Chris Christmas (Director) has been playing chess for more than 45 years. He is a chess tutor and coach who has taught more than 1,000 students between the ages of 4 and 75. He teaches before- and after-school chess classes in Evanston and Niles and has conducted chess camps at the North Avenue Beach chess pavilion.
Ani Emrikian (Secretary). Retired owner and President of ANI Safety and Supply, Inc., a national distributor of safety, janitorial and maintenance supplies. Her time is now spent supporting her 3 children and following her passion in education. Her youngest son, Aren Emrikian, won 1st place in the 2017 World Cadet Chess Championship in the U8 section.
Jingwei Lou (board member) is a former top-tier management consultant with an MBA from INSEAD. He has extensive experience taking clients through large-scale strategy and implementation transformations. Jingwei is a lifelong chess player. During his undergraduate studies, Jingwei was president of the Northwestern University chess club.
Adam Chambers (board member) works as a data analyst within the financial services industry. He also holds a Ph.D. in German. Adam has taught chess extensively from the elementary level through adults and currently mentors several younger chess players. Adam is a Class A/Expert player who plays prolifically in CCC and other Illinois chess events.