Young Professional’s board

When Bear Necessities founder Kathleen Casey analyzed the organization’s volunteer base, she saw an opportunity to further the Bear Necessities mission through the energy of Chicago’s young professional community. She contacted a small group of dedicated Bear Necessities volunteers, and together they set into motion the Young Professional’s Board of Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Inc. The common goal was simple: identify emerging community leaders and charge them with delivering the Bear Necessities message to their peers. This group stands ready to raise awareness, generate financial support and extend the Bear Necessities network.


The mission of the Young Professional’s Board of Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is to:

  1. Enhance the efforts of Bear Necessities as it works to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those touched by it.
  2. Build upon and elevate Bear Necessities brand awareness while generating funds and support for the organization.
  3. Develop long-term Bear Necessities leaders.

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Board Members

Taylor Abboushi
Joseph Austria
Aaron Bresinger
Will Canning
Caroline Canning
Breighanna Carey
Matt Damhauser
Anthony Ferrazzuolo
Andrew Freiberg
Lindsay Ganfield
Bri Gonzales
Joseph Groot
Brooke Hall
Greg Hall
Brandon Hamel
Bridgette Higgs

Kelly Jansen
Brenda Kavalerski
Kelly Keyzer
Jessica Kouliev
Laura Leal
Matt Ludwig
Conner Madey
Donnie Manhard
Maclain Mills
Robert Person
Maddie Redding
Will Rumsey
Andrea Scherack
Zach Spoor
Kaitlyn Tartullo
Steve Zisook

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