Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy

Co-Chair

Profession: Commercial Real Estate
Member Since: 2015

What I love most about the board is its commitment to support pediatric research with lasting positive impacts on the lives of those who would not otherwise be able to help themselves. Furthermore, with incredibly defined expectations when joining the board, all 70+ board members remain fully engaged throughout their commitment promoting a true sense of giving back to the community and group accomplishment.

Katie Lyons

Katie Lyons

Co-Chair

Profession: Attorney
Member Since: 2016

I joined CRFJB because my dear friend, Casey, was treated at Children's Memorial Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is therefore a cause near and dear to myself and those that miss her every day. Though initially joining the board to give back to such a worthy cause, I have remained actively involved on the executive board because I have made such great friends who share a common love of fundraising and fun!

Lauren Shanley

Lauren Shanley

Vice Chair

Profession: Software Sales
Member Since: 2017

I joined the board because pediatric medicine has always been close to my heart! My parents have both been in the field for over 30 years and while I never felt compelled to pursue medicine as a career, I loved the idea of serving on a board that helped raise money for incredible, unique, and necessary research efforts in pediatric medicine!

Andrea Georgantas

Andrea Georgantas

Treasurer

Profession: Financial Analyst
Member Since: 2017

Nick Rockwell

Nick Rockwell

Operations Chair

Profession: Options Trader
Member Since: 2018

I joined the Children's Research Fund Junior Board because I wanted to get more involved in philanthropic activity and having attended many CRFJB events it seemed like a great way to do so. The one thing that really stood out to me about the board is that we get to vote on then sponsor a specific researcher for a two year period. This allows the board to be involved in a wide variety of causes over time while still being able to see specific progress being done in those individual causes. It only took me one year to realize that joining the board was a great decision and I decided to get more involved by joining the Executive Board!

Jessica Altman

Jessica Altman

Membership Chair

Profession: Event Marketing
Member Since: 2017

Brittany Garlenski

Brittany Garlenski

Education & Outreach Chair

Profession: Epidemiologist/Study Management Associate
Member Since: 2018

CRFJB is so special because we provide our researcher with support for research hours and the outcome of that data may impact the lives of future children. Being on the CRFJB and collaborating with Lurie’s has been a seamless and wonderful experience, one which I hope to help expand throughout the upcoming years.

John Dana

John Dana

Corporate Giving

Profession: Private Banker
Member Since: 2014

I was personally affected by a pediatric illness that struck a family member. I joined the board in order to support fundraising efforts to allow other children to experience the same positive outcome my family experienced.

Brittany Hartwig

Brittany Stevens

Marketing & Communications

Profession: Attorney
Member Since: 2015

I joined the board to devote my spare time to something greater and more important than myself. I love that CRFJB affords me the opportunity to do that in a way that also allows me to see the direct impact of our efforts on the researchers that we fund.

Sasha VanDenBosch

Sasha VanDenBosch

Special Events Co-Chair

Profession: Marketing Consultant
Member Since: 2017

I joined the board in 2017 as a way to give back to the Chicago community. I have always volunteered and donated her time to different children's organizations globally and wanted to be a part of a local organization who makes a difference. The best part about being on the Children's Research Fund Junior Board is hearing the stories of individuals directly affected by the work the researchers do and knowing our time is helping so many children.

Jackie Hartz

Jackie Hartz

Special Events Co-Chair

Profession: Sales Executive
Member Since: 2014

Jon George

Jon George

Cocktails for a Cause Co-Chair

Profession: Management Consulting
Member Since: 2018

I joined the Children's Research Fund Junior Board to continue fighting for the many children and families battling childhood illness, not just at Lurie Children's Hospital, but for children and families all across the country. I love seeing the passion and commitment by our board members to give back in the ways that we do, and seeing everyone come together to support the research and medical advancement at the Stanley Manne Research Institute has been truly inspiring.

Taylor Zentner

Taylor Zentner

Cocktails for a Cause Co-Chair

Profession:
Member Since: 2018

Elizabeth Connor

Elizabeth Connor

Spring Event Co-Chair

Profession:
Member Since: 2018

Erika Katz

Erika Katz

Spring Event Co-Chair

Profession: Kindergarten Teacher
Member Since: 2018