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ZCenter

Meet Our Teams

This week, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), we highlight the amazing work of our teams at ZCenter. Each team plays a crucial role in supporting survivors and ending sexual violence.


Counseling 

Saira Khan, Clinical Supervisor

ZCenter’s mission is to validate, believe and empower all survivors of sexual violence. We believe healing from sexual trauma is possible. Our trained counselors create a safe space for our clients, where they can share their experience, build resiliency, and regain control over their lives. ZCenter offers free counseling in Lake County and Northern Cook County.

 

 

 


Outreach & Advocacy

Every single day, every 73 seconds, an American is subjected to sexual violence. Part of our mission is to work with those that have been violated, but the role of the Outreach and Advocacy Team is to promote awareness and educate the community around sexual health, safety, and rights. Through prevention education, professional development, volunteerism, and social justice 

Christine Berry, Director of Services

activism, the Outreach Team reaches thousands of people annually to spread information and awareness. During this difficult time, ZCenter’s community outreach has evolved to include a broad digital presence, beginning a podcast (73 Seconds) and a blog, showcasing how important it is to end sexual violence and dismantle the systems responsible for sustaining it. 

 

 


Development

Development means different things in various industries. For ZCenter, it means fundraising. But more than that it means bringing awareness to all of the needs at 

Anna Lehner, Director of Development

ZCenter, to ensure we have the financial resources available to keep our services strong, necessary supplies, and support for our growing Outreach Programs. Fundraising comes from corporate donations, individual contributions, monthly giving (check out our Superhero Campaign!), and foundations through grant applications. 

 

 

 


Administration

Hi, my name is JoEllen and I am part of the Amazing Administration Team at ZCenter! Our team plays an important behind the scenes role in contributing to the comprehensive services provided to survivors of sexual violence by the ZCenter Staff, Interns and Volunteers.

JoEllen Erdman, Compliance Manager

Office management, budget and finance, data entry and stats management, government reporting and compliance, payroll and record keeping are all successfully orchestrated by the team of Helen Williamson-Administrative Specialist, Jessica Gonzalez-Financial & Facilities Assistant, JoEllen Erdman-Compliance Manager, and our fearless leader, Cindy Harris-Director of Administration. We take great pride in making sure that the office runs smoothly and the employees get paid so they can put all of their energies into providing the best trauma-informed care to the survivors we work with every day!

 


All ZCenter blog posts are written by state certified staff, interns, and volunteers. For questions on authorship or content, please email info@zcenter.org.

ZPN Lunch and Learn: Title IX in Grades K-12

Presenter:  Amy Kosanovich Dickerson, J.D.      Amy is a partner at Franczek Radelet P.C., where she has been an attorney in the firm’s Education Practice Group since 2008. Amy frequently advises schools, including K-12 and higher education institutions, on Title IX -related matters, including matters related to complaint investigation, staff and student training and programming, school official and Title IX coordinator responsibilities, and policies and procedures. Amy is a frequent speaker on Title IX and has provided numerous trainings to school officials, investigators, and Title IX coordinators. Amy also represents school districts and higher education institutions in Title IX-related litigation and administrative proceedings before the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. What to expect

  • Overview of school district responsibilities under Title IX
  • Best practices for responding to complaints under Title IX
  • Practical tips for Title IX Coordinators and school officials for complying with Title IX
Cost ZPN Member +  District Administrator –  Free for this event! Non – ZPN Member and District Administrator –  $50 (for two), $25 (for one) Join ZPN 1 membership $50 per year- select the join ZPN option when you register for this event.]]>

ZPN Lunch and Learn: Title IX in Grades K-12

Presenter:  Amy Kosanovich Dickerson, J.D.      Amy is a partner at Franczek Radelet P.C., where she has been an attorney in the firm’s Education Practice Group since 2008. Amy frequently advises schools, including K-12 and higher education institutions, on Title IX -related matters, including matters related to complaint investigation, staff and student training and programming, school official and Title IX coordinator responsibilities, and policies and procedures. Amy is a frequent speaker on Title IX and has provided numerous trainings to school officials, investigators, and Title IX coordinators. Amy also represents school districts and higher education institutions in Title IX-related litigation and administrative proceedings before the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. What to expect

  • Overview of school district responsibilities under Title IX
  • Best practices for responding to complaints under Title IX
  • Practical tips for Title IX Coordinators and school officials for complying with Title IX
Cost ZPN Member +  District Administrator –  Free for this event! Non – ZPN Member and District Administrator –  $50 (for two), $25 (for one) Join ZPN 1 membership $50 per year- select the join ZPN option when you register for this event.]]>

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