The Leader Council members are powerful accomplished professional women who believe in the lives of Mercy Home’s young people’s education. They meet throughout the year and donate their time, talent, financial support and professional resources to open doors to education in order to change the trajectory of children’s futures, and break cycles of abuse, neglect and poverty.

Nancy Temple


Katten & Temple, LLP

Nancy Amicangelo

Nancy Bentley, Ph.D

Benedictine University

Sue Bettman

R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Co.

Deirdre Bormes

Eileen Bower

Troutman Sanders

Donna Carroll, Ph.D

Dominican University

Juliann Cecchi

Northwestern University School of Law

Emily Cole

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

Mary Dempsey

DePaul College Prep

Mary Dominiak

Village of Antioch

Lisa Duarte

City of Chicago

Susanne Dumbleton, Ph.D

DePaul University

Mary Elson

Tribune Publishing (retired)

Megan Ferraro

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Cheri Finno

Diane Gannon

Patricia Gianone

Duffy Designs, Ltd.

Valerie Giardini

The Northern Trust Company

Karen Golden

Kathleen Hagedorn

Chicago Partners Investment Group

Anne T.C. Harney

Collins Engineers

Susan L. Henry

Cornerstone CPA Group, LLP

Nancy Iannotta

The Private Bank

Gloria Jacobson

Saint Xavier University

Michele Jochner

Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck LLP

Caroline Becker Joss

Caroline Rose, Inc.

Beth Kaveny

Burke Wise Morrissey & Kaveny

Yvette Kennedy


Nicole Klotz

Morgan Stanley

Claire Koeneman

Hill + Knowlton Strategies

Sarah Kooperman

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

Jennifer Lyons


Missy Lavender

Women’s Health Foundation

Liz Levy-Navarro

Orrington Strategies

Kerry Long

K. Long & Associates

Elizabeth Marino

Jones Day

Natalie Martini


Caroline McAteer

DePaul University

Kathleen M. McCabe

Ann Mendelsohn

Eileen Mitchell

City of Chicago

Mary Kay Mulvaney, Ph.D

Elmhurst College

Liz Levy-Navarro

Orrington Strategies

Erin Nolan

Nolan Development

Kerry O’Hare

Oxford Capital Partners, Inc.

Katina Panagopoulos

Wintrust Commercial Banking

Suleyma Perez

Northeastern Illinois University

Rachael Phillippe

Hermes of Paris

Judy Pomeranz

Freelance Writer

Janene Powers

Target Data

Lora Powers

Wells Fargo

Maureen Power

Power & Cronin, LT.

Beth Provanzana

The Northern Trust

Virginia Rugai

Mary Lee Schneider


Deborah Sexton

Professional Convention Management Association

Salme Harju Steinberg, PhD

Northeastern Illinois University

Nancy Summers

Law Offices of Nancy A. Summers

Ivana Taylor

BD Associates, Inc.

Kathy Taylor

Rider Dickerson

Kate Temple

Human Resource Consulting Group

Susan Templeton

Taiber Kosmala & Associates LLC

Marcy Twardak

Monica Tynan


Laura Wicklander West

Great Lakes Advisors

Alys C. Williams

Epiq Systems

Mary Wilson


Brigitta Witt

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Charlene Yaneza


Nancy Loewenberg Young

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management