Staff and Advisory Board

Staff and Advisory Board

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Director
Renée Redd
2000 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-2733
r-redd@northwestern.edu

Renée Redd joined the Women’s Center at Northwestern University in May of 1994. She previously worked as Director of the Office of Women’s Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1991 to 1994 and prior to that at UIC worked as a Staff Psychologist at the Counseling Center. Renée finished her doctoral studies in counseling psychology at the University of Iowa in 1989. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology from the University of Iowa in 1981. Renée is a licensed psychologist who has special interests and training in women’s issues, career self-efficacy, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence and diversity issues. Her therapeutic orientation centers on trauma theory. Renée is an active member of the Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence at Northwestern University.  In 2011, Renée was a finalist for the Northwestern University Employee of the Year award.

Associate Director
Njoki Kamau
2000 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-2734
ngk@northwestern.edu

Njoki Kamau joined the Women’s Center at Northwestern University in September 1991 as the Associate Director. She previously served as the Director of the Evanston/North Shore YWCA’s Domestic Violence Services program. Njoki earned her MBA from Southern Methodist University, and she holds a Master’s in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management (AGSIM). She attended Nairobi University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in business administration. In 2007, Njoki was honored by Mayor Richard Daley as the recipient of the Chicago Distinguished Immigrant Award. Also in 2007, Njoki received the Greg Kindle Ally Award by the Northwestern University LGBT Resource Center. She has also been honored by the Organization of Women Faculty for her contributions to women at Northwestern. Her article, “From Kenya to North America: One Woman’s Journey,” was published in Issue: A Journal of Opinion in 1996 and has been reprinted in No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000. A life-long community activist, Njoki works regularly with United to End Racism and other social justice organizations.

Counselor
Sara Walz
2000 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-2735
s-walz@northwestern.edu

Sara Walz, LCSW, joined the Women’s Center at Northwestern University in January 2007. She previously was the Counseling Director at Chicago Women’s Health Center. Sara received her Master’s in Social Work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Boston University. As a counselor at the Women’s Center, Sara provides therapy from a relational and feminist framework. Her clinical interests and experience include abuse related trauma, sexual assault, and the impact of traumatic experiences on ones sense of self. Sara serves on the Steering Committee of the Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence (CCSV) at Northwestern University.

Director of Programs
Alecia Wartowski
2000 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
(312) 503-3401
alecia.wartowski@northwestern.edu

Alecia Wartowski joined the Women’s Center in January 2013.  She previously worked as a legal aid attorney at Cabrini Green Legal Aid as Director of Family Law, and at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services as Director of the Guardian ad litem for Minors Program.  She has also worked as a Program Manager and Director of Programs for youth serving organizations focused on after school and community programs for girls and youth of color.  Alecia received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin, her masters degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. 

Program Assistant
Geri Anne Nelson
2000 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
(847)491-8370
geri.nelson@northwestern.edu

Geri Anne Nelson joined the Women’s Center in March 2013.  She previously worked as a career counselor in the healthcare and trade industries as well having worked as an event planner and public relations coordinator.  She currently serves as the volunteer manager and beneficiary liaison to the Chicago Spirit Brigade, an organization that raises money to help those facing life threatening challenges. Geri is pursuing her MS in Public Service Management with a Higher Ed Concentration from DePaul's School of Public Service and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. 

Counseling Interns

Counseling interns work out of the Women Center’s Evanston office, and can be reached at (847) 467-7259 or via e-mail.   

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