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
A proven leader in the field of education for the past 30 years. 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 were she currently serves as the Chairman of their Board of Directors. 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 (2013), and Excellence In Leadership Initiatives(2008) to name a few. Prior to joining the YWCA she was the Chief Operating Officer 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 Operations & Member Experience Officer
Sharon has worked nearly 20 years with C-suite executives in a combination of business management and human capital management roles. As Chief Operations & Member Experience Officer for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Sharon oversees operations management for people, processes, facilities and technology. Sharon’s passion for inspiring people and her expertise in strategy and implementation plays a key role in the transformation of a 140 year old social service agency into a 21st Century social enterprise. 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 Possibility Officer
Dianne brings 20+ years of organization development, change management, recruiting, career coaching, and leadership development to her position as YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Chief Possibility Officer. Prior to joining the YWCA, she was the founding member and President of SerendipityHR, a human resources consulting firm, providing services to clients ranging from entrepreneurial startups to major corporations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Dianne began her career in customer service and operations management at Deluxe Check. She received her BA from DePaul’s School for New Learning and subsequently completed a mediation training program at DePaul.
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 over fourteen years of 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 Performance 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 email@example.com.