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.

2017 – 2018 Executive Board Members 

Executive Chairs

Schmidt_headshot1-300x300.jpgAni Schmidt,, @MuseumUnhinged
Public Programs Coordinator, Chicago History Museum
Ani is the Public Programs Coordinator at the Chicago History Museum. As a part of the Education Department, she 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. Ani works closely with interns and volunteers to share Chicago’s stories in new and engaging ways. Prior to entering the museum world, Ani worked as an English teacher and administrator in Dongtan, South Korea. With interests in social learning and the museum experience, 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.

sabina-e1474071974181-300x283.jpgSabina Wee Lock,
Prospect Research Analyst, University of Chicago
Sabina is a prospect researcher at the University of Chicago. She provides analysis of wealth indicators to assess philanthropic capacity of prospects and researches new prospects to add to the pipeline of UChicago’s $5B campaign. Previously, she was the Donor Care Manager at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services, in which she led a successful database migration to the Raiser’s Edge (RE)/RE:NXT, implemented a prospect research software as well as a protocol, and managed a portfolio of major gifts donors. Prior to joining Marillac St. Vincent, she was part of an autism neuroscience lab at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In San Diego, she volunteered her time organizing events and volunteers for local organizations, in which she found her passion for social justice. Sabina received her B.A. in Human Development with a minor in Psychology from UCSD. When she’s not working or volunteering, you can find her reading a mystery novel, eating pizza, or watching an NBA game with her husband.

External Relations Chair


Carlos A. Trejo,, @trejopedia
Director of Annual Giving, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
Carlos is a fund development professional dedicated to the nonprofit sector and a diversity & inclusion advocate. He is the Director of Annual Giving for Marillac St. Vincent Family Services where he manages the annual appeal strategy and online fundraising campaigns and works with a portfolio of donors in the major gifts pipeline. Previously, he worked for the Cicero Catholic Schools where he established sustainable fundraising programs through improved communication with donors and alumni. Carlos is an active member of the nonprofit community. He serves on committees for AFP Chicago, St. Ignatius College Prep, and YNPN National. His career in the nonprofit sector began through various internships as an undergrad at DePaul University, and he has maintained an interest in social justice issues around the world. Should you require his services for trivia, Carlos’ areas of expertise include astronomy, geography, linguistics, medieval history, and science fiction.


Jess-300x300.jpgJessica Lopez,
Program Manager, Up2Us Sports
Jess is currently the Chicago City Director for Up2Us Sports. Up2Us Sports is a capacity-building organization that hires, trains, and supports coach-mentors at community-based organizations that are using sports as a vehicle for positive youth development. As City Director, Jess works with organizations in Chicago and other Midwest regions to build capacity and provide programmatic and administrative support, as well as oversees all regional outreach and development. Jess also serves as a mentor with the Chicago Scholars Foundation, working with first-generation high school students. Prior to moving to Chicago, Jess worked with an out-of-school time program for middle school youth in Washington, DC managing partnerships and programming. She began her career working for the community outreach department of a children’s museum. Outside of work, Jess can be found searching for the best buffalo wings in the city and either watching Washington Nationals baseball, or counting down the days until the next season.

Special Events Chair

heather-300x257.pngHeather Domabyl,
Community Development Manager, American Cancer Society
Heather is going on her fourth year at LUNGevity Foundation where she oversees Breathe Deep walks and runs, as well as Team LUNGevity’s endurance program. Heather works with volunteers nationwide to raise funds for lung cancer research, education and support, and her personal mission is to let people know that if you have lungs, you can get lung cancer! In college, Heather was involved with Colleges Against Cancer and served as Event Chair for Relay for Life. After college, she continued to volunteer as Sponsorship Chair for Strides Against Breast Cancer and with various nonprofits throughout the city. She is excited to join the YNPN Board and help strengthen the nonprofit community. When she’s not working, you can find Heather eating, training, or blogging about both at

