Local Leaders

Meet the Volunteers Bringing C.I.T.Y. to Your Neighborhood

Arlington Heights

Northwest Suburbs
CITY of Support - Local Leaders - Beth Deiter
Member Bio

As Founder and Board Chair for the C.I.T.Y. of Support organization, Beth has been involved in the development of every aspect of this group. As a resident in the NW suburbs, so many of the events, programs, and resources have been started in her backyard. And while she continues to be committed to outreach in her neighborhood, she is thrilled to expand C.I.T.Y.'s reach to other communities as well. More information about Beth can be found under the C.I.T.Y. of Board Members tab.


West Suburbs
CITY of Support - Local Leaders - Corrie Lukkes
Member Bio

Corrie has been a pediatric occupational therapist specializing in Early Intervention for the last 8 years, and working for Little Steps Pediatric Therapy for the last 4 1/2 years. Her husband and she have been married for 3 years and have a wonderfully active toddler running around our house. In her free time (what's that really?), she loves being crafty, indoor rock climbing, and reading.

Burr Ridge

Southwest Suburbs
CITY of Support - Local Leaders - Annette Buonavolanto

Annette Buonavolanto

Member Bio

Besides being a mother to the ferrari-engined sweet toddler Anya, and little baby Joey on the way, Annette is a serial experience chaser and crusty bread aficionado. In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, hosting dinner parties, travel, and Homegoods. Her mission with this organization is to bring parents and caregivers of children in therapy together to gather and engage in local events that will encourage and strengthen the C.I.T.Y. community.

Edison Park

Northwest Chicago
CITY of Support - Local Leaders - Abby Vlahos
Member Bio

Abby is a mom of three, ages 18 to 3 years old, and knows well the challenges of parenting children of diverse ages and abilities! Her youngest son was diagnosed with a rare genetic deletion causing lifelong disabilities, which started her family on a new adventure—one she is so grateful to be traveling with like-minded parents as part of C.I.T.Y. of Support. In addition to being a mom, Abby is a grant writer and fundraiser for a Chicago area nonprofit.


South Suburbs
CITY of Support - Local Leaders - Kendra DeMarco
Member Bio

Kendra is a Speech-Language Pathologist and owner of SpeechEase, PLLC Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy. She lives in Frankfort with her husband and two daughters. In her free time she enjoys reading, yoga, knitting and traveling. Kendra is excited to help connect families in the South suburbs with the C.I.T.Y. of Support community.


North Suburbs
CITY of Support - Local Leaders - Sarah Rosten
Member Bio

Sarah is a speech/language pathologist and the founder of Pediatric Interactions, providing speech therapy from Early Intervention to young adults. She's also seen therapy from the "other side" as a parent of a daughter who was born premature with developmental challenges.


North Suburbs
Member Bio

Michelle is the mom to a very active 5-year-old boy. He was born with a rare congenital heart defect and in July 2020 he was diagnosed with ASD and ADHD.  She feels that it is very important to have people to rely on that understand the journey, especially the challenges that come along with accommodating children's needs. Her husband and she are very outdoorsy, and they are always hiking, biking, kayaking, and out-and-about at different parks. In her free time, she enjoys photography, reading and baking.

Although C.I.T.Y. began in the NW Suburbs of Chicago, Local Leaders are working to bring awareness & implementation of our innovative resources, events, & programs to their home communities.

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