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ELAINE HIRSCHENBERGER

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 Group. 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.

PAT LAI

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 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!

CHERIE HECK

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!

HANNAH WARREN

Development and Marketing Director

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. 

CHRISTI RUSSELL

Program Coordinator

Christi is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist who enjoys learning and playing with new creative techniques in multi-media arts and enjoys sharing her creative skills with others. Christi is also a certified Holistic Health Coach who focuses on natural healing and personal change. Christi studied nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Wellness after learning how to naturally heal her body from digestive disorders and caring for her brother, who recently healed from cancer. Christi believes in intuitively connecting to our bodies to establish healthy eating habits that lead to nourishing relationships with food. She is excited to be a part of the team!

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