Board of Directors

Tali Albukerk

President

Tali Albukerk is a Staff Attorney/Pro Bono Projects Manager at the American Bar Association where she is the national administrator of ABA Free Legal Answers for the Center for Pro Bono and also supports the Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel. During her career, she has worked for several Chicago law firms focusing on federal civil rights litigation, specifically addressing police misconduct claims. Tali became involved with PBN shortly after it began, participating in all PBN projects, managing its senior projects and joining the board in 2013.  Tali has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She lives in Oak Park with her husband and two daughters.

CARLA JONES

Product Manager

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MARTIN REED

Head of Sales

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Jay Harris, President

Jay Harris is President and Managing Member of InfinityBox, LLC, an electronics manufacturing company based in Elk Grove Village.  Before becoming an entrepreneur, he worked at Littlefuse, where he served in a variety of roles in production, operations, product development, and senior management.  He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue, and a Master's degree in Engineering Management from Northwestern.  He is active in the St. Giles Catholic Church, where he serves in leadership roles of the Men's Society.  He also serves on the leadership team for St. Ignatius Business Society.  He and his family live in the near-western suburbs. 

Tricia Marks, Treasurer

Tricia Marks joined PBN in 2020 after retiring from a long career in corporate lending.   Most recently, she was the Managing Director of Capital Markets at Madison Capital Funding, LLC, a middle market leveraged lender based in Chicago, where she worked for over 14 years.  Prior to Madison, she worked at GE Capital and formerly Heller Financial Inc. for nearly 15 years.  During her tenure at both companies, her core responsibilities included being a member of the Investment Committee, as well as loan underwriting and loan syndication. In addition, she was involved in various committees focused on strategy, operations and HR.  She holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Iowa.  Over the past seven years, she has been an active volunteer Cross Country and Track and Field coach at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL.

Christy Chapman, Secretary

Christy Chapman joined PBN in the fall of 2011, jumping headfirst into several of the Network’s original projects.  She started her law career clerking for a federal bankruptcy judge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  After completing her clerkship, she joined the Workout, Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization group at Mayer Brown, and then spent several years in the Law Department at JPMorgan Chase, serving as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel.  In addition to her work on the Board, Christy has served as PBN’s project manager for the Lawyers in the Classroom program and is currently PBN’s project manager for the Visas for Crime Victims program.  She is also a Staff Attorney at CARPLS, a legal aid service provider.  She has a B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University, and a J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law.      

Deb Abrahamson

Deb Abrahamson recently retired from the Oak Park Education Foundation (OPEF) after nearly 20 years, including 10 years as its first Executive Director.  She grew the nonprofit's revenue tenfold, tripling its programming and creating a thriving summer camp. In addition to serving on the Pro Bono Network board, Deb is president of the Maywood Fine Arts board of directors and Chair of Women in Philanthropy, a giving group of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation. She is also a Career Coach with the Posse Foundation. Deb attended Cornell University and earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Chicago. She and her husband live in Oak Park where they raised their two children.

Tali Albukerk

Tali Albukerk is a Staff Attorney/Pro Bono Projects Manager at the American Bar Association where she is the national administrator of ABA Free Legal Answers for the Center for Pro Bono and also supports the Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel. During her career, she has worked for several Chicago law firms focusing on federal civil rights litigation, specifically addressing police misconduct claims. Tali became involved with PBN shortly after it began, participating in all PBN projects, managing its senior projects and joining the board in 2013.  Tali has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She lives in Oak Park with her husband and two daughters.

Marisa Green

Marisa Green joined PBN in the fall of 2015. She started by volunteering on various projects including Senior Legal Clinics, Orders of Protection, and Lawyers in the Classroom. In the fall of 2016, she became Project Manager for Senior Legal Clinics and Senior Center Initiatives, where she manages several monthly clinics which provide legal service intakes for low-income seniors and disabled individuals. She started her law career practicing litigation at two Chicago law firms, Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey and DLA Piper. She spent seven years in an active litigation practice working on commercial litigation matters and performing medical malpractice and product liability defense work. She has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She lives in River Forest with her husband and two teenage children.

Geegee Kan

Geegee Kan is currently a stay at home mother who actively volunteers at her children’s schools.  Her last major role at the elementary school was PTO Treasurer (and Assistant Treasurer) from 2017-2019. Before becoming a stay at home mom, she held the roles of acquisition manager and financial analyst at Kaplan Professional.  She has also worked as a consultant at PwC and a paralegal in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice.

Laura Kaufman

Laura Kaufman has run foundations and non-profit organizations for 30+ years. She is the President and Principal Consultant of Partners in Effective Philanthropy. Using an assets based approach, the firm helps nonprofits craft effective strategies for raising the funds they need, developing key leaders and creating the change they desire. Since opening in 2008, Partners in Effective Philanthropy has worked with over 80 local, national, and international non-profit organizations. Previously, Laura was the Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Chicago. Laura has also served as Executive Director of the Boston Women’s Fund and Northwest Action Against Rape, Development Director at Women, Inc., and as Program Director with the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women.
 

Katie O’Brien

Katie O’Brien joins PBN with more than 25 years in nonprofit management experience.  Currently, she works for Chicago’s oldest nonprofit with a mission of caring for seniors, The Admiral at the Lake.  Katie has an entrepreneurial spirit, was a Chamber of Commerce Executive Director for 10 years, helped build two successful start-up consulting companies, and was Marketing Manager in Madison, Wisconsin. Katie earned her MBA in 2014 and is a 1990 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Simrit Patel

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Donna Peel

Donna Peel developed PBN's working model after spending too much time commuting as a volunteer attorney while raising her two children. She has been directing the organization ever since.  Previous to PBN's inception and time at home with her children, Donna was an antitrust attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. While at DOJ, she served as U.S. Advisor to South Africa's Competition Commission, an Advisor to the President at the White House, and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the Eastern District of Virginia.  She holds a law degree from Washington University School of Law and an economics degree from Michigan State University.  

Tiffany Puckett

Bio coming soon.

Robin Spencer

Robin Spencer is an experienced litigator who recently retired from her 20-year commercial practice to pursue pro bono work in under-served communities. Previously, she was a partner in an AmLaw 200 law firm, concentrating in complex commercial litigation, including franchise and distribution matters. For many years Robin was an associate editor and author for the American Bar Association Franchise Law Journal, and also served on the Steering Committee of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Division of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising and on the Franchising Forum’s Publications and Technology Committees. She is a frequent speaker and writer on franchise, distribution and litigation issues, and has served for several years as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer, a “Leading Lawyer” in Franchise and Dealership Law, and for Who’s Who in Franchise Law. She earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1994.

Laurel Steele

Laurel Steele joined the PBN Board in 2020, after serving for several years as a volunteer attorney.  Laurel began her career as an Accountant for British Petroleum in Cleveland, Ohio, before going to law school at The University of Virginia.  Following graduation, Laurel served as a Public Defender for The Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Leveraging her skills in Accounting and Law, Laurel transitioned into Banking, as a Bank Examiner for The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where she had responsibility for ensuring bank compliance with Federal Regulations.  Laurel is actively involved in volunteering with her children’s schools.  She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Hampton University and a J.D. from The University of Virginia; she is licensed to practice law in Georgia, Ohio, and Illinois.

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