Our Board

Teresa Pennix-Gill

Co-Founder, Board President and Executive Director of Parenting for Non-Violence.  She has an MA in Family Ministry and Faith Formation from Dominican University and coordinates various types of family life and human concerns initiatives throughout Chicago.  She directs the P4NV program, building community capacity for holistic education in the Archdiocese of Chicago, engaging families and communities from diverse backgrounds.  She has 20+ years of experience as a senior-level manager with the Federal Aviation Administration & Lockheed Martin in program management and planning.  Teresa  is the parent of 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

Rosemary O’Connor White

Co-Founder of Parenting for Non-Violence, has a  BA Mundelein College and MPS in Learning Disabilities, Manhattanville, has pursued a career in a variety of teaching situations, most recently in private practice where she specializes in teaching students challenged with dyslexia.  She is former president of the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, and current Board Advisor, volunteer case manager at PHD, a counseling center for pregnant women and mothers of children under the age of three, chapter co-coordinator of Lincolnshire chapter of CHADD, a national organization that serves persons and families affected by ADHD.  Her knowledge of parenting skills are a result of raising 4 children, being a facilitator of discussion for the STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) program, and being a certified instructor for Common Sense Parenting.

Charles Dahm, O.P.

Co-Founder of Parenting for Non-Violence, is a Dominican priest and the Chicago Archdiocesan Director of Domestic Violence Outreach, and the Co-coordinator of Peace and Justice for Dominicans in North America.  He is the associate pastor of St. Pius V parish in Chicago, a large Hispanic parish in the Pilsen neighborhood, where he was pastor for 21 years.  Among many other initiatives, Fr. Dahm was instrumental in promoting parenting education at St.Pius V.  He is a frequent lecturer and preacher on domestic violence as well as a promoter of parish ministry to victims of domestic violence.  Fr. Dahm directs the fiscal responsibilities for P4NV

Carolyn Shumpert

BA in Business Administration Minor in Psychology from Loyola University, and is pursuing a MAE at DePaul University in Adult Education.  She served as Assistant Principal/8th Grade teacher at St. Agatha Catholic Academy for several years.  Worked as a Clinical Research Associate for Abbot Labs in Gurnee, Illinois, and worked at Loyola University as a Grant Manager for 20 years.  She is Chairman of the Youth Outreach Advisory Board and member of the Community Renewal Society, Chicago.  She is a certified Active Parenting instructor and facilitates the workshops at the Lawndale location. Carolyn has three foster children and two biological children.

Rita Kattner

Undergraduate education from DePaul University, emphasis in Pastoral Ministry, Masters of Divinity from Loyola University and a Doctor of Ministry from St. Mary of the Lake University.  Rita has over 30 years of experience in the Chicago Archdiocese in varying capacities, former Director of the Office for Councils and Christ Renews His Parish.

 Evilin McHugh

Studied nursing at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and, as a registered nurse, was employed by Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Lurie).  Subsequently, and while raising four sons, Evilin completed a Bachelor of Arts at Barat College.  She has been a member of the Founders’ Board of Lurie Children’s Hospital for thirty two years, holding a number of leadership positions during that time.  Evilin also was a founding and active member of the St. Scholastica Alumnae Board

Sheila M. Mickus

MBA University of Chicago, was first employed by Armour and Co. in the Operations Research Dept., subsequently as an independent contractor in computer programming for Kraft Foods.  After raising two children, Mrs Mickus returned to the work force where she designed and implemented a Billing and Accounts Receivable System for Modern Management Methods.  When her husband founded a Labor Relations Consulting Firm, Raymond F. Mickus Associates in 1980, Mrs Mickus did all the Accounting, Systems Design and Billing for the firm until the firm was sold in 2004.  Currently, she volunteers as income tax preparer for low income individuals in Chicago and suburbs and serves on the Board of Advisors of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.