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Leadership – Staff

Executive Director – Carol K. Ruderman, MBA
As Executive Director of SHALVA since January 2014, Carol has been a leader in nonprofits for over 20 years. Prior to joining SHALVA, Carol served as Regional Director at The American Cancer Society, where she led area wide education and development programs, managed patient services and advocacy efforts, and oversaw human resource and administrative functions. At the Society, Carol was selected to participate in a highly selective National Leadership Development program and received the Illinois Division “PIECES” award for Equality. Carol previously served as Co-Studio Director for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (Learning Ally), where she managed operations, production and volunteers.

At SHALVA, Carol leads the agency’s clinical and administrative staff in fulfilling SHALVA’s mission and oversees all programs, services, and fundraising efforts. Carol is an active member of partner coalitions, serving on the steering committees for JCARES and the Partnership for a Safer Lake County. She is committed to making sure women facing domestic abuse get the help, support, and resources they need.

Carol holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Chatham College.

Clinical Director – Barbara Siegel, MS, NCC, LCPC, ICDVP
As Clinical Director of SHALVA since 1999, Barbara has been providing counseling to SHALVA clients since 1996. Barbara is a nationally certified Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor as well as an Illinois- Certified Domestic Violence Professional. She holds a masters’ degree in education and counseling.

In addition to counseling clients, Barbara facilitates trainings and consults with other clinicians, mental health agencies, community organizations, attorneys and school personnel, on treating and identifying individuals and families affected by domestic violence. Her work has empowered countless women to break the cycle of violence and abuse. Barbara believes that domestic abuse erodes the very foundation of Judaism, and that when Jewish groups work together to facilitate change, the community can be strengthened. Awards include: “Women to Woman: Making a Difference Award” given by the Illinois State Treasurer and “1 of 50 People Who Make Chicago a Better Place” by the Chicago Sun Times.