CAWC Executive Staff and Board of Directors

‘Life’s most persistent question is – what are you doing for others?’
– Martin Luther King

Passion Led Us Here

The CAWC leadership team and boards work to ensure that the programs and services provided to domestic violence survivors are of the highest quality and enable survivors to start to lead lives that are free from violence and abuse.

The team and the boards are integral to CAWC’s stellar reputation in Chicago, Illinois and nationally.

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Executive Staff

Kesha S. Marie Larkins

Interim Executive Director

Kesha joined the CAWC team in June 2017 and she brings over 15 years of management experience in community-based, non-profit organizations focused on social services, healthcare, and early childhood education. A Certified Domestic Violence Professional and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Kesha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies, both from Michigan State University. Kesha also holds a Masters of Art degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University.

Judi Golemba

Development Director

Details coming soon.

Beatris Burgos

Greenhouse Shelter Director

 Beatris has worked towards ending violence against women since 1986, when she began volunteering for CAWC. Beatris is a Certified Domestic Violence Professional and through her leadership and commitment, CAWC has provided safe intervention, counseling, and ongoing support to over 33,000 victims of domestic violence. Beatris received the Human Dignity Award from the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 2000. In 2005 she received the Community Advocate Award from the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network.

Courtney Herrera

Program Director

Courtney Herrera joined CAWC in April 2013. A Certified Domestic Violence Professional with over 10 years of experience in advocating for those impacted by domestic violence, Courtney oversees all direct service programs, ensuring high-quality care for individuals seeking support. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hampton University and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grace College. Courtney’s expertise and passion for empowering survivors make her an invaluable asset to the CAWC team, leading CAWC’s mission of providing trauma-sensitive, trauma-informed services and resources to those affected by domestic violence.

Chana Harden

Finance Director

Chana joined CAWC in January 2024. With over 14 years of financial leadership experience, she brings expertise in nonprofit finance, grant management, business operations, and strategic planning. Her background includes managing financial activities for diverse portfolios, implementing internal controls, and using innovative practices to drive efficiency. Chana holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Urban Planning with a focus on Community and Economic Development from the University of Michigan at Ann-Arbor.

Board of Directors


Ada Dolph

Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Vice Presidents

Kate Gosse

Innovation Client Director, Bluedog Design

Dr. David Levine

Senior Vice President of Advanced Analytics and Data Science, Vizient




Dr. Virgil Reid

OB/GYN Physician, Erie Family Health Center


  • Cynthia Brown, Consulting Actuary, Willis Towers Watson
  • Catherine Carraway, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Equity Residential
  • April Hughes, Owner, HPZS
  • Gianne James, Senior Vice President of Governance & Assurance, FIRST Insurance Funding
  • Gregory Leos, Advocate
  • Cordelia Pottinger-Walters, Executive Assistant, Deloitte Services LLP

Associate Board


Meg Tierney

Vice President

Tanvi Mago

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