Communications Chairs

stephen-300x300.jpgStephen Barker,, @svenbark
Director of Marketing and Communications, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
Stephen is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Marillac St. Vincent Family Services (MSV), a 100+ year old social service organization in Chicago, working to change the direction of people’s lives through quality, early childhood education, services for youth, and community outreach. He joined MSV in May 2013. Stephen also serves on the Development, Communications, and Membership Committee at Forefront. As a graphic designer, Stephen freelanced for 11 years, creating marketing collateral for small businesses, book publishers, theatres, and nonprofit organizations. Stephen maintains a deep interest in social justice issues for women, children, and the LGBTQ community. In 2016, he was awarded the MSV Core Values Award of Excellence for Advocacy for contributions toward a successful campaign to build a movement around securing funding in Illinois for the Child Care Assistance Program for low-income, working families. Stephen has a BFA in Musical Theater from Wichita State University in Kansas, and he’s often breaking into song or soft-shoe around the office when least appropriate.

sommerann-296x300.jpgSommerAnn McCullough,
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Girls in the Game
SommerAnn is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Girls in the Game, where all girls are empowered to be game-changers through fun and active sports, health, and leadership programs. She is excited to enhance their digital and traditional marketing efforts to engage supporters and impact more girls as the organization expands nationally. Prior to her work at Girls in the Game, SommerAnn held various development positions at La Casa Norte, helping to end homelessness in Chicago by managing over 1,000 annual volunteers, assisting with major fundraising events, and building a strong social media presence. SommerAnn has always been dedicated to grassroots work in the community, starting with her year of service with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps after college. SommerAnn is a Chicagoland native who earned her Bachelors Degree in English Language & French from Denison University, with a semester abroad at the American University Center of Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France. SommerAnn currently lives in Humboldt Park where she can be found outside of work playing with her two cats or trying out a new recipe.

Emily2-e1474071861456-296x300.jpgEmily Snider,
Sales & Strategic Partnerships Coordinator, Heshima Kenya
Emily is currently the Sales & Strategic Partnerships Coordinator at Heshima Kenya, a nonprofit that protects, educates, and empowers unaccompanied and orphaned young refugee women and their children in East Africa. In this role, she is able to share the stories of the young women and sells the scarves they make by hand, which are still as stunning to her as the first time she saw them. She holds a BA in International Studies and specialization in communication and development from DePaul University. During her time in school, she found her passion for refugees while interning with Heartland Alliance Refugee & Immigrant Care Services and Sarah’s Circle women’s shelter. She hopes to continue working for refugee rights and girls’ education for the rest of her time on this planet. Emily speaks French fluently, has traveled to over 15 different countries, and believes in the power of a well-coordinated statement scarf.

bradlie-300x300.jpgBradlie Yanniello,
Insights Analyst, Serino Coyne
Bradlie is an accomplished sales and marketing analyst committed to growing audiences and revenue for the arts. She currently works for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago’s 6th largest cultural institution, where she manages specialty sales operations and new business development initiatives for over 85 different tours, educational programs and events — including the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. Previously, she worked in project management for an internationally-recognized franchise company, was a member of the 1871 tech startup hub, and completed two internships in performing arts management. Bradlie graduated with honors from Columbia College Chicago studying Live and Performing Arts Management with a minor in Marketing, and also served on the Board of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Development Chair

cara-219x300.jpgCara Clifford,
Senior Associate – Foundation Relations, Ounce of Prevention Fund
Cara is a Senior Development Associate in Foundation Relations at the Ounce of Prevention Fund. In her role at the Ounce, Cara manages a portfolio of grants to support the Ounce’s work in early learning policy, research, and family engagement. Cara is also responsible for coordinating corporate sponsorships for the Ounce’s Annual Luncheon. Cara is a member of the Chicago chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a board member for the outstanding and hilarious theater company Barrel of Monkeys. She received her Bachelor’s in Classical Studies and Master’s in Teaching, both from the University of Chicago. Cara’s hobbies include reading, running and enjoying movies and theater.

Finance Chairs

ryan-1-e1474073893600-228x300.jpgRyan Charnov,
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.

