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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 PresidentLizzie Aubrey has been the Access Services Manager at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Flaxman Library since 2003. Her focus is on mentoring students throughout their college experience, providing art research assistance to the community, and strengthening the information literacy skills of students, staff, and faculty. A native of the South Side of Chicago, Lizzie has also volunteered with Hosteling International, Treehouse Humane Society, and the Newberry Library. Lizzie joined the Awakenings Foundation board in 2017.
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.
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)
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.
Founder, Visual Art Review Committee MemberJean Cozier is the founder of Awakenings. Read her full bio here.
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.
Araceli Flores recently graduated with a bachelors degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an alumna of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority where she found a passion for organizing events and volunteering. Her main motivation in life is to continue creating music and to use her musical platform to motivate others to aspire. She is passionate about the mission and is a firm believer that art has the power to heal. In her spare time, Araceli loves dedicating time to running long distant races and writing songs on her guitar.
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.
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 Chair
Ariana Erickson holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from DePaul University where she graduated with highest honors. Ariana completed a major in International Relations with a specialization in Human Rights, as well as a secondary major in Peace, Justice Conflict Studies and a minor in Spanish. She serves as the Chief of Staff at RefuSHE, an international NGO that serves to protect unaccompanied, orphaned, and separated refugee girls and young women from throughout East Africa who now live in Nairobi, Kenya.
Associate Board Administrative Chair
Chloe Eastburn, Associate Board Secretary, recently graduated from Depaul University with a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is an intern for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline, and cannot wait to get started working with the folks at Awakening’s. In her spare time she can be found lost in an 80’s themed Spotify playlist, and spending time with her friends she feels grateful to have.
Membership & Engagement Chair
Associate Board Finance Chair
Associate Board Member, 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.
Associate Board MemberCate is beyond excited to join the Awakenings Associate Board! She graduated in 2017 with degrees in English and Communication from a DePauw University in Indiana. Cate now works primarily with children and helps run Camp STAR Summer treatment program for children with ADHD and related disorders. Cate is passionate about the healing powers of artistic expression, and cannot wait to empower other survivors to process trauma through their own work.
Lauren Wright is the Director of Programs at Mama Hope. She has a Masters in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute and a Masters in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University. She oversees Mama Hope’s international partnerships and consults with nonprofit leaders on gender and development, sustainable programming, and impact evaluation. Lauren is passionate about gender equality and social justice and believes in Awakenings’ vision for creating safe spaces for survivors.
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