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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

Katrina Mesina
Director, Field Development

Mary Rios
Manager, Field Development

Regina Belotti 
Sr. Coordinator, Field Development

Chapter Board of Directors 


Laurie Chern
Parent Advocate

Vice Chair

Eugene A. Bensinger
Mesirow Financial


Jeff Smidt
Underwriters Laboratories


Tom Cesario
Radio Flyer


Agatha DeFranco
Parent Advocate

Diane Gedik Tavolacci
Chicago IVF

Colleen Kelty
The PrivateBank and Trust Company

Lou Melgarejo
Comcast SportsNet

Latha Soorya, PhD
Rush University Medical Center

Angelina Strum
Plainfield Community School District 202

Antoinette Taylor
Exceptional Needs Consultant

Geoffrey A. Vance
McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Joanne Wilken
Dominican University Supervisor

Committee Leadership

Gene Bensinger
Chair, Programs and Services

Ashling and Jeff Smidt
2015 Chairs, Chicago Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Agatha DeFranco
Chair, Community Outreach

Spencer Savitz
Chair, North Shore Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Mike Baker
State Advocacy Chair

Diane & Leo Tavolacci
Chicago Ride for Autism Speaks

Antoinette Taylor
State Policy Chair