Jacqueline Carroll is an attorney, a human rights advocate, and a storyteller. Starting off her career as an actress and director, having trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, she headed west after obtaining her degree from Northwestern University. While in Los Angeles, she attended the Democratic National Convention and began volunteering for the Gore Campaign. This led her to start a new path-one focused on the practice of law. Jacqueline helped write the Chicago Clean Indoor Air Ordinance (often referred to as the “smoking ban”) and joined the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office- where she practiced for over eleven years. As an Assistant State’s Attorney, Jacqueline specialized in the prosecution of child sex offenders. She then transferred to the civil division, where she defended the County and the Sheriff in §1983 civil rights cases. During her tenure as an A.S.A., Jacqueline prosecuted more than 100 misdemeanor cases, presented over 200 criminal and civil motions in federal and state courts, authored briefs before appellate courts, and litigated four successful jury trials.
After leaving the State’s Attorney’s Office to work for boutique litigation firms, Jacqueline became involved with the Decalogue Society of Jewish Lawyers and Judges, became co-chair of its Committee Against Anti-Semitism and Hate and joined its board. Jacqueline is also a member of the ADL’s Midwest Board. After moderating a panel discussion titled: “Hate Speech and the First Amendment,” Jacqueline left law firm life to work primarily with one of the panelists for that discussion- Alison Pure-Slovin, the Midwest Regional Director for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Jacqueline opened her own legal consulting firm, We Persist!, where she creates programming, works on legislation, and writes opinion pieces for organizations such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Jacqueline is also working on a law treatise entitled: “The Holocaust and the Law,” and is in the process of writing a play based on an important historic event.
Sandy Gregerman was born and raised on the Northwest side. She is a graduate of Carthage College graduating with a double major in Business Administration and Marketing along with a minor in Psychology.
Sandy started her career in specialty women’s apparel as a retail manager and training specialist with a focus on talent development. After a decade working in both the field and as a regional project manager, Sandy switched from soft lines into the furniture industry. From retail, Sandy moved to high end wholesale at the Merchandise Mart where she stayed for several years before entering hospitality in the private country club sector. A decade later after seeing the club through two renovations and significant growth, Sandy opted to move to the non-profit world and joined the JCC in 2018. Over the last three years she has added her experience in customer relations and program development to define the potential for JCC Chicago to become a location of choice for community celebrations and rentals.
Throughout her career Sandy has made time for volunteerism in local schools and in various community activist efforts to care for those in need.
Sandy is married to her husband Dan, of 18 years. They have a daughter 17, Samantha, a rising senior at Glenbrook South High School, and a son 13 Jacob who will join his sister at GBS in the fall. Sam follows her dad’s passion for the arts through dance, theatre, and choir while Jacob is an avid baseball player and budding entrepreneur. In her bits of down time Sandy loves to stay fit, play with her dogs, and repaint old furniture.
Jaimie Korelitz is originally from the Chicago area (Glenview), and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergrad. After college she lived and worked in Boston, and then moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico where she taught English. After living in Mexico, Jaimie returned to the Chicago area and started working for Getty Images. Amazingly 17 years later, she is still with the same company, now as a Director of National Accounts. On the personal front, Jaimie is married with 3 kids, ages 10, 6, and 2 which keeps her quite busy and always on her toes!
Randi Novak was born in Chicago and raised in Evanston. She is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington with a BA in Journalism. She started her career working for a mid-sized public relations firm, then began in residential real estate and for the last 10 years, talent acquisition within Human Resources. She describes herself as an energetic, strategic, transparent and a detail orientated recruiting and sales professional. Currently she works for Northwestern Medicine in the North Region. Randi works with 3 other recruiting professionals for both clinical and non-clinical positions and is part of a larger TA team of over 40. Randi works with both inpatient and outpatient recruiting for the system. She serves as an ambassador and champion for positive change throughout Talent Acquisition and with executive leadership. She sees value in teamwork and collaboration with her peers. Randi is a divorced mom, living in Highland Park to 2 tweens; Reese age 10, son Blake, 13 and a rescue King Charles Cavalier, Daisy. In her free time (which in 2020 with 2 kids learning remote and hybrid was not often) she enjoys reading, reality TV and historical documentaries, cooking, walks, mediation and tinkering with DIY projects including but not limited to continually re-organizing or re-arranging her home.
Marni Rosen is the Practice Director of the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) in Evanston, IL. As a Clinical Psychologist and Art Therapist, Marni is passionate about using the arts for healing and therapeutic change for adults and children. Her decision to specialize in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was highly influenced by her time in Israel during the Second Intifada and her Post-September 11th New York college experience at Yeshiva University.
Following the completion of her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2012 at the Post-Traumatic Stress Center in New Haven, CT and her research assistantship at Yale University studying the impact of trauma on the narratives of Holocaust survivors, Marni taught Art therapy and Counseling courses at Adler University where she had completed her doctorate previously in 2011.
