Anthony B Borich - President

Anthony B. Borich is Regional Counsel in Gensler’s Chicago office.  Tony represents Gensler’s architect, interior design, and planning professionals in disputes and transactions.

Prior to joining Gensler, Tony was a partner at Jenner & Block LLP, with particular expertise in commercial real estate disputes.  Tony also served as a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing in Chicago and worked with community organizers and legal services organizations in Boston implementing the community activism lawyering model.  In 2009, Tony graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.  In 2006, Tony graduated with Honors and Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from Iowa State University, where he was awarded the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award.

Thomas Alaan - Vice President

Critically acclaimed stellar [Chicago Tribune] countertenor Thomas Aláan has been praised for his glorious countertenor voice [Herald Times], heartfelt... soaring sound... and simmering singing [Hyde Park Herald], excellent timing and intonation [Elgin Review), incredible diction and significant and clean upper register [The Post-Journal], and his artful and moving voice of unearthly round tone and singular power [Communities Digital News].

Thomas has performed across the United States as a soloist with dozens of ensembles and orchestras including Alchymy Viols, Ars Antigua, Bella Voce Camerata, Bach Cantata Vespers, Credo, Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Helios Ensemble, Mountainside Baroque, Musikanten Montana, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and Schola Antiqua. He has performed on many regional concert series and festivals including the Boston Early Music Festival, the Bach and Beyond Baroque Early Music Festival in New York, and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. He has sung on WGN Radio (Up Late with Patti Vasquez) and Chicago Irish Radio, and has interviewed with Early Music America, Huffington Post, and 98.7 WFMT. In 2016, he (re)created the role of Patie in Allan Ramsay's opera, The Gentle Shepherd, last seen in North America in 1798. 

Thomas is a national finalist in the Classical Singer Magazine Vocal Competition for emerging professionals, and a national semi-finalist in The American Prize for his interpretation of art song. His recordings include Vivaldi’s solo cantata, Stabat mater dolorosa, for Biretta Books, Haydn’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Elgin Master Chorale and Symphony Orchestra, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra.

Outside of singing, Thomas divides his time in Chicago as Executive Director of the Bach and Beethoven Experience; as Director of Women’s Schola and Assistant Conductor of Choirs at Holy Name Cathedral; and developing energy and sustainability curriculum at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He teaches private voice, and has presented talks on singing and pedagogy, vocal rhetoric, interdisciplinary collaboration, and entrepreneurship in the arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Helena Music Teachers Association, DePaul University, and the Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Art Business Entrepreneurship Workshop.

Thomas is pursuing his D.M.A. Vocal Performance with Jim Doing at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he is a Paul J. Collins Fellow. He received his M.A. Vocal Pedagogy under renowned author and pedagogue, Joan Wall, at Texas Woman's University, and his B.A. Music Education from Alderson-Broaddus University. He has studied with Sheri Greenawald, Mark Crayton, Ellen Hargis, Elizabeth Parker, Max von Egmond, Ann Baltz, David Brock, Beverly Hoch, Linda Poetschke, and Lewis Hall. 

He loves Starbucks, donuts, and cats.

Serafina Ye Jin Ha - Secretary

Serafina Ye Jin Ha is a tax associate in the Chicago office of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), working with the Industry Services Group doing compliance and provision work for non-finance industry clients. Currently, she is working to fulfill all her requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant.

Serafina graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago magna cum laude with a B.S. in Accounting. While there, she was VP of Operations of the Accounting Club, and an executive member of the Business Student Advisory Board. She co-founded the Business Learning Center, which opened in the fall of 2014 to provide a space for students to come together for resources in tutoring, socializing, and other areas in academic and career development.

Prior to PwC, Serafina volunteered with the Korean-American Resource and Cultural Center, a local non-profit that serves to empower the Korean American community through education, social service, organizing/advocacy and culture. Through her extended involvement, she gained appreciation and passion for social justice and humanitarian work

Chirag Badlani - Treasurer

Chirag Badlani is an associate at the Chicago law firm of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., where he represents clients in a wide variety of civil matters, with a focus in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, and labor and employment.

Prior to joining his current firm, Chirag was a law clerk to the Honorable Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and to the Honorable Allyne Ross, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He also worked as a Planning Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice, on issues related to access to legal services for adults in immigration detention and unaccompanied minors. Before attending law school, Chirag was a project manager at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), working in the area of urban redevelopment.

