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Dr. Natalie Bennett is the Director of the Women's Leadership and Resource Center.

Natalie D. A. Bennett, Ph.D. comes to Women’s Leadership & Resource Center as a scholar-activist whose research, teaching and activism centers the lives of black women and girls. Her interests are transnational in scope, located at the intersection of black feminisms, gender/class/sexuality and social policy in Jamaica, and migrations in the African diaspora.

Dr. Bennett has taught at Hunter College (CUNY), Long Island University, University of Nebraska, DePaul University and University of Illinois at Chicago. Her publications focus on transnational migration and Caribbean immigrant women’s labor, racial and sexual identities among African American lesbians and the politics of same-sexualities in Jamaica.

Dr. Bennett received her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology and Sociology from Union College (Schenectady, New York) and her doctorate (PhD) in Sociology from University of Michigan. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Director of Gender & Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Athanasia Papaioannou is assistant director of the Women's Leadership and Resource Center. Since 2007 she has been developing and promoting programming that raises awareness of women’s and gender issues, develops women’s leadership, and celebrates women’s accomplishments and contributions while also providing direct client services.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Criminology, Law & Justice. and has completed the required certification training for both sexual assault and domestic violence victim advocacy.

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Andie Celerio is an assistant director and the primary client service provider at CAN. She began her career with CAN in 2004 after completing a year long internship with the office while earning her M.Ed. in Education with a concentration in Human Services and Counseling. Andie completed the required 40 hour training courses for both sexual assault victim advocacy and domestic violence victim advocacy and has extensive training in stalking.

In addition to providing direct client services Andie is an active member of several committees, including the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network Court Watch Program Steering Committee, the Chicagoland Consortium for Safety on College Campuses (CCSCC), the Chicago Police Department’s 12th District Domestic Violence Subcommittee, the Office of the State’s Attorney Community Justice Center - Central Steering Committee, the Office of the State’s Attorney Sex Crimes Advisory Group, and the Office of the State's Attorney Domestic Violence Advisory Group.

In 2013 Andie was a recipient of the CAPE (Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence) Award, and that same year she and colleague Daniel K. Cairo were very excited to present CAN's flagship program Peers to Allies at the SCOPE (School and College Organization for Prevention Educators) conference in Orlando, FL.
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Iliana Figueroa is the Education and Outreach Specialist at CAN. She is a queer Latina born and raised in Chicago. Iliana finished her undergraduate in 2012 at UIC, where she double majored in Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies. Since receiving her Bachelors she has been dedicated to anti-violence work, including 3 years as an advocate and educator at Rape Victim Advocates. Iliana completed the 56-hour training course for sexual assault victim advocacy and the 40-hour training for domestic violence victim advocacy, along with additional training in restorative justice practices.

For the past four years she has also been a core member of the Chicago Dyke March Collective and is passionate about creating visibility for queer and trans people of color everywhere.
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Keisa Reynolds is the program coordinator at the Women's Leadership and Resource Center. They are a certified rape crisis counselor in Illinois and California and have training in other areas including domestic violence, community violence, trauma, and restorative justice. They are also a writer and community educator working with organizations in Chicago and San Francisco Bay Area. They have a BA in Cultural Studies from Columbia College.

Keisa has a hand in our event logistics including planning and execution of events, creating publication materials, social media marketing and more. You can contact them if you are interested in partnering with our office for programs or cosponsoring events with both CAN and WLRC.