Associate Board

Union League Boys & Girls Clubs Associate Board (AB) is comprised of emerging leaders striving for involvement and leadership in the Chicago community. The Associate Board is 50 members strong, and is a critical force in raising funds and awareness of Union League Boys & Girls Clubs.

The Associate Board holds multiple volunteer and fundraising events throughout the year , including the Share the Love pizza fundraiser with Home Run Inn, the Associate Board Summer Shuffle, and Operation Holiday Spirit at the Union League Club of Chicago. Members of the Associate Board have the opportunity to get involved in one of four committees: The Executive Committee (reserved for AB Officers); Membership and Fundraising; Events; Marketing and Communications; and Member Engagement.

We look to inspire Union League Boys & Girls Club members through volunteer and fundraising efforts. We aim to make them feel respected, protected, and accepted. We seek to enable them in laying a foundation for a prosperous future.

Union League Boys & Girls Clubs will provide special opportunities to ensure the professional development of its Associate Board members. These may include:

  • Providing Impactful Service to the Local Community
  • Opportunities for Professional Growth and Networking
    • Throughout the year, AB members will be invited to one (1) Board of Trustees meeting
    • AB members have the opportunity to join Board of Trustees committees/sub-committees
    • Throughout the year, the AB hosts mixers or networking events exclusively with the ULBGC Board of Trustees
  • Special Events
    • AB members receive discounted tickets to ULBGC’s Youth of the Year Awards, Wine Dinner, and Gala (subject to availability).
    • Throughout the year, AB members will have exclusive opportunities to engage with ULBGC programs and experience their work firsthand.
  • Recognition
    • All AB members’ names will be included on related AB marketing materials (as appropriate), the ULBGC website, and Annual Report.
    • AB members who contribute or assist in securing large donations or sponsorships may be recognized at AB events or meetings.
AB Events
  • Members are asked to attend at least one (1) AB event, but as many as possible each year, and contribute in a meaningful way.
  • Members will lead or join an AB sub-committee
Union League Boys & Girls Clubs Events
  • Members have the opportunity to volunteer at our Clubs as time allows.
  • Members have the opportunity to attend the ULBGC Gala each November (discounted tickets available for AB members).
  • Members will serve as thoughtful advocates for Union League Boys & Girls Clubs, staying engaged with its mission, programs, events, and issues related to youth development.
  • Members will introduce Union League Boys & Girls Clubs to internal networks through word of mouth, social media, and/or personal introductions to increase awareness.
Union League Boys & Girls Club - Associate Board - Participation

The Associate Board Council serves as a unique way to get involved with Union League Boys & Girls Clubs, and also serves as a stepping stone for Associate Board membership! By making an annual gift of $150 and joining the Associate Board Council, members get many of the same perks listed above and are on a priority list to join the Associate Board when the space becomes available. Click here to make your gift and join the Council today!


President: Cali Tonnesen

1st Vice President: Dylan Reynolds

2nd Vice President: Jordan Sacks

Secretary: Luke Bernardi


Rebecca Benson, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Catherine Bernardi

Luke Bernardi, Origami Risk

Matthew Bernardi, Bernardi Securities Inc.

Thomas Bernardi, Bernardi Securities Inc. 

Nick Brant, Balyasny Asset Management

Nicholas Burandt, Honigman LLP

Christopher Campagna, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Rachel Cohen, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Jenna Coyne, First Tee – Greater Chicago

Henry Del Cid

Alexis Derrow, Capital One

Emily Durkin, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Alex Forloine, Mars

Mike Hill, DaVita Kidney Care

Christopher Hirst, Chapman 

Margaret Jahn, Habitat for Humanity Chicago

Courtney Janza, Grainger

Andrew Jones

Petya Kaloferova, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Nate Kinsella, Focal Point, LLC

Royce Lauer, Sprout Social, Inc. 

Greg Lindgren, American Commercial Bank & Trust

Chris Lucaci-Oprea, Options Clearing Corporation (OCC)

Marco Martino, EMD Serono

Sean Bell McDermott, MikMak

Carolyn Meintsma, Sientra, Inc. 

Alex O’Connor

Elizabeth Ogunti, JBT Corporation

George Persekian, Wipfli

Luis Pinedo, Rush Street Interactive

Dylan Reynolds, CIBC US

Erica Rickey, IQ-EQ

Alex Rivera, The Salem Group

Kevin Rosenberg, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Lindsey Rosenfield, Linx

Nate Ruben, Northwestern Mutual

Jordan Sacks, Gelber Group LLC

Mark Saran, Samsonian Ventures

Brett Scheive, White Lodging Services

Autumn Schutz, FLEETCOR

David Spalding, ALDI USA

Todd Szerlong, Crum & Forster

William Szura

Cali Tonnesen, The Hackett Group

Kaitlin Ventriglia, Shenkman Capital Management, Inc. 

Jessica Wacker, FundEd Chicago

Jacob Wilkoff, Sidewalk Food Tours


For any questions about joining the Associate Board or Associate Board Council, contact:
Jessica Duhig
Special Events & Marketing Manager