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 – Development Chair
Director, Processing and Data Systems
United Way Worldwide

Veronica Butler
Senior Consultant
Slalom Consultants

Vilma Chan – Chair
Senior Manager

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

Maureen Flood
Senior Manager – Human Capital

Terri Friel

Christine Gallagher Kearney – Communications Chair
Senior Human Resources Project Manager

Kara Goodbrand
VP, Senior Recruiting Consultant
Northern Trust Corporation

Monica Harris
Annuity & Life Insurance Specialist
Efficient Estates

Kristel Herzog
Vice President – Regional Manager
Fifth Third Bank

Shilpa Hingwe
Relationship Manager
Associate Bank

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

Christine Jurish Furie
Senior Manager

Laura Knights
Laura E. Knight Coaching & Consulting

Molly Louthan
Regional Director – Midwest
Advancing Women Executives

Janetta Mhoon Jones

Sarah Marmor
Scharf Banks Marmor

Trak Patel
Founder & CEO
ARCC Consulting                            

Beth Picciuca
Regional Sales Manager
Oracle Linux & Virtualization

Kristen Prinz
Prinz Law Firm

Beverley Rohde
Marketing Professional

Kelsey Rosen
Account Manager
Signature Consultants

Julianna Sheeran
Managing Director

Charles Smith
President & CEO
CS Insurance Strategies

Beth Spurgeon
Manager, Corporate Responsibility, USA

Julia Suprock
Senior Transportation Planner
URS Corporation

Sherry Tan
Business Development Executive

Pamela Wedgeworth
President and Senior Creative Director
Wedgeworth Business Communications

Nura Yanaki

Petrina Youhan

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Staff Contacts:

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