is the past chair of the board of Donors Forum and has participated on the steering committees of many funding collaborations, including the 2016 Fund for Chicago Neighborhoods, Arts Work Fund, Fund for Educational Reform, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, the Fund for Immigrants and Refugees, and the Partnership for Quality Child Care. She is the past board president of KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. Nikki is the board member of the Public Interest Law Initiative, and St. Leonard’s Ministries. She has also received numerous awards and been honored at several events. Nikki is married to Fred Stein, mother of Max Stein and Benjamin Stein and grandmother of Sophie, Zoe, Molly and Madelyn Stein; life-long resident of Chicago.

    Steve Steve Strang
    Senior Consultant, Practice Director, Spectrum Nonprofit Services

    Steve Strang, MPA is currently a Senior Consultant, Practice Director with Spectrum Nonprofit Services where he provides consulting in sustainability strategies for community-based organizations and internal organizational leadership. He is currently an Advisory Board member of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University and the Evanston-based nonprofit Allowance for Good. Additionally, he is a former Executive Co-Chair of YNPN Chicago and was a member of the YNPN National Chapter Congress. Prior to joining Spectrum, Steve worked as the Nonprofit Programs Manager at Donors Forum (ForeFront). Additionally, he worked as an Instructor at Madison College, federal grants trainer with the University of Chicago, and for the American Red Cross in both Chicago and Denver. He earned his BS from Grand Valley State University in Public & Nonprofit Administration and MPA from Roosevelt University with an emphasis in Nonprofit Administration.

  • published The National Network in About Us 2017-07-12 07:42:21 -0500

    The National Network

    The YNPN network began in San Francisco in 1997 and has grown into a nationwide grassroots movement with over 40 chapters across the country. Each chapter determines its local programming priorities, but nationally we work together to improve the nonprofit sector. If you’re planning to move, make sure to get connected to one of the local chapters listed on the YNPN National website. 


  • published Contact Us in Get Involved 2017-06-01 11:41:50 -0500

    Contact Us

    Do you have a question about YNPN Chicago? Please fill out this form, and we will get in touch with you shortly.

  • published Diversity & Inclusion in About Us 2017-04-30 16:47:20 -0500

    Diversity & Inclusion

    Our Focus on Diversity & Inclusion

    YNPN Chicago views diversity and inclusion as indispensable to our development as a premier organization serving nonprofit professionals and strengthening the sector. Our commitment to valuing individual diversity means reaching beyond stereotypical views of individuals to be inclusive of the strengths and different perspectives that each person offers. Diversity is integral to our identity and is essential to creating a vibrant array of members, events, and programs with unique perspectives.

    YNPN Chicago will move our diversity and inclusion initiatives forward by proactively working to:

    • Ensure the design and execution of programs and events highlight and incorporate the diversity of Chicago neighborhoods and the nonprofit organizations within them.
    • Promote accessibility and increased attendance to programs and events among YNPN Chicago members and organizational partners of diverse backgrounds.
    • Utilize the YNPN Chicago website and social media presence to highlight the achievements of our diverse membership and the nonprofit organizations in which they work as well as provide opportunities for members from diverse backgrounds to network and connect with one another.
    • Engage in sustainable, strategic partnerships with groups and organizations that support and enhance YNPN Chicago’s mission and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • published Membership 2017-04-16 13:24:04 -0500


    YNPN Chicago is dedicated to strengthening the nonprofit community by providing accessible professional development, resources, and networking opportunities for young professionals in the Chicago-area nonprofit sector. When you invest in a YNPN Chicago membership, you are showing your commitment to your own professional growth and helping to build a stronger network of nonprofit leaders. 

    Membership in YNPN Chicago is great for anyone:

    • Working, volunteering, or serving on a board in the Chicago nonprofit community
    • Interested in supporting the nonprofit sector and its emerging leaders
    • Considering a nonprofit career (including job-seekers, students, and sector-switchers)

    YNPN Chicago members receive:

    Getting involved with YNPN Chicago means tapping into a large network of nonprofit professionals and supporters. Regardless of membership status, events ranging from large happy hours to skill-based workshops are open to professionals of all ages, experience levels, and sectors. Members have more opportunities to connect and actively contribute to a network of engaged and passionate emerging nonprofit leaders. To make the most of your community, become a member today!