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

Emma Ashurst
Jackson Blanchard
Megan Britton
Will Canning
Maralee Capella
Alexandria Cutrone
Nicolina Falcone
Anthony Ferrazzuolo
Tina Fioretti
Hope Forrester
Sam Frazen
Sophia Gilardone
Hannah Gillis
Fiona Girard
Zach Gloyne
Jon Hechtner
Joe Herr
Emily Jenkins
Brenda Kavalerski
Kelly Keyzer
Kelly Kohl
Jessica Kouliev

JJ Lee
Corey Levin
Ryan Lieberman
Matthew Mahoney
Maclain Mills
Mimi Nary
Molly O’Neill
Frank Parise
Alec Pearson
Paulina Perkaus
Alexis Siurek
Matthew Touhy
Andrew Touhy
Anastasia Verven
Mariah Vichich
Ryan Walton
Jack Waters

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