Ravinia Associates Board

The Ravinia Associates Board is a premier group of over 90 Chicagoland young professionals who share a passion for Ravinia and the musical arts. Their mission is to support Ravinia by promoting awareness of the festival and its musical programs, encouraging the development of new audiences for classical music, and contributing to Ravinia’s REACH*TEACH*PLAY® education programs. To date the Associates have raised over $3 Million for the festival and its education and outreach programs.

Associates Events

The Associates host a number of exciting audience development events over the summer that are geared towards young professionals ages 21 to 40 and their families.

Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers – August 19, 2017 SOLD OUT

“Family Movie Night” just got a lot more interesting! Join the Ravinia Associates Board for a fun-filled evening with music, a movie and the Misty Mountains of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Not only will you be enchanted by the mystical creatures, but the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will bring the show to life as it plays the score to the movie. Bring a blanket for you and your family to enjoy the movie, which will be shown on Ravinia’s lawn and Pavilion screens. Click here for more information. SOLD OUT

Beer, Brats and Beethoven – July 21, 2017-SOLD OUT

Beer, Brats & Beethoven is back by popular demand on Friday, July 21! We invite you to join us on the famed Ravinia lawn for an abundance of local microbrew beer–tasting stations and picnic-style, summer food pairings before the CSO’s 8:00 p.m. performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto. The price of admission to the event—which will sell out quickly—covers food, beverages, and concert ticket. Party starts at 5:30pm. Must be at least 21 years old to attend. Click here for more information.

Music Matters – May 13, 2017

Music Matters is a black-tie benefit hosted every spring by the Ravinia Associates Board to raise money and awareness for Ravinia's REACH*TEACH*PLAY education programs. The 2017 event will take place on Saturday, May 13, at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago. This exciting evening will feature live performances by students, silent and live auctions, raffle, dinner, and dancing. Click here for more information.

Criteria for Membership

  • Membership is restricted to individuals who are under the age of 40 when joining.
  • Prospective members should be interested in the mission and objectives of the group and have time to fulfill the responsibilities of membership.
  • Financial responsibilities include paying annual membership dues, supporting fundraising efforts and contributing to Ravinia's Annual Fund.
  • Meeting requirements include quarterly board meetings and various committee meetings as needed for event planning and group operation.

If you are interested in learning more about the Ravinia Associates, please e-mail associates@ravinia.org



Dave Gaspar*

Executive Vice-President:

Benjamin Wineman*

Active Members:

Christopher Atkinson*
John Bankhurst*
Wicks Barkhausen
Heidi Bellinger*
Elizabeth Buckton
Julie Carson
Ellen Castellini
Daniel Chapman
Mark Chowaniec
Jeffrey Condren*
Kristin Culbertson*
Jessica D'Andrea
Christy David*
Matt Denison
Robert Desio
Brett Doran
Kimberley Egonmwan
Clay Estabrooke
Elizabeth Francis
Sharhianna Fulce
John Gaines
Seth Gastwirth^
Adam Gelfeld
Chuck Giglio
Molly Gullman
Sunil Harjani
Alexandra Helmuth*
Mike Jansen
Kiki Katz
Alston Lambert
Alexis LeFevour
Jen Luby*
Kyle Mackey
Chris Mancera
Catherine Mapelli
Jonathan Marks*
Kristina McIntyre
Thomas McWalters*
Tracy Michaels
Lauren Michniacki
Brian Mickey
Michael Miranda
Ujjaini Mitra-Shah
Josh Nanus
David Norton
Robyn Petit
Andrew Pincus
Annie Pinkert
David Pryor
Ryan Razowsky
Katie Reardon
Mark Rickmeier*
Jaclyn Rose
Jerrold Rosema*
Lisa Rowland
Jeff Samotny
Jason Schmitt
Molly Selsby

Eric Spigelman
Stephanie Stefanik*
Catherine Stewart
Ellen Stiller*
Jonathan Sturdevant
Jacqueline Sylvester*
Nicole Szczepanek
Tom Templeton*
Courtney Trombley*
Andrew VanCura
Bob Vasa
Tanya Walter
Alice Wang
Dean Welch
Lauren Whalley*
Shelley Whitehead
Jaime Willis

* Executive Committee
^ Leave of Absence

Sustaining Members:

Linda Barham
Michael Brooks
Casarine Chong
Sal Cianciolo
Kerri Gimbel
Laura Glick
Steve Greene
Emily Hathcoat
Sharon Horos
Cheri Hubbard
Kathryn Ingraham
Nagawa Kakumba
Grace Konopacki
Kara Korte

Beth Lambert
Erin Leddon
Joseph Lombardo
Steve Madden
Lisa McClung
Jennifer McGlinn
Matt Musa
Stacy Overby
Angela Pace-Moody
Alyssa Quinlan
Stephen Rappin
Susanna Reding
Jennifer Rehn
Ken Robertson
Rachel Rone
Donald Ross
Steve Steinmeyer
Julie Van Overbeek
Claire Weiler