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Young Professionals Advisory Board

The Young Professionals Advisory Board (YAB) is a diverse group of socially responsible emerging leaders who work in collaboration with the Dean's Advisory Council. As ambassadors for the College of Communication in their personal and professional lives, these leaders help students learn the necessary skills to thrive in their careers after graduation.

Sara Autio

Sara Autio

  • Edelman
  • Senior Account Supervisor, Crisis & Risk
Daniela Chávez Lira

Daniela Chávez Lira

  • Flowers Communications Group
  • Senior Account Executive
Emma Finkbeiner

Emma Finkbeiner

  • Chicago Cubs
  • Senior Coordinator, Digital Content
Michaeljon Greene

Michaeljon Greene

  • TBWA\Media Arts Lab (Apple)
  • Strategist
Michael Harris

Michael Harris

  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Campaign Fundraising Specialist
Rachel Hinton

Rachel Hinton

  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • Political Reporter
Camille Howard

Camille Howard

  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies
  • Senior Account Manager
Yara Ismail

Yara Ismail

  • Edelman Chicago
  • Senior Digital Strategist
Courtney Jacquin

Courtney Jacquin

  • Government Communications
Zoe Krey

Zoe Krey

  • MSL
  • Account Supervisor
Chloe Leuthaeuser

Chloe Leuthaeuser

  • Edelman Chicago
  • Account Supervisor
Natalie Mayen

Natalie Mayen

  • Golin
  • Manager
Anastacia Mebane

Anastacia Mebane

  • American College of Surgeons
  • Program Coordinator
Ariana Narang

Ariana Narang

  • Saatchi & Saatchi NY
  • Account Executive
MaLeah Peterson

MaLeah Peterson

  • GCI Health
  • Account Supervisor
Zara Siddiqui

Zara Siddiqui

  • Aunt Martha's Health and Wellness
  • Executive Administrative Assistant to the President and CEO
Joshua Smyser-DeLeon

Joshua Smyser-DeLeon

  • Zeno Group and First Ward (City of Chicago)
  • Account Executive and Director of Communications
  • Founder and Host of the Paseo Podcast
Jessica Villagomez

Jessica Villagomez

  • Chalkbeat Detroit
  • Reporter

Dean's Advisory Council Liaisons

  • Matt Ragas

    Matt Ragas, PhD

    • College of Communication, DePaul University
    • Associate Professor, Public Relations and Advertising
  • Joseph Tateoka

    Joseph Tateoka

    • Edelman
    • Vice President, Talent Director
  • Katie Wilkes

    Katie Wilkes (CMN ’11)

    • American Red Cross Communications Delegate
    • Co-founder, Freeheart Creative