Illinois YMCA Youth and  Government Boards

Illinois YMCA Youth and Government is led by the Board of Directors and the Program Board. The members are Youth and Government alumni, past Governors, Chief Justices, Presiding Officers, and former and present advisors and individuals who believe in this program and the impact it has on our students. By providing governance and guidance, delivering the program, and working to ensure the fiscal well-being of the program, these Boards provide Illinois YMCA Youth and Government with a wealth of experience and leadership.

Board of Directors:

  • Anne Schaeffer – Chair
  • Rachael Dovgin – Vice Chair
  • Kathleen Willis – Secretary
  • Tom Carroll
  • Matt Donkin
  • Phillip Garee
  • Craig Garner
  • Heidi Hockberger
  • Emily Kirk
  • Robert Lampros
  • Amanda Tucker
  • Dominque Tucker

Program Board:

  • Robert Lampros – Chair
  • Suzanne Lyons- Vice Chair
  • Emily DePasquale
  • Tonia Faloon-Sullivan
  • Susan Fuhrer
  • Jeanne Hamacher
  • Colby Huff
  • Kelly Kasper
  • Karl Kosche
  • Brandon Krozel
  • Jennifer Lacroix
  • Robert Lampros
  • Matt Livesay
  • Zachary McCoy Brock
  • John Powell
  • Jeff Ptacek
  • Jeff Sichz
  • Kelli Tufo
  • Sara Youssef
  • 2024 Youth Governor, Emerson Zhang
  • 2024 Youth Chief Justice, Saniya Desai


Amy Plummer, CEO

Julie Kapsch, Program Director

Amy Plummer

Julie Kapsch
Program Director