who we are
Sarah’s Inn was founded in 1980 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.
is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations.
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.
Carol Gall, MA, ICDVPcarolg@sarahsinn.org
Meg Hefty, ICDVP, CPAIPmegh@sarahsinn.org
finance and operations
director of training
Colleen Sutkus, ICDVP, CPAIPcsutkus@sarahsinn.org
Chidori Lively, MPHchidoril@sarahsinn.org
board of directors
Sheryl Martin, CPA
Director of Finance, Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation
Alison Welch, MS
Kim Wojack, MBA
Vice President, Fund Development
Real Estate Broker, Baird & Warner
Linda Conway, MA
Chair, Capital Campaign
Social Worker, Consultant
Vice President, Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest/Byline Bank
Patrick McKune, MBA
CFO, M Holland Co.
Dale Hayes Clarke, MA
Retired Social Worker, Community Member
Owner, Oak Electric, Inc.
Sabra Ebersole, JD
Attorney, Law Office of Sabra Ebersole
Managing Director, Pavilion Advisory Group
William "Boomer" McInerney, ASA
Manager, The Griffing Group
Shirley Moore, CNM, APRN
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Elmhurst Clinic
Marian Sassetti, MD, FAAFP
Family Medicine Specialist, Lake Street Family Physicians
Retired HR Executive, Community Member
Bruce Ulrich, MBA
President, Productive Displays
The Chicago Community Trust
University of Chicago
River Forest School District
The Chicago Community Trust
Power Rogers & Smith, P.C.
Eva DeLaurentiis, MPP
Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois
Annie Funke, MSW
Lurie’s Children’s Hospital
Teacher, Evergreen Park
Christin Handa, JD
Horwood Marcus & Berk