Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society

The Board of Directors, Auxiliary Board, and Staff Executive Leadership all have an abiding commitment to assuring the health and well being of children.

2017-2018 Board of Directors


Debbie Blanco (Circle 4)

Vice President
Kelly Turner (Circle 41)

Joy Fulton (Circle 4)

Suzi Schrader (Circle 41)

Auxiliary Board
Sarina Butler (Circle 41)

Board Advisor
Lynne Williams (Circle 2)


Ann Anderson (Circle 4)
Bruce Elegant (Community)
Kim Goldschmidt (Men’s Circle)
Phillip Jimenez (Community)
Krista Kaplan (Circle 41)
Geoff McClelland (Community)
Rosanne McGrath (Circle 2) Michele Moore (Circle 41)
Cam Niederman (Circle 4)
Terry Puchley (Community)
Lauren Robertson (Community)
Cindy Rohlfing (Circle 4)
Conrad Terry (Community)

Executive Director
Peggy LaFleur

2017-2018 Auxiliary Committee


Sarina Butler (Circle 41)

Mary Deziel (Circle 2)


Janet Debits (Circle 1)
Penny Egerter (Circle 1)
Erin O'Donnell Clark (Circle 2)
Suzanne Holmes (Circle 2)
Brittany Keller (Circle 4)
Julianne Nery (Circle 4)
Mary Hirsen (Circle 31)
Nancy Wohlford (Circle 31)
Beth McBride (Circle 14/32)
Maureen Powers (Circle 14/32)
Suzi Schrader (Circle 41)
Debbie Wholey (Circle 41)


Executive Director
Peggy LaFleur, MBA, MHA

Medical Health Director
Stephanie Weller, MD

Oral Health Director
Wanda Laszcz, DDS

Director of Behavioral Health
Denise V. Gonzalez, MSW

Director of Finance & Operations
Annie Shen, MA

Director of Office & Information Services
Betty Alanis

Director of Strategic Marketing
Katie O’Brien, MBA

Director of Development
Mindy Ondrla

Director of Grant Funding
Lynda Murphy

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From our leadership

Dear Members and Friends,

As year one of our second 100 years comes to a close, the Infant Welfare Society has remained true to its mission—providing quality health care for children from their little heads to their big toes – and everything in between.

The Society has worked enthusiastically this year through its Board of Directors, members, volunteers, and staff to reimagine the future and the environment in which we will continue to serve. This focus has helped us hone our priorities and render an even stronger commitment to our noble cause.

The greatest of these priorities is to care for the whole child, not just immediate health concerns. In addition to pediatric and dental services, our behavioral and mental health, social services, and nutrition programs are critical parts of our support for children and their families. Further, the Society is strongly committed to health education and the continual discovery of innovative care for the population served. That’s why we are committed to delivering "Heartfelt Healthcare."

We are pleased to announce these inspiring milestones from the past year:
  • Reached a new high for treating 2,300 children across 31 schools in our Portable Dental and Health Education Program
  • Constructed two new private dental operatories for patients with special health care needs
  • Began a ground-breaking pilot program to determine the ideal way to screen dental patients for behavioral health needs
  • Became a clinical training site for Pediatric Dental residents from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
  • Refreshed the clinic with child-friendly features including a beautiful new Giving Library and a whimsical mural adorning the clinical corridors and new signage
  • Established a Pet Therapy program, and increased our marketing and health education outreach in underserved areas

Throughout all these initiatives, we’ve had the great fortune to receive an abundance of support from our incredibly dedicated, talented and thoughtful members, as well as so many in our community in countless ways. So much so that we installed a quote in the clinic by the famed TV personality Mr. (Fred) Rogers: “Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.” We absolutely agree!

With heartfelt appreciation,

Lynne Williams

Peggy LaFleur
Executive Director

Join us and volunteer your time and talents for a great cause. For information on membership, call 708.848.0528 ext. 235 or fill out our member form.

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