The Ambassador Council is a group of professionals who provide support to the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, with a collective goal to raise awareness, empower women and eliminate racism. As ambassadors of the YWCA, the Ambassador Council works to raise money and donate time to benefit the YWCA.

who we are

1. An Ambassador Council member is mission-connected and dedicated to fundraising. Excited to give their time and talent, this person brings with her/him diversity that is complementary to the other members of the Ambassador Council.

2. Ambassadors are distinguished as key influencers in the City of Chicago working to support the invaluable work of the YWCA, one of the most highly regarded and largest women’s organizations in the city.

3. Ambassadors have access to networking and meaningful relationship building opportunities with other leaders within the YWCA, including the Board of Directors.

4. Ambassadors have an opportunity to affect change in the lives of women and girls by being a part of the inner circle of the YWCA movement.

5. Ambassadors have the unique opportunity to receive board training and skill building to enhance personal goals including serving on future community boards.


Deirdre Asnis
Director, Processing and Data Systems
United Way Worldwide

Elizabeth Bennetts
Senior Manager, Process Improvement
Erie Family Health Center

Michelle Bradley

Lyndey Brock
Senior Account Manager

Melissa Cooper
VP, Treasury Management Officer – Cash Deposits and Treasury Management
Associated Bank

Felicia Donaldson
Plante Moran

Brooke Doyle
Visual Merchandising Manager
Modern Cooperative

Yasmine El-Gohary
Research Analyst
Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council

Madeline Farrell
Government Business Analyst
Crowe Horwath, LLP

Maureen Flood
Senior Manager – Human Capital

Terri Friel
Doctus Inc.

Christine Furie
Senior Manager
Deloitte Tax LLP

Christine Gallagher Kearney
Senior Human Resources Project Manager

Kara Goodbrand
VP, Senior Recruiting Consultant
Northern Trust Corporation

Erica Griffin
Associate Director for Membership and Volunteer Services
DuSable Museum

Whitney Hamilton
‎Visitor Services Manager
DuSable Museum

Monica Harris
Annuity & Life Insurance Specialist
Efficient Estates

Meghan Hartsell
Travel Analyst
William Blair

Linda Hodo
VP, Principal Corporate Development Management Services
Zurich North America

Laticia Holbert
Training & Employee Development Manager

Andleeb Jawaid
Development Manager & Grant Writer
City Year Chicago

Kristel Jensen
Vice President and Regional Manager
Fifth Third Bank

Brittiney Jones
Talent Acquisition
High Grounds, Inc.

Laura Knights
Laura E. Knight Coaching & Consulting

Sarah Langum
Real Estate Agent
Dream Town

Tondalaya Lewis Hozier
Investment Compliance Officer
The Illinois State Board of Investment

Kate Paris
Software Project Specialist
Strata Marketing

Seema Patel
Social Worker
University of Chicago Medicine

Trak Patel
Founder & CEO
ARCC Consulting

Kristen Prinz
Prinz Law Firm

Mina Rabideaux
Tax Consultant
Deloitte Tax LLP

Kelsey Rosen
Account Executive
IoT | Industrial Internet of Things

Julianna Sheeran
Managing Director

Laura Shiffman

Allyce Stanley
‎Senior Advisory Associate

Sandra Talbott
‎Assistant Attorney General
Illinois Attorney General Office

Sherry Tan
Business Development Executive

Yaoyao Wang
Financial Advisor
William Blair

Pamela Wedgeworth
President and Senior Creative Director
Wedgeworth Communications

Jenna White
Global Mobility Consultant

Laura Williams
Strategy Manager for Neighborhood Assets
World Business Chicago

Nura Yanaki
Polsinelli P.C.

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Staff Contacts:

Brian Starr
Inspired Giving Officer
1 North LaSalle, Ste. 1150
Chicago, IL 60602
312.762.2710 w