Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friend,

While we’re halfway through 2021, this month marks the beginning of our new fiscal year. For Resilience, this means we are welcoming new members and officers to our Board of Directors and Associate Board! Learn more about these dedicated members of our community below. We are incredibly grateful for their support and service. There is so much to look forward to in the next few months. This fall, we hope you’ll join us for our annual Evening of Impact, happening in person on Wednesday, October 27 at Galleria Marchetti. More details on that coming your way soon! In the meantime, please save the date! Keep an eye out for other new projects and events from us (such as more installments of the Celebrating Resilience Speaker Series and a new podcast...). Thank you for all your support this past year. We look forward to seeing more of you, hopefully safely in person, soon. 

With Appreciation,

Erin Walton
Executive Director


Resilience's Board of Directors and Associate Board

We're thrilled to introduce our Board and Associate Board for Fiscal Year 2022!

FY22 Board of Directors 

Lauren Pesa, President
Jonathan Center, Vice President
Kate Meyer, Secretary 
Eugene Halleran, Treasurer 
Kate Migon
Crystal Clark
Shonda Nelson
Sarah Wallace
McKaye Whiteside



FY22 Associate Board

Sarah E. King, President
Hannah Muerhoff, Vice President
Megan Lawlor, Treasurer
Amanda Robert, Secretary
Michelle Morrow, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair
Sierra Petersen, Membership Co-Chair
Ashlee Krawczyk, Membership Co-Chair
Jenny Zale, Fundraising Co-Chair
Andrea King, Fundraising Co-Chair
Alicia Babich
Mary Beaudin
Stephanie Brown
Kristin Burns
Heather Clark
Jill Conway
Risa Gillogly
Sarah Hernandez
Alexandra Musgrove
Molly Nugent
Lauren Okura
Kerri Pang
Stephanie Perkowski
Rebekah Richmond
Mary Ann Vega
Olivia Weyers
Samantha Wootan
Mary Wozniak


Meet Emma Gonzalez, Resilience Senior Prevention Educator

This year, we’re continuing to celebrate the people who make #OurResilience possible and telling the stories of some of our incredible clients, staff, volunteers, and supporters. It is more important now more than ever to embrace and celebrate what connects us: our resilience. This month, we're proudly shining a spotlight on Emma Gonzalez. Emma is a Senior Prevention Educator at Resilience. Read our interview with Emma by clicking below.


Date rapes are hard to investigate and prosecute. A new Illinois bill would more clearly define consent in these cases.

Mariá Balata, Resilience's Director of Advocacy Services, and Sarah Layden, Director of Programs and Public Policy, were both recently featured in this front-page Chicago Tribune article. Click below to learn more about why prosecuting cases of date rape can be so difficult and rare. 


Queer Survivor Support Group

Mondays, July 26 – October 4 (excluding Labor Day), 5:30-7:00 PM, held virtually

This virtual support group is for queer survivors of sexual assault of all genders. Ages 18+. Participants will have the opportunity to share, grow, learn, and heal in relationship with one another.

For a screening interview, please contact Rachel Mintz at or (312) 443-9603 x322.

Women of Color Support Group

Thursdays, July 29 – September 16, 4:30 – 6:00 PM, held virtually

This is a closed 8-week virtual support group that will be a space for survivors of sexual violence who self-identify as women of color to learn healthy coping skills to be able to navigate through the effects of trauma, and how intersectionality and culture may make it difficult to navigate healing due to factors such as systemic racism, lack of access to appropriate mental health care, etc. In this group, we will not process traumatic details of a sexual assault, rather support one another through empowerment, empathy, and a feminist-multicultural approach to therapy. 

For an intake, please contact Alexa Diego at or (872) 356-8219.

Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma

Friday, September 17, 2021, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM via Zoom

Cost: Resilience is now offering a sliding scale pricing structure for our specialized trainings.  

This training is designed for a range of professionals who work with survivors of trauma. The content of this training includes: identifying and defining basic functions of the brain, how the brain and the body respond to traumatic events including the influence of traumatic events on memory processes and common emotional and behavioral responses to trauma, and how to work with trauma survivors. CEUs are available for LCPC and LCSW licenses. Learn more and register below.


We're Hiring!

Resilience is looking for new talent to join our ranks in support of survivors of sexual violence. The following positions are currently open:

To learn more about careers at Resilience, please click here.  


Get connected with Resilience's remote services

Click here to connect with an advocate remotely
Please fill out this form to be contacted by a trauma therapist to schedule or confirm a one-time remote session
Click here to view our COVID-19 resources on our website


Safety planning resources for survivors from Futures Without Violence
Resources about public charge and COVID-19 from Protecting Immigrant Families
What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms (EnglishSpanishPolish
Tips on Managing Anxiety about COVID-19 (EnglishSpanishPolishSimplified ChineseTagalogArabic)

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