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Autism Speaks Chicagoland Chapter

2700 S. River Road, Suite 304
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Tel: 224-567-8573
Fax: 224-567-8574


Chapter Staff Contacts

Keith McCormick
Executive Director 

Mary Rios
Walk Director

Alyssa Zavislak
Field Development Manager

Tamara Golden
Field Development Manager

Ashley Urisman
Field Development Coordinator

Family Services

Jodi Miller
Autism Response Team
Senior Coordinator - Midwest

Colleen Shinn
Manager, Community Outreach - Midwest


Chapter Board of Directors 


Laurie Chern
Family Services

Vice Chair

Eugene A. Bensinger
Mesirow Financial


Jeff Smidt
Underwriters Laboratories


Tricia Brouwers
Wintrust Bank

Eric Chern
CTC Trading Group, L.L.C.

Agatha DeFranco
Parent Advocate

Diane Gedik Tavolacci
Chicago IVF

Colleen Kelty
The PrivateBank and Trust Company

Kerry Schlaack
Loews Hotels

Lou Melgarejo
Comcast SportsNet

Lynn Pedotto
Interfaith Family

Latha Soorya, PhD
Rush University Medical Center

Angelina Strum
Plainfield Community School District 202

Bobby Trevino
Chef Bobby Trevino
Taste the Difference

Geoffrey A. Vance
Perkins Coie

Joanne Wilken
Dominican University Supervisor

Committee Leadership

Gene Bensinger
Chair, Programs and Services

Ashling and Jeff Smidt
2016 Chairs, Chicago Autism Speaks Walk

Agatha DeFranco
Chair, Community Outreach

Spencer Savitz
2016 Chair, North Shore Autism Speaks Walk

Mike Baker
State Advocacy Chair

Diane & Leo Tavolacci
Chicago Ride for Autism Speaks

Antoinette Taylor
State Policy Chair