Barb Tubekis was born in Chicago and spent her elementary school years in St. Louis, moved to Winnetka, Illinois in 1971 where she attended New Trier East High School. She graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1980 with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Art.
She began her career as Director of Collegiate Programs for the American Marketing Association, establishing and managing marketing chapters in undergraduate and masters programs in universities across the country. Between 1986 and 1994 she freelanced for a publishing company producing newsletters for medical societies. In 1994 she was named the Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of New Trier Township. It was the first Volunteer Center in the state of Illinois, established in 1950.. During her tenure, The Volunteer Center has grown from referring 260 people to over 12,000 individuals and groups and has built a nonprofit database from slightly over a dozen when she arrived to over 200 nonprofit organizations in Northeast Metropolitan Chicago. She works with service groups in the community to identify volunteer opportunities and has taught Service Learning to middle school students. She was the Statewide Chair for the Volunteer Centers in Illinois for three years. Barb is on the DePauw University Alumni Board where she served two years as the National Month of Service Chair. She was named the Chamber of Commerce’s Woman of the Year in 2010 and has been active on several local boards and the village caucus and schools. Barb and her husband Tom have two adult children, Ted and Carolyn.
Barb currently chairs the Volunteer Recognition Committee. She has been a Commissioner since 2009.
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