Experienced professionals committed to strengthening our communities.
Judith is an agent of change. With more than 20 years of experience in the private and nonprofit sectors, she has grown Illinois Partners from 70 organizations to over 800 coalition partners located throughout the state. She is a proven leader with expertise in driving policy through grassroots organizing and building relationships with key community and legislative leaders. Judith holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Arts from Northeastern Illinois University. She serves on the board of directors of the Illinois Consortium for 21st Century
Evan Finamore is committed to serving the greater good. For over 20 years, as a consummate community volunteer and leader, she has dedicated much of her time and energy to building bridges to bolster the success of agencies devoted to human services, the arts, education, and community engagement in Evanston. She is currently on the executive committee of Foundation 65, a grantmaking entity that provides arts and literacy enrichment to the public schools and serves on the board of Young Evanston Artists. Prior professional pursuits include exhibit development, strategic planning and museum evaluation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and has completed a certification in Arts Management through UMass Amherst. Email Evan
Victoria has deep roots in transformation. Her administrative and nonprofit experience has contributed to seamless operations and organizational enhancements. Prior to joining Illinois Partners, Victoria conducted conflict transformation workshop training, as well as mediation, for an international faith-based nonprofit. She volunteers at the B.E.D.S. (Building Ecumenical Discipleship through Sheltering) organization. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Arts from Elmhurst College and a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary. Email Victoria
Kate Fakhoury believes in getting things done from the ground up. She has experience in leadership and community service and is actively involved in volunteer work, including service as a Board Member for both Giant City School and Saluki Swim Club in Carbondale, Illinois. Kate previously served as the President of Giant City School Progress Association. She is an alumna of Purdue University with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. Email Kate
Holly Ambuehl has the heart of a social worker and the mind of a social entrepreneur. She’s worked in the public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in several states, with an emphasis on budget, health, and human services policy and advocacy. She is actively engaged in many community efforts in the Bloomington Normal area, including the board of the YWCA of McLean County and Normal First United Methodist Church Social Justice committee. Holly achieved her master’s in social work at Boston College, where she concentrated on Community Organizing, Policy, Planning, and Administration, and her bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in family counseling. In between the two, she lived in Romania while working for a community development startup and has travelled extensively around the world and US. Email Holly
Ibis 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 the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors, she is recognized for developing meaningful strategies, messaging and tactics that resonate with the public while delivering measurable results. Ibis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. Email Ibis