Maywood, IL – West Suburban PADS announced today the launch of an Associate Board, comprised of an innovative group of young professionals who are committed to furthering the friend-raising and fundraising efforts of West Suburban PADS.

The Associate Board’s first project was to design a “friend-raising and fund-raising” event that would appeal to young professionals and West Suburban PADS’ 5,000-strong support base. The result: “The Amazing Raise. A scavenger hunt to end homelessness.” The event will take place Saturday, October 18 from 3 to 7 p.m., beginning and ending at Moe’s Cantina (155 W. Kinzie St., Chicago). 

“The launch of the Associate Board is an exciting step for West Suburban PADS, and will be an important part of our strategy to engage more people in our mission to end homelessness,” said Executive Director Lynda Schueler. “The members of the Associate Board have made an impressive commitment to solving homelessness. We look forward to a year of new connections and new opportunities.”

The Associate Board members are:

  • Carmen Jaeger, President, JPMorgan Chase

  • Christine Gilfillan, Vice President, United Home Loans

  • Lauren Schwartz, Membership, Maddock Douglas

  • Stefanie Bassler, Arlington Heights Memorial Library

  • Saakshi Beri, Wells Fargo

  • Natalie Bisaro, Wilks Communications

  • Amy Keating, St. Laurence High School

  • Megan Troppito, Loyola University Chicago

  • Laura Ullman, BMO Harris




West Suburban PADS’ mission is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. It is the only social service provider in west Cook County with a comprehensive, long-term solution for helping individuals and families end their homelessness.  For more information:,,  @westsubPADS on Twitter and

Join the discussion on social media!