Jacqueline K. Mathews, Executive Director (Effective August 3)
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.
Gail Haller, Executive Director (until August 3, 2020)
Gail has lived in Park Ridge since 1991 and has served as the executive director of the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce since April 2008. She has also served as the executive director of the Park Ridge Community Fund since 2011. She holds a BS in Business Management from Arizona State University, an MBA from DePaul University, and an MA in Security Management from Webster University. She is a veteran of the USAF with the rank of Captain and worked on the space shuttle program. Prior to assuming staff leadership of the Chamber, Gail worked for several Fortune 100 firms in purchasing, security, and facilities management.
Gail grew up in Hawaii and actually knows how to do the hula! She is married to Park Ridge native, Gary Haller, who teaches at Evanston Township High School. The couple has two children, Dirk and Lian. Dirk is an Aerospace Engineer from UIUC, and is currently serving as a 2nd Lt. in the USAF at Eglin AFB in Ft. Walton Beach, FL, where he lives with his wife Christine. Lian is a student at Maine South, plays violin and is a certified Red Cross babysitter. Lian often helps her mother with entertainment and logistics at Chamber and PRCF events. Says Gail, "I love the community spirit of Park Ridge and how we all intersect and work together to make it a wonderful place to live, work, shop, give back, and play!"
Jen Mackowiak, Marketing and Communications Manager
Born and raised in Park Ridge, Jen and her husband purchased their first home in 2015 with the hopes of raising their own family in this wonderful city! She holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations and Advertising from DePaul University and graduate of Pivot Point Academy. Prior to her role at the Chamber, Jen worked as marketing consultant in the insurance industry and as a professional hairstylist.
Cindy Clark, Member & Events Coordinator
Sharon Showalter, Volunteer