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 violence prevention initiatives throughout Chicago.  She directs the P4NV program plans and budgets, collaborates with diverse sites to offer our programs, and organizes professional training for facilitators and mentors.  She has worked to build community capacity for holistic education 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.

 

Charles Dahm, O.P

Co-Founder and Vice President, 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.

 

Rosemary O’Connor White

Co-Founder, Secretary and the Director of Donor Relations.  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 a past president of the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and has continued to serve on their Advisory Board.   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.

 

Sheila M. Mickus

Treasurer, directs the fiscal responsibilities for P4NV.  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.

 

Deacon Alfred Coleman II OFS

Has been serving the poor and needy in Chicago for thirty years. Deacon Coleman was manager at Port Ministries where he ministered to the poor and was  Ministry Coordinator with Emmaus Ministries an outreach to men involved in prostitution. Today, he is Director of Zacchaeus House a ministry for homeless men who need a second chance. He entered the Archdiocese of Chicago Diaconate Formation Program, at University of St. Mary of the Lake, where he graduated and was ordained a permanent deacon in 2003.  He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 33 years and Advisory board member with Catholic Men of Chicago Southland.  Deacon Coleman is the Parish Deacon at St. James Catholic Church on Wabash as well as a member.  He and his wife Avis have three children and five grandchildren.

 

Rita Kattner

Has an 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.  Rita is a member of the Board who clearly understands our event planning/fundraising goals and is an effective advocate and organizer as we expand our community outreach and public image.

 

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.

 

Karen M. Purves, LCPC,

Graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in education after which she taught fifth grade. She returned to school at Governors State University and completed a Masters degree. She then worked in psychiatric hospitals and in Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation facilities and eventually had a thirty-year private practice focused on mood disorders, relationship and self-esteem issues. Since retirement, she has volunteered at the Cradle and for the Elder Wisdom Circle.

 

Tiffany Swann-Covington

Holds an MBA in International Management from Baldwin Wallace University. In addition to serving as a business development consultant for entrepreneurs, small business owners and not-for-profit organizations, she serves her church community in several capacities with an emphasis in faith formation for adolescents and teenagers. She has served in the Archdiocese of Chicago as a youth ministry coordinator and currently on the board of directors for ACTS Evangelization and Worship, a non-profit promoting Christian youth talent. She is the former VP of Sales and Marketing for Northern Instruments Corp. and has served other major companies/organizations in lead management capacities. She enjoys participating in the formation and promotion of activities and initiatives benefitting under-privileged youth. She shares a loving home with her husband, Michael in the suburbs of Chicago.

 

Mary Lou Wilhelm

B.A. Spanish, Immaculata U., PA, and Ed.M., Rutgers, N.J., taught in New Jersey for eight years before her husband’s corporate transfers landed her in Illinois. From 2002-2007, Mary Lou worked part time for U of IL Extension Service where she taught nutrition, food budgeting and safety.  In 2007, she retired from the Extension Service when she accepted a staff position as Clinical Program Administrator at PHD, a counseling center in Palatine where she had been volunteering.  One of her responsibilities in this position was teaching Common Sense Parenting, in English or in Spanish, to parents of children – ages 18 months to 5 years.  Mary Lou also created power point presentations for the center’s clients with topics ranging from fetal alcohol syndrome, sibling rivalry, and prenatal nutrition.  When that position was eliminated in 2016, Mary Lou became available to serve on the Board of P4NV.  Ms. Wilhelm has two adult children.