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Johanna Rahal Continues Tradition of Leadership
Taking the Wheel
As she prepares to help steer that mission toward the future in her new role as Chairman of the Board of Regents, Rahal said she is honored to work alongside Fr. Scott and eager to engage her fellow board members to be at the forefront of supporting new initiatives and projects.
“They say it takes a village,” she said. “Our board resume is quite impressive, and I think it would be a shame not to leverage the opportunity.”
She enters the role motivated by the examples of past chairmen and encouraged by the mentorship of outgoing chairman Joe Nolan.
“Joe is great!,” Rahal said reflecting on her time as the board’s first-ever vice chairman. She attended every meeting, took copious notes, and asked lots of questions. “Joe took the time, lent his experience, knowledge and information,” she said, adding that Nolan will remain in her speed dial going forward.
She said Nolan always encouraged her to have open dialogue, which provided the most fertile ground for new ideas. She added that she looks forward to having many open conversations with her fellow board members.
Rahal hopes her example as board chair can also inspire others. As a person with a diverse background she always believed in her abilities and the preparedness that comes from hard work. “We speak of diversity and equality and it’s nice to see when hard work and your passion for the cause are celebrated,” Rahal said.
“…that Mercy Home is right here in our city, saving children from whatever their situation may have been. And then not only just saving them, but also providing them with opportunities…”
The Event Circuit
As board chair, Rahal will also continue to play a leading role in helping our annual series of fundraising events succeed for the benefit of our young people. Whether it’s championing Ringside as the event chair, riding our March for Kids float in the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or even dealing black jack at Poker Night, Rahal goes all in for our kids.
But there is one event in particular where Rahal is really able to see and experience the results of the mission.
“The Graduate’s Luncheon is one of my favorite events to go to, because of the stories,” she said.
“I always bring a table and they’re just amazed that Mercy Home is right here in our city, saving children from whatever their situation may have been. And then not only just saving them, but also providing them with opportunities – taking it a step further.” Optimistic
Rahal’s professional experience, dedication, and passion for the mission have been a tremendous blessing to our Home. We are so grateful to her for all of her hard work over the years and we are hopeful about our future as she leads our board’s efforts in support of our young people.
“The bottom line is helping the youth of our city and continuing to make a difference in their lives,” she concluded. “And by no small amount, they will continue to make a difference in our lives as well.”