Ellen's story begins in the great state of Michigan. A Detroit native, she attended the University of Michigan and majored in Communications and Psychology. While business-minded, Ellen is a musician at heart. She played in the Michigan Marching Band for four years in college, which speaks to her killer calves. And while her experience in the mitten state shaped her positive and hard-working attitude, her experience in Chicago has contributed to her many accomplishments.
Ellen is currently a Manager of Planning at Wavemaker, where she has won awards for her work in the advertising industry. She has been the ED for Volunteering Untapped Chicago since April 2018, and is responsible for all the unruly board members on this page. When Ellen isn't #voluntbeering with VU, she's eating at new and trendy restaurants... or listening to the Hamilton album.
Written by Erik Peulicke
She hails from Chicago, yes born & raised. Loves dark beers and rosé. Works at Rotary International in Evanston and feels her calling is nonprofits. When she's not working or drinking, she's volunteering and drinking with VU. She also volunteers with the tutoring program at Chicago Lights and is on the board of the Rotaract Club of Chicago. Her spirit animal is a cat because she can catnap anywhere. She spends her free time fake-booking international trips, and camping/hammocking when the weather allows. If you're visiting any of the following places soon: Chicago, Seattle, Iowa, North Carolina, and Dublin, Ireland - ask her about them, she's lived in all of them!
Written by Bree Wiethorn
And, lo, on the 13th day of February, Erik Peulicke was born. Originally from the golden state of California, Erik decided that warmth did not suit him and decided to trek northward, into the great beyond, to a town called Ann Arbor. There our hero attended the venerable University of Michigan where he became a proud member of the Michigan Marching Band, wooing the ladies with the sweet silky sounds of his saxophone. He graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Communications and is now a BA at communicating things.
Erik currently works as a Manager in Data and Analytics for Digitas in Chicago. He achieved his greatest accomplishment in 2016 when he became a founding board member of Volunteering Untapped Chicago where he is the Director of Marketing. Erik is also an avid food lover--except for ketchup he seriously hates that stuff.
Written by Neil Claracay
Ankit graduated in 2014 from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with a Bachelor's of Business Administration. Currently, he works as a Investment Associate at Deerpath Capital Management. As the Director of Finance for Volunteering Untapped, his responsibilities include maintaining a budget and raising money to support our efforts. Aside from maintaining our budget, Ankit’s most important job for VU Chicago is to bring us some dope beats to our events. Thanks to him, we don’t #voluntbeer in silence!
Written by Theresa Osunero
Theresa is a born and bred Chicagoan, who certainly knows her way around the city. Got a trendy new bar or restaurant you think is "hip" and "under the radar?" Theresa has already been there and can give you a full synopsis of how fun their scene is and how delicious their farm-to-table, small plates are. She attended the University of Illinois, earning her Bachelor's in Community Health, and Rush University, earning her Masters in Health Systems Management. When she's not at the hottest new Chicago spot, Theresa can be found ruling the healthcare world, spending time with friends, or traveling.
Written by Ellen Bernacki
Meredith comes to us from the land beyond Chicago known as Northbrook. She studied advertising at U of I and was super involved in many organizations, including her sorority (Sigma Kappa), Alpha Phi Omega (a service fraternity), Student Alumni Ambassadors, and the Daily Illini (student-run newspaper). Now she works as a Project Manager at Arc Worldwide, a retail agency that is a part of the Leo Burnett Group. AKA everything she ever did in her life leading up to this point has prepared her for the role of VU’s Director of Operations, which she assumed in November 2018. She’s in charge of streamlining communications between volunteers, group leaders, our board, and the organizations we work with, and she puts people in their place to make sure each event runs smoothly. Oh, did someone mention running? Funny, because Meredith enjoys running, biking, and swimming, especially along the Lakeshore path. She even ran a half marathon in Disney World! Wanna talk logistics about VU or life in general? Meredith’s your gal.
Written by Chrissy Swartz
Alex Barrett - Volunteer Relations Coordinator
Craig Belpedio - Multimedia Coordinator
Jen Dilillo - Social Media Coordinator
James Scaglione - Financial Partnerships Coordinator
Ismail Karabulut - Financial Partnerships Coordinator
Chris Dampf - PR Coordinator
Chris Krieps - Financial Partnerships Coordinator
Mike Garai - Financial Partnerships Coordinator
Allister Laurel - Non-Profit Partnerships Coordinator
Mike Logan - Communications Coordinator
Jonny Lozano - Graphic Designer
Lauren Rovin - Non-Profit Partnerships Coordinator
Shelley Sternard - Merchandise Coordinator
Sean Tapia - Head Group Leader
Bree Weithorn - Logistics Coordinator