Nicholas Colvin, Perkins Cole
Joined CAASE Board in 2015 Nick Colvin is Of Counsel in the firm’s Public Policy practice. In this capacity, Nick provides political, election law, crisis management, strategic communications, and public affairs counsel to individual, corporate, and organizational clients on a wide range of public and private sector issues at both the state and federal level. Prior to joining the firm, Nick served as a litigator for a major international law firm where his practice focused on government investigations and complex commercial litigation.
In addition to his private sector experience, Nick has significant political and public policy expertise, having worked in the White House Counsel’s Office. There, Nick was part of the West Wing team responsible for providing advice to the President of the United States and federal agencies on investigations, litigation, development of legislative and administrative proposals, and nominations—including the successful confirmations of Justices Sotomayor and Kagan.
Nick also draws on his extensive experience with presidential, gubernatorial, and congressional campaigns, as well as his time spent serving in the United States Senate as Personal Aide to then-Senator Barack Obama.
Nick is very active within the community, serving on the Board of Directors of several Chicago-area non-profit organizations including Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and as a mentor to Chicago teens. Nick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Robin Dusek, Freeborn & Peters
Joined CAASE Board in 2011
Robin is a partner at the law firm of Freeborn & Peters where her practice focuses on large disputes that arise in the insurance and reinsurance industry. In 2009, Robin founded a non-profit organization, Educating Africa's Children, which supports two schools in Uganda, one of which was started with the help of Educating Africa's Children and is named in Robin's honor (the Dusek Child Care Centre). Robin currently serves as the Executive Director of Educating Africa's Children. Robin also sits on the board of Hooked on Drums, a non-profit organization that teaches West African drumming to children in Chicago. In 2009, Robin spent 3 weeks doing pro bono legal work in East Africa for FARM-Africa. Robin enjoys traveling, particularly to East Africa, and running. She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. from the College of William & Mary School of Law.
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.
Kara Lang Guminski, Social Worker and Attorney
Joined CAASE Board in 2013
A social worker and attorney, Kara brings to the CAASE Board of Directors extensive experience working with underprivileged persons. Most recently, Kara served with CAASE’s community partner Rape Victim Advocates, providing clinical counseling for clients with history of sexual trauma and as a medical and legal advocate. Kara holds a Master's Degree from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and a B.A. in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan.
Ricquel Harper, Business Executive Joined CAASE Board in 2014 Ricquel is a businesswoman with a diverse set of expertise and experiences. Currently with a global securities firm, Ricquel has previously worked with 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 Hennick-Jaffe, Youth Guidance
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.
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.
Jennifer Kuhn, Allstate Coorperation
Joined CAASE Board in 2015 Jennifer is an innovative attorney with over 25 years of experience developing collaborative solutions to help individuals and organizations meet their goals. From working with the Cook County State’s Attorney Domestic Violence Division to President Clinton’s National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women to the Crime Victim Services Division at the Illinois Attorney General’s office, Jennifer uses a down-to-earth, service leadership approach to achieving results. Joining Allstate’s Corporate Relations team in 2007, Jennifer was recruited to lead The Allstate Foundation’s Domestic Violence Program focusing on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors. Today, the program has reached over 500,000 survivors with life-saving services. For the last 4 years, Jennifer has focused her skills on business communications supporting Allstate executives and leading strategic communication efforts at Allstate Financial and Business-to-Business. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Communications from Indiana University and a J.D. from Chicago Kent College of Law. She also serves as Board President for Break the Cycle, a national not-for-profit committed to empowering young people to create a culture without abuse. Jennifer lives in Wauconda, IL with her strong-minded 16-year-old son, Connor.
Tiffany Madigan, McGuireWoods, LLP
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.
Brenda Myers-Powell, Dreacmcatcher Foundation
Joined CAASE Board in 2007
A Chicago native, Brenda is a survivor of prostitution and has been a pioneer in the fight to end the exploitation of prostituted people. She works in the Cook County Sherriff’s Office’s Department of Women’s Justice Services and is a lead on their Human Trafficking Response Team. She previously worked in the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office, assisting with the Intersystem Assessment on Prostitution and with Prostitution Alternatives Roundtable on their various legislative and community initiatives. Brenda is cofounder of the Dreamcatcher Foundation, a non-profit agency that works with at risk teens in Chicago. She partnered with Beyond Media to create a documentary, Turning a Corner, which tells the stories of people involved in the Chicago’s sex trade. Brenda has partnered with nationally known researcher, Jody Raphael to conduct several research projects focused on prostitution. She received the Judy Baar Topinka’s Trailblazers Award, the 2006 Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault Award for being a voice for exploited women, The 2006 Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Recognition Award, and the 2010 Chicago Foundation for Women Impact Awards.
Ross H. Neihaus, Kaye Scholer LLP
Joined CAASE Board in 2014
Ross H. Neihaus is an Associate in Kaye Scholer's Complex Commercial Litigation Department. 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.
Rachael G. Pontikes, Duane Morris LLP
Joined CAASE Board in 2011
Rachael is a partner in the trial practice group of Chicago office of Duane Morris LLP, where she specializes in high stakes and high profile commercial litigation. As part of Rachael’s practice, she protects the rights of women and girls. Rachael brought two civil actions for several girls who allege they were sexually exploited when featured in child pornography by the Girls Gone Wild enterprise. She also obtained political asylum for a domestic violence victim and citizenship for a 17-year-old under the Violence Against Women Act. Rachael is also a member of the executive committee of the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for women, where she co-founded the mentoring circles program, the largest mentoring program for Chicago women attorneys. Trained well by her feminist mother, as far back as she can remember, Rachael has spoken up for the rights of women and girls and looks forward to using her leadership skills in fighting sex trafficking and abuses of women.
Nancy Radner, Primo Center for Women and Children
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.