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, President

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, Partner


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, Director

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

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, Partner


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, Director

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, President


Ted Souder, Head of Industry – Retail

Goose Island Beer Company

Todd Ahsmann, President

Grant Thornton LLP

Mark Sullivan, Managing Principal, Chicago Office

Gulo Solutions

Zach Wilson, Managing Partner

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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, President

JP Morgan Chase & Company

Tom Finnegan, President, Chicago Middle Market


Robert Blackwell, President

Kirkland & Ellis

Richard Godfrey, Senior Partner


Chet Riske, Partner

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, Partner

Mesirow Financial

Erik Barefield, Senior Managing Director, Head of Traditional Investment Management

Miami Corporation

John Rau, Chairman

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, Co-Chairman

Peoples Gas

Andy Hesselbach, Vice President – Construction

Plante Moran, PLLC

Kathy Downey, Partner

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, President

Target Corporation

Amanda Vela, Sr. Group Vice President

The Boeing Company

Michael Cassel, Director Global Corporate Citizenship

The Chicago Cubs

Tom Ricketts, Chairman

The Magnificent Mile Associate

Rich Gamble, Chairman

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, CEO

University of Chicago and University of Chicago Medical Center

Benjamin Gibson, Vice President, Government Affairs

University of Illinois at Chicago

Michael Amiridis, Chancellor

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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