The Gilda's Club Team

Full- and Part-Time Positions

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Contracted Facilitator Positions

Gilda's Club Chicago is currently seeking qualified individuals to apply for contracted facilitator positions.


Our team

LauraJane Hyde

LauraJane Hyde

Chief Executive Officer

Kathleen Boss

Kathleen Boss

Chief Program Officer

Bradford Newquist

Bradford Newquist

Chief Development Officer

Lara Lebeck

Lara Lebeck

Director of Marketing

Shannon Zaleski

Shannon Zaleski, LCSW, OSW-C

Associate Director Clubhouse Programs

Kelly Walsh

Kelly Walsh, MS, LCPC

Associate Director Hospital and Community Programs

Lindsay Tynes

Lindsay Tynes, LCSW, OSW-C

Virtual Program Manager

Ross Alexander

Ross Alexander, LCSW

Hospital Program Manager, Advocate Christ Medical Center

Kassandra Billups

Kassandra Billups, MPC

Community & Faith Program Manager

Jasmine Carrazco

Jasmine Carrazco, MSW

Hispanic Community Program Coordinator

Paige Jeffrey

Paige Jeffrey, LSW

Youth & Family Program Coordinator

Sophie Canadé

Sophie Canadé, LCPC, ATR

Art Coordinator

Debbie Slowinski

Debbie Slowinski

Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Caitlin Rinard

Caitlin Rinard

Development and Events Manager

Ali Vernasco

Ali Vernasco, MSW, LCSW

Program Manager, Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University



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Our board members

  • Jennifer Cavanaugh, Chair, Chief Auditor – , Grant Thornton LLP
  • Bill Albin, Treasurer, Partner, Deloitte
  • William Adams IV
  • Monroe Anderson, Veteran Journalist, Independent Political Analyst
  • Jerry Azumah, Retired All-Pro Chicago Bear, President, Bears Care
  • Paula Conrad, Vice President of Corporate Relations and President of the Exelon Foundation
  • Barbara Cooney
  • Ronald Culp, Professional in Residence, Public Relations & Advertising Program, DePaul University
  • Stephen D’Amore, Co-Chair, Litigation Department, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Christopher Foltman, Senior Commercial Banker, Wintrust Commercial Banking
  • Susan Goodenow, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Chicago Bulls
  • Jon Harris, EVP, Chief Communications & Networking Officer, Conagra Brands
  • Laura Horn, Special Projects, Am Shalom
  • Jim Jacobsohn, Senior Vice President, Sg2
  • Lisa Konieczka, Executive Vice President, Brokerage Services, CBRE
  • Sandye Lerner
  • Austin Love, Managing Director and Market Lead, CIBC Bank USA
  • Sarah McEneaney, Partner, Digital Talent Leader, PwC
  • James Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Harbor Global
  • Tim Mohan, Partner, Chapman and Cutler LLP
  • Steven Molo, Partner, MoloLamken LLP
  • Heather Morris, Vice President, Sales, Magellan Corporation
  • Gabrielle Novacek, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
  • Donnie Phillips, Managing Director, Strategic Finance, Citadel Securities
  • Dr. Jeff Raizer, Executive Medical Director, Takeda
  • Sherman Reynolds, Senior Vice President, Risk Strategies
  • Alex Richardson, Executive Vice President & Partner, Holden Richardson
  • Leslie Sawyer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Environmental Design International, Inc.
  • David Selby, Board Member, Partner, SCC
  • Kelly Superczynski, Head of Capital Advisory - Aon Reinsurance Solution
  • Peter Volpe, President - Norridge/Mont Clare at Wintrust Bank
  • Larry Wert, Chicago Stories
  • Susan Wiemeyer, Senior Vice President, Service Industries, Infor Inc.
  • Patrick Zeller, Chief Privacy Officer & Sr. Cybersecurity Counsel, Amgen

Gilda's Club Chicago is supported by dedicated board members who donate their time, talents and tenacity to advancing our mission.

  • Andrew Alexander
  • Bob Arthur
  • Honorable Richard Durbin
  • Christina Gidwitz
  • Terry Hillard
  • Bonnie Hunt
  • Holly Hunt
  • Larry Levy
  • Bruce Lubin
  • Allison Rosati
  • Honorable Jim Ryan
  • Shirley Ryan
  • Terry Savage
  • Chuck Swirsky
  • George Wendt
  • Honorable Corinne Wood
  • Nancy Anderson, B.S.N., M.S.N., Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Philip Bonomi, M.D., Rush University Medical Center
  • David Cella, Ph.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Morris Kletzel, M.D., Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Gustavo Rodriguez, M.D., NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Patrick Stiff, M.D., Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola University Health System
  • Nick Aiello
  • Kaylee Barron
  • Christy Chiapetta
  • Ellie Cohen
  • Liza DeMello
  • Kenneth Flaxman
  • Josh Frahm
  • Connor Hirsch
  • Megan Hurtuk
  • Joe Jantke
  • Tara Jay
  • Abbey Jennings
  • Tommy Joyce
  • Amelia Mercer
  • Rebecca Peters
  • Annie Roberts
  • Patrice L. Scelzo
  • Matthew Serafin
  • Kate Taylor
  • Hannah Warren
  • Travis Welton
  • Karen Xaverius