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Anna Laubach Headshot Anna Laubach joined AFC’s Board in 2008. She joined The McCormick Foundation in 2008 and is the Director of Special Initiatives. In this role, she leads special projects for the foundation including overseeing the foundation’s work on violence reduction and criminal justice reform, and a national initiative to address unmet mental health needs of returning veterans and their families. She previously served on the board of Thresholds and has served on several committees and advisory groups addressing violence and public safety, mental health and wellness in the city. 
Anthony Bruck Headshot Anthony Bruck joined AFC’s Board in 1992. He has worked in banking, computer graphics, and most recently, in the futures industry. Since 1996, he has been employed as a computer programmer, designing and coding proprietary programs for futures trading.  
Chad Thompson Chad Thompson joined AFC’s Board in 2013. He is the Executive Director of Finance and Operations for Lyceum Leadership Consulting and oversees day-to-day operations in several key areas of the organization, including finance, human resources, facilities and information technology. He has over fifteen years of financial management experience in the financial services and consulting industries. Chad also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Housing and Health and serves as the organization’s Treasurer. 
Craig Johnson Headshot Craig Johnson joined AFC’s Board in 2017 and is chair of the Policy & Advocacy Committee. As a Group Manager for the Minority Affairs Section and the Board of Trustees’ Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues at the American Medical Association, he works with physicians on matters of health policy, member education and engagement strategy, as well as group governance and administration. Before joining the AMA, Craig held positions with Rush University Medical Center, the American Bar Association, the University of Chicago and The George Washington University.   
Ernie Rodriguez Ernie Rodriguez, EdD joined AFC’s Board in 2006. He works as a key account manager for EMD Serono Inc. and previously served as a Community Liaison for Gilead Sciences covering the greater Chicago area as well as Indianapolis and Western Michigan. Overall, Ernie has worked in the HIV field since 1993. He has served on and chaired the Grantmaking and Governance Committees and served on the Strategic Planning Committee. He has also served on the Executive Committee as the Vice Chair and Secretary. He is currently active on the Fund Development Committee. 
Esteban Rodriguez Headshot Esteban Rodriguez joined AFC’s Board in 2019. He has over 13 years of nonprofit experience, particularly in criminal justice, youth, education, safety, housing and health. Today, he is the Director of Programs and Services at Northwest Side Housing Center. Previously, he led a sexual health program that lowered teen pregnancy rates, provided HIV testing and counseling, and served a predominantly Latinx community.  
Gary Beringer Headshot Gary B. Beringer, Dr. P. H. joined AFC’s Board in 2016. He is a neuroepidemiologist and research methodologist in private practice. His career spans more than forty years and includes serving as tenured faculty of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and leading evaluation and planning for the Westchester County (New York) Health Department. Today, Gary is Principal/CEO of Beringer & Associates, a firm involved in litigation support of civil and criminal matters. He is also Senior Researcher of Abbate Group, Ltd. He is a Fellow of ADA25 Advancing Leadership, a program and designed to connect members with opportunities for civic leadership throughout the Chicago region. 
Geof Brown Headshot Geof Brown joined AFC’s Board in 2018. He is the chief executive officer of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). In this role, he is responsible for the association’s strategic direction, external relations, and ensuring its operational success. He has worked in the association management industry since 2000. He is also a member of the Association Forum of Chicagoland and the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values. 
Ben Stringfellow Headshot J. Ben Stringfellow joined AFC’s Board in 2009. He is a Managing Director in the Strategic Communication Practice at CRA. In this role, he advises leaders and teams on how to use communication to drive results, build credibility and advance relationships that matter most. Prior to joining CRA, he spent 16 years in various leadership roles at McDonald’s from communications to operations. 
Jon Paul Valadez Headshot Jon Paul Valadez joined AFC’s Board in 2019. He is a director at Kivvit, where he works on policy issues at the city and state levels. Previously, Jon Paul served as the regional coordinator for the Office of the Speaker of Illinois’ House of Representatives. He has worked closely with legislators who championed bills that were part of the AFC's policy agenda in Springfield. 
