Center for Advancing Domestic Peace Leadership
cHRISTINE CALL, CO-FOUNDER & CO-Executive Director
Christine Call, Ph.D., LCSW, is Co-Founder/ Co-Executive Director of the Center For Advancing Domestic Peace. Christine is also an Associate Professor in the MSW weekend program at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.
Christine Call has been working to make our homes and communities safer for women, children and men since 1984 when she assumed the position of Executive Director of the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. There she managed the overall operation of a 19 bed residential shelter for female victims of domestic violence and their children. Later as Executive Director of Sarah’s Inn in Oak Park from 1987 to 1993, Christine increased its budget five-fold by way of securing grants and hosting fundraising events, thus enabling the agency to develop new programs including children’s services, transitional housing, and a partner abuse intervention program for men who batter.
Christine also agreed to serve as the part-time Coordinator of the West Side Domestic Abuse Project (WSDAP), a collaboration of Connections for Women and Children (CAWC), Haymarket Center, and the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry. In this capacity, she co-managed the WSDAP with Charlie Stoops, supervising staff and social work interns while co-facilitating partner abuse intervention groups. When the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychiatry could no longer house the program, Christine and Charlie Stoops co-founded the WSDAP as a 501c3 in November of 2003. The WSDAP, later renamed the Center for Advancing Domestic, began providing services as a separate entity in February of 2004 with Christine as the founding Executive Director.
Christine graduated with her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in December 2001, having completed an original piece of research titled: “Substance Problems in Women with Histories of Child Abuse, Partner Violence, and Racism.” Christine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years experience working in local victim service programs and over 25 years experience in partner abuse intervention services.
ALONDRA MONTES, CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Alondra Montes, who came to the Center as a part-time Group Co-Facilitator in June of 2016, has worked with both victims and people who have abused at Sarah's Inn in Oak Park prior to joining us. Alondra holds a B.A from Loyola University in Chicago and an MSW from St. Francis University in Joliet, IL.
Alondra applied for the position of Co-Executive Director and the Center's Board of Directors chose her for the position over two other finalists. She began in that role in March of 2017 in a part-time capacity and is moving toward full-time status in 2018.
During 2017 Alondra has worked diligently with Christine, Mike and our staff to increase volunteer presence and participation. She organized a June fundraiser that was very successful and has provided more regular supervision from the managament team to our Englewood office. She continues to work with Christine to increase awareness of the Center and its work, to build the Board of Directors and to build the Center's network of supporters and its relationships with other providers of social services in Chicago. She also provides direct service as needed.
mIKE FEINERMAN, Programs Director
Mike Feinerman, CPAIP, is currently the Programs Director of Center for Domestic Peace, Inc., an Illinois Department of Human Services Protocol-approved Partner Abuse Intervention Program serving the City of Chicago and nearby suburbs. Mike served as the Center's Co-Executive Director from January of 2008 through July of 2015. He has been with the program since its origin in 1997, when he served as Risk Manager and Quality Improvement Coordinator at Haymarket Center, Chicago’s largest substance abuse treatment center. He began working full-time in domestic violence intervention and prevention in 2003, shortly before the Center was incorporated as a non-for-profit.
Prior to joining Haymarket’s staff, Mike worked at Grant Hospital (later Lincoln Park Hospital) in Chicago, where he was Senior Addictions Therapist through 1996. In addition to professional service, Mike serves on the State of Illinois Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Advisory Council and has served on its Multi-disciplinary Task Force On Best Practices – Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence. He has also served on the state’s Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse task force developing best practice guidelines for gender-specific services for men in substance abuse treatment settings. Mike has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals, Inc. (ICDVP), the certification agency for domestic violence professionals in the state of Illinois, where he chaired the committee that developed ICDVP’s partner abuse intervention professional credential. Mike attended Lake Forest College, Harold Washington College and Northeastern Illinois University.