Evanston/North Shore

Board of Directors

Maureen Golden Kenney, Chair

Maureen Kenney and her husband learned about the YWCA when their kids learned to swim and joined the Flying Fish Swim Team. Of their connection to the YW swim program Maureen says, “What’s not to love about that experience?!” Maureen became more involved with the YWCA during the pool capital campaign in 2005. Through that process, she came to learn more and more about the range of the work of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and she joined the Board of Directors in July 2009 because she wanted to help with the organization’s ongoing efforts to raise funds to support and build programs, such as Domestic Violence and Racial Justice. Maureen’s commitment to the YWCA is inspired by the creativity, productivity and success of the organization. She finds working with so many talented and intelligent women both on the Board and staff to be energizing.

She is the Chairperson and a member of the Executive Committee. She also serves on the Donor Engagement Committee and Board Development Committee. She was also the Vice Chairperson and served on the YWomen Committee for several years.

Maureen’s past board/community service experience includes: preschool and PTO boards where her children attended school. She sat on the Board of a distressed Early Childhood/Childcare Preschool. Maureen is part of Leadership Evanston Alumni Committee. She was also a part of ETHS Boosters Club, was an after-school tutor at Haven Middle School, and was part of the Programs Committee to develop annual enrichment programming at Lincolnwood Elementary.

Cindy Rawlings, Co-Vice Chair

Cindy Rawlings is Vice President Community Development at Wintrust Bank where she works closely with local organizations and business owners to meet their banking needs, as well as develop community partnerships that strengthen local neighborhoods. 

Cindy joined the YWCA Evanston North Shore Board of Directors in 2013. Cindy was drawn to the YWCA Evanston North Shore in part because of her personal experience with the organization. She moved frequently growing up and the YW represented a common thread across many cities. Cindy was particularly drawn to the YWCA Evanston North Shore’s work in financial literacy. She believes that in today’s complex society, women must have both the tools and confidence to make sound financial decisions.

She is the Co-Vice Chairperson and a member of the Executive Committee. She also serves on the Finance and Women’s Empowerment Committees. Cindy previously served as Co-Treasurer and the Co-Chair of the Finance Committee.

Cindy has volunteered for many years in the library of her local school and served in a number of leadership capacities within her community. Her roles have included Chair of the Intergenerational program, Board District PTA, Church Deacon, and Treasurer of the Junior League. Cindy currently serves on the Board of both the Oakton Community College Foundation and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.

Shabnum Sanghvi, Co-Vice Chair

Shabnum’s professional and volunteer experiences led her to the YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s Board of Directors in 2015. She passionately cares about diversity, access to resources and how injustice impacts our community.

Shabnum is the Co-Vice Chairperson and is a member of the Executive Committee. She also serves on the Board Development Committee and previously served as the Co-Secretary.

Shabnum uses both her legal training and economic policy background to facilitate diversity and leadership workshops throughout the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

Shabum’s past board/community service experiences include participating in Leadership Evanston. She was part of the Evanston Community Foundation Board, and was Board President for three years at Chiaravalle Montessori School.

Jennifer Steans, Treasurer

Jennifer Steans is the CEO of Financial Investments Corp., where she oversees private equity investments and the Steans Family Office operations.

Jennifer joined the YWCA Evanston North Shore Board of Directors in 2011. Jennifer’s interest in the YWCA Evanston North Shore began when her son became a member of the YWCA Flying Fish Swim Team. She has spent a number of years working in the North Lawndale community of Chicago, where she became acutely aware of the need for strong violence prevention and racial justice programs. Jennifer particularly enjoys helping the organization think about how it can improve and scale these key programs

Jennifer is the Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. She also serves on the Facility Committee.

Jennifer is involved in a number of nonprofit entities, including serving as past Chair of Leadership Greater Chicago, and as Trustee of the Chicago Foundation for Women, The Steans Family Foundation, and RUSH University Medical Center.

Lakshmi Lakshmanan, Co-Secretary

Lakshmi Lakshmanan joined the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Board of Directors in 2010. Lakshmi chose to become involved with the YWCA Evanston North Shore because of its mission of helping to empower women and girls.

She is the Co-Secretary and is a member of the Executive Committee. She’s also serves on the Racial Justice Committee.

Lakshmi is an immigration attorney with her own practice.

She lives in Evanston with her husband and three children, who are all enrolled in the Flying Fish swim class at the YWCA.

Jennifer Paul, Co-Secretary

Jennifer Paul is the Director of Nonprofit Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she designs and implements professional development programs for nonprofit executives. Her areas of expertise include fundraising, strategic marketing, nonprofit management and event planning.