Janet Lin Headshot Janet Lin joined AFC’s Board in 2019. Janet currently works as a physician in the emergency department and cares for a variety of patients with different socio-economic backgrounds and who are disproportionately vulnerable to HIV. She is a professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago’s College of Medicine and an Affiliate Professor of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. Janet also leads Project HEAL, which stands for HIV/HCV testing, Education, Awareness and Linkage to care. She is also a board member and the immediate past president of the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians and a board member of Med Global. 
Jeff Green Headshot Jeff Green joined AFC’s Board in 2010. He is the Chief Financial Officer at Adler University, the oldest independent graduate school of psychology in North America. Jeff is responsible for finance, accounting, human resources, business operations, and student finance. Jeff brings more than 30 years of experience in financial management, including 20 years of executive experience as a CFO working in higher education, manufacturing and distribution. 
Joe Stokes Joe Stokes joined AFC’s Board in 1989. He is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Among other accomplishments, Joe has received federal grants totaling over six million dollars for research related to sexual behavior and HIV and to the evaluation of programs designed to reduce rates of infection with HIV. As a consultant, Joe has worked for 25 years to develop managerial talent, design and deliver effective training, and improve interpersonal communication and selling skills. In retirement, Joe spends time on competitive bridge — playing, teaching and coaching. He is the Coordinator of Junior Programs for the United States Bridge Federation. 
Kevin Lamarr James Kevin Lamarr James joined AFC’s Board in 2017. He is a sociologist with specialization in race, ethnicity and gender. Kevin currently oversees service-learning partnerships for the UIC Sociology Senior Capstone, where he works with community-based organizations to provide real-world projects for students to practice their skills and prepare for their career. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Village Leadership Academy and is a 2016 Fellow of the Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Program. 
Kuliva Wilburn Kuliva Wilburn joined AFC’s Board in 2015. Kuliva is CEO of Wilburn Strategic Solutions, a consulting firm providing support for the for-profit and nonprofit sectors at the leading edge of social impact. Before launching her own firm, Kuliva worked as a health care consultant with Health Management Associates, served as a Senior Program Officer (for Health) at The Chicago Community Trust, served as a Manager of Planning and Development at ACCESS Community Health Network. She is currently a Doctoral student in the DrPH Division at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. 
Lance Glass Lance Glass joined AFC’s Board in 2018. He is the Manager of Cost Accounting for Luster Products. Previously, he served as Vice President of Finance for There is a Need, a nonprofit he cofounded to support the African American community to combat HIV/AIDS. There is a Need developed programs to help individuals with all their needs, including everything from medical to shelter. He also works as the chairperson of the men’s chorus at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where he manages the daily operations of this $60,000 ministry area. 
Larry Giddings Headshot Larry Giddings joined AFC’s Board in 2001. Larry works as a real estate broker and holds memberships in National Association of Realtors and Chicago Association of Realtors. He has also provided consultation services to several emerging nonprofits — helping them refine their goals and mission, form boards of directors, and implement fundraising plans with an emphasis on special events. 
Lori Kaufman Headshot Lori Kaufman joined AFC’s Board in 1989. She served as the President of the Board of Directors from 1993 to 1996; she currently serves on the Executive Committee and is the Chair of Fund Development. Lori also serves as a Life Trustee for Francis W. Parker School, an honorary board member of MARWEN, and as a board member of The Women’s Board of the University of Chicago. As an art dealer in River North from 1973 to 1993, she was a member of the Chicago Art Dealers Association and member of the Art Dealer’s Association of America.  