Chirag graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of NYU’s Immigrant Rights Clinic. He received his B.A. from Yale. 

Chirag currently sits on the Leadership Board of the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), and is a 2014 Chicago Chapter Fellow with the New Leaders Council (NLC).  He is also a member of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) and First 10, a network that aims to support public interest lawyers in Chicago in their first ten years of practice.

Ellen C. Craig - President Emeritus

Ellen C. Craig is a consultant specializing in energy regulation and policy. She is also an advisor to Enovation Partners which focuses exclusively on serving the energy and infrastructure sectors. Previously, she was a Commissioner of the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission; Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, USN Communications, Inc.; Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission; and Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor James R. Thompson. 

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, and the Metropolitan Planning Council. She is a member of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and The Chicago Network.

Alex Boni-Saenz

Professor Boni-Saenz earned a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a Notes Editor on the Harvard Law Review. He also holds a M.Sc. with distinction in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and an A.B. magna cum laude with highest honors in Psychology and Government from Harvard College.

Professor Boni-Saenz joined the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty after serving as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer at University of Chicago Law School. He practiced law as a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, where he created a medical-legal partnership for low-income seniors. He also clerked for Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Professor Boni-Saenz's scholarship focuses on how legal doctrines and institutions can respond to the challenges and opportunities of an aging society. His scholarly work is interdisciplinary in nature and touches on several areas, including disability law, family law, health law, and trusts and estates. He teaches courses in Health Law, Property, and Trusts and Estates.

Elizabeth Arumilli

Elizabeth Arumilli is an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor,
Office of the Solicitor in its Chicago regional office.  There, Ms.
Arumilli brings civil and administrative enforcement actions under
federal labor laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the
Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and the Occupational Safety
and Health Act.  She has practiced in numerous U.S. District Courts
and before the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law
Judges, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, and  the
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.  Ms. Arumilli
started her work with the U.S. Department of Labor in Dallas and moved
to Chicago in 2012.  Ms. Arumilli earned a J.D. from Harvard Law
School and a B.S. in Chemistry from Purdue University with highest
honors.   She worked as an Americorps VISTA volunteer in southeastern
Ohio before attending law school in 2006.

Raymundo Valdez


Programs Coordination Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Immigrant Affairs. Raymundo is an experienced community organizer who helped found and develop Centro de Trabajadores Unidos—a worker center focused on immigrant workers on the south side of Chicago, one CALA’s community partners. He was a program developer and community organizer at CTU from 2007 to 2016, when he joined the Archdiocese of Chicago, where he creates programs for immigrants.

Sam Heppell

Sam Heppell joined Chicago civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy in September 2015. His clients include the wrongfully convicted, victims of police brutality and sexual assault, and prisoners denied access to adequate medical care.   
Sam graduated from Harvard Law School in 2014, where he represented dozens of low-income clients as a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau—the nation’s oldest student-run legal services organization. He defended tenants against unjust evictions and helped disabled and unemployed community members obtain vital public benefits. He also served as co-coordinator of the Foreclosure Task Force, protecting residents from post-foreclosure displacement as part of a community lawyering partnership with a Boston housing and tenants’ rights organization, City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU). In this role, Sam helped run legal advice clinics at CLVU community meetings, and represented CLVU members in their eviction cases in Boston Housing Court.
Before law school, Sam worked as a union organizer and then as a legislative assistant in Canada’s Parliament, where he focused on issues related to police accountability and prison policy.

Samuel A.A. Levine

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Samuel A.A. Levine is a consumer protection attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Chicago Office, which he joined in August 2016 following a clerkship with The Honorable Milton I. Shadur in the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to joining the federal government, Sam served for three years in the Illinois Attorney General's Consumer Fraud Bureau, where he brought cases against predatory for-profit colleges and helped secure more than $18 million in loan forgiveness for Illinois students.

Sam is a 2012 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where as a clinical student he argued a case before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that resulted in expanded protections for homeowners facing foreclosure. Upon graduation from law school, Sam received the Gary Bellow Public Service Award in recognition of his commitment to social justice. Sam first fell in love with Chicago as a tutor and after-school program leader with City Year, where he worked before law school.