Jennifer joined the YWCA Evanston North Shore Board of Directors in 2013. She started her work with the YWCA on the Young Women’s Leadership Board in 2011 and served as the Chair of that Board in 2012. Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors because she believes in the mission of the YWCA. Since she was raised in a conservative family in the south, the issues of women’s empowerment and racial equity are of particular importance for her. Through serving on the Board and the various committees of the YWCA, Jennifer hopes that she can help the YWCA further advance its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

She is the Co-Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. She has served on the Purple Purse Committee and is currently on the Donor Engagement, Marketing and Facilities Committees.

Sarah Malone, Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Sarah Malone is an organization development and change leadership consultant, coach, educator and keynote speaker. She has over 30 years of experience helping leaders guide complex change and develop change capacity within their organizations and communities.

Dr. Malone joined the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Board in 2008. Having lived in the YWCA Shelter and received services through the YWCA Domestic Violence program, Dr. Malone knows firsthand the positive impact the YWCA has on women and their children. Through this experience, she is committed to and is an ardent supporter of the YWCA and the incredible work the organization does to lift up and empower women.

She is currently the Immediate Past Chairperson and is a member of the Executive Committee. She also serves on the Board Development and Racial Justice Committees. She previously served as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. 

Her past board service includes: The Illinois Alliance on Aging, Senior Citizen’s Art Network, Terra Nova Films, Project Equality and Advocate Home Health Services.

Sylvia Bateman

Sylvia Bateman has over 30 years of experiences as a practicing lawyer, and five years ago she moved into a business position at Exelon Corporation.

Sylvia joined the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Board of Directors in 2016. She joined the Board because of her interest in increasing her commitment to supporting organizations within her community that align with her personal values and interests and are dedicated to creating a level playing field for all residents, as well as opportunities for minorities and women.

She serves on the Donor Engagement Committee. Her board/community service experiences include United Parents for Excellence, Evanston Community Foundation, Travis Family Trust Scholarship, and the Harpo Scholarship Advisory Board at the University of Michigan Law School.

Elizabeth Brasher

Elizabeth is employed at Northwestern University, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access. In her role as Program Assistant, she assists NU faculty and students with EEOC inquiries, complaints and Medical related accommodation requests.

She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010 and strongly believes in the mission. She sees the YW as a leader in the Evanston and North Shore communities in tackling racial injustice and domestic violence, which are areas that are very important to her. She is proud to be part of an organization that is not afraid to tackle these tough issues head on.

She is currently in her second term. During her tenure, she has served on multiple Advocacy and Strategic Planning committees and is currently the Chair of the Racial Justice Committee.

Elizabeth was born and raised in Evanston. She is daughter of former Mayor Lorraine H Morton and she has two daughters.

Past Board service includes: Foundation 65, Forrest E. Powell Foundation, Shorefront Legacy Center, Mental Health America of the North Shore, First Night Evanston, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Carmen Corbett

Carmen Corbett is a Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker Residential. She joined the YWCA Evanston North Shore Board of Directors in 2013 to lend her skills, experience and commitment to advance the mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

Carmen is currently the Co-Chair of the Board Development Committee and serves as a member of the Executive Committee. Carmen served on the subcommittee of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Racial Justice Committee to bring the RACE: Are We So Different? Exhibit to the Holocaust Museum in Skokie, IL. Carmen has also participated on two Purple Purse campaigns to raise domestic violence funds for the YWCA Evanston/North Shore as well as the Marketing Committee.

Carmen served on the board of a local political organization to encourage participation in the political process.

Maxine Mott

Maxine Mott is currently the Senior Manager of the Client Relationship Consultants at TIAA-CREF. She has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry with a strong background in client servicing, operations, strategic planning and people development.

Maxine joined YWCA Evanston/North Shore's Board in 2014 because she wants to make a difference in her community. She sees the impact her contribution makes towards those in need. This also provides her the opportunity to build relationships and be exposed to many different kinds of people, environments and situations, giving her a more solidified view of herself and purpose.

She currently serves on the Donor Engagement Committee.

Anna Nichols

Anna Nichols is Director of Communications at Altair Advisers LLC. She has more than 13 years’ experience of marketing, research and educational programming in the family wealth industry. Prior to joining Altair, she was the Managing Director for Content at Family Office Exchange (FOX), a membership organization for ultra-high net worth families and their advisors.

