The Crisis Center for South Suburbia has welcomed two new members to its board of directors, Kathleen “Katie” Abbott and Colleen Mora. The staff and board at CCSS are delighted to have these esteemed business women from the agency’s catchment area joining the team. “Katie and Colleen both share the passion of empowering women and children and are deeply committed to this cause,” said Dave Anders, CCSS Board President. “Each is going to bring unique perspectives and talents to the Crisis Center,” Anders added.
When Ms. Abbott was researching options for board membership, she was hoping to find an agency located in her community and one that offers programs to benefit women and children. “CCSS was my first choice and I’m thrilled to be part of this organization,” said Katie. “I’m particularly interested in collaborating with CCSS staff and board members on program enhancements and development, especially programs that help make a long-term impact on reducing domestic violence in the community,” Abbott went on to say.
Ms. Mora and her husband started working with CCSS four years ago through a program at their church. During that time, she learned more about the services the agency provides for families experiencing domestic violence. “After the program through our church ended, we knew we needed to stay involved with the Crisis Center,” Mora said. “We joined several of the agency’s fundraising committees and I enjoyed it so much, my desire to become a more integral part of the Crisis Center family continued to grow. I look forward to bringing new ideas for increasing awareness and fundraising to the agency,” Colleen added.
Katie Abbott has held a variety of corporate roles since joining Exelon in 2002. She is currently Assistant Treasurer and Director, Treasury Operations and Cash Management, where she leads a team responsible for managing cash operations, short term investments, borrowing, and overall liquidity. She also leads Exelon’s capital planning and project evaluation team. Prior to joining Exelon, Abbott held audit roles at United Airlines and KPMG. Katie received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loyola University of Chicago. She became a certified public accountant in 2000.
In addition to serving on the Crisis Center’s board, Katie is a committee member for Hubbard Street Dance Company’s annual women’s event and is an active volunteer with the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Anthony Parish in Frankfort. She lives in Frankfort with her husband Jeff and three children. When not working, Katie enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Colleen Mora is the Director of Finance and Accounting at Tower Contracting, LLC. As an accounting professional with over 25 years of management experience, Colleen oversees and reviews the work of the accountants, contract administrators, and Comptroller in the general-ledger groups as well as project and shared-services accounting. Colleen is responsible for interpreting Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and is responsible for ensuring all company transactions adhere to these standards.
Mora is a member of the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce and served on the Board of Directors in 2012 and 2013. During her tenure, she served as a committee member for the planning of the Frankfort Fall Festival and in 2013, she chaired the committee. She has recently joined the Board of Directors for CASA of Will County. Other volunteer work includes fundraising for St. Anthony Parish, AIDS Research, Susan G. Komen®, American Cancer Society, and American Diabetes Association.
Her hobbies include running, biking, gardening, and quilting. She loves and cherishes spending time with her husband and family.
Abbott and Mora have joined a 17-member board that oversees the Crisis Center’s finances, policies and procedures, fundraising, strategic planning, and community outreach.
The Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s mission is to provide emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and address the societal issues that contribute to domestic violence. Visit www.crisisctr.org for more information.