Based in Berwyn, Illinois, Kathleen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and a Certified Domestic Violence
Professional (ICDVP) serving as the head of the Gender Unit at LeMayian Hospital in Kitengela, Kenya where she
developed their Gender-Based Violence Recovery Program.
Kathleen comes from an extensive and accomplished background with experience leading nonprofits focused on
the intervention and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), HIV/AIDS and child welfare.
Beginning as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa and working her way to serve as Executive
Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network-
In 2018, Kathleen was awarded the Rotary Peace Fellowship and completed an extensive program on peace and
conflict studies at the Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2020, she was selected as
a Positive Peace Activator by Rotary International/Institute of Economics & Peace, where she co-founded the
Racial Equity Project highlighting the critical link between diversity, equity, and inclusion and peacebuilding.
Kathleen also has professional certificates in Unarmed Civilian Protection from Nonviolence Peaceforce, Mediation
Skills Training from Northwestern University, and Refugee Protection and the Rights and Process of (Re)
Settlement from the Center for Forced Migration Studies at Northwestern University.
As a member of the Rotary Peace Fellow Alumni Association (RPFAA), Kathleen has provided training on Positive
Peace, gender equity, and SGBV to members of the Rotary Family. In 2020, she was a founding member of the
RPFAA Global Peace Conference, and in 2021 served as the Global Peace Conference African/MENA Committee
Co-Chair and Global Planning Committee Team Member. She is currently a member of the Rotary Peace Fellow
Leadership Retreat Planning Committee.