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Young Professionals Board

The Young Professionals Board is a group of young professionals who raise funds and awareness for Center for Independent Futures’ mission. As part of our Young Professionals Board, members join a committee that aligns with their interests and strengths, including recruitment, finance, event planning, and development.

Since 2006, the Young Professionals Board has planned SPARK, our largest fundraiser, and hosted social events to engage a broader audience with our community. To learn more about the Young Professionals Board and how to join, contact us at eswift@independentfutures.com.

Molly Bulger, Chair

Molly Bulger, Chair

Molly graduated from Butler University with her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2019. Since graduating, Molly has worked primarily with adolescents with disabilities. Molly joined the CIF team in 2021, she is now working as a Certification Class Instructor, My Full Life Consultant, and the CIF support person for Evanston Township High School. Molly is extremely passionate about helping people with disabilities achieve their fullest potential.

 

Sarah Armour

Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. She is a passionate self-advocate who strives to educate her community about disability awareness. Currently, Sarah works as the Business Assistant at JJ’s List, an Evanston-based non-profit that spreads disability awareness to businesses and beyond. Sarah has been a member of the Center for Independent Futures community since 2010 and formerly served as a member of the Advisory Council.

 

Alex Finnegan

Alex earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Loras College and his master’s at DePaul University. While pursuing his CPA studies, Alex is working as a staff auditor at the accounting firm Prado & Renteria. Alex strives to make a difference in society by working to give people opportunities to contribute to their communities. He enjoys supporting Center for Independent Futures to help individuals with disabilities expand their networks and learn valuable skills.

 

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Elizabeth LaChapelle

Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University. She was active with IU Dance Marathon in support of Riley Children’s Hospital and raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. As a Human Resources Generalist for Peapod Digital Labs, Elizabeth enjoys helping individuals find fulfilling careers while developing new skills. Elizabeth‘s brother-in-law, Matthew, receives support from Center for Independent Futures, and she is excited to support an organization so important to her family.

 

Participant award winner Matthew LaChapelle poses for portrait with hand on chin in front of teal background.

Matthew LaChapelle

There are many things that are important to Matthew as a Young Professionals Board member. He is very excited to be a person on the board with Down Syndrome who can help advocate for all people with disabilities, showing his strengths and skills. I look forward to using my connections to help fundraise for Independent Futures, work as a team, plan fundraising events, and meet new people.

 

Julie Miller, Life Skills Tutor

Julie Miller

Julie received her Masters of Social Work from Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2021. Being involved with the disability community on a deeply personal level, it has always been her goal to deliver the service to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities that she did not receive. Her work revolves around a person-centered and strengths-based practice, bringing out the participants’ best features to support them in facing whatever challenges may arise.

 

Matt Palmore

Matt graduated from the Professional Assistance Center for Education (P.A.C.E. Program) at National Louis University in 2005 and has served on the Center for Independent Futures Young Professionals Board since 2008. Matt currently works at Recycling Avenue, a not-for-profit organization that recycles small electronics. Matt lives in Evanston and is an active member of the community.

 

Alexandra Swift

Alexandra earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 2015. She then started her career in Boston as a data analyst. Alexandra is passionate about empowering individuals to enact lasting change in their communities. While in Boston, Alexandra became a founding board member of the non-profit political action group Indivisible Somerville. She recently moved back to the Chicago area and is thrilled to be more involved with Center for Independent Futures.

 

Adam smiles at past Something's Cooking fundraiser

Adam Wiser

Adam graduated from the P.A.C.E. Program in 2008, and has been part of Independent Futures since 2012. He currently works at Nordstrom Cafe, and has been employed there for ten years.  Adam is excited to participate on the Young Professionals Board and spread awareness of the wonderful programs that Independent Futures offers to help individuals live independently.

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