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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


Staff Contacts

Liz Klug
Midwest Area Director

Kerry Schlaack
Executive Director

Dana Morris
Senior Director, Field Development

Mary Rios
Manager, Field Development

Katrina Mesina
Senior Coordinator, Field Development

Jose Macias
Manager, Field Development

Chapter Board of Directors

Tricia Brouwers
Fifth Third Bank

Vice Chair
Laurie Chern
Parent Advocate

Joanne Wilken        
Chicago Public Schools

Agatha DeFranco
Parent Advocate


Laura Ashman
Parent Advocate

Eugene A. Bensinger
Mesirow Financial

Ted Brunson

Tom Cesario
Radio Flyer

Ann Cutler, MD, FAAP
University of Illinois at Chicago Institute on Disability and Human Development

Diane Tavolacci
Shefsky & Froelich Ltd. 

Steven Insoft
Aviv REIT, Inc.

Ahmad Islam
Commonground Marketing

Mia McNary

Keith McCormick
Business Partners - The Chamber for Uptown

Lou Melgarejo
Comcast SportsNet

Joel Semmelhack 
The Up Foundation, EMC

Jeff Smidt
Underwriters Laboratories

Angelina Strum
Plainfield Community School District 202

Antoinette Taylor
Exceptional Needs Consultant

Geoffrey A. Vance
McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Committee Leadership

Gene Bensinger
Chair, Mission Integration

Steven Insoft
Chair, An Evening With the Stars

Sarah & Shane Hamilton
2013 Co-Chairs, Chicago Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Tricia & Jon Brouwers
2012 Co-Chairs, Chicago Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Agatha DeFranco
Chair, Community Outreach

Spencer Savitz
Chair, North Shore Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Dan Schlaack
Chair, An Evening With the Stars 2013

Mike Baker
State Advocacy Chair

John, Joel & Diana Semmelhack
Co-Chairs, Driving for Dreams Golf Outing

Diane & Leo Tavolacci
Chicago Ride for Autism Speaks

Antoinette Taylor
State Policy Chair

Amanda Turnbull
Heroes Ball