Before her time at Imerman Angels, Stephanie served as Vice President of Development at Chicago Children’s Museum where she provided leadership and management of fundraising operations for Chicago’s only museum focused exclusively on children and families. Working with the museum’s Board of Directors and senior leadership, Stephanie has a proven track record of successful campaigns, annual funds, major gift efforts, developing fundraising talent and initiating and executing innovative strategic plans. Prior to her role as Vice President of Development, Stephanie was Associate Vice President and Vice President of Individual Giving at CCM. Her fundraising career began at the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School where Stephanie served as Associate Director and Director of Development.
In addition to her professional fundraising work, Stephanie has been an active volunteer and leader at both the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (LSCRF) and Francis W. Parker School. Stephanie began her volunteer involvement with LSCRF in 2006 and has since served as Vice Chair, Chair of the Board, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and Co-Chair of LSCRF’s 30th anniversary celebration. Stephanie has also been a Board of Trustees member of Francis W. Parker School since 2009. In her role at Parker, Stephanie has served as a Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Trustee Committee.
Stephanie holds a BA from University of Michigan.
Jackie graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has worked in the fields of animal training, customer service and education. Her diverse background has proven to be beneficial for her role with Imerman Angels.
Dave graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in History and Political Science and is an avid college basketball fan cheering on his Golden Eagles each winter (and, hopefully, into the spring). Dave also received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and an LL.M. in healthcare law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Dave and his family live in Chicago’s Smith Park neighborhood.
Ael has a personal connection to the Imerman Angels mission to provide emotional support to anyone impacted by cancer. In her own life, she has seen the difference a friend can make in times of fear and uncertainty following a cancer diagnosis.
Ael is currently finishing a Bachelors of Health Science degree with an emphasis on psychology & health policy. In her free time, she enjoys creating art through various mediums, rewatching Cowboy Bebop, and making playlists for her friends.
Eli comes from a social services background with an emphasis on youth with high levels of trauma, immigrant communities and low income families. Eli’s passion is focused on addressing the importance of cultural competence, cultural humbleness and cultural diversification within social services and mental health service providers.
Her role will be to add a comprehensive perspective on the impact of race, culture and life experiences and the role that cultural values and socioeconomic status plays in the access to cancer support as well as seeking and receiving services.
Eli received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. She also served in the US Army for 10 years. A Puerto Rican native, Eli enjoys traveling, powerlifting and playing the violin.
Gicelle has an intimate history of cancer after she became a caregiver to her mother at the age of . Her mother’s nine-year battle with ovarian cancer has inspired Gicelle in numerous ways and is Gicelle’s driving force to provide compassion and care to anyone touched by cancer.
Gicelle is currently completing her Bachelor of Psychology with a minor in Communications from Northeastern Illinois University. She graduates in December 2021 and plans to continue her education by studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling in graduate school. In her free time, Gicelle loves testing new vegan recipes, playing with her two cats, and reading new research in the field of counseling.
With a background in maternal and veteran’s community mental health work, Hannah has much experience working with people who may feel marginalized by society. It is her goal in her work to ensure that those who may feel alone can be connected to a community that will love and understand them for who they are.
Hannah received her Bachelor of Social Work degree with a minor in Spanish from Trinity Christian College and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her free time, Hannah enjoys CrossFit, watching reality TV, and spending time with her dog.
Vanessa was a caregiver for her mother who lost her battle with breast cancer. And from that experience comes a passion for one of Imerman Angels core beliefs that no one should have to face cancer alone.
Additionally, Vanessa studied French at Northeastern Illinois University. Also, she is a native of Chicago’s Northwest side and loves to attend concerts.
Rachel is a trained dancer with a degree in Dance and a double major in International Studies from Northwestern University. She has been a professional dancer for the past 10 years, performing with modern dance companies such as Project Bound, Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre, the Leopold Group and Striding Lion Performance Group.
Rachel teaches dance for ages 3 to adult and built a mobile dance school during the COVID-19 pandemic that brought outdoor classes to family backyards. In her spare time, Rachel is an overly proud Italian and a self-confessed anglophile and loves to read, listen to podcasts, and baking desserts for everyone around her.
Yasmine (she/they) serves as Outreach Coordinator and brings her passion for community organizing and policy advocacy to this role. Seeing firsthand the disparities in care, research, and representation in healthcare informs her diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Despite many close family members being diagnosed with breast cancer, genetic testing showed no genetic markers. For Yasmine, this result is unsettling and can be attributed to the lack of research on genetic markers for communities of color. This lived experience as someone of high-risk inspired Yasmine to pursue healthcare justice as a career.
Yasmine graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Biology. She also holds an M.S. in Law from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law. Yasmine is a disabled, queer, and nonbinary South Asian woman. Much like her identities, she works with an intersectional framework. With her science and law background, she aims to make policy, academic research, and healthcare services accessible to everyone. Outside of work hours, you might spot Yasmine pushing her elderly chihuahuas in their dog stroller around the lakefront.
Katherine started her work with Imerman Angels in 2021 as a Cancer Intake and Support Intern where she developed her passion for assisting those who seek guidance. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology, her desire to continue her work with Imerman Angels only grew to allow her to become a fulltime Cancer Support Specialist.
Katherine is especially interested in the field of community psychology which emphasizes the importance of compassion, collaboration, and individual wellness. During her undergraduate and internship experience, Katherine was able to dedicate her time to researching the best practices to support previvors which deepened her knowledge and her appreciation for the Imerman Angels mission.
Through the experiences of many family members and loved ones, Katherine’s connection to the cancer community fuels her enthusiasm for her work. In her free time, Katherine enjoys lots of coffee, reading, and watching old Olympic ceremonies.