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Junior Board

The Chicago International Film Festival's Junior Board is a diverse group of enthusiastic professional dedicated to promoting the mission of Cinema/Chicago and to heightening interest in international cinema across a broad demographic. The Junior Board assists in fundraising and volunteering to support Cinema/Chicago's Education Outreach Program, which fosters media literacy and multi-cultural understanding for Chicago Public School students, educators and young filmmakers. Find more about the Education Outreach Program here.

Founded in 1989, the Chicago International Film Festival's Junior Board hosts yearly events and screenings. 

2014 Junior Board Members: 

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

Xin Chen
Doctoral Student, Philosophy Department, Loyola University Chicago
Favorite film: It's a Wonderful Life 

Caren Evers
Sales Associate, MB Financial 
Favorite film: Stranger Than Fiction

Conor Gee     Senior Marketing Communications Consultant
Senior Marketing Communications Consultant, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Favorite film: Pulp Fiction

Matthew Ingersoll
Intellectual Property Attorney, Quarles & Brady LLP

Ashley Loquercio (Vice President)
Executive Producer and Co-Owner, Crankstrap Productions
Favorite film: Breathless

Mike Maggio
Senior Account Executive, Groupon
Favorite film: The Usual Suspects

Kim McLean
Nurse Care Manager, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Favorite film: Flirting With Disaster

Johnetta Paye
Lawyer, J. Paye and Associates Attorneys at Law
Favorite film: Good Will Hunting

Lindsey Pruett-Smith (Membership Manager)
Facilities Coordinator, Crown Imports, LLC
Favorite film: The Wizard of Oz

Hanna Soltys (President)
Copywriter, Marketing Werks
Favorite film: Singin' in the Rain

Lastenia Suarez
International Business Development Manager, ABC Global Services
Favorite film: Annie Hall

Sunny Williams
Attorney, Cozen O' Connor
Favorite film: The Graduate

For more information about the Junior Board, please email Cinema/Chicago Junior Board liaison Rebecca Fons at