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
  • Emily Wurth – Vice Chair
  • Tom Carroll – Secretary
  • Rachael Dogin
  • Craig Garner
  • Douglas Hoffman
  • John Hollman, Clerk of the House, IL General Assembly
  • Chris Kirk
  • Bob Maroney
  • Suzanne Whitehead
  • Rep. Kathleen Willis

Program Board:

  • Suzanne Whitehead – Chair
  • Diane DeLorenzo – Vice Chair
  • Katie Bassett
  • Emily DePasquale
  • Tonia Faloon-Sullivan
  • Susan Fuhrer
  • Jeanne Hamacher
  • Kelly Kasper
  • Mary Kettering
  • Karl Kosche
  • Brandon Krozel
  • Jennifer Lacroix
  • Robert Lampros
  • Matt Livesay
  • John Powell
  • Jeff Ptacek
  • Jeff Sichz
  • Kelli Tufo
  • Sara Youssef
  • 2021 Youth Governor, David Surzykiewicz
  • 2021 Youth Chief Justice, Thomas Musgrave


Julie KapschProgram Director