Leadership Team

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Judie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has earned a Master of Arts in Communication from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Social Work from Aurora University. She has 30 years of experience working in non-profits, universities and municipalities. She served as the Executive Director for Sharing Connections, the acting Executive Director for the Naperville Park District, and helped to establish the Community Career Center in Naperville. Judie

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 GouletCathy 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.

Amy Milligan joined Family Shelter Service in 1995. Amy is an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional who has served survivors of abuse in a number of capacities during her tenure at Family Shelter, including hotline and intake, support group facilitation, training, outreach, medical advocacy, and court advocacy. She has been a program director since 2004. In her current role as the Director of Safer Communities, Amy oversees Family Shelter’s community-based programs, which include hotline, court advocacy, mobile advocacy, training, and prevention. Amy’s areas of professional interest include the impacts of domestic violence on adults, trauma-informed care, and legal remedies for the protection of abuse survivors. She is also an experienced trainer who presents to community partners and professionals, police departments, and health care providers on issues related to family violence.


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.