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Chicago Lights Board of Directors

The members of Chicago Lights Board of Directors are generous with their time, resources, and networks as they provide fiduciary and programmatic oversight and set the strategic vision for the organization.

Ken Walker, President
Axiom Law

Elinor Hite, Vice President
Executive Coach—Career Counseling 

Chad A. Tischer, Vice President
DiMeo Schneider & Associates, LLC

Amy M. Gulinson, Secretary
Aon Law Department

Craig Nash, Treasurer

Nicholas R. Vanderschie, Assistant Treasurer
Morningstar Investment Management, LLC

Debbie Frisch, Immediate Past President
HelloBaby, NFP

Kathryn Bates
Bates Development Services

Victoria G. Curtiss
Fourth Presbyterian Church

Joseph Feldman
Joseph Feldman Associates

Amanda Felt
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Lafayette Kyle Ford

Ellen Gignilliat
Community Volunteer

James Gould
Horizon Hotel Group

Amy M. Gulinson
Aon Law Department

Cynthia Joho
Community Volunteer

Bill Patterson
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP

Andrea Person

Virginia J. Pillman
Virginia M. Johnson & Associates, Inc

Brian Van Klompernberg
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kimberly Watson
Chicago Public Schools

Stacy Jackson (ex officio)
Executive Director, 312.981.3562

Chicago Lights Associates Board

Membership | Special Events | Find Us on Facebook

The Chicago Lights Associates Board is an enthusiastic group of young professionals working to promote the mission of Chicago Lights by raising awareness of Chicago Lights and its programs through special events, volunteer opportunities, and fundraising activities.


Members of the Chicago Lights Associates Board are charged with the following:

1. Be informed about Chicago Lights’ mission and programs, serving as a Chicago Lights ambassador in the community

2. Attend monthly Associates Board meetings

3. Serve on a committee, helping to develop, plan, and carry out events

4. Participate as a volunteer for Chicago Lights

5. Attend and participate in Associates Board events

6. Contribute financially to the Chicago Lights Annual Fund

The monthly time commitment for involvement is approximately three to nine hours. Request a membership application by emailing Lauren Suppes.

Special Events

If you can’t commit to membership, but still want to be involved with the Chicago Lights Associates Board, join our email list and receive regular updates of special events in which you can participate and raise funds for Chicago Lights. Simply email Lauren Suppes and indicate you’d like to be added to the Chicago Lights Associates Board events mailing list.

Find Us on Facebook!

To receive Facebook invitations to upcoming events and newsfeed updates, “like” the Chicago Lights Associates Board on Facebook.