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Executive Director – Carol K. Ruderman, MBA

As Executive Director of SHALVA since January 2014, Carol has been a leader in nonprofits for over 20 years. Prior to joining SHALVA, Carol served as Regional Director at The American Cancer Society, where she led area wide education and development programs, managed patient services and advocacy efforts, and oversaw human resource and administrative functions. At the Society, Carol was selected to participate in a highly selective National Leadership Development program and received the Illinois Division “PIECES” award for Equality. Carol previously served as Co-Studio Director for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (Learning Ally), where she managed operations, production and volunteers.

At SHALVA, Carol leads the agency’s clinical and administrative staff in fulfilling SHALVA’s mission and oversees all programs, services, and fundraising efforts. Carol is an active member of partner coalitions, serving on the steering committees for JCARES and the Partnership for a Safer Lake County. She is committed to making sure women facing domestic abuse get the help, support, and resources they need.

Carol holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Chatham College.


Clinical Director – Barbara Siegel, MS, NCC, LCPC, ICDVP

Barbara has been providing counseling to SHALVA clients since 1996 and became Clinical Director in 1999. Barbara is a nationally certified Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor as well as an Illinois- Certified Domestic Violence Professional. She holds a masters’ degree in education and counseling.

In addition to counseling clients, Barbara facilitates trainings and consults with other clinicians, mental health agencies, community organizations, attorneys and school personnel, on treating and identifying individuals and families affected by domestic violence. Her work has empowered countless women to break the cycle of violence and abuse. Barbara believes that domestic abuse erodes the very foundation of Judaism, and that when Jewish groups work together to facilitate change, the community can be strengthened. Awards include: “Women to Woman: Making a Difference Award” given by the Illinois State Treasurer and “1 of 50 People Who Make Chicago a Better Place” by the Chicago Sun Times.


Board of Directors

Naomi Ragins Senser
Community Member, Retired Pediatrician

Amy Brown Tuchler, MBA
Co-Owner and Controller, Gifts for You Now

Carolyn Winick, JD
Contract Attorney

Rachel Ablin, JD
Attorney and Founder, Ablin Law PC

Sara Block, JD
Director of Advocacy, Ascend Justice and Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Bluma Broner
Managing Director, CIBC

Lauren Cohn, JD
General Counsel, Follett School Solutions

Marilyn Eisenberg
Concierge, McCormick Place and Founder, Chicago Children’s Museum

Amy Starr Feder
Community Member, Retired Wealth Advisor and Attorney

Carol Ring Gooze
Realtor, @ Properties

Joseph Greenberg
VP Global M&A, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Stacy Halpern
Community Member

Neil Hochstadt, PhD
Community Member, Retired Psychologist

Wendy Margolin
Owner, Sparkr Marketing,

Andrea Yusim Meltzer
CEO and Co-Founder, Compatibility LLC

Rebecca Berlin Melzer, JD
Attorney and Founding Partner, Berlin Melzer Law

Stephanie Oettinger
Community Member, Former Financial Consultant and Non-Profit Director

Helene Paris
Community Member

Diane L. Rosenfeld, JD,
Lecturer on Law and Director, Gender Violence Program, Harvard Law School

Esther Shkop, PhD
Community Member and Former Director, Wisdom of Torah Institute

Fayge Siegal
Community Member, SHALVA Founding Mother

Dianne Tesler
Community Member