2020 COMMONS EMERGING LEADERS COUNCIL
Briana Advani works at McMaster Carr, where she is a part of the management rotational program. She is an operations supervisor focused on supply chain management in the company’s warehouse. Briana graduated from UC Berkeley in 2018 with a degree in Business Administration. Briana moved here after graduating and has explored her way through the many amazing neighborhoods Chicago has to offer, one restaurant at a time.
Jessi Bozek is a middle school reading/writing teacher in the Chicago suburbs. In addition to her teacher position, she coaches and runs after school activities in the community. She is very passionate about children of all ages. She has been involved with volunteering at her church, tutoring, and presenting at secondary-education conferences. Jessi enjoys exploring different restaurants and neighborhoods in Chicago, attending country music concerts, and doing art projects.
A natural leader and master includer, Megan Cage discovered her magic through involvement. During the day, she ensures her operations team is consistently meeting deadlines, communicating expectations, and delivering the high-quality work IRI clients have come to expect. During her personal time, she enjoys using her skills for good by consulting with non-profits, attending fashion events in Chicago (gotta love style, right?) and enjoying live music.
Anna Diekemper is a little taste of everything. She has danced her whole life, in fact, attended her undergraduate at WIU as a D1 dancer. Anna minored in dance and is trained to teach and perform a variety of genres, but her favorite of all, is tap. Anna started competing in pageants back in 2011 and has competed in different systems, including National American Miss Program and the Miss America Organization. Pageants showcase her passion for performing and giving back to her local community, no matter where she lives. Her personal platform is titled “Healthy Living, Easy Breathing” – a platform that specializes on raising and spreading awareness for those who suffer with asthma, like herself. Tied in with pageants, Anna is a strong advocate for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She has been involved with fundraising not only through the MAO Organization, but with Dance Marathon. Anna works for a 5-billion-dollar corporate giant in the logistics industry, Schneider. Anna has worked in the sales division, aids in new hire mentorship, career fair recruiting, creation and collaboration of customer market material, and philanthropic community involvement. What Anna honors most are the 3 F’s: faith, family, and friends.
Alex Kapustka is a Senior Associate in PwC’s Cybersecurity and Privacy practice, helping organizations implement strong security & governance. Alex is originally from St Charles (IL) and has lived in Chicago for the past five years. Alex is part of the Chicago Commons 2019 and 2020 Marathon team.
Sharon Moy is an asset to have to work with creative minds and detail-savvy business management. She currently is an experienced project specialist at Peoples Gas located in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor Science degree in Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. Sharon is actively involved in nonprofit work within Chicago community. She is a current member of the Chicago Commons’ Emerging Leaders Council and is on-site coordinator for Chicago Youth Programs’ tutoring program at Peoples Gas. Outside work, Sharon enjoys listening music and learning to make random things. In past, she has worked with local Chicago artists and organizations such as The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMFest) on marketing/promotions, budgeting and show bookings.
Allison Reisch started her career as a Junior High Math Teacher. After a few years, she decided to try her hand at corporate life. Her love for math found her a role as an analyst at an advertising agency. After six years working at an agency, she decided she was ready to be the client. Allison is now a CRM and Database Marketing Manager at a senior living company working to improve their one-to-one communication and using data to uncover insights. When she’s not at work, Allison enjoys shopping for antique furniture and home decor.
Ana Renteria is an estimates coordinator at John Burns Construction, she’s been employed there for 2 1/2 years. Prior to that she was working for a subcontractor for 2 years. She currently assists 3 estimators and helps on projects ranging from 1M to 20M. Ana is also studying civil engineering in hopes of graduating from Purdue NW. She started volunteering at the age of 13. She was part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Comitte a few years back. She has 5 siblings and was raised in the south suburbs although born in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. She is a big Chicago Bears fan & also enjoys Sox’s games. She is very family oriented & spends most of her free time with them.
Sarah is a transportation expert at Schneider National. Sarah assists customers in finding unique solutions to manage their logistics operations. When Sarah is not servicing customers she leads her office in volunteer opportunities across the city! Sarah has initiated involvement with over 15 organizations since 2018 in the Chicagoland area and is always looking for new ways to get involved. Outside of the professional setting, Sarah enjoys staying active by attending her local Pure Barre studio 4-5 days a week and never misses an opportunity to pet a golden retriever. Sarah is the planner amongst family and friends and is always eager to set up the next get-together! Sarah is very excited about joining CELC and eager to get involved in a number of ways in 2020!
Tara Szwabowski has been with John Burns Construction Company. While she works mostly in the Accounting Department, she lends a hand throughout the company. Monthly billing, weekly payroll processing, union reporting, customer relations and corporate travel planning are all part of her various duties. Most recently, she proudly lead and assisted in the formation of the JBCC Giving Team, bringing an outreach program to the company helping communities throughout Chicagoland. Tara enjoys volunteering, reading and heading to her favorite spots, Key West and New Orleans.
Ashlyne Wilson is a communications professional with a passion for strategic storytelling that uplifts, educates and inspires her audience. She’s currently a Corporate Communications Specialist for Options Clearing Corporation, where she specializes in diversity and inclusion initiatives and charity communications. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Ashlyne obtained her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Kent State University, before moving to Chicago to earn her master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising with distinction from DePaul University. Throughout her career, she has acquired experience in brand and social media marketing, public relations, advertising and internal communications. While Ashlyne works hard, she likes to play hard exploring the new city she’s grown to love. In her spare time, Ashlyne enjoys brunching on Sundays and is obsessed with House Hunters, crime documentaries on Netflix and Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream.