Get Involved

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 and/or the chair of one of the committees listed below. We value your participation.

2021 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


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

Membership and Volunteering

Help recruit and welcome new members and learn about other NIRI Chicago volunteer opportunities. Contact Chair Jeremy Cohen  at (312) 774-2420 or


Help develop educational and networking events, including the monthly meetings, interactive breakfasts, mixers and/or special events. Contact Chair Barbara Noverini at (312) 696-6164 or


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

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 Victor Jendras (312) 720-1885 or

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

Jeremy Cohen, Edelman, Chair
Shawn Alcaraz, IRC, Adtalem Global Education

2021 IR Workshop

Rainey Wagner, Co-Chair, Caterpillar Inc.
Shawn Alcaraz, IRC, Co-Chair, Adtalem Global Education
Robert Cherry, Methode Electronics
Karen Fletcher, Illinois Tool Works (ITW)
Jeff Myers, NYSE
Elizabeth Saha, Littelfuse Inc
Hunter Stenback, Edelman
Stacie Selinger, GCM Grosvenor Inc.
Maryellen Thielen, Forest Glen Communications
Heather Wietzel, Horace Mann