Learn more below.

The National Runaway Safeline depends on the support of our board, volunteers, donors and our associate board. This diverse group of young professionals between the ages of 25 and 35 is dedicated to build NRS’ network and increase visibility.

These young people are interested in helping youth in crisis by spreading the word about our work. They are ambassadors for NRS, connecting us to other like-minded people that wish to contribute to a worthy cause. Their enthusiasm and talents help NRS reach potential supporters.

The associate board hosts several events a year to help support NRS, and participates in our annual Spirit of Youth fundraiser. The work done by the associate board is important but is also fun and a great opportunity for networking.

Learn more about some of the members of our associate board below:

National Runaway Safeline Associate Board Member Alexandra Grace

Name: Alexandra Grace

Occupation: Solution Consultant, Not-for-Profit ERP.

How long have you been an associate board member? 7 months.

What about NRS made you want to join the associate board? NRS serves a community that is at a vulnerable age where it is so critical to feel a sense of safety, comfort, and hope. I wanted to make an impact and help broadcast that important mission.

What is your favorite bar in Chicago? The Charleston. It’s such a cozy neighborhood bar!

Who is your favorite music artist? The Grateful Dead.

Where is your favorite place to vacation? Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

National Runaway Safeline Associate Board Member Ben Papale

Name: Ben Papale

Occupation: REALTOR® and Army National Guard.

How long have you been an associate board member? Since mid last year.

What about NRS made you want to join the associate board? I believe in and love volunteering at NRS. Wanted to get involved beyond being a Liner.

What is your favorite bar in Chicago? Friar Tuck on Broadway in Lakeview.

What is your favorite neighborhood in Chicago? Lakeview.

Who is your favorite music artist? I couldn’t pick one. I have different artists/genres I listen to depending on what I’m doing. The album I listen to most is O Mio Babbino Caro (Italian soprano Arias).

Do you have/want any pets? I have a Bluetick Coonhound I rescued as a puppy and two freshwater aquariums.

Where is your favorite place to vacation? I can’t pick just one — my favorite vacations have been Portland, OR; Montreal; Paris; and a cottage on a secluded lake in northern Michigan.

National Runaway Safeline Associate Board Member Kate Brickman

Name:  Kate Brickman

Occupation:  Sales.

How long have you been an associate board member?:  1 year.

Favorite Chicago bar:  Cortland’s Garage.

Favorite neighborhood:  Bucktown.

Favorite musical artists: Jack White and Reignwolf.

Favorite place to vacation:   Charleston, SC.

Do you have/want any pets? I own a mini Goldendoodle named Teddy
“Upon moving to Chicago in the fall of 2015, I was compelled to volunteer with the National Runaway Safeline and ultimately join its Associate Board. I am passionate about working on behalf of an agency whose sole purpose is to advocate for the needs of homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth, for I believe that we as a society have a moral imperative to take care of those who cannot take care of themselves.”

National Runaway Safeline Associate Board Member Seth Steinman

Name: Seth Steinman

Occupation: Digital Marketing for Attorneysync.

How long have you been an associate board member? Since the beginning!

What about NRS made you want to join the associate board? The mission and the people.

What is your favorite bar in Chicago?  Chicago Athletic Association – anywhere with shuffleboard & a full size bocce ball court can’t be beaten!

Who is your favorite music artist? Not sure if it counts, but Lin Manuel Miranda is a lyrical genius.

Where is your favorite place to vacation?  Anywhere I’ve never been before, but water & snow activities are always a plus!

National Runaway Safeline Associate Board Member Jenna Sapir

Name: Jenna Sapir

Occupation: Sr. Analyst at West Monroe Partners.

How long have you been an associate board member? About 2 years.

What about NRS made you want to join the associate board? My mom has been a liner and a board member at NRS for many years and was my inspiration to get involved.

What is your favorite bar in Chicago? DryHop (in Lakeview).

Do you have/want any pets? I wish I had a French Bulldog puppy.

Where is your favorite place to vacation? Mexico

National Runaway Safeline Associate Board Member Courtney Calero

Name: Courtney Calero

Occupation: Volunteer Resources Coordinator at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

How long have you been an associate board member? Since January 2017.

What about NRS made you want to join the associate board? I’ve been a volunteer liner at NRS for a little over a year, and in that much time, I have developed a deep sense of affinity to the organization and the dedicated staff and volunteers who are transforming the lives of young people in need with every phone call they answer, every email they send, and every message they reply to. I just thought, if there is any way I can do more to support this place, I definitely want to do it.

What is your favorite bar in Chicago? I don’t have a favorite bar, but I do have a favorite coffeehouse- Heritage Outpost- does that count? 😉

What is your favorite neighborhood in Chicago? My neighborhood! Uptown!!!!

Do you have/want any pets? I have the world’s cutest and sassiest Yorkie, named Fella.

National Runaway Safeline Associate Board Member Andy Mau

Name: Andy Mau

Occupation: Financial Advisor.

How long have you been an associate board member? Since Inception…2014?

What about NRS made you want to join the associate board?  Doing the small things to potentially make a huge difference in someone’s life. Also, being around awesome people who are doing awesome things!

What is your favorite bar in Chicago? Anywhere with great happy hour specials!

Do you have/want any pets? I’m a dog lover, but unfortunately, I do not have my own furry friend. 🙁

Where is your favorite place to vacation? Anywhere new! But Switzerland was breathtaking and is my recommendation for anyone looking for somewhere to go!

National Runaway Safeline Associate Board member Gwen Clancy

Name: Gwen Clancy

Occupation: Therapist

How long have you been an associate board member: Since April 2014.

What about NRS made you want to join the associate board? I worked at NRS for almost 6 years and wasn’t ready to completely cut ties when I moved on to new employment. I believe in the mission of NRS and wanted to continue supporting it in any way that I could.

What is your favorite bar in Chicago: Norse Bar.

Do you have any pets: I have a very energetic lab mix, Tyrion.

What is your favorite place to vacation: I love to travel so it’s hard to pick but Las Vegas or anywhere overseas. 

We thank our associate board for their support and service!

 

NRS is always looking for committed young professionals to join the associate board. For more information or to apply, please contact:

Katy Walsh
National Runaway Safeline
3141 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
kwalsh@1800RUNAWAY.org

No phone calls, please.

The National Runaway Safeline is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for positions without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, citizenship, veteran/reserve/national guard status, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religious creed, or medical condition or any other similarly protected status. We also comply with all applicable laws governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of unlawful criteria.

 

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