Senior Staff

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Karen SingerKaren Singer, President/CEO

Karen Singer, President/CEO since 2004, has more than doubled the size of the organization and grown the revenue base to support and sustain the growing programs and staff. Prior to joining YWCA Evanston/North Shore, she worked over thirty years in Chicago and New York on domestic violence issues, homelessness and housing, and other social justice issues.


Kristin WhiteKristen White, Chief Operating Officer

Kristen White joined YWCA as COO in August 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.


Paul NayePaul Naye , Chief Financial Officer

Paul Naye joined the YWCA in July, 2018 in an interim role and came on board as the Agency’s full time Chief Financial Officer in August. Paul has over twenty years of senior and executive financial leadership experience in both the for- and not-for-profit sectors. Paul is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master’s Degree in Management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern.


Kathy SlaughterKathy Slaughter , Vice President of Development

Kathy Slaughter, Vice President for Development, has been at YWCA Evanston North Shore for 10 years. During her tenure, contributions from individuals have increased significantly, resulting in a more diverse funding stream for the organization. In addition, new fundraising programs have been introduced including major gifts, monthly giving, peer-to-peer fundraising, and planned giving. Prior to joining YWCA, Ms. Slaughter worked in corporate marketing and sales, and in marketing and grants management at the Evanston Community Foundation.



Shannon Callahan
Director, Women’s Leadership and Economic Advancement

Peter Caragher
Director, Flying Fish Aquatics

Wendy Dickson
Director, Domestic Violence Training and Prevention

Tiffany McDowell
Equity Institute Director

Julie McBratney
Communications Director

Genriyeta Papirov
Operations Director

Trimmy Stamell
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Sandy T. Williams
Director, Domestic Violence Residential and Community Services