The YWCA is grateful for the dedication of our entire staff and their commitment to improving our community. Our senior management staff members are:
Chief Executive Officer
Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, is transforming the 140-year-old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. Dorri is moving the agency into the digital age with technical training for youth (TechGYRLS) and adults (3D: Developing Digital Diversity). In addition, the YWCA has launched two web-based services with its own e-commerce site, YShop.org, and the Women’s Health Exchange to provide health insurance and information to women and their families. Dorri was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago, by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation.
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Chief Reimagination Officer
Shelley Bromberek-Lambert has spent over 30 years in the field of education helping organizations solve complex problems by creating and implementing practical, effective strategies and processes that leverage their number one asset – their people. Shelley is a person who is guided by organizational mission and vision and knows how to translate those principles into strategic and practical applications that strengthens the organizations she works with. As a passionate education leader Shelley is an active member of National Afterschool Association and has served as Past Chairman of their Board of Directors. She is also involved at the local level as a member of the Advisory Board for Masters of Non Profit Management & Leadership Program at North Central College, and as a member of the DuPage Regional Collaborative steering committee. She also sits on two corporate boards for Reflections Sciences and Right At School. Her work in the field has been recognized with numerous awards such as Richard Scofield Award for Exemplary Service and Leadership in the Afterschool Profession, and Excellence In Leadership Initiatives to name a few. Prior to joining the YWCA she was the Chief Operating Officers for Knowledge Universe overseeing operations across the United States and in India. She received a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University.
Chief Possibility Officer
Chief Impact Officer
Chief Paradigm Officer
Sharon brings nearly 20 years of expertise in business management, human capital management, strategy, process creation and implementation to her role as Chief Paradigm Officer for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. A proven leader in operations management with a focus on facilities and technology for the organization, Sharon is also leading the effort to ensure YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is considering emerging operating paradigms for delivery of human services. Prior to joining the YWCA in 2008, Sharon held positions at Center for Neighborhood Technology and Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation. Sharon received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from National-Louis University.
Chief Innovation Officer
After 21 years litigating complex insurance cases in courts across the U.S., Jill joined YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in 2016 and currently is the Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, she applies her wide expertise and legal skills to develop and secure funding for and develop innovative strategies and programs to help empower the women and families in and around Chicago. Currently, Jill is spearheading the organization’s partnership with non-profit investment manager Impact Shares to launch a Women’s Empowerment themed Exchange Traded Fund on the New York Stock Exchange in 2018. She also oversees YWCA’s Women’s Health Exchange, an online resource to connect individuals to health insurance and educate on matters of physical, mental and financial wellness. Jill is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and George Mason University with a B.S. in Public Administration. Jill became a court-certified mediator for the Cook County, Illinois Law Division Mediation Program in 2013 and continues to serve as an arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program.
Chief Financial Officer
With over 20 years’ experience in a variety of business industries and occupations, Laura S. Sailer now oversees Finance at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Prior to joining the YWCA, she was the Controller at United Services, a disaster restoration firm based in Lake County. Previously, she was the Head of Accounting and Platform Management for DKI, the largest disaster restoration contracting firm in North America as well as a Vice President at First Chicago Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase & Co.). She began her career in public accounting as a CPA at Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young). Laura has a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Strategic Engagement Officer
Molly Silverman has nearly 20 years experience in business administration, fundraising, communications and volunteer management. Molly has been with the YWCA since 2008 and currently oversees strategy development related to fundraising and communications, corporate partnerships, donor and volunteer engagement and special events. Molly is contributing to the transformation of the organization to a 21st century social enterprise that is focused on digital engagement of constituents, strategic collaborations and increasing impact and innovation within organizational programs, development and communications. Prior to joining the YWCA, Molly worked with the National Runaway Switchboard from 2001 to 2007 where she coordinated a large scale volunteer program and donor engagement for the national crisis hotline. Molly volunteered for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago for six years and is a founding board member of local non-profit Share Our Spare. Molly received a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University and completed a culinary program at Kendall College.
Chief Empowerment Officer
For more than 25 years, Loren Simmons has provided strategic and tactical program support to several non-profits. She joined YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in 1998, was appointed Chief Program Officer in 2007 and became Chief Performance Officer in 2009. Prior to joining the YWCA, Simmons held positions with Shorebank Neighborhood Institute, Bethel New Life, Inc. and the American Heart Association. Additionally, she has provided oversight to four rape crisis centers and a child sexual assault counseling center. Simmons is certified in sexual assault crisis intervention and Challenging Racism, a racial justice curriculum. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bradley University and holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
You may reach these staff members at 312.372.6600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.