Neusa Gaytan has been a critical leader in the organization since 1987. After having served as a case manager, supervisor of programs and as a director, she is currently the Senior VP of Programs. Through that role she is providing oversight to all of Mujeres’ programs and serves as a part of Mujeres’ management team collaborating with the President and CEO in establishing priorities for policy-making.
Neusa has a B.A. in Psychology from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon in Mexico and completed her coursework for a Psy.D. from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. She has also completed training in Cognitive Therapy and conducted a psychiatric practicum at Grant Hospital. Through an internship at Metropolitan Family Center she gained experience conducting couple, family, group and individual therapy with adults and children. Additionally, she has completed the 42-hour training in Domestic Violence.
As a seasoned leader, she is often sought to speak on behalf of Mujeres and represents the agency at many tables on issues of violence against women, program implementation, and Latino/a issues. She is the agency delegate for Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA), has served on the board of the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional Board (ICDVP) and the Sexual Assault Advisory group, as well as the Board of LIDERAMOS on a national level. She is also currently a steering committee member of Chicago Says No More. Neusa has represented the agency internationally in Mexico as well as in Cuba in the area of program development and implementation.
When Neusa is not supporting a growing team of 5 programs or amplifying the voices of Latinas and their families on different platforms, she enjoys traveling. From visiting different parts of the country to finding different corners of the world, she seizes every opportunity she has.