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Susan Lee – President

Jennifer Wood – Treasurer

Kristin Kofoed – Secretary

Elaine Hirschenberger, SSSF – Ex Officio


Karen Biasin

Marge Blake

Jennifer Cacciapaglia

Jillian Myers

Michelle Vella



Executive Director

As Executive Director and Cofounder, Elaine brings abundant energy and dedication to Womanspace. Her conscientious and sensitive personality makes her a welcoming, hospitable presence. Along with administering the business side of Womanspace, Elaine also uses her considerable talents facilitating some programs special to her, among them the Seekers and Mindfulness Groups. Occasionally, Elaine teaches or facilitates other programs at Womanspace and exhibits her artwork in New Dimensions Gallery. She works closely with the Building and Grounds Committee, as well as the Finance, Human Resources and Executive Committees of the Board of Directors.

Elaine received her degree in English from Alverno College. She pursued further studies in art and design at College of DuPage, Rockford College and Northern Illinois University. She is an active member of School Sisters of Saint Francis, an international community of religious women based in Milwaukee.


Graphic Designer/

Office Coordinator

As Graphic Designer/Office Coordinator, Pat brings to Womanspace her humor and professional expertise. She has over 30 years of graphic design, page production and project management experience in industrial, service and consumer marketing communications. Pat holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and Printmaking from the University of Northern Iowa. She loves playing and coaching tennis, working out and biking…whenever Womanspace releases the chains!


Art Program Coordinator

Cherie is a longtime Womanspace member, teaches several classes here, has had her art in a number of exhibits, has been on a number of committees, is Chairperson of the Gallery committee, and is our Art Programs/Volunteer Coordinator...whew!


Marketing Coordinator

Empowering women through enhancing creativity and fostering community has been an integral part of Hannah’s work. Driven by this passion and by a core belief in the mission of Womanspace, she is excited to join the team and help broaden awareness of Womanspace programs within and beyond the local community. 

In 2008, Hannah founded Jhoole, a social enterprise in Maheshwar, India that employs women in garment manufacturing so that they can gain economic independence, invest in education and break the cycle of poverty. When she is not doing her direct Womanspace work, she continues to serve as Executive Director of Jhoole. Hannah is a devout believer that strong women, working together, can transform the world. Working at Womanspace gives her a welcome opportunity to continue this mission both here and abroad. 


Program Coordinator

As Program Coordinator, Deb Gaines brings enthusiasm and a strong commitment to planning programs that build community, support individual well-being, provide opportunities for learning and foster creativity & empowerment. 

Deb graduated with her M.F.A. in Writing and Consciousness in 2012 from the California Institute of Integral Studies. The writing classes she teaches were developed as part of her coursework. Deb has been a Reiki Practitioner since 2003 and completed her Master Teacher training in 2009.  She loves creating ritual and dancing with wild abandon.

Office Phone: (815) 877-0118

Fax: (815) 877-0265

3333 Maria Linden Dr.

Rockford, IL 61114

Monday - Thursday

9:00a - 5:00p

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