The Young Professionals Council

The Young Professionals Council is a diverse group of young professionals who use experience, networks, and resources in the movement toward inclusion and independence for people with disabilities through:

• Youth Mentorship
• Public Education
• State Legislative Advocacy
• Fundraising

Monthly Meetings

When: 6:20pm to 8pm every 3rd Wednesday of the month at

Access Living
115 W Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Monthly Agenda

• 1st half of the meeting is an open discussion regarding a unique disability topic
• 2nd half of the meetings are administrative updates from each chairperson of the group:

(1) President
(2) Youth Mentorship
(3) Membership & Recruitment
(4) Secretary
(5) Social Media
(6) Newsletter

How to Get Involved

1. Fill out the membership form at the next YPC Meeting
2. Suggested $40 dollar yearly donation to Access Living with
a FREE YPC Access Living T-shirt with a donation!
3. Attend monthly YPC meetings
4. Participate in any/all activities you wish!

To receive information about how to become involved, contact Vatonna Dunn at , or 312–640–2117.

Meet the Young Professionals Council
Vatonna Dunn
Development Associate – Marketing and Event Fundraiser
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Ravi Kasi

Co-President, Executive Committee

Ravi Kasi is currently a Resident Physician at RUSH University Medical Center specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR).Learn More
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Alli Luft

Co-President, Executive Committee

Alli Luft is currently an Occupational Therapist with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at the River North Day Rehab location. She works with all population types, pediatrics to geriatrics, facilitating increased functional independence with all activities of life. Learn More

Kelsey Watters

Secretary, Executive Committee

Kelsey Watters is an occupational therapist (OT) who works at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) on the pediatric unit and the adult brain injury unit. Learn More

Caitlin Urbain

Social Media Chair, Executive Committee

Caitlin works at Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL, where she enables data driven decision making on their Enterprise Analytics and Governance team. Learn More

Jenna Heffron

Young Mentorship Chair, Executive Committee

Jenna Heffron is an occupational therapist (OT) and is currently pursuing a PhD in disability studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.Learn More

Kathleen Garvey

Newsletter, Executive Committee

Katie Garvey is an attorney at Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius who first learned about Access Living during law school, through Northwestern Law School’s Disability Law Society. Learn More

Vatonna Dunn

Founder and Staff Liaison

Vatonna received her Bachelors from the University of Michigan in 2006, and her MBA from the University of Illinois in 2011. She currently serves as the Staff Liaison for the Access Living Young Professionals Council.Learn More

Ray Baker

Ray Baker is a teacher working in the Chicago Public Schools. Ray is a high school special education teacher at Lindblom Math and Science Academy on Chicago’s south side. Learn More

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker works as chemistry teacher at Chicago Bulls College Prep, a campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools. Learn More

Joy Bhat

Joy became interested in disability advocacy through her interaction with her patient population many of whom expressed to her the challenges they were facing with their new disability.Learn More

Drew Beres

Drew Beres is a lifelong Chicagoan and first became affiliated with Access Living when he served as the Special Assistant to the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.Learn More

Maria Chapekis

My name is Maria Chapekis and I am a speech-language pathologist, currently working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Learn More

Justin Cooper

My name is Justin Cooper and I’m a filmmaker and artist. I’m currently working on a documentary called The Wheelchair Chronicles and the film focuses on my life in a wheelchair. Learn More

Missy Dappen

Missy joined YPC to increase her knowledge of the services available through Access Living, advocate for changes that can improve the lives of the people she works with daily, and network with other professionals who are passionate about the rights and quality of life of people with disabilities. Learn More

Tara Giuliano

Tara Giuliano currently serves as Marketing Director at Morningstar where she is responsible for leading marketing for institutional products.Learn More

Leigh Juranitch

Leigh is a Chicago-based interior designer with a passion for ADA accessibility and universal design. Learn More
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Jonathan Lira

Jonathan Lira is an analyst at JP Morgan and the Chicago Co-Chair for the bank's business resource group, Access Ability Learn More

Janie Mejias

Janie is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in disability studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.Learn More
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Anne Millheiser

Anne works for Rush University Medical Center, Health and Aging, as Manager of Social Work Services and independently as a yoga therapist. Learn More

Aziza Nassar

Aziza Nassar is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, with a B.S. in Molecular Biology and Chemistry and a Masters in Social Work. She has worked at Access Living since 2012 in different capacitiesLearn More