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Young Professional Board

The Gateway Young Professionals Board, a diverse group of emerging philanthropic leaders in their 20s – 40s, supports Gateway Foundation’s work by raising awareness through friend and fundraising activities. Launched in 2020 in large part through the efforts of its founding co-chair Missy Stella, the Young Professionals Board is open those motivated by Gateway’s mission and are committed to raising awareness and supporting charitable objectives.

Members are expected to attend quarterly board meetings and committee meetings as necessary for event-related planning and YPB operations.  A suggested annual gift of $120 or more can be made in a variety of ways, and members are encouraged to engage their own networks in efforts to support Gateway Foundation.

Interested in joining Gateway Foundation Young Professional Board? Please contact

For more information or to support an event, please contact us at:

  • Gina Shkoukani, Chair,  Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg
  • Kristina Alexander, JLL
  • Corinne Biller, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg
  • Claire Demos Artist + Attorney
  • Charles “Jay” Ghesquiere, Accenture
  • Peter Kuchan, Executive Construction, Inc.
  • Pilar Mendez, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Arielle Townsel, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Chair Emeritus, Missy Stella LaSalle Network


Gina Shkoukani, Charles “Jay” Ghesquiere, Karolina Strack, Peter Kuchan

Learn more about Gateway Foundation and ways to contribute:

Please contact Director of Advancement, Deirdre Harrison CFRE, with any


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If you are interested in making a difference in your community, learning about board participation, and/or expanding your network, please fill out this form and someone from the board will get back to you shortly.

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