Meet the Chamber Staff




Jacqueline K. Mathews, Executive Director


Jackie is a proven community, business, and government network relationship specialist.  She has an extensive results-driven and process-oriented background which includes successes in leading revenue generation, fundraising, and related development initiatives, enhancing organizational image equity, and launching strategic enterprises.  Anyone who knows Jackie knows that she is highly collaborative and service-oriented and that she possesses exemplary communication skills and superior relationship management competencies.


For the better part of the past two decades, Jackie has held professional and volunteer leadership roles within the Park Ridge community. Jackie has had transformational impact on two of our local flagship healthcare organizations.  Most recently she served as the Major Gifts Officer for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Charitable Foundation where she led the hospital’s annual signature special event, the ‘Gala’, as well as the Men and Women’s Association Golf Outing, the South Asian Cardiovascular Center’s ‘A Red Sari Evening’ and the grand opening celebrations for both the hospital’s new Emergency Department and the Heart Institute.  In addition, she designed and executed a major gift strategy that resulted in a $1.25 Million donation for an endowed Emergency Department Chair.  Jackie was recruited to Lutheran General Hospital by then President, Tony Armada, from Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, where she provided leadership direction for major gifts and special events, including three highly successful public art exhibitions that significantly elevated the organization’s mission and reputation within the community.  Jackie serves on the Taste of Park Ridge Committee, the Park Ridge Holiday Lights Commission and Co-Chairs Park Ridge Restaurant Week with Mayor Marty Maloney.  Earlier in Jackie’s career, she held professional roles with the United States Senate in Washington D.C., Chicago’s City Hall, and the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. 


Sharon Showalter, Volunteer


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