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 great quality care, nursing services, & promoting educational gains. She has extensive knowledge in program management, resource development, public policy, advocacy, and community health program development. She enjoys the challenges of creating a culture, which promotes professional growth and development via her leadership.

Throughout her career Susana has role modeled true servant leadership and served on various committees and board of directors of great organizations. She is loyal and active on issues that relate to women, youth, children, and the nursing profession. She is active on several advisory committees for our Latino elected officials and addresses policy recommendations and issues of concern for their constituents.

Susana volunteers on several board of directors; such as the March of dimes, Chicago Chapter, the Chicago bilingual Nurse Consortium, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, and is an active member of the Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association a National Association of Hispanics nurses chapter and she serves on the national scholarships & awards committee. In addition she is a member of the Illinois Organization of Nurse leaders and co-chairs policy & advocacy committee. In addition; she serves as the president of the Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association.

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 has been profiled on WLS-TV Channel 7 during Hispanic Heritage Month. Last year; during the annual National Association of Hispanic Nurses she was recognized with the Community Service award for her commitment to service.

Susana is well prepared educationally with dual Master degrees of MSN and MHA. Susana has led a professional and personal commitment to serve and improve the quality of life for all she encounters. She is a life role model for education and community servant leadership. On a personal note: 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.