Associate Board

Associate Board

  • Associate Board members at the 55th Chicago International Film Festival

Founded in 1989, the Associate Board of Cinema/Chicago is a diverse group of young professionals who share a love of film. The Board channels that love by supporting the Cinema/Chicago mission. As ambassadors, Board members facilitate dialogue around film, fundraise, and cultivate awareness of independent and international film to create shared experiences.

To this end, the Associate Board hosts a number of events throughout the year, including monthly screenings, an Associate Board Night at the Chicago International Film Festival and special presentations like the Beers For Buses Spring Fundraiser.

Interested in joining us? Candidates must submit an interest form and attend an informational meeting. We also request a current resume. For more information about joining the Associate Board, please email

John DavisPresident
Financial and Strategic Consulting
Favorite Film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Emily DrakeVice-President
Marketing and Communications Professional, SmithBucklin
Favorite film: Titanic

Emma Frey, Secretary
Associate Content Marketing Manager, Epsilon
Favorite Film: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Mindy Kurlansky, Treasurer
Attorney, Starwood Retail Partners, LLC
Favorite film: Gone With the Wind

Max Grad, Event Chair
Sr. Operations HR Analyst, Kraft Heinz Company
Favorite film: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Joe Blackman
Marketing Analyst, CME Group
Favorite film: Interstellar

Taylor Champion
Portfolio Manager, U.S. Trust
Favorite film: The 400 Blows

Antonia (Toni) Coffelt
Senior Program Manager & External Relations, Egon Zehnder
Favorite film: Inglourious Basterds

Kelsey Collett
HR Manager, The Kraft Heinz Company
Favorite film: Moonstruck

Matthew Daigler
Program Manager, National Able Network
Favorite film: The Salton Sea

Thomas Domol
Teaching Assistant, University of Chicago
Favorite film: Memento

Tommy Elzinga
Staff Consultant, Ernst & Young
Favorite film: Whiplash

Kate Everson
Communications Specialist, Boeing
Favorite film: The Philadelphia Story/Mad Max: Fury Road

Rosie Gonzalez
Sr. Associate, Pearlmark Real Estate
Favorite film: Night of the Living Dead

Troy Gould
Video Producer, Chicago Better Business Bureau
Favorite film: The Prestige

Ngandu Kasuku
Corporate Staff Attorney, Compass Holding, LLC
Favorite film: High Fidelity/The Big Lebowski

Andrew McConnell
Software Engineer, CityBase Inc.
Favorite film: Arrival

Fernando Mier
CX Lead / Manager, Productive Edge
Favorite film: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Alex de Miranda
Culture Strategist, Knock Inc.
Favorite film: The Dreamers

Daniel Ronan
Principal, Resilient Heritage
Favorite film: Cinema Paradiso

Zach Savage
Architect, West Monroe Partners
Favorite film: Children of Men