Senior Staff

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Senior Leadership

Cherese Ledet, President/CEO


Cherese Ledet, has served as President/CEO since 2023. Prior to joining YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Cherese served in leadership positions with YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, where she implemented new initiatives, secured resources, built partnerships, and developed innovative programs that address the community’s needs.


Kristin WhiteKristen White, Chief Innovation Officer


Kristen White joined YWCA in 2014. Her experience includes more than 18 years in the nonprofit sector working on issues of educational equity and family educational supports nationally, regionally, and in Chicago. Before joining YWCA Evanston/North Shore, she launched a business serving families with young children. Prior to that, Ms. White held a leadership position at Children’s Home & Aid, building a nationally recognized community schools program serving schools across Chicagoland.


Laura Moorehead, Vice President, Finance





Erin Venable, Vice President, Marketing and Communications


Erin Venable, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, joined YWCA Evanston/North Shore in 2022. Her experience brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications focused on brand identity, building awareness, and enacting change. Prior to joining YWCA, she worked in strategic marketing roles for the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life (APL) initiative, Black Enterprise, Blackbaud, HBO and CompTIA, amongst others.

Senior Staff

Peter Caragher (he/him/his)
Director, Flying Fish Aquatics

Blair DeHann (she/her/hers)
Director, Individual Giving

Hillary Douin (she/her/hers)
Director, Domestic Violence
(If you need immediate domestic violence support, please call our 24-hr. toll-free crisis line at 877-718-1868)

Kristin Drake (she/her/hers)
Director, Economic Advancement

Sherri Farris (she/her/hers)
Director, Impact Measurement

Michele Lacy (she/her/hers)
Director, Grants and Corporate Relations

Jordan Rucker (he/him/his)
Director, Operations