PROFILE: Experienced Public Service and Community Relations professional. Exceptional skills include strategic, public-relations program design and facilitation, collaborative project solutions, oral/written communication, and applied knowledge of the broad-based community, legal, and political resources.
EDUCATION & TRAINING:
1986 – BA Degree in Human Services – Kendall College, Evanston, IL
1989 – Studied Social Work – MSW Program – Loyola University,
2001 – Intergovernmental Exec Development Program – DePaul University 2002 – Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership – Illinois
2006-2020 John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
Department of Pharmacy – Medication Assistance Program, Chicago, IL
Responsible for the oversight and administration of the Medication Assistance Program (MAP); ensuring efficient and cost-effective dispensing of medication to disadvantaged patients. Scheduled interviews with financially disadvantaged patients; to assist with plans to reduce or eliminate the barrier of the high-cost drug(s) required for medical treatment. Prepared monthly medication reports reflecting the department’s cost savings.
2003-2006 Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Narcotics Nuisance Abatement Unit, Chicago, IL
Special Projects Community Liaison
Responsible for the development and implementation of crime prevention education programs for community residents; provided resources and consultation to increase countywide awareness and office responsiveness; created multi-media educational campaign materials; researched and notified county residents of pertinent county ordinances and state legislation; also responsible for promoting community safety.
1996-2003 Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Community Relations and Special Events Unit, Chicago, IL
African American Community Liaison
Responsible for the organization, administration, and facilitation of various special events; The events promoted community education on victim and witnesses’ rights and protection regarding crime and crime prevention in Cook County and the African American community; Developed and created pamphlets and presentation materials for criminal justice systems programs; implemented countywide prevention, resource and well-being programs; facilitated community
partnerships with African American grassroots and neighborhood organizations throughout Cook County.
1996-1997 Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
First Municipal Court, Chicago, IL
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Victim Witness Court Advocate
Provided comprehensive intervention and advocacy to victims and witnesses of sexual and domestic violence; interviewed victims and witnesses of domestic violence; scheduled referrals for crisis intervention counseling. Provided public awareness and education of the criminal justice system and the adjudication as it relates to the process of prosecution.
1994-1996 The Employment Project, Chicago, IL
Provided supportive case management and professional care to citywide homeless adults; provided life skills, transitional training, and employment resource referrals to clients; developed processes necessary to enhance client’s self-esteem and quality of life skills.
1988-1993 Township of Evanston, Evanston, IL
General Assistance Program Case Manager
Provided supportive case management and professional referrals through the Township’s General Public Assistance Program. Worked with Evanston residents citywide that are unemployed, underemployed, and homeless adults. Provided life skills, transitional training, and employment resource referrals to clients; developed processes necessary to enhance the client’s self-esteem and quality of life skills.
1986-1987 City of Evanston, Evanston, IL
Learned public planning policies that influence the quality of life of Evanston residents. The mission is to serve as a resource and catalyst for improving the city, its neighborhoods, historic districts, and the industrial, and commercial components of the local economy, with a population of over 74,000 and as one of the most economically diverse older cities in the Midwest.
Community Organization and Affiliations:
• Sankofa Safe Child Initiative – Past Board Member
• National Council of Negro Women – Chicago Midwest Section, Vice President • Top Ladies of Distinction – Chicago West Loop Chapter, Frist Vice President • Chicago Women in Government Relations, Former President
• Illinois Women in Leadership Training Academy (IWIL) – Inaugural Class
• NAACP Member
• Community Alliance for Better Government, Member
• Order of the Eastern Star – Queen of Sheba Chapter #695-Elekta Grand Chapter • Evanston League of Women Voters – Member
• Evanston Women’s Club