Young Professionals Board

The Young Professionals Board of the John Howard Association of Illinois will:

  1. Support the JHA’s efforts to achieve a fair, humane, and effective criminal justice system
  2. Encourage young professionals to prioritize systemic criminal justice reform among humanitarian concerns
  3. Engage the Chicago community at large and our social and professional networks to address targeted needs of people who are incarcerated

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Board Members
Briana Sprick-Schuster, Esq., External Co-Chair
Jenner & Block

Vanessa Johnson, Esq., Internal Co-Chair
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Stephanie Stern, Esq., Secretary
Law Clerk for the Northern District of Illinois

Sarah Losh Bakker, Esq., Events Chair
Sidley Austin LLP


Jordan Blumenthal, Esq.
Jenner & Block

Kelly Fischietto, MSW
Booz Allen Hamilton

Julia Hamel, MBA, MAJS
Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

Bill Michael
Baker Tilly

Amanda Penabad, Esq.
Federal Defender Program

Matthew Tedeschi, MA

Ashley Velchek, MPP
Youth Outreach Services

Brenda Kay Zylstra, MA/AM
American Society of Safety Engineers

Want to join the Young Professionals Board? 
New members will be invited to join the Young Professionals Board based on the needs and discretion of John Howard Association and the Young Professionals Board. To be considered for membership, a prospective member must:

  1. Complete and submit an application
  2. Attend at least one YPB event or participate in a YPB effort
  3. Complete a meeting or phone call with a member of the Executive Committee

Please contact us at  Thank you for your interest!