Our Board of Directors

Resilience’s Board of Directors is a critical component of our work to ensure that survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and compassion and to affect changes in the way the legal system, medical institutions and society as a whole respond to survivors.

Would you like to contribute your skills and perspective to the leadership of a valued Chicago non-profit? This dynamic governing body combines passion about safety, compassion and justice for survivors of sexual violence and their communities with a diverse set of skills and perspectives in service of the Resilience mission.

Saarah Ahmad


Mark Cohen

Vice President

Nicolette Freeman


Brian Greenberg


Madeline Gryll


Eugene Halleran


Kristen Lalowski


Kate Meyer


Kate MeLynda​


Dr. Swathi Mothkur


Sarah Wallace


Our Board of Directors is responsible for:

  • Ensuring Resilience’s programs and services are consistent with its mission and purpose.
  • Providing proper financial oversight. The board assists in developing Resilience’s annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.
  • Ensuring adequate resources, including fundraising, for Resilience to fulfill its mission.
  • Ensuring legal and ethical integrity and maintaining accountability. The board is ultimately responsible for ensuring adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
  • Ensuring effective organizational planning. The board actively participates in an overall planning process and assists in implementing and monitoring the plan’s goals.
  • Recruiting and orienting new board members and assessing board performance.
  • Enhancing Resilience’s public standing. The board clearly articulates the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the community.
  • Supporting the Executive Director (ED) and assessing their performance. The board ensures that the ED has the moral and professional support they need to further the goals of Resilience.

To learn more about serving on Resilience’s Board of Directors, please contact Donna Jacobson.

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