Executive DirectorAs 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 Group. 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.
Administrative Assistant/Graphic Designer
As Graphic Designer/Office Coordinator, Pat brings to Womanspace her humor and professional expertise. She has over 30 years of graphic design 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, working out and biking…whenever Womanspace releases the chains!
Cherie is a talented, longtime Womanspace member, teaches several classes here, has had her art in a number of exhibits, has been on a number of committees, is Chairperson of the Gallery committee, and is our Bookkeeper & Creative Consultant.
Liz has returned to Womanspace as marketing coordinator after several years off raising kids (human, furry and feathered!) and starting a small flower farm on her acreage in Oregon, IL. She is very happy to be back in the warm and creative community Womanspace has created and is looking forward to spreading the word to others who haven't been lucky enough to experience it!
Joy first discovered Womanspace through watercolor classes and clay studio. It turned into her favorite place to talk to others about. She is not a professional artist, but enjoys art and play time, as well. Working in the corporate world for years left her with communication and organizational skills that she will now share here at Womanspace in a less hectic manner as Program Coordinator. Joy enjoys walking to work, hiking in the woods, walking on the beach, traveling to anywhere, and getting know each person.
Arts Program Coordinator
Nicole earned her BA from U of I Springfield in Psychology with a double minor in Visual Arts and Women/Gender Studies. She is a Rockford native, CAPA graduate, Resident Artist at 317 Art Collective, and generally a pile of sunshine and rainbows. She lives by lists and calendars and thrives in a busy schedule, perfectly suiting her for the art program coordinator role at Womanspace. Elaine once said about Nicole that "creativity is the air [she] breathes," which was right on the nose. Nicole is passionate about community engagement, creative collaboration, and encouraging empowerment among women and girls.