In her role as Practice Director, Marni oversees a Creative Arts Therapy team of 18 professionals and interns across multiple sites in the Chicagoland area. She is a supervisor, consultant, and trainer on trauma centered art therapy, trauma informed arts education, and the utilization of art in clinical practice by non-art therapists. In additional to several published academic papers, Marni has presented to more than 50 professional and community audiences on her work in trauma and art therapy.
Marni resides with her husband, Elie, and 4 children (ages 6, 5, 3, & 1) in Skokie, IL. She and her husband, a colleague in the field of Clinical Psychology and her partner in life, spend their weekends playing board games, building legos and trains, gardening, and doing arts and crafts with their children.
Carly Rousseau was born and raised on the North Side of Chicago. She is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University and received a JD from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. She started her career working in healthcare and finance, then transitioned to the public sector. Currently she works for the City of Chicago as an Investigator and relishes the opportunity to use her legal and interpersonal skills to help others. Carly spends her free time networking, attending concerts, experimenting in the kitchen, and volunteering with a variety of grassroots organizations.
Sharon Schwartz has had a varied work history – and is ready to use it all to shape her future. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a BA in psychology, and from IIT Kent College of Law, she began practicing as an attorney in civil litigation, contracts, real estate and then corporate tax. While on loan from her firm to a charity, she saw that her skills and interests could also serve the not-for-profit world. She then took a position as Midwest Regional Director for Chai Lifeline – an international organization helping children with life-threatening illness. While there, she increased the size of the region, the scope of programs offered, and the fundraising totals. Sharon is currently Director of Operations at Chicago Torah Network – a local organization that connects Jews of all backgrounds to their heritage. In addition, she works as a consultant with schools, individuals, and organizations in grant writing, event planning, marketing, reporting, and other special projects.
Sharon looks forward to joining this group of women who are interested in professional growth and exploring the next step – wherever that may lead.
Amy Shriberg has a background in teaching, research, writing, and editing. She currently teaches political science courses at the College of Lake County. Amy has a Ph.D. in politics from Brandeis University, a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She and her husband live in Lake County and are the proud parents of two teenagers.
Danielle Steele, Director, Major and Municipal Account Management joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois in August 2014. Danielle has eighteen years of experience in the managed care and consulting industries with a focus on operations and account and project management. Danielle began her career in the industry at a large health insurance carrier headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, where she learned and mastered the day-to-day service operation functions as a part of a structured management development program. During her tenure at various managed healthcare companies, Danielle had various roles and responsibilities including service operation management, process improvement, vendor management, implementation, product development and account management.
In addition to her carrier background, Danielle worked for a large regional consulting firm in the Washington DC metropolitan area and worked for a large worldwide consulting firm in Chicago. Danielle has worked with various size clients and industries and focuses on client satisfaction, streamlining plan administration, optimizing relationships, and developing strategies to meet individual client goals.
Danielle is at home in Chicago, she enjoys the hustle and bustle of the city but also appreciates the small town feel of the vibrant neighborhoods across the city. No matter the season, she enjoys being active outside and frequents the abundant parks and the lakefront. She takes great pride in representing local Municipal clients to include the City Agencies. Such partnerships are significant, meaningful, and complex.
Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Danielle is a licensed insurance producer in the State of Illinois and holds insurance licenses in other states as well.
Sari Steinberg, for nearly three decades, has been privileged to serve as a “shamash,” brightening the light of leaders and luminaries in the Jewish community through engagement, development, writing, and editing. Sari’s success is reflected in the growth of several nascent nonprofits into nationally recognized institutions and in the persuasive articulation of others’ big ideas for the betterment of society. As a communications consultant, Sari creates all kinds of copy for fundraising and PR purposes. Her desire and ability to connect with people, to connect people to causes, and to connect people with each other, form the foundation for what she believes may be the next steps in her career. Sari is honored to be part of this Women inPower cohort and looks forward to learning alongside, and mutually mentoring, her fellow fellows.
Jodi S. Cohen
Stacey J. Dembo
Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of Stacey J. Dembo, LLC
Sr. Director, Product and Innovation, Voluntary Benefits at Trustmark
Chief People Officer | CHRO at Q-Centrix
Efrat R. Schulman
Partner, Jones Day
Leslie Rosen Stern
Managing Director | Meeting Your Mission
HR Business Partner | Northwestern Medicine
Amy Dordek Dolinsky
Director of Business Development | Lucas James Talent Partners
President | A.M. Real Estate Communications, LLC
Managing Partner | Luxury Living Chicago Realty
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
Mayor of the City of Chicago; Honorary Co-Chair, JCC Chicago’s Women inPower 2020 Steering Committee
Danielle Claman Gelber
President and Executive Producer, Acoustic Productions, Inc.
President/CEO, JCC Chicago
General Partner, InvestHER Ventures
CEO Azul Partners Inc & Co-Founder MetalMiner
Managing Director, J.P. Morgan