Courtesy Nancy Ford

West Suburban PADS today announced the appointment of seven new members to its Board of Directors and the retirement of two members.

The new Board members are:

  • Barry Bennett, Loyola Medical Center
  • Joan Kurtenbach, Rush University
  • Kathleen Clark, retired Attorney
  • Aaron Lebovitz, Infinium Capital Management
  • Steven Nickas, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Samuel Stanovich, National Restaurant Association
  • Karen Tann, Cook County Health & Hospital System

Members who have completed their Board terms are:

  • Sheila Essig, Tomato Mountain
  • Amanda Turner, PhD., Triton College
  • Michaelle VanLinden, The Chamberlain Group

The following slate of officers was elected for the 2013-2014 Board term:

  • Jason Smith, President, The Book Table
  • Jonathan Gilfillan, Vice President, FirstMerit Bank
  • Andrew Maychruk, Treasurer, Talmer Bank & Trust
  • Sallie Smylie, Secretary, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

“The installation of PADS’ 2013-2014 Board of Directors ensures we will continue to benefit from the diversity of experience and perspectives that has characterized our board since West Suburban PADS’ inception in 1992,” said President Jason Smith. “We welcome the new members and look forward to a productive year as we work to care for those faced with the issues of homelessness.”

Members who will continue their terms on the Board of Directors are Steven Bankes; Jenifer Fabian; Sandra Gates; Gloria Groom; Ruxandra Hill; Pat Johnson; Barrington Lopez; Douglas Michaud; Christina Mickens; Anthony Padgett; Sheila Pont; Sally Prescott; and Gardi Wilks.

West Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) exists to serve individuals and families who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, with dignity and respect, through shelter, housing and supportive services. It is the only agency whose purpose is to address immediate housing crisis needs and end homelessness for those we serve. West Suburban PADS offers programming in five areas: shelter, housing, supportive services, employment readiness and prevention. For more information:, and on Twitter @westsubPADS.