Board of Directors
Maria Socorro Pesqueira
Maria Pesqueira has over two decades of leadership experience in the human service arena, bringing expert perspective to areas including strategic planning and management, program development, communications, fundraising and public health. She also is a sought-after speaker, addressing national and local audiences on issues ranging from private/nonprofit partnerships, women’s issues, health disparities and to the future of philanthropy.
In 2000, Pesqueira was named President and CEO to Mujeres Latinas en Accion, one of the longest standing Latina human service organizations in the nation. Under her leadership Mujeres received the prestigious ORBA Award for Nonprofit Financial Management Excellence; moved Mujeres’ main office to a newly renovated 14,000 square foot facility and opened two additional satellite offices. Previous to Mujeres, Maria was the Director of Development for the National Museum of Mexican Art where she started and grew the Museum’s resource development office, and completed its $7.5 million capital and endowment campaign.
Pesqueira’s awards include being named by Chicago Magazine as one of six Chicagoans of the Year 2006; the 2005 National Organization for Women's (NOW) Women Who Dared Award; The 2003 Thomas Jefferson Award; Accento Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” for 2002; and the Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” for the year 2000. She was selected as a member to The Chicago Network, a premier organization of diverse, professional women in the Chicago area who have reached the highest echelons of business, the arts, government, the professions and academia.
Her record of civic and community involvement spans two decades. She serves as Board member of the Community Memorial Foundation, a private independent health conversion foundation; has served as Executive Committee Board member for the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Latino civil rights organization based in Washington DC and is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. In addition, she has been appointed to City and State level Commissions. Pesqueira was appointed to the Illinois Human Services Commission, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Domestic Violence and appointed to the Mayor of Chicago’s Advisory Council on Domestic Violence. She is the Chair of the Illinois Partners for Human Services, a network of organizations that advocate for high quality, responsible, and sustainable approaches to providing human service in Illinois. She is the Vice-Chair of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, a state-wide coalition of member organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.
Ms. Pesqueira has a BA from DePaul University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University JFK School of Government Executive Program, the Center for Creative Leadership and St. Thomas University MiniMBA program in Nonprofit Management. .
Maria and her husband David are the proud parents of son David Ollin.
Susana Gonzalez RN MSN MHA CNML
Susana González is the Director of Women’s Services at MacNeal Hospital, in Berwyn Illinois. In this role she is responsible for developing and leading her department to great quality care, nursing services, & promoting educational gains. In addition, she has extensive knowledge in program management, resource development, public policy and advocacy, and community health outreach program development. She has progressive supervisory experience in directing; managing, and providing leadership for others in many settings. Susana directs & sets standards for the delivery of competent, humane, and individualized nursing care to patients and families. She enjoys the challenges of creating a culture, which promotes professional growth and development in her staff.
Throughout her career Susana has been involved with many non for profit organizations and has served on various committees and board of directors. She has been most loyal and active on issues that relate to women, youth, children, and her profession. She is active on several advisory committees for our Latino elected officials where she participates with policy recommendations and addressing issues of main concern for their constituents.
Susana has received numerous nominations, recognitions, and awards for her compassion, kind, and volunteer work. To highlight a few: The regional Volunteerism and Service Award from Nursing Spectrum, Mujeres Latinas en Acción Maria Maruca community service award, Illinois Maternal Child Health Coalition; Loretta Lacey award, MacNeal Nursing excellence community service award, ASPIRA excellence in health award, March of Dimes Outstanding Nurse recognition award, Windy City woman of color; educator and advocate award, Chicago Latino in Philanthropy award, and Infant Welfare Society nursing director of the year.
She currently serves on the board of directors for the March of dimes, Chicago Chapter. She serves on the Chicago bilingual Nurse Consortium board of directors and is a member of the Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association a National Association of Hispanics nurses chapter and she serves on the national scholarships & awards committee. She chairs the board of directors for Mujeres Latinas en Acción. She is co-chair of the public policy committee for the Illinois Organization of Nurse leaders. She has been profiled on WLS-TV Channel 7 during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Ms. González began her nursing career at Triton College; she has attended North Park College, Northeastern Illinois University, and most recently University of Phoenix where she obtained dual graduate degrees of MSN and MHA.
Susana has led a professional and personal commitment to serve and improve the quality of life for all she serves through education, public policy, outreach programs, community advocacy relations all via volunteerism. She lives by the philosophy that if there is something she can do for you now, then let it be so. For, we may not walk this path again.