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 in 1980 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 Talent Pool (VTP), established in 1960 and was the first Volunteer Center in the state of Illinois. The VTP was rebranded as the Volunteer Center in April, 1995. During her tenure, The Volunteer Center has grown from referring 260 people to over 15,000 individuals and groups and has built a nonprofit database from slightly over a dozen when she arrived to over140 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 (now The Volunteer Connectors of Illinois) for three years. Barb was named the Winnetka 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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