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JA Western Division

JA Western's Division has a goal of impacting 2,763 classrooms and 51,308 students in Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties! We've been able to continually expand our program every year thanks largely in part to generous corporate partners who support Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division.


Abella, Damaris

Old Second National Bank 

Champaneri, Miten  Motorola Solutions, Inc. 
Griffin, Jim Nicor Gas
Harvey, Darryl ITW Shakeproof 
Johnsen, Sheila IDEAL Industries, Inc. 
Kavulich, Alison Huntington Bank
Peska, Scott Waubonsee Community College 
Ross, Deborah Huntington Bank
Zink, Mickey Associated Bank       


Western Division Leadership

Derek Ernst
VP of Suburban Operations
708-456-1400 x 259
Amy Youngberg
Senior Director
Benny Chaidez
Operations Manager
Cindy Jonke
Sr. Operations Manager
Joe Giamberdino
Operations Manager
Kim Wagner
Operations Manager
Maria Vidales-Hernandez
Operations Manager

Special Events

Western Division Top Golf Fundraiser

Western Division Top Golf Fundraiser

When: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Where: Naperville Top Golf, 3211 Odyssey Ct, Naperville, IL 60563
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm

This fundraiser brings together JA supporters for three hours of play, a dinner buffet, and networking. Guests hear from JA students about their classroom experiences while also participating in live and silent auctions.  Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. 

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