Save the Date for Open Books & Laugh!


On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Laugh Factory, join us for a night of stand-up comedy supporting Open Books’ transformative book granting and literacy programs. Check back for ticket purchasing.

Thank you to everyone who supported and made Make The Case 2017 a huge success! Stay tuned for next year’s announcement!

Thanks to all of you who joined Team Bookin’ It 2017, made a donation towards our fundraising race, and cheered on our runners. We raised almost $19,000 in support of our book granting and literacy programs.

Who We Are:


Executive Committee

Kristi Falzon, Chair

Erika Lowerr, Vice Chair

Abby Hagler, Secretary
Northwestern University

Emily Fox, Treasurer
Johnson Institutional Management


Members At-Large

Lauren Chase
BMO Harris Bank

Anj Danar
Pensions & Investments at Crain Communications

Christine Derck
Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Rica Fils
Empyre Strikes Back LLC

Jenna Friebel
Oak Park Public Library

Abigail Gavrila
Bureau van Dijk

Mary Hale
University of Illinois at Chicago

Cecily Hastings

Lindsay Kaplan
Bernard Zell Day School

Kaitlin Larson
Immaculate Conception – St. Joseph School

Nina Liewehr

Parul Mahajan
Business Analyst

Tyrone Martinez -Black
Collaborative for Academic, Social, Emotional Learning

Adilla Menayang
William Reed Business Media

Daniel Mihalov
Metra Commuter Railroad

Nicole Nemerovski
Chicago Ideas

Rohun Pai
Huron Consulting Group

Jay Phillips
Tribune Media

Michelle Prestidge

Mia Valdez Quellhorst
WITS: Working in the Schools

Laurie Sartain
The Corporation for Interest Rate Management

Stephanie Scott
Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.

The Open Books Associate Board is an energetic group of exciting people who hail from a wide spectrum of occupations and are joined together by a love of literacy. We’re always looking for young professionals from all fields who want to share their time, talents, and connections for the cause! Associate Board Members spread the word about Open Books to their networks, help plan and execute fantastic fundraising events, are willing to make a 2-year commitment, and are comfortable with a $1,000 individual fundraising goal. If these sound like things you can do, we’d love to meet you!

Our info sessions start at 5:30 pm and are held at Open Books West Loop, located at 651 W. Lake. RSVP to a 2018 Info Session:

March 6

June 5

August 28

December 4

The Open Books Associate Board brings on new members on a quarterly basis. To find out more, please contact the Associate Board Executive Committee:[email protected] or attend one of our quarterly info sessions at 651 W Lake St.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN Chicago)’s Associate Board Of The Year 2014