Board Member Bios

Brittany Hall is the 2017 President of the Mount Prospect Jaycees. She joined the organization 7 years ago in October of 2009 and has severed on Local, Region & State boards. She joined the Jaycees because she wanted to see a difference being made in her community as well as meet new people for networking opportunities. When she’s not involved with the Jaycees you can find her spending time with family, working at a local area Police Department, or traveling as far as she can go. Her hobbies mainly include arts, crafts and trying new things. Any time she sees a chance to create positive change, she takes it. “Make a difference, but enjoy yourself while doing it. Life is too short be anything but happy.”

Kristen Schuster joined the Jaycees in 2009 in order to make new friends and to try to increase her involvement in her community. She has been a member of the Mount Prospect Jaycee chapter for the last 3 years and enjoys it immensely. When Kristen is not participating in Jaycee activities, she can be found hanging out with her family and creating art projects. The Jaycees have made a very positive impact in her life. Kristen is the current Vice President on the 2017 board of directors in the Mount Prospect Jaycees Chapter.



Julie Leanes became a member of the Mount Prospect Jaycees in 2013. She got involved right away with helping her community and working on projects that interested her and allowed to her to meet people through the community. She recently graduated with an MBA and marketing concentration from Roosevelt University and is enjoying using her skills within the organization. She loves watching movies and hanging out with her friends and being outside whenever she can. She’s excited for the 2017 year and looks forward to many opportunities that come her way. Julie is the current Treasurer on the 2017 board of directors in the Mount Prospect Jaycees Chapter.


Nick Gianaris is a service writer by trade. He’s a single dad of a fabulous, sporty, corky teenager and has a wonderful Girlfriend who he lives with in the Mount Prospect area. One of his hobbies include flying remote control Airplanes. He enjoys hanging with friends and family, helping the community, and watching movies in his free time. His motto is “live the life you love… love the life you live” Nick is the current State Director on the 2017 board of directors in the Mount Prospect Jaycees Chapter.



Kelly Johnson is the Secretary for the Mount Prospect Jaycees 2017 Exec Board. She joined the Jaycees in Wisconsin of October 2014 and when she moved to Illinois, she joined the Mount Prospect Jaycees in July 2015! Last year Kelly was the Treasurer for our Chapter and she’s excited to help our board in this new role! She currently works at Wilson Sporting Goods and resides in Chicago.

Besides organizing and attending amazing Jaycee events, she enjoy running, playing tennis and exploring the city and hosting events for her own non-profit. One accomplishment she is most proud of is being awarded the JCI Wisconsin 2014 Outstanding Young Adult Award. Not only has this motivated her to do good things and achieve great in the communities around her, but inspired her to continually share her success with the Jaycees.


Josh Sims has been with the Mount Prospect Jaycees for 13 years.  He works in sales at Autobarn Volkswagen in Mount Prospect.  When he’s not at work, or enjoying his time with the Jaycees, he loves being outdoors, such as hiking, cycling, camping, pretty much anything on or in the water.  Most of all, he loves spending time with friends.  The Jaycees and Junior Chamber International have provided him a lot of opportunities to grow within the organization, and in his personal life.  He looks forward to helping others do the same. Josh is the most recent Past (2016) President of the Mount Prospect Jaycees and is currently serving as Chairmen of the Board in 2017.