Gini S. Ohlson – Executive Director

Gini Ohlson has worked with the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) for the past eighteen years and has taken on the position of Executive Director. Prior to her work at the MTF, she worked for the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Foundation and helped establish  The Actuarial Foundation. Prior to her Foundation work, Gini spent five years at the American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago (ALMC) ending her tenure as the Director of Major Gifts. While working for the ALAMC, she also worked part-time as a reporter for the northwest suburban Chicago, Daily Herald. Gini has a BA in Political Science and Journalism from Iowa State University. She has taken both continuing education and graduate level courses in non-profit management from North Park University and has a mini-certificate in non-profit management from North Park. She has served as a presenter and newsletter contributor for the Association Foundation Group (AFG) and a presenter for the Association Forum Chicago Chapters professional development series on several topics. She has served on several boards and currently volunteers for the PTA and for several other local agencies.
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Marla Gamze, Development and Communications Manager

Marla’s most recent professional experience includes consulting for a nano-science renewable energy company; being Director of Marketing at Chicago Loop Alliance, representing the downtown Chicago Loop via attracting investment, tourism and economic development; and Development & Marketing Communications Officer at Countryside Association for People with Disabilities, supporting vocational training, family support, workforce readiness, empowerment and independent living. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from DePaul University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Technology Management from Georgetown University. Marla bikes, runs and practices yoga and meditation.


Mandy Vukits, MPH – Communications Program Manager

Mandy Vukits has worked in non-profit communications for several years. Prior to her work for the Foundation, she served as the Communications Manager for the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention. In June 2012, she received her Master’s Public Health (MPH) degree from DePaul University.  During her time in the program, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the program newsletter as well as the Program Representative.  Mandy completed her MPH practicum at Girls in the Game; where she produced a video as part of her thesis project.  Mandy also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences degree from DePaul University. She is currently working on becoming a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Instructor and will be attending the University of Illinois at Chicago in the fall for the Masters in Rehabilitation Sciences program. Mandy enjoys practicing yoga, biking, and making healthy treats and hummus for the MTF staff.
View Mandy’s introduction video here.


Christine Daskais, MS – Foundation Program Manager

Christine’s past professional experience includes providing customer service for United Airlines and British Airways. She also worked as an administrative assistant for companies in France (where she grew up) such as Premiere Vision, Credit Agricole and as a purchaser for Emile Maurin. She graduated with a Bachelor or Arts in Early Childhood and a Masters degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University. In her spare time, Christine swims and, practices Tai Chi and meditation.
View Christine’s introduction video here.