About the Board
The Executive Board is an all-volunteer working board, consisting of 15-20 young nonprofit professionals. Check out our Join the Board page to learn how you can join our team!
2016 – 2017 Executive Board Members
Carlos A. Trejo, firstname.lastname@example.org, @trejopedia
Fundraising & Development Professional
Carlos has a professional background in development and communications. Recently, he served as the Development Coordinator for the Cicero Catholic Schools where he was chiefly responsible for fundraising, special events, external communications, and coordinating alumni programs. In this role, he worked to establish sustainable fundraising programs through improved communication with donors and alumni. His work with event committees and volunteers to develop marketing and broaden involvement by community stakeholders at two galas and a 5K race led to increased giving and participation annually. Additionally, he developed a more effective donor database and created a dedicated organizational presence on social media. Carlos is an active member of the nonprofit community. Currently, he co-chairs AFP Chicago’s Diversity Committee, serves on YNPN National’s EDI Committee, serves on the Service Committee of the Young Alumni Society at St. Ignatius College Prep, and recently joined the Literassociates, the Chicago Literacy Alliance’s associate board. 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. A native Chicagoan, he resides on the southwest side of the city.
Sabina Wee, email@example.com
Donor Care Manager, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
Sabina is the Donor Care Manager at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services, a social service agency serving the working poor of Chicago for over 100 years. She joined Marillac St. Vincent in December 2014 as a Development Coordinator, in which she created and grew the mid-level donor program. In her current role as the Donor Care Manager, she is fortifying the major gifts program by focusing on stewardship and building strong relationships with donors. Prior to joining Marillac St. Vincent, she was a Staff Research Associate at Research on Autism and Development Lab at 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.
Special Events Chair
Heather Domabyl, firstname.lastname@example.org
Breathe Deep Events Manager, LUNGevity Foundation
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 eatbreatherun.wordpress.com.
Stephen Barker, email@example.com, @svenbark
Director of Marketing and Communications, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
Stephen is the Director of Marketing and Communicaitons 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, building 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 McCullough, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Emily Snider, email@example.com
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 Yanniello, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales Operations Coordinator, Chicago Architecture Foundation
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 arts 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 a demanding project management role 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.
Cara Clifford, email@example.com
Development Associate – Foundation and Corporate Relations, Ounce of Prevention Fund
Cara is a Development Associate in Foundation and Corporate 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, a volunteer with iMentor, 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, cooking, and enjoying movies and theater.
Angela Dowell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Controller, Chicago Community Loan Fund
Angela Dowell is currently the Controller at the Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF). In this position, Angela is responsible for the accounting operations of CCLF, to include the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records and comprehensive set of controls to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of CCLF’s reported financial results, comply with generally accepted accounting principles or international financial reporting standards, and supervise the accounting staff. Dowell has held numerous accounting and finance roles over the past 8 years in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, including roles in Audit, Technical Advisory, General Accounting, and SOX. Dowell is a CPA with a Bachelors of Accounting from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from DePaul University.
Ryan Charnov, email@example.com
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.
Leadership Institute Chair
Brandon Massey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Operating Officer, Heart of the City
Brandon currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Heart of the City in Waukegan, ensuring that all the financial and procedural structures are in place to provide quality recreational programs to youth in low income communities. Previously, Brandon worked with HandsOn Suburban Chicago and Boys & Girls Club of Lake County, managing after school programs and volunteers, implementing systems to track program outcomes, and working to secure funding for the program. Brandon holds a Bachelor’s in History of Ideas and Biblical Studies and a Master’s from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In his spare time, he is working to complete a PhD in Early Christianity, spends too much time on fantasy football, and loves spending time with his wife Sabrina and daughter Adeline.
Jenna Leinwohl, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Programs, Best Buddies Illinois
Mia is the Director of Programs for Best Buddies Illinois, which creates various opportunities for individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. In this role, Mia leads efforts of growth and sustainability for eight programs throughout Illinois, while also supervising Chicago staff who manage the day-to-day operations of these programs. 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 Illinois, 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!
Ani Schmidt, email@example.com, @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 an Master’s in Art & Museum Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s in Cognitive Science and Art History from Northwestern University.
Alexa Schutz, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Jessica Lopez, email@example.com
Program Manager, Up2Us Sports
Jess is currently the Program Manager for the Up2Us Sports Chicago region. Up2Us Sports is a coalition of nonprofits focusing on using sports-based youth development as a tool to positively transform the lives of youth across the country. As the Program Manager, Jess works with organizations and coaches in Chicago and other Midwestern regions to build capacity and provide programmatic and administrative support. 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 in the nonprofit sector working for the community outreach department of a children’s museum; a field she entered based on her experience working for a summer camp. Jess is not only committed to the nonprofit sector, but to empowering the passionate people who are part of this growing community. Outside of work, Jess can be found bursting out in random camp songs, searching for the best buffalo wings in the city, and either watching Washington Nationals baseball or counting down the days until the next season.