Amy Newkirk – Director

Central Midwest Community Relations and Marketing Senior Manager, PwC

Amy_Newkirk_Formal_Photo_04252013Amy leads the firm’s community initiatives in Chicago, Milwaukee, Peoria and Des Moines.  In this role, Amy works to build PwC’s community brand in the marketplace by managing the firm’s charitable contributions, board placement of partners and staff, event sponsorships, holiday giving, volunteerism, and local corporate responsibility efforts.  Prior to this role, Amy served as Community Investment Manager at United Way or Greater St. Louis and as Fundraising Manager at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.  Amy earned her bachelor of social work from Arizona State University and master of social work, with a concentration in nonprofit management, from Washington University of St. Louis.  Amy is a native of Grand Haven, Michigan and resides with her husband in Frankfort, Illinois.

Betsy Nicketakis – Director


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Betsy Nicketakis serves as the Associate Director of Marketing and Enrollment Management for GEMS World Academy Chicago.  Prior to joining GEMS, she worked at Presence Health focusing on creating and cultivating partnerships with local organizations to increase brand awareness and market share.  Earlier in her career, she worked on Walgreen Co.’s community affairs team, managing grant fulfillment and activation, employee engagement and disaster relief aid.  Her career began at Lincoln Park Zoo managing corporate alliances where her passion for relationship management began. Betsy earned her Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University and holds a Certificate in Meeting, Convention and Exposition Management from Roosevelt University.


Beth Spurgeon – Director

USA Corporate Responsibility Manager, ArcelorMittal

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Beth serves as USA Corporate Responsibility Manager at ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company. She manages corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts specific to the company’s 27 facilities in the United States. She drives forward ArcelorMittal’s U.S. community investment initiatives, including national and local nonprofit partnerships in the company’s focus areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, environment, and health and safety. She also manages national sustainability reporting, employee engagement initiatives, and the company’s employee matching gifts program. Prior to joining ArcelorMittal in 2014, Beth spent nine years in the nonprofit sector, occupying positons at the national headquarters of the YMCA (YMCA of the USA), the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and Housing Opportunities for Women.  She earned her M.A. in Social Science from The University of Chicago in 2004.  Beth currently serves on the Chicago Board of Directors for Step Up.