Junior Board

MHAI junior board

The MHAI Junior Board is a network of young professionals dedicated to mental health advocacy. The Junior Board is comprised of professionals in an array of fields, including clinicians, social work, psychology, business, law, and communications.

The Junior Board works closely with the MHAI Board of Directors, as well as  mental health advocates and organizations in Chicago and throughout Illinois. The primary duties of the Junior Board include fundraising and promoting MHAI and mental health awareness to communities throughout Chicago and Illinois. To carry out this goal, the Junior Board hosts a variety of fundraisers throughout the year.

Junior Board Members

  • Samantha Simmons, Junior Board President
  • Renee Shurilla, Junior Board Secretary
  • Liz Gunnar
  • Alexandra Hegel
  • Zach Holtman
  • Kevin Patti

The Junior Board is actively recruiting new members. Interested candidates may attend a meeting (with an approved RSVP) or speak to a Junior Board representative for more information. Meetings are typically held monthly via in-person meetings or teleconference. Junior Board members should commit three to five hours per week for MHAI duties. Some additional work and time commitments may be necessary during times of fundraisers and event planning.

Current Junior Board Openings


A large part of the Junior Board’s role is to plan, organize, and promote fundraisers that will raise essential funds for MHAI. We’re looking for individuals with marketing, event planning, PR, communications, or fundraising experience to help grow our presence. Notable fundraisers by the MHAI Junior Board include:

  • The Super-Bowl-a-Thon, a pre-Super Bowl bowling event at Timber Lanes in Chicago that features a fun night of bowling, pizza, music and raffles.
  • Stand Up for Mental Health, a stand-up comedy show at The Laugh Factory that features Chicago’s best comics. 
  • Jammin’ Away the Blues, a blues show at Buddy Guy’s Legends that features live blues acts from renowned performers, a raffle and more. 
  • Various networking events (trivia nights, social meetups, etc.)

Event planners of all expertise, or individuals who wish to learn the ins-and-outs of event planning, fundraising, and nonprofits are welcome to apply. 

Do you love following and participating in the latest social media trends? We’d love your help! We’re seeking a social media savvy volunteer to assist with content for our Facebook and Twitter pages. Content should include a wide range of topics, including the latest news at MHAI, mental health news at the local, state and national level, advocacy updated, and any other engaging content. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Creating monthly social media calendars
  • Posting content on Facebook and Twitter at least 4-5 days of the week
  • Creating event pages as needed, inviting contacts
  • Sharing content from our partner organizations and MHA
  • Responding to messages and comments

Applicants should have a well-rounded understanding of social media trends. Prior experience in social media coordination for an organization (page) preferred. Some graphic design experience is desired, but not required. 

MHAI is looking for a digital marketing specialist to help manage our website and increase visibility on the web. Candidates should have a thorough understanding of Google AdWords, Google Analytics, SEO and general online marketing expertise.