Board of Directors

Dr. Karen Szymanski, Gateways Learning, Inc.

Mary Kay Foy, Lake County State’s Attorney

Dr. Ingrid Weimer, Lake Forest School District 67

Marlene Domash, Weltman Bernfield, LLC.

David Anderskow, Power Construction Company LLC.

Senator Melinda Bush, Illinois State Senate

Thomas Golebiewski, Northwestern University

Christina Hummel, Astellas US

Michael Rosengarden, Autohaus Automotive, Inc.

Idilko Todorovic, AbbVie

Joyce Mason, Human Resources Consulting

Kate Colbert, Silver Tree Communications

Jude Rake, JDR Growth Partners

Michael Strauss, Schlesinger & Strauss

Madeline Santana, First Midwest Bank

Paula Clayton Lenczycki

Joby Orlowsky, Discover Financial Services

Dr. Kate Johnson


Pat Davenport
Executive Director


Executive Director

A Safe Place is proud to name Patricia (Pat) Davenport as its new Executive Director.

Pat joins A Safe Place with over 20 years of nonprofit management experience, most recently with Families and Schools Together (FAST) in Madison, Wisconsin. FAST designs and distributes family strengthening and parent involvement programs to help kids succeed in school and in life. In addition to other goals, FAST programs work towards the prevention of domestic violence, a key to the mission of A Safe Place.

Pat has experience with budgeting and fiscal management, strategic planning and implementation, fundraising, operations management, program evaluation, community collaboration, strategic board development and network building. In addition, Pat is bilingual and will be instrumental in enhancing A Safe Place’s services to Lake County’s Latino community.

“Following an extensive executive search, the Board believes strongly that we have taken a significant step in positioning A Safe Place to become an even more dynamic and influential organization,” noted Board President David Hesselbein. “We are very excited about Pat joining A Safe Place on July 2, and are looking forward to building even stronger, more effective services and support for the families to whom we commit our services. We look forward to the agency’s future under Pat’s leadership."