who we are


Sarah’s Inn was founded in 1981 by a group of concerned women in River Forest and Oak Park, to address a lack of services for battered women and their families.
The agency has since grown to become one of the largest and most comprehensive domestic violence agencies serving Chicago and 22 surrounding West Cook County suburban communities. The agency currently operates with its hub in Oak Park, and seven off-site locations through partner agencies and area courthouses throughout Chicago and West Cook County.

our mission

is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations.

our vision

is to be a nationally recognized leader for community-based solutions that will end relationship violence.

We believe in hopeful futures for survivors of domestic violence through the strength that comes from a networked and supportive community.

values & beliefs


value #1:All the work of the agency reflects our mission.

value #2:Teamwork based on trust and respect is an essential part of a supportive and healthy work environment.

value #3:We value innovation, holistic approaches, and partnerships that result in meaningful outcomes.

value #4:We foster a fair and just work environment that promotes professional growth, leadership, and ingenuity.

value #5:We value transparency in leadership and decision-making; and promote whenever possible, cross-program collaboration.

value #6:We value a team who is resourceful, takes leadership and ownership, is open-minded and willing to learn, demonstrates integrity, and respects the history and wisdom that came before.


belief #1:Violence is never justified.

belief #2:Violence is any attempt to force one’s will onto another person. The use of violence is to establish and maintain power and control.

belief #3:Violence is a learned behavior which is based in beliefs and attitudes. The use of violence is a choice for which one must be held accountable.

belief #4:Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. To be a victim of violence does not make the individual weak, nor should the individual be faulted by others for being a victim. We believe in and celebrate the strength of the individuals and families we serve.

belief #5:People’s lives are significantly impacted by violence and anyone who has experienced violence has the right to assistance and protection.

belief #6:We all have a responsibility in ending violence.

our leadership

Questions or inquiries about the Board of Directors?
Contact Carol Gall, Executive Director, at carolg@sarahsinn.org

Questions or inquiries about the Associate Board?
Contact Susan Fritz, Development Director, at susanf@sarahsinn.org

our board

board of directors

Sheryl Martin, CPA
Director of Finance, Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation

Dale Hayes Clarke, MSW
Vice President of Fund Development
Retired Social Worker, Community Member

Geri Tapling
Vice President
Retired HR Executive, Community Member

Patrick McKune
CFO, M Holland Co.

Kim Wojack
Real Estate Broker, Baird & Warner

Linda Conway, MSW
VP, Fund Development
Social Worker, Consultant

Irene Chowaniec
Director Utility Business System Field Operations, AGL Resources

Mary DeGrazia
Owner, Oak Electric, Inc.

Sabra Ebersole, JD
Attorney, Law Office of Sabra Ebersole

Jennifer Flodin
Managing Director, Pavilion Advisory Group

Teniece Harris, JD, MSW
Attorney and Social Worker

Shirley Moore, CNM
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Elmhurst Clinic

Ann Schimmel
Vice President, Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest

Bruce Ulrich, MBA
President, Productive Displays

Alison Welch
Community Member

Tricia Wiese
Senior Recruiter, Zuora

associate board

Laura Gutierrez
The Chicago Community Trust

Amy McFarlane
Vice President
River Forest School District

Lizzy Ullman, JD/span>
Civitas Childlaw Center at Loyola University Chicago

Nestor Avendano
The Chicago Community Trust

Kathryn Conway,JD
Power Rogers & Smith, P.C.

Eva DeLaurentiis, MPP
Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois

Alex Dowd
The Onion

Susan Fruth
University of Chicago

Annie Funke, MSW
Lurie’s Children’s Hospital

Christin Handa, JD
Horwood Marcus & Berk

Caitlin Hofert
Private Tutor

Camille Hoover

William McInerney
The Griffing Group

Hoang Nguyen

Alexsandra Gamboa
Evergreen Park

Meghan Funk
DePaul University