Student & Teacher
May 15–July 5
Supper & Film:
Away From Her
June 29, 6:00–9:00p
Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
July 2, 9:30–10:45a
July 3, 10:00–11:00a
Foam Rolling &
July 6, 10:30–11:30a
July 6, Noon–1:30p
Fun with Pastels
Begins July 6, 6:00p
Cadette Girls Scouts: aMAZE Journey
Begins July 6, 3:00p
Relax & Have Fun Pencil Drawing
Begins July 7, 10:00a
Art Uncorked: Lobe Art
July 7, 6:00–8:00p
Bookwoman: Still Alice
July 8, 9:30–11:00a
July 8, 9:00a–4:00p
Pen & Ink Drawing
Begins July 8, 6:00p
The Womanspace staff is a creative team composed of five energetic women with diverse and complementary skills. Each person on staff is a welcoming presence for our many members, class participants, and visitors. Working at Womanspace allows Elaine Hirschenberger, Pat Lai, Liz Kulevich Hiemstra, Julie Maffei and Cherie Heck to create a continually evolving, dynamic environment that is full of warmth, support, and a genuine respect for the life processes that unfold here.
In addition to our staff, Womanspace welcomes the many members and volunteers who assist with so many tasks that keep our activities, office procedures and programs running smoothly. Womanspace is fueled by the great energy of many people!
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 Group and advanced clay classes. Occasionally, Elaine teaches or facilitates other programs at Womanspace and often 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.
As Graphic Designer/Office Coordinator, Pat brings to Womanspace her humor and professional expertise. She has over 20 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 tries to have a life outside of Womanspace … whenever they release the chains.
Liz has a degree in marketing communication from Columbia College Chicago and several years of marketing and public relations experience in the Rockford area. She also spends her time tutoring first graders in the Harlem and Rockford school districts through the United Way I-READ program.
As Program Coordinator Julie Maffei brings enthusiasm and a strong commitment to planning programs that build community, support individual well-being, provide opportunities for learning and foster creativity. She loves working in an environment where those things are central to every aspect of the organization.
Julie holds a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She has experience coordinating various education programs including Elderhostel (before it was Road Scholar) and professional continuing education. When she is not at Womanspace she enjoys volunteering at a therapeutic riding center, gardening, hiking and rowing.
Cherie is a longtime Womanspace member, teaches several classes here, has had her art in a number of exhibits, is a Passport to the Arts committee member and Chairperson of the Gallery committee, and is our Volunteer Coordinator...whew!