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, 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 MSW, Behavioral Health Specialist                                            

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.

Vice President


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.