Robin McGinnis, MSW
Chief Executive Officer
Robin McGinnis, MSW has more than 35 years of experience working in the area of behavioral health and primary prevention for children and youth. Ms. McGinnis has dedicated her professional career to working with youth involved in the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system as a means to reduce violence and lower recidivism, while assisting families to live a healthy and safe existence.
Robin began her social work career as a direct care provider working in women’s health and then as a social worker in a girls’ group home. She later expanded her professional experience by working in psychiatric hospitals and private practice settings. During her tenure as the administrator of a large private practice, Ms. McGinnis became interested in violence reduction and victimization. She founded Alternative Behavior Treatment Centers (ABTC) in 1995, a non-profit child treatment agency dedicated to reducing sexual violence.
Ms. McGinnis most recently was a partner at Isikoff, McGinnis & May, a consulting firm focused on the non-profit market.
Kristine Cieslak, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Kristine Cieslak, MD, is the new Chief Medical Officer of IWS Chicago. She joins IWS from the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Cadence Health. Dr. Cieslak describes her personal and professional mantra as making “meaningful connections” with colleagues and patients. In her practice, she is committed to both patient service and research, and she will make the evaluation of IWS outcomes and quality of care indicators one of her priorities.
Serving the Hispanic community is one of the qualities that attracted Dr. Cieslak to Infant Welfare. She notes the importance of delivering culturally competent care to patients in their own language, and considers it a critical tool for cultivating healthy families who are invested in their own well-being.
Fun fact about Kristine: she played softball for Northwestern University and remains active with her two children.
Michelle Di Benedetto, MA
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
At IWS, Michelle leads the department responsible for fund development, communications, marketing, outreach and community relations. Before coming to IWS, she was the Programs and Development Director for the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, where she was responsible for the fund development program and shared responsibility for programs, including a national initiative supporting community level gatherings on equity and healing. She has a MA in Human Rights and Global Health from the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies and a BA in International Studies with minors in Commercial Italian and French.
Russ Effrig, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Russ is responsible for Revenue Cycle, Finance, Accounting, and I.T.
His background includes CFO experience with Community Health Systems of Wisconsin (an FQHC), Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago and several high tech companies.
Russ is a CPA with an MBA from Northwestern University and a Bachelors degree from the Pennsylvania State University. His background includes extensive experience in facilitating growth and developing operational/administrative excellence in the healthcare, not for profit and service industries. Russ has twice received national recognition for his achievements in the design and deployment of shared services.
Russ’ personal interests include various religious and social causes, woodworking, and architecture. He and his wife are currently working on the restoration of a Victorian home.
Director of Revenue Cycle
Director of Clinic Operations
Sheila Hall, DDS
Vice President of Dental Services
Dr. Hall joined Infant Welfare in 1989 and has been the full-time Dental Director since 2006. Dr. Hall received her Doctor or Dental Surgery degree at Loyola University’s School of Dentistry and is board certified in Pediatric Dentistry.
Milagros Fernandez, LCSW
Vice President of Family Services
Ms. Milagros Fernandez, LCSW is the Vice President of Family Services at the Infant Welfare. She oversees the CHAT Program, the Child Development and Support Services Program, and the Child and Adolescent Counseling Services Program. Joining Infant Welfare in 2009, Ms. Fernandez has dedicated her career to working in community-based child welfare and community mental health. She possesses a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago and completed a Certificate in Infant Mental Health from the Erikson Institute in 2010. In 2009, she adapted Roseanne Clark’s Mother Infant Therapy Group treatment model for low-income Latina women with postpartum depression and successfully implemented the model at IWS to reach some of Chicago’s most vulnerable mothers
Jerry Isikoff, PhD
Chief Operating Officer
Joanne Leck, BAAH, CNM(ret), FACNM
Director, Quality Management
Jennifer Morrison, CPNP, MPH
Jennifer Morrison holds a Masters of Science in Nursing and Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, specializing in Maternal and Child Health. She is also a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner.
Erlinda Tzirides, RN, MS
Public Service Management Analyst
Board of Directors
Elizabeth Hennessy President
Michael W. Davis Executive Vice President
Rosanne Merrill Treasurer
Caroline Clift Secretary
Linda Celesia Vice President, Personnel
Carolyn Clift Vice President, Board Development
Diane Douglas Vice President, Nominating
Timothy B. Johnson Vice President, Investments
Rachel Caskey, MD Vice President, Services and Facilities
Margaret Tresley Vice President, PR and Development
Kathleen M. Boege
Lynda K. Given
Susana G. Lopatka
Richard D. Raskin
Petra Rissman, MD
Kristin V. MacRAE
Martin J. McHale
Steven R. Rothbloom
Pat Pulido Sanchez
K. Sue Sanford
Benjamin E. Wolff, III
JoEllen Bursinger Zacks
Bryan C. Cressey
Nathan P. Eimer
James H. Stacke
John W. Stimpson
John P. Volkman
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Robin McGinnis, MSW