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Associate Board

The Associate Board is a group of young professionals who host fundraising and networking events throughout the year. Each Associate Board member is responsible for raising money through a variety of means including securing event sponsorships, personal contributions, event ticket sales, and in-kind donations of goods or services.

Executive Committee

Kelsey Jaekel 
Slalom Consulting

Meredith Adamski
President Elect
Conagra Brands

Stephen Pasdiora
Past President

Tyler Dickman
GATX Corporation

Adriana Garcia
Axis Capital Chicago, IL

Matt Laricy
Strategy Chair
The Matt Laricy Group Americorp Ltd

George Gavrilos
Strategy Chair
Advocate Christ Medical Center

Jonathan Mraunac
Recruitment Chair
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC

Jacquie Phillips
Recruitment Chair
Onion Labs

Meagan Guerin
I Wish To Party Co-Chair

Joran Thompson
I Wish To Party Co-Chair
CDM Media

Chloe Leuthaeuser
Wishes Uncorked Chair

Chrissy Steger
Social Chair
August Jackson

Ben Reifenberg
Social Chair
Meaden & Moore, LLP

Associate Board Members

Melissa Akinlawon
3 Creeks Communications, Inc.

Elizabeth Donovan
DWS Asset Management

Chloe Ehrlich
ActiveCampaign, Inc.

Samantha Gitelis
Northshore University HealthSystem

Phil Handal
Grant Thornton

Caitlin Hillsman

Amanda Kornfein
Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.

Nick Maleski

Sarah Macheca
Katz Media Group

Aren Mito
Oppenheimer & Co.

Nicholas Murphy

Conor O'Brien
Brit Global Specialty USA

Meghann Prabhaker
Jenner & Block

Michelle Reedy

Bradley Schnitzer
Techstars Chicago

Olivia Schwab
Signature Consultants

Alissa Warsh


Kara Pietrowski
Signature Events Specialist
C: 708.712.8520
W: 312.602.9430
Make-A-Wish Illinois

Debbie Purcell
Signature Events Manager
W: 312.602.9424
Make-A-Wish Illinois


I Wish to Party

I Wish to Party
Revel Fulton Market
November 2019

Wishes Uncorked
March 2019

Visit Flickr to see photos from all recent
Make-A-Wish Illinois events.

Are you interested in becoming a member of our Associate Board?

The Make-A-Wish Illinois Associate Board unites young professionals in event-based fundraising with the goal of raising $300,000 or more each year to create life-changing wish experiences for children with critical illnesses across Illinois. Members attend and actively participate in monthly meetings, attend Associate Board organized fundraisers and network with their community and professional contacts to support Make-A-Wish.

Applications for the Associate Board will be available Monday, December 16, 2019. To obtain an application, please reach out to Kara Pietrowski at

The deadline for all applications will be Monday, January 13, 2020. Once all applications are reviewed, a select number of candidates will be asked to move to the next steps of the application process which will be an in-person interview with the Recruitment Chairs.

Interviews will run from February 10-28 of 2020. Candidates selected to join the Associate Board will be notified by or prior to April 17.

In addition to a completed Associate Board application, candidates must also provide 1-2 professional reference letters, a current resume, and their current LinkedIn handle if available.

For more information or to request an application, contact Kara Pietrowski at 312.602.9430.
Make-A-Wish® Illinois
640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
Toll Free (800) 978-9474