Associate Board

Upcoming Associate Board Events:

Pre-Rooftop AB Meeting

September 4, 6:00pm - 7:00pm


ROC Realty Group presents the 2019 Rooftop on the River

465 N Park Drive, Chicago, IL 60611
September 12, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
tickets here

Albany Park Community Center’s Associate Board is composed of young professionals from the greater Chicago area who want to take a more active role in supporting their community. The Associate Board serves to support the programmatic and fundraising endeavors of the Board of Directors, meeting once a month and holding two fundraising events per year, as well as promoting awareness of the organization and taking part in direct service opportunities when available.

Joe Pizzo


Member Since 2018

Why did you join the APCC Associate Board?
I joined the Associate Board to give back to the community that has been so great to me in the short time I've lived here. I'm very excited to help make a difference in my newly adopted neighborhood and to continue the great work that both the Associate Board and the APCC do!

Joe works for Pizzo & Associates, Ltd., an ecological restoration contracting firm. He has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and previously taught English at a high school in Daejeon, South Korea for 2 years.
Joe's LinkedIn Profile

Our Members

Monika Wlodarczyk


Member Since 2017

Why did you join the APCC Associate Board?
As a Polish immigrant and recent citizenship holder, I was drawn to the mission and values. I know first-hand the benefit of citizenship courses, English classes, and early education programs and how an organization, such as the APCC, can be life-changing for a family.

Monika has a BA in International Studies and works on the Account Management team at dscout.
 Monika's LinkedIn Profile 

Andy Carpenter


Member Since 2015 

Why did you join the APCC Associate Board?
I believe that exposure to different cultures leads to a healthier society, and joining the Associate Board was one way I could take action to promote that. I live in the community and am thrilled at the opportunity to give back.

Andy is a retired trivia host and a Solutions Engineer at, amongst a number of other things.
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Luz Maria Vargas

Member Since 2018 

Why did you join the APCC Associate Board?
As a long-time Albany Park resident, I joined the APCC Associate Board because I wanted to get involved locally with an organization that serves the needs of the refugee and immigrant community. As an immigrant welcomed by the diverse community, I appreciate APCC’s commitment in providing services for community members like ESL for adults, after school programming for kids and early childhood development programs.

Luz Maria has a BA in Organizational Leadership and MA in Organization Diversity in Nonprofits and works at Chicago United as a Program Specialist.
Luz Maria's LinkedIn Profile

Matt Altstiel

Member Since 2018

Why did you join the APCC Associate Board?
As an former ESL teacher and after-school program director, I've personally the impact of the type of services provided by the APCC. As an Albany Park resident, I want to have a hand in building a stronger, better community. The APCC is one of the best ways for me to make a difference locally and for the city.

Matt has a BA in Global Studies and Spanish and is the Development Manager for the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC).
Matt's LinkedIn Profile

Robbie Curry

Member Since 2018

Why did you join the APCC Associate Board?
I joined the Associate Board to become involved in a community that has given me so much in the short time I’ve lived in Albany Park. I’m excited to lend my support to sustain the critical programming APCC provides to members of the Albany Park community.  

I am a life-long educator, working to expand excellent educational opportunities for kids and families, especially in under resourced communities. I earned a B.A. from Pitzer College and a Master of Education degree from Bank Street Graduate School of Education.
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Michael Lupo

Member Since 2019

Why did you join the APCC Associate Board?
I joined forces with the Associate Board because I share in the philosophy that having a voice in your community, supporting your neighbors, and volunteerism are the backbone of every strong community. As a resident of Albany Park I’m excited and grateful to have a role serving as an advocate for such and admirable organization!

Michael has a BA in Operations Management & Information Systems and he serves as a Commercial Real Estate Broker at Podolsky Circle CORFAC international.
Michael's LinkedIn Profile

Curtis Pederson

Member Since 2019

Why did you join the APCC Associate Board?
APCC does work that makes tangible differences in the lives of individuals, families and the community at large. I want to play a part in helping to keep programs running strong & support flowing in.

Curtis has a BA in Political Science and Business/Economics from North Park University and is a Financial Analyst at Covenant Ministries of Benevolence (CMB).
Curtis' LinkedIn Profile

Members At Large

Rosa Benusa

Member Since 2017

Why did you join the APCC Associate Board?
I grew up in Albany Park and have a lot of family history and memories tied to the neighborhood. I feel very lucky to have gone to school and grown up in such a diverse community — it has made me the person I am today. The Albany Park Community Center is a great support system to families in the neighborhood. I'm excited to give back to a special place in this community.

Rosa works for Accenture in their CIO organization.
Rosa's LinkedIn Profile

Brittany Higgin

Member Since 2018

Why did you join the APCC Associate Board?
As a current Albany Park neighbor and former Albany Park student at NEIU, I've long admired the APCC for its community advocacy efforts and commitment to being a stalwart resource in our diverse neighborhood. I decided to join because the APCC’s mission to provide educational programming to all skill levels, toddlers to adults, make them vital to a healthy and prosperous community. I’m thrilled to support such an impactful organization.

Brittany works in Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern University.
Brittany's LinkedIn Profile

Interested in joining? Contact:

Joe Pizzo

Associate Board President/Chairman


Erika Soria

Director of Individual Gifts & Special Events



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