Crowds at a fund raising event


Associate Board


The Associate Board  is composed of a group of emerging civic and business leaders who volunteer and raise funds and awareness for Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America"* since 1991.  continues to be the benefit the  Associate Board members appreciate most.

The board provides an opportunity to network and forming lasting relationships that often extend outside Board activities. Members also have an opportunity to showcase talents and interests in planning fundraising events and organizing volunteer activities, all while helping our patients.  For more information, click here to download a PDF with more Associate Board information or scroll down for answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions. 

Executive Members


President: Trisha Tesmer
VP: Breanne Littleton
VP: Micheal Swan
Secretary/Social Media: Nicollette Khuans
Treasurer: Matt Passen
Membership Enrichment: Dana Henderson
Prospective Membership: Nate Chambery
Prospective Membership: Ted Fournier

Board FAQs


How do I join the Associate Board?
The Associate Board welcomes those interested in joining the board to attend one of its business meetings or many events to learn more about the group.
To request a membership application or additional information, please contact Alyssa Cassata at 312-238-8045 or

How often does the Associate Board meet?
Full Associate Board meetings are held at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab each spring and fall. There are also monthly event committee meetings and various social gatherings throughout the year, including summer and winter holiday celebrations and the Board's fundraising events Art in Motion.

How do I purchase tickets for Associate Board annual fundraising events?
Call 312-238-7693 for ticket information for Art in Motion

Where are philanthropic contributions to the Associate Board distributed?
The Associate Board directs its contributions to the hospitals Pediatric and Adolescent Program, Pediatric Charity Care and art therapy programs through the Therapeutic Recreation Program. Make a donation here.

What are the expectations of Associate Board members?
Associate Board members are asked to attend the spring and fall business meetings, volunteer at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Associate Board events, serve on Associate Board committees and make an annual dues contribution in the amount of $250. The annual dues contribution includes admission to the summer and holiday socials.


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