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Young professionals sharing a commitment

Raising Center for Independent Futures’ profile in the community while raising funds for worthy programs.

Auxiliary Board

The Auxiliary Board is a group of young professionals who raise funds and awareness for Center for Independent Futures' mission. Since 2006, the Auxiliary Board has planned SPARK, our largest fundraiser, and social and awareness-building events designed to engage a broader audience with our community and vision. To learn more about the Auxiliary Board and how to join, contact us at center@independentfutures.com. 

Sarah Armour

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 jjslist.com, an Evanston-based non-profit that spreads disability awareness to businesses and beyond. Sarah has a member of the Center for Independent Futures community since 2010 and formerly served as a member of the Advisory Council. 

Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris

A start-up enthusiast and travel junkie, Samantha brings to the board experience in event management, business development, and marketing. Since earning her bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she has worked as an event planner and supported the operations and strategy of several start-ups. Samantha currently works as an account executive at Michigan Avenue magazine.
Elizabeth Male

Elizabeth Male

Elizabeth is an alumna of Northwestern University, where she enjoyed getting to know the Evanston community through volunteering opportunities. Elizabeth joined the staff of Center for Independent Futures in 2013 to support the development, marketing, and administrative teams. She runs for and coordinates Center for Independent Futures’ Bank of America Chicago Marathon team and serves on the Auxiliary Board to become further involved in this inclusive community.
Matt Palmore

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 Auxiliary 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.
Jake Rohde

Jake Rohde

Born in Chicago and raised in Evanston, Jake has dedicated himself to giving back to his community. After earning a degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Jake began volunteering at Evanston Township High School, where he has served as an assistant football coach for over five years. As a member of both the Center for Independent Futures staff and Auxiliary Board, Jake is excited to be a part of an organization that supports individuals’ full, independent lives.
Jackie Ross

Jackie Ross

Jackie holds a Master of Science in teaching and taught special education for four years in New York City. She returned home to Chicago to attend law school at Loyola University, in preparation for a career of providing legal representation to children and young adults with disabilities. Jackie, who received her undergraduate degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University, is excited to support Center for Independent Futures in its important mission.  

Bridget Samuels

Bridget Samuels

Bridget was inspired to get involved with Center for Independent Futures because her sister is a participant in a similar program in their hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and she has seen how an organization full of passionate and energetic members can change the lives of people with disabilities. Bridget works for Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

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Lindsay Tonyan

Lindsay Tonyan

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Upcoming Events & Activities

    04/28/17

    SPARK

    Hilton Orrington 6:30p to 11p

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Save the Date for SPARK 2017

On Friday, April 28, Center for Independent Futures hosts SPARK, our signature spring event, at the Hilton Orrington in downtown Evanston. Read More »