SisterHouse Mission Statement:
SisterHouse educates and empowers women to lead sober and fulfilling lives by providing a safe and structured spiritual living community.
SisterHouse Vision Statement:
SisterHouse is a safe haven that encourages and allows each person to direct her God-given gifts towards realizing the sober and complete woman that God has created her to be.
Each successful and resilient woman is reaching towards her full potential by growing in self-awareness, self-respect and forgiveness, learning to embrace self and others, while building healthy relationships. She learns not only how to maintain sobriety, internalizing the 12 steps and building a support system, but also how to thrive in life. Each SisterHouse woman secures quality employment and stable housing. She makes plans for her future and acquires the skills, knowledge, and abilities to realize her dreams.
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, supporting and EMPOWERING WOMEN!!!
Elizabeth Stevenson has 20 + years of experience in child welfare which has afforded her the opportunity to work with various populations; children, teens, adults, parents, seniors, along with those with health challenges and drug addiction. Ms. Stevenson has also worked with individuals struggling with behavioral challenges, mental health and those connected to the criminal justice systems. Child Welfare also allowed her the opportunity to work in various settings, and obtain extensive experience working with those who have been victims of human trafficking and prostitution.
Board of Directors
Sue Lescher, Executive Board Chair
Susan 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. Ms. Lescher has been a board member for 13 years.
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.