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Young Professional Board

The Gateway Young Professional Board, a diverse group of emerging philanthropic leaders in their 20s and 30s, supports Gateway Foundation’s mission and work by raising awareness and organizing friend and fundraising activities throughout the year. Launched in 2020 in large part through the efforts of its founding chair Missy Stella, the Young Professional Board is currently concentrated in Chicagoland, but is open to all and hoping in time for leadership and interest to emerge in other communities where Gateway is active.

Prospective members should be motivated by Gateway Foundation’s mission, committed to the awareness and fundraising objectives of the Young Professional Board, and willing to commit time to fulfilling membership expectations.  Members are expected to attend quarterly board meetings and various committee meetings necessary for event-related planning and YPB operations, and to give an annual gift of $120 or more.

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

Charles “Jay” Ghesquiere, Secretary/Treasurer

Kristina Alexander, Events Chair

  • Corinne Biller
  • Kelly Curtis
  • Mike Hill
  • Peter Kuchan
  • Pillar Mendez
  • Karolina Strack
  • Chair Emeritus, Missy Stella

Learn more about Gateway Foundation and ways to contribute:

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