Mary Pounder Headshot Mary Pounder joined AFC’s Board in 2018. She serves as the Program Director at the Comer Family Foundation. Here, she directs the grant making and relationship management for the organization and collaborates with over 180 non-profits to make a lasting impact on the lives of individuals and communities throughout Chicago and nationwide. She has a distinct dedication to harm reduction among people who inject drugs and expresses her commitment to equity and justice as a Committee Member of Human Rights Watch.  
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Nan Silva joined AFC’s Board in 2016. She currently serves as Program Director at Community Memorial Foundation, where she has worked since 1999. She has worked in philanthropy for 25 years; prior to that, Nan worked in the nonprofit and academic research arenas, including the fields of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS risk reduction in women and adolescents, teen pregnancy prevention, smoking cessation, and behavioral health. She has served on the boards of Chicago Women in Philanthropy, Heartland Alliance-Heartland Health Outreach, the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention, and the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health. 
Paris Mullen Headshot Paris Mullen joined AFC’s Board in 2018. He is a Community Liaison for Merck. In this role he provides capacity building support for case managers and other allied health professionals who serve communities living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C. He is also the CEO and founder of Hope for US (parismullen.org). This organization is dedicated to developing hope and self-worth for individuals dealing with psychological, spiritual and emotional challenges of living with trauma. 
Paula Friedman Headshot Paula D. Friedman joined AFC’s Board in 2012. She has practiced law for over 22 years as a member of the Illinois and Maryland Bar Associations. Most recently, Paula has worked for Keck, Mahin & Cate and DLA Piper. Throughout the bulk of her career, Paula’s has concentrated her practice on complex commercial litigation. Paula serves as a member of several boards including the Women’s Board of the University of Chicago, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and Chicago Dancers United.   
Robert Neubert Robert Neubert joined AFC’s Board in 2005. A twenty-year veteran of Chicago’s party and event planning scene, Robert is director of catering sales for the Hilton Chicago, home to many of the city’s most celebrated bashes. Inducted in to Biz Bash Magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2009, Robert serves on the Board of Directors of the Catering Executive’s Club of America (CEC) as well as the Chicago Advisory Board of Biz Bash Magazine. He is also active with Dance For Life, the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association and Equality Illinois.  
Terri Friel Headshot Terri Friel joined AFC’s Board in 2012 and is the current Board chair. She is a seasoned professional engineer who currently advises startup companies and teaches graduate courses in Supply Chain Management at Capella University. Terri has extensive experience in strategy development, creative problem solving, optimizing costs and operations and new project development. She is also a venerable expert on nonprofit boards, having been a part of the Boardroom Bound Boardology Institute, served as a Federal Baldrige Examiner, and participated in boards leading the Executives Club of Chicago, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and others. She is also an active participant in TEAM TO END AIDS, an endurance event fundraising team supporting AFC. 
Tom Sondergeld Headshot Tom Sondergeld joined AFC’s Board in 2018. He is the Vice President of Global HRIS, Benefits & Mobility for Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). Tom has directed employee benefits for over 20 years. He has spoken at many local and national events on topics ranging from benefit plan design, wellness integration and on-site health centers. He is currently the past Chair for Midwest Business Group on Health and serves on the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) Board. 
Tony Tintinalli Headshot Tony Tintinalli joined AFC’s Board in 2018. He has had a very successful career in banking since 1998. He currently works for BMO Harris Bank as the Regional President for Chicago North. Previously, Tony served as Regional Vice President for Toronto Downtown, which is the largest retail banking market in Canada.
Yusef Garcia Yusef García joined AFC’s Board in 2019. For more than 10 years, Yusef has actively contributed to a more vibrant Chicago region. As Vice President of Development & Communications at Forefront, Yusef and his team activate stakeholders and deepen relationships through cultivating collaborative partnerships. Yusef previously led institutional fundraising and engagement strategies for organizations focused on public media, arts and culture, and human services. Yusef serves as chair of the Chicago History Museum’s OUT at CHM initiative and is a committee member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Faces of Philanthropy luncheon.