2020-2022 Penn State Chicago Board of Directors

Congratulations to the 2020-2022 Penn State Chicago Board of Directors! The new term begins July 1, 2020, and continues through June 30, 2022. WE ARE!

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

President – Richard LaBarbera
rich-headshotRichard graduated from Penn State in 2006 with a degree in Crime, Law, & Justice. Additionally, Richard graduated from the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois. Richard has been the Chapter’s Vice President since early 2020 and has previously served as a Member at Large. Richard is a Detective with the Mount Prospect Police Department.


Vice President – Janelle Ketterer
janelle-headshotJanelle graduated from Penn State in 2013 with degrees in Education & Public Policy, Labor Studies & Employment Relations, and minors in Sociology and IT for Labor Studies. Janelle has served as the Chapter’s Service Chair since 2019. Additionally, Janelle has been a member of the Chicago Chapter for 4 years. Janelle is a Talent Insights Data Scientist at the Brunswick Corporation.


Secretary – Patrick Whalen

patrick-whelan-headshotPatrick graduated from Penn State in 1985 with a degree in Marketing. Patrick attended Penn State at both the Berks and University Park Campuses. Patrick is in his first term as a member of Penn State Chicago. Patrick is a Senior Underwriter with Axis Insurance.
 


 

Treasurer - Lauren Murphy

lauren-murphyLauren graduated from Penn State in 2014 with a degree in Hospitality Management. Lauren has been member of Penn State Chicago for three years and previously served on the Night for the Cure Committee. Lauren is a University Relations, Talent Sourcing Manager with Marriott International.
 


 

CHAIRS

Scholarhip Chair – Bob Nagy

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Bob graduated from University Park in 1983 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He has been a member of Penn State Chicago for 16 years. In that time, he has served as President, Vice President, Scholarship Chair, and Sports Chair.
 


Service Chair – Autumn Paraschos

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Autumn graduated from Penn State 2014 with degrees in Science Marketing and Public Relations. Autumn has previously served on the Night for the Cure Committee. Autumn is a Network Project Manager at Synchrony.
 


Sports Chair - John Wenaas
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John graduated from University Park in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He has been a member of the Chapter for over four decades, serving in various positions including President, Treasurer, Sports Chair, and Member at Large.
 


Student and Parent Interaction Chair - Mark Naidoff

Mark is a 1983 graduate of University Park with a degree in Marketing. Mark joined the Board in July of 2017, serving as a Member at Large and Parent Liaison Director. 

 


MEMBERSHIP EXPERIENCE DIRECTORS

Professional Development Director - Melanie Husk
Melanie graduated from Penn State in 2000 with degrees in Economics and International Business.  melanie-huskMelanie continued her education with the College for Financial Planning, where she became an Accredited Asset Manager and Accredited Wealth Management Advisor.  Melanie previously served on the PSU Chicago Board as the Social Chair from 2015-2018.  Melanie is the President and a Financial Planner with MEL Consulting.


Promotional Director - Jamie Dorbian

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Jamie graduated in 2005 with a degree in Hospitality Management at University Park. His vision is to augment the Chapter’s visibility within the Penn State community while concurrently promoting the mission of the Chapter. Jamie has served as the Chapter's Promotional Director since 2018.


Social Media Director - Dana Wiker

dana-wikerDana graduated from Penn State in 2008 with degrees in Film/Video and Spanish. Dana continued her education with the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design where she earned a degree in Social Media Marketing. Dana is currently employed by Petit Ami & Zubels as a Photographer and is involved in Social Media Marketing.


Watch Party Director – Chris Caswell

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Chris graduated from University Park with degrees in Energy Business and Finance. He has prior board experience with Young Professionals in Energy in Philadelphia, as well as with serving on his fraternity’s alumni housing board. Chris has served on the PSU Chicago Board as Website Administrator since 2018.
 


MEMBERS AT LARGE

Pintu Behera

Pintu is a lifelong supporter of Penn State and has been a Chapter member for 12 years. He has experience serving on the board of directors for the Bear Necessities Cancer Organization, Youth Guidance, and Breakthrough Urban Ministries. Pintu has served as a Member at Large since 2018.
 


Ed Chicoski

edEd graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in Information Sciences and Technology. He has served on the PSU Board of Directors as Service Chair, Vice President, and President. 


Courtney Jackson

courtney-jacksonCourtney graduated from Penn State in 2015 with a degree in Geography. Additionally, Courtney obtained her Masters Degree in Geography from Penn State in 2020. Courtney was a part of the Minnesota Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association prior to moving to Chicago. Courtney is new to the Chicagoland area and recently served as a Graduate Research Assistant at Penn State.


Jack Silverman

jack-silvermanJack graduated from Penn State in 2015 with a degree in Criminology. Jack earned his law degree from Georgetown University in 2020. Jack grew up in the Chicagoland area and recently was employed as a Summer Associate with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
 


John Ventura

john-venturaJohn graduated from Penn State in 2013 with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management.  John recently moved to Chicago from New York City where he was the President of the Penn State Hotel Restaurant Society Alumni Board. John currently is employed as a Service Manager with Convene. 
 


Past President – Caitlin Bencel

cbCaitlin graduated from Penn State in 2007 with Bachelors of Arts degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and Crime Law & Justice. She earned her Master's in Education from Dominican University and teaches Kindergarten in Chicago Public Schools. Caitlin has served on the Penn State Chicago Board of Directors as President, Vice President, and Service Chair.