Anna Nichols joined the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Board of Directors in 2016. Her many experiences growing up and in college and beyond confirmed her commitment to women’s empowerment and racial equity. Her college years opened her eyes to the complexity of domestic violence issues and after graduation she was proud to work for a YWCA that sought to empower women. She is now proud to support the YWCA Evanston/North Shore because she saw firsthand the desperate need for its mission and programs.

She serves on the Donor Engagement Committee.

Anna has authored multiple studies, articles and whitepapers and is a well-known writer and speaker on a wide range of generational wealth issues. Her work has been published in the Journal of Trusts and Estates, Private Wealth Management, Family Business, and SRR magazines among other publications. Anna is a frequent presenter at family office, family business and wealth management conferences.

Previous to her work at FOX, Anna held management positions with the New York City Bar Association, and the YWCA of New York City. Anna came to Chicago as a consultant for the real property probate and trust section of the American Bar Association.

Valerie C. Pierce

Valerie Pierce has spent her career in Human Resource management working for both profit and nonprofit organizations. She gained extensive knowledge and experience in HR administration, staffing, employment law, employee relations, compensation, benefits, performance management and policy and procedure development.

Valerie joined the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Board of Directors in 2013. Valerie is committed to the continued development of programs dedicated to improving acceptance, understanding and justice for individuals from all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Growing up in a family of seven sisters, Valerie believes in the importance of the development of strong and effective programs that help empower, assist and cultivate the full potential of girls and woman. She is personally devoted to the mission and strategic goals of the YWCA and is honored to work with the devoted staff, Board and the community to ensure that the organization continuously strives to achieve its mission to empower women and eliminate racism.

She serves as the Co-Chair of the Board Development Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. She is on the Racial Justice Committee and also served on the Finance Committee.

Deborah Kahn Price

Deborah Kahn Price joined the YWCA Evanston-North Shore Board in 2016 after serving on several committees for three years. She currently serves on the Finance, Facilities, Economic Advancement and Purple Purse Committees as well as being actively involved with the Domestic Violence housing program.

Deb was inspired to support the work of the YWCA because of her commitment to empowering women in all facets of their life along with the YW’s dedication to sheltering and supporting victims of domestic violence.

She recently retired as President and CFO of Thermoflex Corporation, a manufacturing company serving the automotive industry. Throughout her career, Deb has held executive leadership roles in human resources, financial/facilities management, information technology and organizational change.

Deb also serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Equestrian Connection, a therapeutic equine facility which serves clients with all types of disabilities. She is the immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of United Way North-Northwest and still serves on that board. Her previous non-profit experiences include serving as Treasurer for League of Women Voters of Glencoe, as a member of Glencoe District 35 (K-8) School Board, Treasurer then President of Glencoe Schools PTA and other volunteer activities.

Deb earned a BS degree in Biochemistry from Smith College and a PhD in Pharmacology from Northwestern. 

Kathy Rubash

Kathy Rubash currently serves as vice president, Program Management Office, Allstate Technology & Strategy Ventures. In this role, she is accountable for program delivery, standards, technology applications and the portfolio view of Allstate Insurance Company’s technology organization. Kathy is part of the core team driving Allstate’s enterprise agile strategy and transformation efforts.

Kathy joined Allstate in 2004 and has held various project management, program management and delivery positions, including leadership in both Allstate Life and Retirement and ATSV. Prior to joining Allstate, Kathy was a management consultant at Accenture in its Financial Services Technology practice. There she gained deep expertise in financial management, product development and business system implementation.

Kathy received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame with a concentration in computer applications and design. She also is a certified Project Management Professional.

Kathy and her husband, Kevin, live in the northern suburbs of Chicago with their six year old daughter, Emma. 

Penelope Sachs

Penelope Sachs learned about the YWCA Evanston /North Shore’s work through her other community work. She joined the Board of Directors in 2015 because she was impressed by the important work that the YWCA was doing on the issues of women’s empowerment and racial justice.

She is currently the Chair of the Donor Engagement Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. She has served on the Finance, Marketing, and Donor Engagement Committees.

Penelope comes from a background of advertising when she worked in London and Hong Kong. She currently plays viola with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra (ESO). Penelope works and volunteers for the ESO, as well as Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra based in Skokie.

Penelope’s past board/community service experiences include participating in Leadership Evanston, and serving on the Evanston Community Foundation Board.

Advisory Council

Sarah Wagner

Alan Anderson
Ann Balusek
Kathy Berger
Vickie Burke
Steve Hagerty
Rachel Hayman
Karen Hunt
Denise Martin
Dan Munro
Jim Nothnagel
Lynne Raimondo
Patty Reece
Ingrid Stafford
Ronna Stamm
Laura Tucker




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