About Us

Vision Statement

SisterHouse is a faith community of recovering women who are spiritually transformed to the fullness of their potential to benefit future generations.

Mission Statement

SisterHouse is a faith-orientated community of women that:

  • offers a temporary home to women seeking recovery from substance abuse
  • provides a secure environment of respect, order and peace
  • offers opportunities for growth in self-esteem and spiritual maturity
  • requires accountability and responsibility

SisterHouse is a sponsored ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Atlantic-Midwest province.


Lisa M. Steward-Baugh, MHP, Recovery Coach, MAOL, Executive Director

Lisa comes to SisterHouse, with more than 20 years social service experience. Over the years, Lisa has been a long standing board member of Metropolitan Family Services, The Chicago Continuum of Care, The Coalition for the Homeless, Developing Communities Project, Inc. (DCP), Organizational Partners Network (OPN), and the Interim Housing Providers Constituency Group.

Lisa’s professional experience includes working for the City of St. Louis, where she was Regional Case Manager Supervisor for their Ryan White Program. Lisa is known for advocating for individuals experiencing homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness.

 

Rochelle Sims, C.A.D.C., N.C.R.S., Program Director

Rochelle Sims was first introduced to SisterHouse in 1992 and began working here part-time as an overnight supervisor in 1993. Throughout her time at SisterHouse, her role increased, as did her responsibilities and hours until she became full time in 1995. Ms. Sims went back to school and became a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in 1999, and was promoted to Program Director at SisterHouse in 2000. In 2005 she was asked to join the board of directors for Healthcare Alternative Systems, which provides Intensive Outpatient Treatment for SisterHouse’s phase 1 clients, and aftercare services for those in phases 2 & 3.


Board of Directors

Sue Lescher, Executive Board Chair

Ms. Lescher joined the SisterHouse board in 2007. She holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Information Systems Management. She is currently employed at Shriners Hospital and has 20 years of hospital experience working for both Shriners and Loyola University. She is an active member of the St. Giles Parish in Oak Park, IL.


Pat Smuck, Vice President

Long time SisterHouse Executive Board Member


Michelle Olson, Secretary

I am an attorney at the Chicago law firm of Vedder Price where I represent employers in a variety of employment law matters, including federal anti-discrimination lawsuits, medical leave and accommodation requests, discipline and discharge proceedings, whistle-blower and workplace investigations.  I attended Northwestern School of Law and the University of Illinois undergrad.  Before law school, I worked for the Illinois House of Representatives.  I live in Oak Park with my husband and two young children.  I have been a SisterHouse board member since 2014. 


Judy Garber, Treasurer

I achieved my CPA designation over forty years ago and currently own an accounting, tax and financial planning practice in Buffalo Grove. Married for thirty seven years, I have three children and two grandchildren. I have been involved in SisterHouse for about 5 years. It is my favorite charity as I help these women transform their lives for the better.


Sister Jane Forni, Council Liaison

SSND


Charmaine Krohe, President of Corporate Board, SisterHouse

Provincial Leader of the Atlantic-Midwest province, SSND.