Alumni Club of Chicago Announces New Board Directors
The Alumni Club of Chicago Board Directors works to connect, celebrate, and represent regional University of Chicago alumni.
The University of Chicago Alumni Club of Chicago Board has announced the addition of seven new directors effective July 1, 2019. Learn more about each board director below.
Elizabeth Bleakley, MBA'02
Elizabeth received an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (formerly the GSB) in 2002, with concentrations in finance, strategy, and entrepreneurship. She then earned a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Elizabeth is the founding principal of a Chicago law firm that focuses on small and middle market businesses and their owners and loves working with her clients. She enjoys movies, time with friends, and meeting new people. She is active with the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and has Chaired several committees and been a speaker on many occasions for both. Elizabeth has been actively involved with UC’s alumni community over many years and is thrilled to be in such interesting company.
Adrienne B. Naumann, SB
Ms. Adrienne B. Naumann, Esq. attended the College of the University of Chicago where she earned her undergraduate degree in Biology. She earned her Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois, and where she instructed undergraduates in introductory biology and plant physiology. Thereafter she earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence with high honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is also licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Naumann has continuously practiced intellectual property law for almost thirty years and has obtained numerous patents, trademark registrations and copyright registrations on behalf of her clients. Ms. Naumann currently holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau of Northern Illinois, and she has authored numerous articles on intellectual property and related topics. She also has presented on intellectual property subjects, and these presentations include continuing legal education seminars. In addition to the University of Chicago Alumni Club Board, Ms. Naumann is currently a member of University of Chicago Chicago Women’s Alliance Board. She is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association as well as a past member of the E-Discovery Pilot Program of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Ryan S. Mills, AB'10
Originally from West Michigan, Ryan received his AB with Honors in Law, Letters & Society and a minor in Human Rights from the College in 2010. While at the University of Chicago, Ryan was an Odyssey Scholar, worked for the Neighborhood Schools Program through the University of Chicago Community Service Center and was a tenor in the Chicago Men’s A Capella. Ryan studied abroad at the University of Pisa in Italy and also served as a Metcalf Fellow through the University’s Office of Federal Relations in Washington, D.C. Following his graduation from the College, Ryan worked as an employment counselor through Community Assistance Programs where he counseled formerly incarcerated individuals to help them pursue employment opportunities throughout the city of Chicago. He then worked as a trademark and litigation paralegal for an intellectual property firm in Chicago. Ryan later earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was awarded an academic merit scholarship, served as an editor on the Law Review and worked as a student attorney with the Elder Financial Justice Clinic. During law school, Ryan also served as a federal judicial extern with the Honorable Judge Michael M. Mihm of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois and interned with the Chief Counsel to the Illinois State Senate. Ryan now works as an Associate Attorney at the Chicago office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and enjoys staying active in various community activities.
Temi Okubadejo, AB'11
Temi Okubadejo graduated from the college in 2011 and participated in Model United Nations during her time at the university. Her interest in social enterprises and different cultures led her to become the Creative Director at Extrospection, an organization that empowers young adults to explore unconventional transitory opportunities abroad, to personally and professionally develop, as well as to engage in social responsibility with a global mindset. Temi has a background in organizational development and pursues activities in diversity and inclusion with a multicultural focus. She serves as a member of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Admissions Review Committee. In her leisure time, Temi enjoys photography and writing creatively as well as traveling both abroad and here in the US.
Lisa Warshauer, EX'88
Lisa Warshauer’s commitment, dedication, and passion for the Alumni Club of Chicago began when she attended an alumni tour of Argonne National Laboratory. From that outing, she knew she wanted to organize programs for and with alumni. In five years of involvement, Lisa has planned and hosted more than 50 programs, which have engaged more than 1,700 alumni and friends of UChicago. Lisa is an enthusiastic University ambassador, a mentor to new alumni event volunteers, and an advocate for alumni engagement; Lisa believes that unique programming connects UChicago alumni to the University and to each other. Lisa could not do what she does without the gracious and generous time of the faculty and friends who have been partners in her programming. A special acknowledgement to Allen Sanderson who—ever since Lisa walked in his office on a Saturday in 2015 while hosting a tour of Saieh Hall and asked if he would present a program—has devoted himself to the alumni by spending one Saturday morning per quarter presenting a Feast of the Mind lecture series that continues to this day. A very special opportunity for all to be inspired and to learn together and to laugh together on a Saturday morning. Lisa’s involvement with the University extends to the Women's Board, where she serves on the Programs Committee. She is also president of The Baila Foundation.
Collette Woghiren, JD'13
Collette received her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School in 2013. After graduation, she joined the firm of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP, where she previously interned while in law school. Collette represents clients in complex civil litigation matters impacting their businesses nationwide, including breach of contract, tort defense, business torts and products liability. She has served as co-first chair before state and federal courts and represents pro bono clients in all phases of litigation ranging from employment law to civil rights actions. Collette won the Excellence in Pro Bono Service award in 2017, 2018 and again in 2019, presented by The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and The Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She also was awarded the NGE Excellence in Pro Bono award in 2017 and recognized as a Rising Star in 2019 by Illinois Super Lawyers. Active in the firm and in the legal community, Collette is a member of the firm's Pro Bono leadership team and summer hiring committee. She is also an associate board member of the Chicago Committee, an organization that strives to seek racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.
Mike Zanillo, AB'76
After graduating from UChicago with a degree in Economics, Mike Zanillo began his professional career in Information Technology. His career path would include positions with several major corporations including Motorola and United States Steel Corporation. He then assumed the Chief Information Officer position with WMS Gaming and later with Rexnord Corporation. Mike was a board member of Society for Information Management from 2008 - 2013 and served on the CIO of the Year selection committee for the Executive Club of Chicago. In 2016 he retired from McDonalds Corporation where he was Sr. Director for Global Financial Systems. Mike has participated in several UChicago Career Center programs to mentor and provide internships to students. In 2017, Mike began a volunteer position with Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) and was then appointed as the Illinois State Coordinator. CCL is non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy for federal action on Climate Change. Mike helps to lead Illinois’s 4,000 volunteers across 15 chapters to generate political will to enact strong, fair and effective climate change policy. Mike meets and advises members of Congress and their staff’s to adopt strong bi-partisan action for establishing a Carbon Fee and Dividend-based policy.