SisterHouse is a faith community of recovering women who are spiritually transformed to the fullness of their potential to benefit future generations.
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, QMHP, 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
Margaret Hill, C.A.D.C., AA, Program Director
Margaret Hill comes to SisterHouse with more than 25 years of Social Service, Substance Abuse and Mental Health experience. In 2004, Margaret was led to open a Recovery Home for adult women. Margaret said, “These women are broken and need a place to heal and to recover” and that is how the Hidden Place, Inc. was birthed.
In 1994 Margaret obtained her CADC and later returned to school to obtain her Associates Degree in 2015
Margaret’s professional experience includes, but is not limited to working with homeless families at Helping Arms Outreach Ministries, where she worked as the Assistant Director and Drug Counselor at HRDI, Haymarket Center and the Inner Voice, Inc. This is where she found her passion to help women. Margaret is known throughout the City of Chicago as a women’s activist and public speaker, where she focuses on women empowerment matters.
Margaret’s passion is to focus on reviving the broken soul of women that struggle with addictions. Margaret said, “I want to help women breathe again and to learn to stand up on their own”.
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
Charmaine Krohe, President of Corporate Board, SisterHouse
Provincial Leader of the Atlantic-Midwest province, SSND.