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Board PresidentJoy Airaudi graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a BA in International Relations in 1989. She received her JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1992. She has fought for justice and fair and compassionate treatment for survivors of domestic and sexual violence for over twenty years.
She has volunteered with Rape Victim Advocates for over twenty-five years as a volunteer medical advocate, educator and board member where she set policies and developed programs and trainings for the largest freestanding sexual assault center in Illinois. She worked as a prosecutor in Cook County for seven years, where she focused on domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
Joy also designed and conducted trainings for police officers, attorneys, nonprofit staff and volunteers and the general public as the Program Attorney for the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime where she published the article “Making the Connection between Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking” in the journal Juvenile and Family Court Justice Today.
She worked with congressional staff to improve national anti-stalking legislation and with local agencies to draft House Bill 3423 to grant appellate rights to incarcerated domestic violence victims. She has been doing pro bono work with local domestic violence and sexual assault agencies in conjunction with the ABA Subpoena Defense Project to assist them in protecting client confidentiality. She was the recipient of Sarah’s Inn’s 2015 Together Strong Award for her work on behalf of domestic violence survivors.
Joy has been the Chair of Awakenings’ Board of Directors since August 2016. She works as an administrative law judge and arbitrator.
Board Vice Chair
Christina Bourné is an accomplished arts administrator, educator, and performing artist based in Chicago, IL. She began her career as a public speaker and guest soloist for women’s and youth enrichment conferences across the Midwest before becoming a teaching artist and arts administrator. During her career she has helped to create in-school and after school programs, facilitated workshops and lectures and even a concert series to discuss social and cultural issues such as race, gender equality, and collective non-violence through the lens of the arts. Her past leadership roles in arts administration have been Director of Creative Engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University where she grew the department’s program reach to 20,000+ participants per year, Interim Executive Director of Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, and founding member and Program Manager for Enrich Chicago—an arts led movement aimed at undoing racism and building racial equity within the sector. When not enhancing lives through arts advocacy or arts and enrichment program development, she can be found performing with her family of nine—comprised of her seven siblings and her mother—The Bournés. Christina is an independent non-profit consultant working with individuals and organizations throughout Chicago and nationally with a focus on fundraising, board development, strategic planning, and organizational leadership. She will be stepping into the role of Director of Development for Forward Momentum Chicago in 2020 and is the newly appointed Board Vice Chair of Awakenings.
A Michigan native, Paige Tobin graduated from Michigan State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in English. After several years in sales and marketing after moving to Chicago, she received a Master’s in Education from National Louis University in order to begin teaching middle school language arts with Chicago Public Schools. She is currently teaching at Bradwell School of Excellence. Paige has been a volunteer with Resilience (formerly RVA) since 2017 and completed their 60-hour training in order to support survivors of sexual violence in emergency departments throughout Chicago as a crisis counselor and medical advocate. She also mentors with Horizons for Youth during the school year.
Jen is an educator, historian, archaeologist, artist, writer,
Luis is passionate about supporting communities that bring healing and empowerment to survivors of trauma. He has been at Heartland Alliance for seven years, and his background is in working with refugee and immigrant youth from all over the world, and in helping to secure their safety, freedom, and dignity. An immigrant himself, he was born in Peru, grew up in Connecticut, and moved to Chicago to study at the University of Chicago. He is a believer in the transformative power of art, and in its ability to bring communities together. Luis started at Awakenings as a volunteer, and joined the board in the summer of 2019.
Sarah graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Management and a BA in Foreign Language and Literature in 1996. She obtained her MBA (with focus on Strategy and Organizational Development) in 2011 from the University of Chicago. Sarah has spent the bulk of her career in the Corporate Real Estate Services industry holding a wide variety of roles from Human Resources to Business Development. She currently holds a Global Leadership role and is responsible for a team of 400+ professionals across the world. Sarah grew up in a household where Art of all types but most particularly visual arts, were held in high esteem. She brings to the board a passion for art and artists, strong business acumen and a love for managing and collaborating with teams.
Awakened Voices Reader and Copy EditorDonna Cunning believes it is never too late to change careers. She will begin working on a Master’s Degree in Counseling in fall 2018. She intends to work with survivors of domestic violence, rape, and sex trafficking. She has been a lifelong volunteer and has served as a Medical Advocate for Rape Victim Advocates, a mentor and volunteer for The Salvation Army’s STOP-IT Program and a buddy for Illinois Masonic Hospital. She is also a published writer and her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine and other local magazines and newspapers. She currently works as a pharmaceutical proofreader and editor for Foote, Cone and Belding (FCB)
Executive DirectorLaura Kinter serves as the Executive Director of Awakenings. She holds a B.A. in Film and English from Vassar College and moved to Chicago from Philadelphia. Her passion for education through storytelling, grassroots community building, and the arts has helped Laura guide Awakenings through exponential growth over the last several years. Laura is active in the Ravenswood community as both a business leader and a resident, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. Laura has gone through 40 hour sexual assault crisis intervention training.
Creative DirectorJeri comes from a longstanding freelancer background in nonprofit and commercial organizations on the administration and production end of theatre and writing. She began at Awakenings as a volunteer and has gone through the 40hour sexual assault crisis intervention certification. She has two monsters, deemed to be cats, and an affinity for people, coffee, and motorcycles.
