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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

Stacy Halpern 
Community Member

Treasurer & Chair of Governance
Amy Brown Tuchler, MBA
Gifts for You Now, Controller

Rachel Ablin, JD
President, Ablin Law, Attorney

Miles N. Beermann, JD
Beermann Law, Founding Partner

Sara Block, JD
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Adjunct Professor

Bluma Broner
CIBC, Managing Director

Lauren Cohn, JD
Senior Corporate Counsel, Uline

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

Carol Gooze
Coldwell Banker, Realtor

Emmet Hirsch, MD
NorthShore University Health System, Director of Obstetrics

Neil Hochstadt, PhD
CareerMinders, Psychologist

Andrea Yusim Meltzer
CEO and Co-FOunder of Compatibility LLC

Rebecca Berlin Melzer, JD
BerlinMelzer Law, Founder

Stacy Overby, JD
O’Halloran, Kosoff, Geitner & Cook, LLC, Attorney

Helene Paris
Community Member

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

Naomi Ragins Senser, MD
Community Member, Retired Pediatrician

Esther Shkop, PhD
Wisdom of Torah Institute, Director

Fayge Siegal
Community Member, SHALVA Founding Mother

Dianne Tesler
Community Member

Fred Weber, JD
Estate Settlement Services, The Northern Trust Company, Senior Vice President

Carolyn Winick, JD
Harris Winick Harris LLP, Attorney