Leadership and Staff
JUDITH GETHNER (email Judith)
Judith has both private sector and nonprofit professional experience; a leader with over twenty years in leading and coaching highly productive teams with proven ability to create start-up organizations, we well as be an agent of change. She is a strategic thinker able to use excellent community skills to motivate, break down barriers and work across an organization with an understanding of driving policy through grassroots organizing that results in measurable impact.
Judith currently is the Executive Director of Illinois Partners for Human Service. Since her hiring, she has grown the statewide coalition from 70 nonprofit providers of human service to a formidable body of over 800 organizations throughout the State of Illinois. She holds a B.S. from Northern Illinois University and a M.A. from Northeastern Illinois University. She serves on the board at Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Schools and Chicago Grand Neighbors Association.
VINETTA WASHINGTON (email Vinetta)
Vinetta Washington joined the Illinois Partners for Human Service staff in January 2012, serving in the newly created position of Engagement and Development Manager. She has an expansive background in partnership engagement and development along with several years of experience in sales, marketing, and project management. Vinetta is actively committed to the civic community including volunteer work, and previously serving as an Executive Board member and in other leadership roles. She is currently a mentor with Freedom Sisters and volunteer with Chicago Cares. Vinetta is an alumna of the University of Illinois at Champaign, graduating with a Bachelor of Science.
VICTORIA WILCOX (email Victoria)
Victoria joined the Illinois Partners for Human Service staff in May of 2013, serving as Administrative Assistant. Victoria brings with her both extensive administrative and nonprofit experience. She previously served within the role of Assistant Director conducting conflict transformation workshop training as well as mediation, for a faith-based international nonprofit organization. She serves as a volunteer for the B.E.D.S. (Building Ecumenical Discipleship through Sheltering) organization. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Elmhurst College and a Master’s of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary.
KATE FAKHOURY (email Kate)
Kate Fakhoury joined the Illinois Partners for Human Service staff in June 2017, serving as the Community Organizer for Southern Illinois. She has experience in leadership and community service. Kate is actively involved in volunteer work, including service as a Board Member for both Giant City School and Saluki Swim Club in Carbondale, Illinois. She previously served as the President of Giant City School Progress Association. Kate is an alumna of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, graduating with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees.
IBIS ANTONGIORGI (email Ibis)
Ibis Antongiorgi joined the Illinois Partners for Human Service staff in July 2017, serving as the Communications Manager and is an accomplished communications professional with expertise in the areas of public relations, media relations and crisis communications. With nearly 25 years of experience in developing strategic communications, she is recognized for developing meaningful strategies, messaging and tactics that resonate with the public while delivering measurable results. Her passion is to combine dynamic writing with strategic communications to help sway public opinion, promote services or products, increase visibility and influence change. Ibis has led communications efforts that delivered positive, measurable results for health care users, utility consumers and commuters, including the Chicago Department of Public Health, Erie Family Health Center, Peoples Energy Corporation, ComEd, the Cook County Board President’s Office and the Chicago Transit Authority, among others. She has managed multiple multi-faceted campaigns and her work has been fully integrated into comprehensive marketing and advertising campaigns. Additionally, Ibis’ expertise in targeting both the general and multicultural markets has led to relationships with key members of the media as well as elected officials and community leaders.