Allie is a San Diego Native and Chicago Transplant. She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan’s BFA Acting program and is a teaching artist and arts administrator. She has worked with organizations such as NEDA, ANAD, The Self Harm Association, Amnesty International, & Project Heal. She is a lover of (lots of) Coffee, Shirley Temple, Selena, & the Ocean.
Abby Mros, MSW, LSW
Abby recently moved to Chicago from St. Louis, MO where she received both her BA and MSW from Washington University in St. Louis. Her background is in social work, specifically working with survivors of gender-based violence, and theatre production. She is obsessed with her dog-niece, Molly; is a lover of all things pop culture and TV; and is overly proud of being a Washington, DC native.
The Nightingale Editor, Awakened Voices Associate Editor, Literary Volunteer
Megan Otto is delighted to be a part of the Awakenings team as a Literary intern. She is a graduate of Kenyon College with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Comparative World Literature. She moved to Chicago in the fall of 2017. When she’s not daydreaming or making a run to the library, she can be found helping out at 826CHI, working at Emerald City Theatre, and drinking lots and lots of tea.
Visual Art Review Committee Member
Adama Kamara is a student at Emory University in Atlanta where she double majors in International Relations and Anthropology. There, she is involved in many organizations from SAPA (Sexual Assault Peer Advocates) to Black Star Magazine, Emory’s first and only black student publication. She is also a research assistant at the James Weldon Johnson Institute of Race and Difference. Adama is passionate about human rights and enjoys discovering new music as well as spending time in nature.
Visual Art Review Committee Member
Jeremy Lampkin is an emerging outsider artist whose style and personality reflect a lifelong lack of trust in the system. His self-education has been focused largely upon healing from trauma, often drawing upon anthropology for comparative viewpoints. Knowledge of rape culture drove Lampkin to pursue taboo subjects such as occultism, which led him to design a tarot deck, leading to his emergence as an outsider artist. Jeremy Lampkin is curator at Faux Pas Gallery in Rochelle, IL.
Visual Art Review Committee Member
Rachael Minnick graduated from Elmhurst College in 2016 with her BA in Graphic Design. She currently works downtown as a graphic designer. In her free time, Rachael enjoys anything that involves cheese, naps, and hanging with her pals.
Visual Art Review Committee Member
Katrina is based in San Francisco, where she manages communications and engagement for Mama Hope. Before joining Mama Hope in 2012, she worked directly with grassroots organizations across three continents dedicated to women’s economic empowerment, refugee rights, and education. She believes that authentic storytelling inspires lasting social change, and is honored to be a part of Awakening’s mission to make visible (and audible) the experiences of survivors. She loves podcasts, planning adventures, being outside, and other people’s dogs.
Visual Art Review Committee MemberAnna Valianos is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois. She holds a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies from Loyola University of Chicago as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Anna currently works as a Therapist & Clinical Educator at the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in Skokie where she has the privilege of working alongside survivors of sexual violence. She is honored to be a member of Awakenings’ Visual Art Review Committee and to bear witness to survivors’ stories of pain and healing. When not fighting the patriarchy, Anna spends her time cooking vegan food, exploring the city, and appreciating live music.
Associate Board Executive Officer
the past decade, Marthe has been dedicated to serving Chicago’s youth through roles in education. After graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor’s in English and Communications & Culture, Marthe moved to Chicago where she dabbled in journalism and PR before realizing that her true passion was in social justice work. She joined Teach For America and spent over 7 years in the classroom as a learning specialist, teaching primarily science and math. She helped to found a new high school where she built and managed one of the largest special education departments on Chicago’s south side. Marthe left the classroom in 2017 to join Braven and launch programing in Chicago. At Braven, Marthe leads core programing, recruitment and workforce strategy to help first generation and low income college students transition into meaningful careers that will lead to economic mobility. She has held leadership positions for Illinois for Educational Equity and Awakenings, and is currently an Elevate Fellow. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and seeing as much live music as possible.
Associate Board Operations Officer, Visual Art Review Committee Member
Carol Chang is a recent BFA graduate from SAIC, and currently a freelance artist primarily working in oil paint, watercolor, drawings, and photography. She is also a gallery intern at ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL, which supports women artists and is founded by all women. Her main motivation in life is to continue to inform herself of art and the multitudes of art worlds that exist in the world, including private galleries, non profits, studios, freelances, and other businesses. She is passionate about fine arts and environmental science and history. She hopes to continue working with the Awakenings Associate Board to the best of her abilities.
Associate Board MemberNick hails from a small town in Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Studio Art from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. After relocating to Chicago, Nick has primarily developed and worked in operations management in the service industry. He spends his free time reading and exploring/travelling.
Associate Board Member
David Blixt is an award-winning author and actor living in Chicago. An Artistic Associate of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and Resident Stage Combat Instructor at the Chicago High School For The Arts, David spends his days exploring classic theatre and history, then writing about them. He is very lucky his wife and children put up with him.
Awakened Voices Reader and Copy EditorJordan Gottke is a nanny, organizer, and gimlet connoisseur. She’d like to thank Awakenings for getting her one step closer to her dream of being paid to sit underneath a pile of cats and read things