Volunteers make it possible for NIRI Chicago to offer outstanding programs, valuable peer-to-peer conversations – and fun social events, too. Your commitment can be just a few hours every now and then, or you may choose to take on a larger project for professional development or to showcase your abilities to management and peers alike. To volunteer, please contact info@nirichicago.org and/or the chair of one of the committees listed below. We value your participation.

2020 Workshop Committee

Our IR Workshop Committee plans our full-day flagship event, from identifying topics for panel and interactive discussions to recruiting insightful speakers who bring those topics to life. Committee participation also is a great way to get to know other IR officers and give back to your profession. Build your network of thought leaders and fellow IR officers! Contact Chair Shawn Alcaraz, IRC at salcaraz@zebra.com.


Projects may include writing event summaries, case studies, news releases and copy for the Member Connection monthly e-newsletter. Contact Chair Maryellen Thielen at (773) 677-0646 or mtthielen@forestglencomm.com.

Membership and Volunteering

Help recruit and welcome new members and learn about other NIRI Chicago volunteer opportunities. Contact Chair Shep Dunlap at (847) 943-5365 or william.dunlap@mdz.com.


Help develop educational and networking events, including the monthly meetings, interactive breakfasts, mixers and/or special events. Contact Chair Elizabeth R. Allen at (901) 818-7153 or Erallen@Fedex.Com.


In coordination with the VP, Programs, secure sponsorships from vendors, consultants and other service providers to help offset the cost of chapter events. Contact Chair Christine Hanneman at (847) 549-0984 or christinehanneman@gmail.com.

NIRI Chicago Board

Make the most of your NIRI Chicago membership by getting involved. Joining our chapter's leadership can lead to great networking, career development and educational opportunities. Contact Board Chairman Terri Anne Powers at (847) 331-7189 or t.a.powers@att.net.

A warm thank you to our most recent volunteers…

Communications Committee

Maryellen Thielen, Chair, Forest Glen Communications
Warner Boutin, Business Wire
Lisa Ciota, Lead-IR Advisors
Bess Gallanis, Bess Gallanis Inc.
Victor Jendras, Q4
Liz Kluge
Terri Anne Powers
David Prichard

Membership Committee

Shep Dunlap, Chair

2020 IR Workshop

Shawn Alcaraz, IRC, Co-Chair, Zebra Technologies
Jennifer Childe, Co-Chair, CNO Financial
Joe Boutross, LKQ
Kendra Chiprich, American Stock Transfer (AST)
Jeremy Cohen, Edelman
Kevin Kim, Spectrum Brands
Debbie Koopman, Cboe Global Markets
Julie Mathews, Telephone and Data Systems
Samantha Swerdlin, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Maryellen Thielen, Forest Glen Communications
Rainey Wagner, Caterpillar
Kevin White, CDW
Katie Whitmore, FleishmanHillard