The 2020 Apra-IL Board
From our programming to resources, identity to strategic direction, the volunteer board and committees drive Apra-IL.
Kathryn Thomas | President
Kathryn has served as Apra-IL Director of Membership & Marketing since 2017. In that role, she has taken responsibility for the monthly member e-mails and has updated and maintained the Apra-IL website. For the past year, she's also been in charge of Apra-IL's social media presence.
Peter Kotowski | Vice President
Term(s): 1/2018-12/2019 & 1/2020-12/2021
Peter has served as Apra-IL Vice President for two years and will continue in this role through 2021. As VP, he has assisted in the planning and implementation of Apra-IL's spring and fall events, working to ensure our members receive quality programming.
He works as an Assistant Director, Prospect Management and Research at Loyola University Chicago where he also teaches part-time in the Department of History.
Peter is excited to work with our new board members to provide great events this coming year!
Amy Tibbs | Secretary
Term(s): 6/2018-12/2019 & 1/2020-12/2021
Amy has served as Secretary for nearly two years (she took over for the previous Secretary who left following a career change) and will continue in this role through 2021. As Secretary, Amy keeps Board meeting minutes and assists in countless ways planning and executing events. Her positive personality keeps the Board on their toes.
Kara Mehrkens | Treasurer pro tem
Kara has been an Apra-IL member for several years and serves on the Apra Great Lakes 2020 Finance Committee.
Julia Dimick | Director of Marketing
Julia has been an Apra-IL member since 2017 when she moved from Wisconsin to Chicago. In that time, she's attended several Apra-IL events and was excited to be asked to join the board!
Teresa Liu | Director of Membership
Teresa has been an Apra-IL member since 2017. Teresa is the Associate Director of Prospect Management at the Art Institute of Chicago. In her role at AIC, Teresa facilitates the movement of prospects, monitors the pipeline of proposals, and delivers forecasting and analytics to major gift officers.
The strength of APRA-IL lies in our volunteers. Members are encouraged to participate and help make APRA-IL a great resource and community for all of us. Ask us how you can get involved!
We have three primary committees responsible for APRA-Illinois' strategy, programming, and growth.
Finance & Governance
Under the leadership for the Treasurer, The Finance and Governance Committee provides strategic guidance to APRA-IL relating to financial and legal matters. The committee manages our finances (budget, taxes) and our bylaws, best practices, and more.
Membership & Marketing
The Membership and Marketing Committee works to keep APRA-IL a strong resource and community for our members while working towards ongoing growth through new-member recruitment. The committee is also responsible for the APRA-IL brand, marketing strategy, social media presence, and our blog.
Programming & Professional Advancement
The Programming & Professional Advancement Committee plans and executes APRA-IL's programming. They are the brains and brawn behind our Fall Conferences, Basic Skills Workshops, Salons, Field Trips, social events, and webinars.
Past Board Member Advisers
Membership & Marketing Committee
Great Lakes 2020 Conference Liaisons