Meet the Board

  • President

    David Ruff |

    I have been active in the Bear community in some part since 1999, and actively serving on the Board of Great Lakes Bears – Chicago and Bear Pride Chicago since 2009. Originally a South Carolina native, I have called the Chicago area home since 2001.

  • Vice President

    Waylon Werner |

    I am a gregarious chunky monkey originally from Lafayette, Indiana who has called Chicago home since 2010. I am looking forward to a 2nd term with GLB-C and assisting in combining "old school tradition" with new ideas and a fresh take being apart of a diverse community.

  • Activities

    Jamie Williamson |

    I'm originally from a dairy farm in the wilds of Ohio (I know how to milk things), then to Cincinnati, now living and loving my adopted hometown of Chicago (the unofficial bear capital of the US!) This is my second term as Activities Director for the Great Lakes Bears and I couldn't be more proud to belong to such a great group of guys. Please join our Facebook page to keep up with all the events we have planned for the year, and please drop me a line if you have any ideas for activities that you would like to participate!

  • Membership

    David Ohlinger |

    A locally grown Suburban chubby bear. I have spent many years enjoying the bear community from afar, always staying just below the radar, or so I thought— that all changed last year. Now as the newest member on the Great Lakes Bears - Chicago Board, I want to do my part to help our community prosper and grow! I'm outgoing, fun loving, and approachable.

  • Bear Pride

    Travis States |