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Elaine Hirschenberger

Executive Director

As Executive Director and Cofounder, Elaine brings abundant energy and dedication to Womanspace. Her conscientious and sensitive personality makes her a welcoming, hospitable presence. Along with administering the business side of Womanspace, Elaine also uses her considerable talents facilitating some programs special to her, among them the Seekers and Mindfulness Groups. Occasionally, Elaine teaches or facilitates other programs at Womanspace and exhibits her artwork in New Dimensions Gallery. She works closely with the Building and Grounds Committee, as well as the Finance, Human Resources and Executive Committees of the Board of Directors.

Elaine received her degree in English from Alverno College. She pursued further studies in art and design at College of DuPage, Rockford College and Northern Illinois University. She is an active member of School Sisters of Saint Francis, an international community of religious women based in Milwaukee.


Pat Lai

Graphic Designer/Office Coordinator

As Graphic Designer/Office Coordinator, Pat brings to Womanspace her humor and professional expertise. She has over 30 years of graphic design, page production and project management experience in industrial, service and consumer marketing communications. Pat holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and Printmaking from the University of Northern Iowa. She loves playing and coaching tennis and tries to have a life outside of work…whenever Womanspace releases the chains!


Aimee Floto

Marketing Coordinator

Aimee has a strong background in marketing, graphic design, creative direction, management and much more! She recently moved back to Rockton after living in Duluth, Minnesota where she worked at Maurice’s headquarters. Having previously founded her own marketing and advertising business in Chicago, creative problem-solving and overseeing day-to-day operations are Aimee's forte.

Aimee is a team player and loves building relationships. She is excited to be back "home" and getting involved in her community. Aimee brings experience, knowledge, and skills that enhance the mission and vision of Womanspace. Her personality and professionalism are contagious and she inspires those who know her to achieve higher levels of success and be the best they can be.


Cherie Heck

Art Program Coordinator

Cherie is a longtime Womanspace member, teaches several classes here, has had her art in a number of exhibits, is a Passport to the Arts committee member and Chairperson of the Gallery committee, and is our Art Programs/Volunteer Coordinator...whew!


Julie Maffei

Program Coordinator

As Program Coordinator Julie Maffei brings enthusiasm and a strong commitment to planning programs that build community, support individual well-being, provide opportunities for learning and foster creativity. She loves working in an environment where those things are central to every aspect of the organization. 

Julie holds a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She has experience coordinating various education programs including Elderhostel (before it was Road Scholar) and professional continuing education. When she is not at Womanspace she enjoys volunteering at a therapeutic riding center, gardening, hiking and rowing.


Office Phone: (815) 877-0118

Fax: (815) 877-0265

3333 Maria Linden Dr.

Rockford, IL 61114

Monday - Thursday

9:00a - 5:00p

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