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Youth Guidance’s Working on Womanhood (WOW) Advisory Council is composed of individuals who are committed to helping young women in Chicago’s schools. Each council member has a strong desire be actively involved in solving the issues these youth face. Each devotes time, talent and expertise to the current and future work of the program.

A very special thank you to all WOW Advisory Council members for their tireless support!

  • Ann Lennon, Youth Guidance Board of Directors, Managing Director Accenture, Chair of WOW Advisory Council
  • Bethanny Alexander, Realtor, Baird and Warner
  • Cassidy Alpern, Director, FTI Consulting Strategic Communications
  • Davida Barrett-McPhee, Community Leader
  • Ali Bauer, Vice President Business Development, Mary Cook Associates, Inc.
  • Sue Benton, Benton Firm LLC
  • Katie Cangemi, Program Officer, Community Health Initiatives at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Leslie Danford, Director, eCommerce, Beam Suntory
  • Amy Dowdell, Director of Accounting Projects and Research, RR Donnelly
  • Rachel Dvorken, Executive Vice President/General Counsel, Sinai Health System
  • Lara Gatermann, Vice President, EuroCentra Inc.
  • Rachel Graham, Program Director, Lefkofsky Family Foundation
  • Erika Grim, Senior Vice President, Private Client Manager, U.S. Trust
  • Alexandra Heestand, Director, Heestand Family Foundation
  • Lynn Jackson, Community Leader
  • Sadie Stockdale Jefferson, Director of Strategy, Chicago Public Schools
  • Qiara Johnson, Accounting Manager, Mutual Trust Financial Group
  • Julie Knudson, SVP, Human Resources, GGP
  • Dinaz Mansuri, Executive Director, The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation
  • Yvon Milano, PMO Portfolio Director & Chief of Staff for Global Operations Business Solutions, Kellog Company
  • Mary Margaret “Mimi” Moore, Labor and Employment Attorney, Bryan Cave
  • Reverend Jihan Murray-Smith, Deacon, St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church
  • Jen Parkinson, Science Teacher, Winnetka Public Schools
  • Carrie Parr, Community Leader
  • Kelly Paxson, Vice President, New Business Sales and Marketing, Nickelodeon Group
  • LaSandra Pierce, Senior Vice President, Region Executive, Bank of America
  • Diane Reilly, Co-Chair, Youth Guidance Gala 2018
  • Dr. Angelique Sallas, Ph.D., Youth Guidance Board of Directors, Clinical Psychologist
  • Beth Schmidt, Community Leader
  • Liz Siciliano, Chief of Staff, The Obama Foundation
  • Greg Simoncini, Youth Guidance Board of Directors, Principal, Simoncini Strategies
  • Tristan Slemmons, Corporate Citizenship Leader, Deloitte
  • Kemi Solade, SVP/Director, Commercial Bank, Diversified Industries, BMO Harris Bank
  • Dr. Rachel Goodman Sturges, PsyD
  • Rocio Telinski, President & CEO, Rocio Telinski & Associates, LLC
  • Tracey Wik, VP Development Solutions, The Chally Group Worldwide
  • Betsy Wille, Managing Director, Cybersecurity Operations, TIAA-CREF
  • Dana Williamson, Associate, Sidley Austin LLP