Governing Board

Governing Board

  • Governing Board with honorees Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren

Cinema/Chicago’s Governing Board of Directors is comprised of a dynamic group of community leaders dedicated to furthering the mission of Cinema/Chicago through the development of long-term strategies, financial oversight and fundraising.


Charles Droege
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP | Chief Operating Officer


Steven Kwate
Couplings Company | Owner

Executive Committee Members

Jacolyn Bucksbaum
The Focus Foundation | Founder

Les Coney
Mesirow Financial | Executive Vice President

Philip B. Clement
Chartwell | Managing Director

Richard Ehrie
ARI Packaging | Founder & Executive Chairman (ret.)

Paul Gignilliat
UBS | Managing Director (ret.)

Mark Mitten
Mitten, Inc. | President

Brenda Robinson
Gamechanger Films | Co-Founder

Lauren Robishaw

Kat Rothstein
Digital Pollen Collective | Owner

Robert Zentner

Michael Kutza, Founder & Emeritus CEO, Cinema/Chicago and Chicago International Film Festival

Joseph Antonow†
Phil Azar
Charles Benton*†
Daniel P. Coffey*
Randy Crumpton†
Martin Gapshis†
Judy Gaynor**
Ellis Goodman*
Jonathan Harries
Joel Hochbergº
Chuck Johnsen
Mary Ann Josh†
Walter Kaiser
Burton Kanter†
James Klutznick
Linda Leemasterº
Jeanne Randall Malkin*
Suzanne McCormick**
Allyn Miller
Colleen Moore Hargrave*†
Ken Nordine
Ray Nordstrand*†
Byron Pollock†
Ed Rabin
Robert Scarpelli
Victor Skrebneski
Colleen Sullivan**
Mary Sweeney†
Yale Wexler*†
Rev. Walter Wilczek†
Dori Wilson

*Past Chairperson
** Past Executive Director
† Deceased