Our Team

Executive Director

Anna Assenmacher has more than 15 years of experience leading new program and project initiatives in non-profit, corporate, university and government settings. Throughout her career Anna has served on a number of advisory councils with community-based organizations including the Chicago Foundation for Women, Women Employed, and the Jane Addams Senior Caucus, and was a 2012 public policy fellow in the Women’s Legislative Leadership Program. Anna volunteers her time with local organizations focused on supporting women and families, and most recently served as a mentor in the Women’s Empowerment Program for Los-Angeles based Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals. Anna holds a B.A. in business administration and finance from Calvin College and an M.A. in women’s and gender studies from DePaul University.  She lives in Lakeview with her husband, two young boys, and an Airedale Terrier named Teddy Roosevelt.

Program Manager

Ashley Chitwood spent 8 years in education both in the classroom and for several educational nonprofits in New York City and Chicago. She has extensive experience in recruitment, operations, special events and development.

Ashley joined the Share Our Spare team in 2017 as our lead engagement coordinator responsible for all aspects of our meaningful volunteer experiences and partner relationships. She now runs all programming including warehouse operations, agency partnerships, and strategic partnerships.

Ashley grew up in Oklahoma and moved to New York City after college where she earned her Master’s degree in Special Education. She and her husband moved to Chicago in 2014. They live in Uptown and welcomed their first child this summer.

Program Coordinator

Jorey Dvorak started with Share Our Spare as a program intern coming from Depaul University in April of 2019. She is completing her B.A in American Studies with minors in LGBT Studies, Sociology and Women and Gender Studies. Throughout her schooling she focused on reforming sex education in the United States. During her time at DePaul she completed a comparative analysis research project focusing on Early Childhood Consent Education in the Netherlands. She is excited to bring her interdisciplinary knowledge to the Share Our Spare team.

Jorey was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI and misses the cheese curds and brats dearly. She enjoys spending the weekends traveling with her club ultimate frisbee team, Jabba the Huck, as well as being an active member of the Bonus Round Board Game Cafe. Her favorite board game currently is Dominion. She hopes to be adopting a puppy soon.