Links is pleased to welcome six new members to its Board of Directors:
Noy Frial, Psy.D.
Noy is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor in private practice, and concurrently serves as the Associate Clinical Director at Turning Point Behavioral Health Center. For over fifteen years, Noy has worked as a clinician and administrator at various nonprofit organizations in and around Chicago. He has also held teaching positions at Concordia University and St. Augustine College. Currently, he serves on two other Boards: the Greater West Town Community Training Project, and Raising Our Children. Noy received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. He lives in Chicago with his partner and chocolate lab.
Yvonne is the Director of Human Resource Technology and Operations at Illinois Tool Works and has over 30 years of experience in human resources management and consulting. Yvonne is committed to giving back to her community and has previously served on the Board of the Winnetka/Northfield Friends of the Library, on the Board of the Middlefork Tennis Club, and in leadership positions with the Sunset Ridge PTO. She received her bachelor’s degree in Personnel Administration from DePaul University. Yvonne lives in Glenview.
Tracy Katz Muhl, JD
Tracy is a practicing attorney with Fox, Hefter, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, a leading business law firm in Chicago. Tracy has volunteered with a number of organizations that advocate for civil rights for LGBT individuals and families, including Equality Illinois and Lambda Legal. She has volunteered with Links’ Pride Youth Program since October, 2010, and also volunteers with her local PTO. Tracy is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of Chicago Law School. She lives in Northbrook with her husband and two children.
Steve is passionate about helping people who identify as a sexual minority to build strong and inclusive communities. He also wants to help empower young people to make their own decisions about their sexual health. Steve has previously served on the Board of Gesher Chicago, an LGBT social group for Jews in Chicagoland. He works as an analyst for the Chicago Housing Authority with a focus on ADA/Section 504 Policy & Procedure and Fair Housing Compliance. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in American Cultural Studies from American University and is currently working towards his master’s degree in Urban Planning & Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. A graduate of New Trier High School, he now lives in Chicago.
Sarah has an extensive background in event planning, fundraising, and alumni relations, and is currently an Associate Director of Alumni Relations at Northwestern University. She has also been a team captain for Ride for AIDS Chicago for the past three years; her team has collectively raised over $140,000 for HIV/AIDS services in the past three years. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from DePauw University and lives with her partner in Chicago.
Cassie brings a wealth of volunteer experience, including involvement in the Haiti Task Force in 2010, Katrina Relief in 2006, and the Treatment Action Campaign (HIV education and advocacy in South Africa). Since 2007, Cassie has also worked in various offices of the U.S. Department of State, including the U.S. Embassy in Lesotho, where she coordinated discussions between the embassy staff and local leaders that focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, STI testing, and access to medical care. Cassie is currently working in the Office of Acceptance Facility Oversight. She is a New Trier Township High School graduate and has a bachelor’s degree in Public Management from Indiana University. Cassie lives in Chicago.
The new members join returning members Donna Elrod (Highland Park), Laura Fine (Glenview), Matt Goldstick (Chicago), Loren Hutter (Wilmette), Kathleen Lloyd-Jones (Winnetka), Debbie Morton (Northfield), Peggy Orloff (Highland Park), Piper Rothschild (Wilmette), Patti Sutton (Winnetka), Linda Given Welch (Winnetka), and Emily Zadikoff (Chicago).
Amy Skalinder, Executive Director, said, “Links is just thrilled to have such an incredible group of leaders to help advance our mission. The insight, skills, and support that a strong Board provides are critical to the success of any non-profit.” The new members joined the Links Board on July 1, 2012.
Links – North Shore Youth Health Service empowers young people to make informed, responsible decisions about their health, well-being, and sexuality. The organization reached 11,974 young people last year through its three programs: health education in the schools for grades 5-12; support services for high school students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender; and reproductive health care for teens and young adults up to age 25. For more information, visit www.linksyouth.org or call 847.441.6191.
First row (L-R): Laura Fine, Emily Zadikoff, Peggy Orloff, Yvonne Hurlbutt, Piper Rothschild, Sarah Wagoner, Tracy Katz Muhl, Noy Frial. Second row (L-R): Linda Given Welch, Steve Sondheimer, Donna Elrod, Kathleen Lloyd-Jones, Debbie Morton, Matt Goldstick. Third row: Loren Hutter. Not pictured: Patti Sutton, Cassie Zemel.