Our Associate Board is composed of young Chicago-area professionals who are eager to contribute their time, energy, and resources to CAPE’s mission.  Members plan, host, and attend a variety of CAPE events that raise awareness about our work in Chicago Public Schools.

If you would like to join the CAPE Associate Board and put your time, energy, and enthusiasm to work, please click here and complete the application form in its entirety, and you’ll hear from a board representative soon!

You can also get involved by joining us for a Field Trip and by following and reposting us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

UPCOMING CAPE ASSOCIATE BOARD EVENTS

  • December 7, 2018 – Fa La La Friday Night Live
    Join us for a night of music, laughter, and good cheer! Click here to learn more.

PAST CAPE ASSOCIATE BOARD EVENTS

  • November 8, 2018 – Associate Board Mixer
  • August 10, 2018 – Open Mic Night
  • June 2, 2018 – Live at the Logan
  • September 22, 2017 – Friday Night Live 2017
  • June 10, 2017 – Eye vs. Ear
  • September 23, 2016 – Friday Night Live 2016

Associate Board Members

Kevin McCarthy, Co-Chair
Kevin McCarthy, Co-Chair
Kevin McCarthy grew up in a family and educational environment that stressed the importance of creative expression and giving back. Active in the arts through college, Kevin is excited to help promote the CAPE cause and drive youthful creativity in the city that he loves.
Jaimie Steinher, Co-Chair
Jaimie Steinher, Co-Chair
Jaimie Steinher is a Brand and Marketing professional at Geometry Global, an international brand activation agency, and a big believer in the arts and education.
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Rachael Accavitti
Rachael Accavitti
Rachael is the Managing Director of Partnerships at Chicago Scholars— a college access, success, and leadership development organization. Rachael received her Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and her Master’s from Wake Forest University. Dance remains central to her life to this day, and she credits her early exposure to the arts for teaching her creativity, collaboration, and responsibility.
Robert Bertog Jr.
Robert Bertog Jr.
Robert Bertog Jr. is a financial advisor associate at Lynch McPeek wealth management. He attended Indiana University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Policy Analysis. Robert is an avid Chicago sports fan and resides in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Anthony Caccomo
Anthony Caccomo
Tony is an Investment Analyst and Associate Portfolio Manager for Prairie Management Group. He is a big believer in the relationship between involvement in music/arts and one’s personal success and happiness in life, especially for those of young students. Born and raised just outside of Chicago in Park Ridge, Tony is excited to help bring these opportunities to his city through the CPS as part of the CAPE Associate Board. linkedin.com/in/anthony-caccomo-cfa-cpa-78622a92/
Meghan Douglas
Meghan Douglas
Megan Douglas is an Ohio native and Chicago transplant. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Miami University and is an advertising professional at Geometry Global. With a background in performing arts and professional writing, Megan understands the importance of art in personal development, and is eager to support CAPE’s initiatives.
Colin Henry
Colin Henry
Colin Henry is a licensed Illinois attorney at Kralovec Jambois & Schwartz. He first understood the critical impact of art during elementary school. Colin appreciates the therapeutic effects and stimulating nature of art and seeks to bring it to every Chicago Public School.
Kyle Henry
Kyle Henry
Kyle Henry is Co-Founder of www.Venturesome.co , and is passionate about improving communities through behavior-changing technologies. Kyle's earliest memory in the arts was winning a creative writing contest in elementary school. He strongly believes in the value of creative expression for students, especially during challenging times.
Christopher Marchesi
Christopher Marchesi
Christopher Marcheschi is currently specializing in digital media and corporate communications for the world’s leading pharmaceutical and bio-tech companies. He has been singing his entire life and was a member of Indiana University’s Straight No Chaser throughout college. He is excited to bring is passion for the arts, as well as his “voice” to CAPE.
Jessica Mueller
Jessica Mueller
Jessica is a multidisciplinary artist from Chicago. She has been a teaching artist and staff member for CAPE since 2010 and recently received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Suzanne Niersbach
Suzanne Niersbach
Suzanne is a Real Estate Broker with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty. As her job takes her to various Chicago neighborhoods she gets to appreciate the arts found throughout the communities, Chicago's renowned architecture and the beauty people put into their homes. She's excited to be a Associate Board member and help spread the important work CAPE does.
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Jack O'Connor
Jack O'Connor
Jack grew up in Wilmette. He attended Loyola Academy and the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, where he studied math and chemistry, then earned his masters in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He works at Lurie Children's Hospital doing lab research in cystic fibrosis. He's inspired by his family, which includes artists, musicians, and CPS teachers. He loves drawing and painting, the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his family. CAPE gives me the exciting opportunity to learn more about different areas of the city, and allows me to help bring arts programs to our CPS students!
Quinn Pelletier
Quinn Pelletier
Kelly Upp
Kelly Upp
Kelly, a native Chicagoan, first fell in love with art as a kid touring the Cows on Parade and has since valued the diversity, expression, empowerment and community that art evokes. The Rolling Stones and The White Stripes are essential listening. Kelly works at Yello, a recruiting software company, where she leverages her creativity & strategic thinking daily.
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Blase Viti III
Blase Viti III
Blase Viti is passionate about education and deeply believes in the profound impact art has on it. Being from Chicago, he has always strived to help make his city better, believing it all starts in the classroom. As a member of the Associate Board, Blase will continue to raise awareness of CAPE’s mission and the importance of art in the classroom.
Will Zeiler
Will Zeiler
Will Zeiler is a Consulting Associate in RSM US LLP’s Financial Advisory Services group and a current CPA Examination candidate. He attended the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, graduating with a degree in Finance & Accounting. He was raised in Wilmette, attended New Trier High School, and is a huge Blackhawks fan.

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