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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

Stephen Pasdiora
Cottingham & Butler

Kelsey Jaekel
President Elect
Gagen MacDonald Chicago, IL

Meredith Adamski
Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Tyler Dickman
GATX Corporation

Matt Laricy
Strategy Chair
The Matt Laricy Group Americorp Ltd

George Gavrilos
Strategy Chair
Advocate Christ Medical Center

Trisha Rich
Alumni Chair
Holland & Knight

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

Jacquie Phillips
Recruitment Chair
Onion Labs

Meagan Guerin
Wishes Uncorked Chair

Joran Thompson
I Wish To Party Chair
CDM Media

Adriana Garcia
Social Chair
Axis Capital Chicago, IL

Aren Mito
Social Chair
Oppenheimer & Co

Associate Board Members

Daniel Byrne
J.P. Morgan

Chloe Ehrlich
ActiveCampaign, Inc.

Samantha Gitelis
Lurie Children's Hospital

Phil Handal
Grant Thornton

Marina Hartnett
Ares Management, LLC

Caitlin Hillsman

Amanda Kornfein
Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.

Chloe Leuthaeuser

Lindsay Lollio
Aronberg, Goldgehn, Davis & Garmisa

Nicholas Murphy
Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Meghann Prabhakar
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Michelle Reedy

Ben Reifenberg
Meaden & Moore, LLP

Bradley Schnitzer
Techstars Chicago

Ken Srebro

Chrissy Steger
August Jackson


Kara Pietrowski
Signature Events Specialist
Make-A-Wish Illinois

Debbie Purcell
Signature Events Manager
Make-A-Wish Illinois


I Wish to Party

I Wish to Party
Revel Fulton Market
November 2017

Wishes Uncorked
March 2018

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 $150,000 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 Make-A-Wish Illinois Associate Board are accepted in March of each year. Prospective members will be interviewed in April. Selected members will be voted in each May, with terms beginning at the June meeting.

In addition to a completed volunteer application, candidates must also provide 2-3 professional reference letters, a current resume and short biography and pay a one-time $28 fee for background check and materials.

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