Associate Board

The Associate Board supports the overall mission and activities of The Night Ministry. Acting as ambassadors of the agency, Associate Board members engage the community through volunteering, fundraising, networking, and advocacy opportunities targeted towards young professionals.

The Associate Board, since its inception in 2012, has committed more than $55,000 to The Night Ministry and its mission to provide housing, health care, and human connection to youth and adults experiencing poverty and homelessness in Chicago. In 2017, the Associate Board raised over $100,000.


Night Lights 2018

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Why Join?

  • Develop your professional and leadership skills and your potential to join a board of directors in the future.
  • Play an active role in engaging other young people in the vital work of The Night Ministry.
  • Network with other passionate philanthropists and professionals in the Chicago area.
  • Gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the nonprofit sector.
  • Have fun with other young professionals in Chicago!

We invite you to be a part of it.


For more information, please see our Description Sheet and By-Laws or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To become an active member, fill out the Interest Form.

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The Associate Board of The Night Ministry for 2018

Executive Committee

  • Travis Schmitz
  • Ashlie LaBranche
    Co-Vice President
  • Steve Lessaris
    Co-Vice President
  • Jonathan Mayo
  • Jason Reaves

Committee Chairs

  • Jenny Lewis-Jones
    Events Committee Co-Chair
  • Logan Wiggins
    Events Committee Co-Chair
  • Benita Sinnarajah
    Night Lights Event Coordinator 
  • Carl Kunda
    Finance Committee Chair
  • Jon Kaehn
    Volunteering & Advocacy Chair
  • Sheida Ahmadzadeh
    Membership Committee Chair
  • Ashley Jordan
    Marketing Committee Chair


Sakina Abu Boakye
Emmanuel Allen
Lucy Amaro
Brandon Bordenkircher
Emily Cripe
Alyssa Nicole Cullinan
Vanessa Farias
Mark Gajeton
Elizabeth J. Geraldi
Erik Gonzalez-Cibrian
Amy Gooden
Helen Grove
R. Carr Harkrader
Melissa Hemzacek
Peter Hu
Jennifer Keefe
Michelle E. McAlister
Catherine McDonald
Chintan Mehta
Ornella Razetto
Sam Ritchey
Shaun Room 
Saumit Sahi
Norma-Jean Simon
Krista L. Throntveit
Lindsay Zimmerman

Night Lights

Night Lights is the Associate Board’s Annual Gala, an evening of philanthropy and fun to benefit The Night Ministry. 

4711 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 | Phone: 773-784-9000