Kate Aldag, UIC
Joined CAASE Board in 2017       

Kat has spent most of her career in higher education, with previous experience at Oberlin College, The University of Chicago, Columbia College, and now working at UIC. Kat is now pursuing a master's degree in counseling at Roosevelt University. Kat identifies as a Spanish-speaking advocate creating safe space for adolescents and individuals to cope with life transitions on their own terms. 

Nicholas Colvin, Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP
Board Secretary
Fundraising Committee Member
Joined CAASE Board in 2015                                                                                                            

Nick is an Associate in the Commercial Litigation group of Perkins Coie LLP.  He represents clients involved in complex regulatory and litigation matters including white collar investigations and business torts.  Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Nick spent six years in the public sector, serving in the D.C. Senate office of then-Senator Barack Obama, on the Obama for America presidential campaign, and in the Office of the White House Counsel.  Nick is active within the community, serving on the boards of several Chicago non-profit organizations. He also participates in volunteer mentorship programs for high school teens. Nick holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Joel Filmore, Northwestern University Family Institute
Joined CAASE Board in 2016

Dr. Joel Filmore, EdD, is a faculty member at Northwestern University, where he teaches graduate students in the Psychology Department and has a clinical practice at the Family Institute.  Joel serves on the Executive Board for the national Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling, and is a much-sought after public speaker and author on issues related to multiculturalism, sex-trafficking, and trauma. Joel is a survivor of prostitution and sex trafficking, and was the first man to win judicial relief under the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Crimes Act.  

Judy Gold, Perkins Coie
Joined CAASE Board in 2013

Judy Gold is a partner at Perkins Coie in both the Government Relations and Business Law practices. Judy has two decades of transactional experience in general corporate, real estate and private equity as well as in the areas of government relations, public affairs, and crisis management. In addition to the private practice of law, Judy has significant public sector experience. Judy served in the Clinton White House, Mayor Daley’s Cabinet as Chief of Policy for the City of Chicago, chaired the Illinois Commission on the Status of Women, was a member of the Illinois State Board of Education and chaired Women’s Policy for the Obama for America Campaign.  Most recently, she was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as U.S. representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She serves on numerous local boards including Chicago's Civic Federation and the Chicago Chamber of Commerce. Judy is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and resides in Chicago with her husband and young family.

Margot Gordon, Monahan Law Group
Joined CAASE Board in 2017       

Ms. Gordon concentrates her practice in estate planning, counseling and litigation. She implements complex estate planning strategies for both individual and institutional clients and represents fiduciaries in probate, trust, and guardianship administration matters. Ms. Gordon has been designated a top legal professional in the field of estate planning, and has repeatedly been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer and was named a Top Lawyer in estate planning by The Legal Network. She has authored guidebooks on estate planning and asset protection planning for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, which serves as the premier legal education guide to Illinois attorneys. She also regularly authors articles and guides for both the Illinois and Chicago Bar associations.  

Ricquel Harper, Business Executive
Board Treasurer
Fundraising Committee Chair
Joined CAASE Board in 2014

Ricquel is a businesswoman with a diverse set of expertise and experiences.  Currently, Ricquel has previously worked with a global securities firm, the Chicago Public Schools, Cacciatore Harper LLC, the Neiman Marcus Group and Deutsche Bank.  Ricquel’s prior volunteer work includes fundraising leadership roles with the Junior League of Chicago, and advocating for abused and neglected children in North Carolina.  Ricquel holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BA in Sociology from Duke University.

Christopher Jaffe, Youth Guidance
Board Vice-President
Board Development Committee Chair
Joined CAASE Board in 2012

Christopher is a Chicago-based non-profit administrator, with an expertise in program development, fund-raising, and executive administration. He currently serves as the Strategic Development Manager for Youth Guidance and the Becoming a Man program. He has served as the Executive Director for the Mankind Project Chicago, and has professionally supported several organizations including; The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, Maryville Academy, the Steans Center at DePaul University, Leyden Family Services, Ingenuity Incorporated, Chicago Area Project, the Major Adams Community Center, and Near Northwest Neighborhood Network. Christopher holds a Master's Degree from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, and a BA from DePaul University in Sociology.

Amy Kohn
Fundraising Committee Member
Joined CAASE Board in 2010

Amy has nearly 20 years of experience working as an employment lawyer and HR consultant, most recently at Seyfarth Shaw and previously for more than 12 years at Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Amy is a longtime supporter of non-profit organizations and has participated in two half-marathons with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. A supporter of women’s rights since she took a “Women and the Law” class during college, Amy worked for a labor-side law firm during law school and is committed to supporting CAASE’s mission and achieving its goals. Amy graduated with a B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

Tiffany Madigan, McGuireWoods LLP 
Fundraising Committee Member
Joined CAASE Board in 2008

Tiffany is a Chicago native who, after an extended tour of Europe, has returned to her roots. She has an undergraduate degree in comparative literature from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown Law Center. She has previously worked in international finance, both in the U.S. and Europe, and is currently a Debt Finance Associate with the law firm McGuireWoods LLP. She acts in leadership roles with a number of educational institutions both to promote their ideological development and to establish and maintain comprehensive fundraising plans.

Ross H. Neihaus, Kaye Scholer LLP
Board President
Joined CAASE Board in 2014

Ross H. Neihaus is a commercial litigator with a specialty in complex commercial matters. He has represented clients in cases involving allegations of securities fraud, monopolization, price manipulation, breach of contract, misrepresentation and other business torts. Ross also provides pro bono services for a variety of community legal organizations, including the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE), the Jewish Federation of Chicago's Community Legal Services Clinic and the Circuit Court of Cook County's Pro Bono Program for petitioners seeking orders of protection.

Shauna Prewitt, Skadden Arps
Joined CAASE Board in 2016

Shauna Prewitt, Esq., is an associate at Skadden Arps, a national leader in the development and passage of laws that promote and protect the rights of women raising children conceived in rape, and a survivor of sexual assault.  Shauna’s work has already led to the passage of high-quality legislation in 14 states, including Illinois, and on the federal level, Shauna worked with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to draft the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, which, thanks to their leadership, was signed into law by President Obama as part of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.

Nancy Radner, Primo Center for Women and Children
Fundraising Committee Member
Joined CAASE Board in 2015

Nancy Radner is the Chief Operating Officer of the Primo Center for Women and Children, which provides housing, shelter and supportive services for homeless families on the west side of Chicago.  She is the founding CEO of the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness and the Partnership to End Homelessness. She has also been the director of Illinois Policy at the Ounce of Prevention Fund and a staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. She has a J.D. from the University of Michigan and an A.M. from the University of Chicago Social Services Administration.

Francesca Schuler, Motorola Solutions
Host Committee Member
Joined CAASE Board in 2017

Francesca Schuler is Director at Motorola Solutions and in her current role drives the strategy and business priorities for an end-to-end solution that requires leading complex matrix teams.  Francesca has experience in all phases of product development, strategy and operations, product management, and technology research. She holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and a Master of Business Administration. Francesca holds 20 patents, serves as a member of Motorola Solutions Science Advisory Board, and is a certified Six Sigma Master Blackbelt.