Steering Committee Members

*Indicates Chapter Board

Suzanne Burns Jacob

Suzanne Burns Jacob

Membership Co-Chair
CEO, Altura Consulting Group

Through IWCA, I now have a community of women who are passionate

about Alzheimer’s awareness, education and resources. I am taking action to end Alzheimer’s in honor of my grandmother and mother.

Michelle Carlson

Michelle Carlson*

Chair, IWCA
Managing Director, J.P. Morgan

My brother’s family and especially my sister in law are so critical to my mom’s

day to day care and happiness. They share an outsized burden because of this disease. We have a caregiver that is a gift to our family as well. She is amazing. I am out of town and joining this group allows me the opportunity to learn more, engage more and to help make a difference eradicating this terrible disease. I believe in the power of family and a community of those that care enough to make a difference. I am looking to help be a more active part of IWCA to make a difference.

Sydney Church

Sydney Church

Membership Co-Chair
Marketing Manager, Altair Advisers LLC

I have been involved on the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter Junior Board

for over three years. I recently found out about the IWCA in early 2020 when I was invited to an event at the Association. I joined the IWCA after that event because I thought it would be a great opportunity to get more involved in a cause I hold so near and dear to my heart, and also a way for me to meet more Chicago women who share a similar interest – that being finding a cure for this devastating disease.

Lourdes Cornelius

Lourdes Cornelius

Programs Co-Chair
President, Electrolysis For You

I joined IWCA for my friends and family who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s.

Some watched their loved ones suffer for many years, others for a short time. I am thrilled to be part of this dynamic team of women who are dedicated to educating and supporting its members.

Theresa Melroy

Hillary Davis Burgdorf

Communications Co-Chair
Senior Vice President – Investigations, Disputes & Risk, AlixPartners

I joined IWCA because I’ve watched

Alzheimer's rob my family and friends of precious time with loved ones. This supportive group of women understands that pain and works tirelessly to support the efforts in finding a cure.

Jill Felkins

Jill Felkins*

Membership Co-Chair
Shareholder, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney

I joined IWCA to continue the fight against

Alzheimer’s on behalf of all my friends and family impacted by the disease.

Patricia McClure-Chessier

Patricia McClure-Chessier

Programs Co-Chair
Hospital CEO, Signature Healthcare Services / Author of "Losing a Hero to Alzheimer's The Story of Pearl" and "A Caregiver's Guide for Alzheimer's and Dementia Nine Key Principles"

I joined IWCA in honor of my mother, Ann Shirley McClure who passed away at age 69. I want to raise awareness, educate caregivers and families, and continue the fight to end this terrible disease.

Theresa Melroy

Theresa Melroy

Membership Co-Chair
Contract Attorney, Law Office of Emily Love

Dementias, including Alzheimer's, are cruel diseases. My father

passed from vascular dementia in December 2019. It was his illness, and the stress on my mother as his full-time caregiver for most of his illness, that motivated me to join IWCA. My dad wasn't the first person in my family to suffer from dementia. My great-grandmother and grandfather, both on my mother's side, also suffered from the disease. And, once I started paying closer attention, I realized how many people I knew who had family members suffering with some form of dementia. I realized how devastating the disease is to its victims, their caregivers, and their families. We need to raise awareness and we need to find viable treatments and a cure. I hope to be part of that effort by supporting IWCA and the work of the Illinois Alzheimer's Association.

Barbara Moran-Goodrich

Barbara Moran-Goodrich

Corporate Engagement Chair
CEO & Co-founder, Moran Family of Brands

I joined IWCA in honor of my mom, who

has been battling Alzheimer’s for over the past 6 years, and for all those women who have been impacted by this disease. By helping and supporting IWCA I hope to bring awareness to others on the effects this disease has on women and families.

Barbara Moran-Goodrich

Colleen Murphy

Sales & Marketing Business Consultant, Millennium Marketing Group, LTD

I joined IWCA to join in the fight to find a cure

for Alzheimer's and on behalf of those with the disease.

Aimee Nolan

Aimee Nolan*

Vice President, Associate General Counsel, W.W. Grainger, Inc.

I joined IWCA in honor of my mother who passed away from

early onset of Alzheimer’s at age 62, because I want to do all I can in the fight against this devastating disease so we can one day live in a world without Alzheimer’s.

Victoria Raymont

Victoria Raymont*

Principal, Raymont Group, Inc.

Alzheimer’s is such a family affair for me – my mother and both her brothers. Ending this despicable disease motivates me,

and particularly for the women who are disproportionately affected with it and who are caregivers for others with it.

Carol Shaw Burns

Carol Shaw Burns

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team Captain
Corporate Director of Resident Services, Vi Senior Living

I joined IWCA to

continue the fight against Alzheimer’s on behalf of all the clients, residents, and family members I serve and work with who have been impacted by the disease. I am honored to be part of this wonderful group of women who are dedicated to supporting and advocating for this important cause.

Amy Sunshine

Amy Sunshine

Power of Purple Co-Chair
Broker Associate, @properties

I joined IWCA to be around others who understand what I am going through

and to do what I can to fight this truly horrendous, heart breaking disease.

Mary Wasik

Mary Wasik*

Partner, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

I joined IWCA because so many women are living with Alzheimer’s or are caregivers

and advocates for those with the disease, and united together we can increase awareness and the support necessary to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease.

Jessica Wright

Jessica Wright

Power of Purple Co-Chair
CEO & President, Jessica’s Natural Touch, LLC

I joined IWCA because I want to bring

Alzheimer’s Disease awareness to people, especially in the African American community. As a scientist, my desire has always been to help find a cure through research and medicine. Unfortunately, I currently do not work in that field, but I realized I could still support by fundraising and raising awareness to help with early intervention or prevention.