has taught in the School of Social Work at Aurora University and the Communications Departments for Northern Illinois University, North Central College and Elmhurst College. As a survivor, she knows firsthand the strength and courage it takes to pick up the phone and call a hotline for help.
Cathy has over 20 years experience in public accounting, with a specialty in non-profit organizations. She is a CPA and spent six years serving as the Director of Finance at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC) before joining the team at Family Shelter Service in July 2017.
Cathy is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise. Her board service also includes Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center and the Community Career Center where she served as Treasurer and then President of both organizations. While on the board of the Community Career Center she was the recipient of the Dwyer Award. Cathy also received the Naperville Jaycees Distinguished Service Award. She is the founding Treasurer of Kingsley Home & School Association located in Naperville School District 203. In her spare time she enjoys cycling and walking.
Lisa Horne started at Family Shelter Service in 2004 as a BSW intern, working at one of three shelter locations. Upon graduation, she joined the team as relief shelter staff. While working towards her MSW, Lisa interned at Family Service Association of Greater Elgin as a SASS Therapist. In 2006 she received her MSW from Aurora University. She continued working as a SASS therapist and returned to Family Shelter Service on a part-time basis and later became the Assistant Shelter Director. In November 2015, Lisa became Residential Program Director. Today she serves as the Director of Safer Living.
Lauren DeSimone (nee Visher) is a nonprofit advancement professional with a passion for building relationships and making a difference for families in her community. Lauren is putting her passion into practice by raising awareness and funds to help victims of domestic abuse and violence by leading the Advancement Department. For the past ten years, Lauren has applied her varied fundraising skills at other local nonprofits including YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Naperville Heritage Society/Naper Settlement, North Central College, and Turning Pointe Autism Foundation.
She uses her Musical Theatre degree from North Central College (NCC) to enhance her public speaking presence and is grateful for NCC’s servant leadership tutelage. As a life-long learner, she values her time in leadership training, including the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s (NACC) Leadership Institute in 2011 and Center for Creative Leadership’s “Ladder to Leadership” program in 2017.
In her spare time, Lauren volunteers as President of the Exchange Club of DuPage County, a member of the NACC’s Legacy Circle Planning Committee and a Board member for the Naperville YMCA. When not volunteering, she also loves laughing with her husband as they run after their new Corgi puppy.