B elmoreBrian Elmore,
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. He 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 Flyers, and frequenter of live music shows across this fine city.

Leadership Institute Chair

brutoncrop.jpgIlana Bruton,
Programs Manager, Chicago History Museum
Ilana is the public programs manager at the Chicago History Museum and is responsible for the design and implementation of programs to expand and diversify CHM’s audiences through interpretive experiences. She has served on many committees during her tenure at CHM, which includes acting as program director for the exhibition “Shalom Chicago,” supported by The Covenant Foundation, and as a founding member of GeoConvos, a Chicago Community Trust-funded Hive grant that focuses on digital learning practices for teens. In 2014, 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, 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

Christine FifieldChristine Fifield,
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!

jenna-277x300.jpgJenna Leinwohl,
Community Manager, American Cancer Society
Jenna currently works for the American Cancer Society, where she is a Community Manager responsible for Walk & Roll Chicago – a walk, run, skate and bike fundraising event. Jenna works to achieve fundraising goals through effective management, engagement, and empowerment of volunteers, teams, and sponsors. Previously, Jenna worked as the Special Events & Communications Coordinator at Interfaith Dental Clinic in Nashville, where she coordinated the logistics for fundraising events and created content for newsletters, brochures, website, and social media. Jenna has spent the past six years volunteering for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a cause that is close to her heart. She loves to stay active in her community and when she isn’t volunteering, you can find her DIY-ing, traveling, or watching Disney movies (she even worked for Disney after college)!


Mia Pollock,
Director – State Operations, Best Buddies International
Mia is the Director, State Operations for Best Buddies International, which creates various opportunities for individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. In this role, Mia works with eight state offices across the country to provide various levels of support to field staff. Best Buddies envisions a world where individuals with disabilities will be so well integrated into society that our services will no longer be needed. Until then, Mia is thrilled to be a part of a progressive movement towards creating a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Prior to Best Buddies, Mia spent most of her time working with urban populations both locally as well as internationally. After graduating from Miami University with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a minor in Anthropology, Mia was naturally drawn to the nonprofit sector and working with underserved populations. Outside of the professional realm, Mia enjoys running, cooking, and rooting for all Cleveland sports teams!


Alexa Schutz,
Program Coordinator, North River Commission
Alexa is excited to work on responsible economic development, affordable housing, and community development with North River Commission (NRC) stakeholders and communities on the northwest side of the city. She applies her Masters of Public Administration from Illinois Institute of Technology, where she worked prior to joining NRC, to engage community organizations, residents, small business owners, and real estate professionals to build a stronger community in greater Albany Park. Her masters capstone focused on bringing community economic development efforts and city funding to historically low-income communities within Chicago due to her belief that all neighborhoods and their residents deserve equitable allocation of resources and support to improve their quality of life and job opportunities. Alexa grew up in Northwest Indiana, where she always felt connected to the vibrant communities of Chicago. Her love for exploring Chicago’s many neighborhoods, including her own of Wicker Park, has led her to a career in community development. Outside of work, she can be found hunting for dive bars, cheering on her alma mater’s Indiana Hoosiers, playing with her godpuppy Lola, and riding her new bike.

Membership Chairs

Phil MastersPhil Masters, Operations,
Program Manager, Spark
Phil currently serves as a Program Manager 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. VuillemotKelsey R. Vuillemot, Outreach,
Member Services & Program Manager, National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”)
Kelsey is the Member Services & Program Manager at the National Association of Women Lawyers, a 100+ year-old professional association dedicated to providing leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and to advocating for the equality of women under the law. In this role, Kelsey is chiefly responsible for overseeing all membership retention and recruitment campaigns, managing distance learning programs, (including substantive continuing legal education webinars and teleconferences), and creating content for NAWL’s social media channels. In addition to her work on the YNPN Board, Kelsey serves on the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Associate Board where she has helped plan the Board’s signature Derby for a Cause event for two years. She is also involved on Women Employed’s Advocacy Council and is active in her Alma Mater’s Alumni Association. Kelsey received her Bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Michigan.