Board of Directors

A Legacy of Leadership

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is comprised of more than 125 of the most influential business and civic leaders in the region. Board members meet quarterly to address the most pressing issues facing the Chicagoland business community. The Board of Directors works at a high level to ensure the Chamber effectively serves as the voice for the region’s employers.


AAA Chicago

Alicia Lyles
Regional President

ABC 7 Chicago

John Idler
President and General Manager

Adtalem Global Education

Mary-Lynn Bender
Senior Director – Government Relations

Advanced Resources

Rich Diaz

Advocate Aurora Health

Crystal Olsen
Director of State Government Relations



Sarah Glavin
Senior Manager, External Affairs

American Airlines, Incorporated

Franco Tedeschi
Vice President

AMITA Health

Scott Teffeteller
President and CEO Resurrection Medical Center


Kevin Johnson
North America Growth Enablement Leader

Ariel Investments, LLC

Malik Murray
Senior Vice President

AT&T Illinois

Eileen Mitchell
President, AT&T Illinois

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Thomas Walker, Jr.
Managing Partner – Illinois

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Sara DeCoste
Managing Director, Senior Treasury Sales Manager

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

David Ritter


Stephen Ferrara
Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Beam Suntory

Greg Hughes
President- North America


Neetika Singh
Managing Director, Head of Consultant Relations

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Kevin Cassidy
President, Employer Solutions, Health Care Service

BMO Harris Bank

Steve Fansler
Market Executive, Illinois Regional Leader

BP America

Phil Cochrane
Senior Director State & Local Affairs

Brook Furniture Rental

Bob Crawford
President & Chief Executive Officer

Camelot Illinois

Keith Horton
General Manager, Vice President & General Counsel

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Peter Govorchin
President & CEO


Kevin Rischow

CBRE, Inc.

Jamie Georgas
Managing Director

CBS 2 Chicago

Derek Dalton
President & General Manager

Chicago Bears Football Club

Ted Phillips
President/Chief Executive Officer

Chicago Magazine

Diana Vdovets
Operations Director


Bruce Lubin
Vice Chair CIBC USA

CIGNA Health Care

Suchet Bhandari
Vice President, Growth and Strategy

Clayco, Incorporated

Ryan McGuire
Vice President – Corporate Business Unit

CME Group

Richard Bodnum
Managing Director of Corporate Tax

CNA Financial

Heather Davis
Senior Vice President, Government Relations

Colliers International

Jim Carris
Executive Managing Director

Comcast Business

Matthew Summy
Vice President, External & Government Affairs, Comcast

Comcast Business (Honorary)

Allison Buehner
Marketing Communications Specialist

Crain’s Chicago Business

Jim Kirk
Publisher and Executive Editor


Praj Shah
Chief Executive Officer

Cresco Labs

Charles Bachtell
Co-Founder and CEO

DeVry University

Jeunet Davenport
Dean of Campuses

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Stephen Schwab


Ed Weil
Director of Financial Industry Group


Patrick Hillmann
Executive Vice President, Crisis & Risk

Exelon Corporation

Terence Donnelly
President & Chief Operating Officer

Exelon Generation

Scott Humbard
Director State & Government Affairs


Jud Snyder
Chicago Office Managing Partner

Fifth Third Bank

John Sassaris
Senior Vice President | Market Executive

First Midwest Bank

Michael Jamieson
Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking

First Women’s Bank of Chicago

Kristie Paskvan

Ford Motor Company

Anthony Reinhart
Regional Director, Government Affairs


Andrew Varland
Area Executive Vice President-Health & Welfare Consulting

Gateway Foundation

Teresa Garate, PhD
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Engagement

GMA Construction Group

Cornelius Griggs


Ted Souder
Head of Industry – Retail

Goose Island Beer Company

Todd Ahsmann

Grant Thornton LLP

Mark Sullivan
Managing Principal, Chicago Office

Gulo Solutions

Zach Wilson
Partner & CTO

HERE Technologies

Jeffrey Rowen
Vice President, Corporate Development

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Dan Boho
Senior Partner

Horizon Therapeutics

Frank Plescia
Executive Director, State Government Affairs and Policy

Hyatt Regency Chicago

Patrick Donelly
General Manager

Illinois Finance Authority

Chris Meister
Executive Director

Ingredion Incorporated

Robin L. Brown
Vice President, Government Affairs and External Relations

Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications

James Terman

JP Morgan Chase & Company

Tom Finnegan
President, Chicago Middle Market


Robert Blackwell

Kirkland & Ellis

Richard Godfrey
Senior Partner


Chet Riske

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Jay Stieber
Executive Vice President & General Counsel


Brent Kent
Midwest Public Policy Manager


Andrea Schwartz
Vice President of Media Relations, Macy’s – North Central and South Regions

Manpower International

Mike DeLuca
Metro Market Manager

Mayer Brown LLP

Joseph Seliga

Mesirow Financial

Erik Barefield
Senior Managing Director, Head of Traditional Investment Management

Miami Corporation

John Rau

Molson Coors Beverage Company

Adam Collins
Chief Communications and Corporate Affairs Officer

Motorola Solutions

Monica Mueller
E​xecutive Director, Motorola Solutions Foundation

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Robert Christie
Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Communications


Kurt Anderson
Associate Director, State Government Affairs

Parkside Realty, Inc

Robert Wislow

Peoples Gas

Andy Hesselbach
Vice President – Construction

Plante Moran, PLLC

Kathy Downey

PNC Bank – Illinois

Shane Print
Corporate Banking Group Manager

Protiviti, Incorporated

Tom Andreesen
Managing Director


William Spizman
Partner and Enterprise Account Leader

SenecaGlobal, Inc.

Edward Szofer
CEO, President & Co-Founder

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

Lawrence Eppley
Corporate Practice Group and Office Managing Partner


Judy Martinez-Faye
Head of External Affairs – Midwest Region

Signature Bank

Michael O’Rourke
President & CEO

Southwest Airlines

Ana Schwager
Community Outreach Lead

St. Augustine College

Dr. Reyes Gonzalez

Target Corporation

Amanda Vela
Sr. Group Vice President

The Boeing Company

Michael Cassel
Director Global Corporate Citizenship

The Chicago Cubs

Tom Ricketts

The Magnificent Mile Associate

Rich Gamble

U.S. Bank

Joan Heggen-McMahon
Senior Vice President and Team Lead of Commercial Banking

Union Pacific Railroad Company

Erik Varela
Sr. Director Public Affairs – Corporate Relations

United Airlines

Daniel Lynch
Vice President, State and Local Government Affairs

United Healthcare of Illinois

Tom Kunst

University of Chicago and University of Chicago Medical Center

Benjamin Gibson
Vice President, Government Affairs

University of Illinois at Chicago

Michael Amiridis

University of Phoenix

Robert Gabriel
Campus Director


Raymond Drake
Vice President State and Government Affairs

Walgreen Co.

Jason Donica
Vice President, Chicagoland Operations

Wavicle Data Solutions

Naveen Venkatapathi
Founder and President

Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Patrice DeCorrevont
Executive Vice President – Market Executive – Illinois Commercial Banking

WestPoint Financial Group (Honorary)

Jeffrey Burgess
Registered Representative

Wight & Company

Patrick Cermak
President & Chief Operating Officer


Susana Meza
Vice President

Zurich North America

Deirdre Manna
SVP and Head of Government and Industry Affairs

Deirdre Manna
SVP and Head of Government and Industry Affairs

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