Meet our staff
A Chicago native, Alexis received her Bachelors degree in French and Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University and her Masters degree in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University while working as a marketing analyst for Citigroup in New York. Returning to Chicago, Alexis served on the Board of Directors of The Harbour and ran her own business for 5 years before joining On Your Feet as its Executive Director. Alexis and her husband wrangle three kids, numerous dogs and chickens. In her spare time she loves to read, travel and foster dogs for a local rescue. Alexis is also a violinist with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra and serves on their Board of Directors.
A Wisconsin native, Rikki is a seasoned fundraising professional with more than 10 years of experience working in schools and social services agencies. She first became associated with On Your Feet Foundation almost 15 years ago after placing her daughter, Lena, in an open adoption. Rikki served for many years on On Your Feet Foundation's board of directors and has chaired numerous fundraisers for On Your Feet and other organizations. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, she loves the Packers, cheese, travel and trying new restaurants. Rikki, her husband, 2 young sons and a bird live in Chicago.
Jennifer is a Midwestern girl at heart, moving to Chicago from Cincinnati in her early twenties. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Family Studies at Ohio University and her Masters in Sociology from DePaul. Having spent her career in the nonprofit/social service sector, Jennifer is amazed every day at the power and love that she sees working with birthmothers. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her 3 young kids and husband, serving on the board of another non-profit, traveling, exploring new places to eat, and watching really bad reality tv shows.
Jamie brings a diverse background in case management, counseling and program development to On Your Feet. Throughout her career she has coached individuals and families through unique challenges and losses. She is a graduate of Indiana University with Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Human Development/Family Studies and a Masters in Counseling. Jamie is a married mother of four children with the utmost respect and gratitude for birthparents, as her youngest son was adopted.
Abigail has been involved with On Your Feet Foundation since 2012 after placing her daughter with an adoptive family. Grants from On Your Feet helped Abigail obtain a BSW from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is currently working on a graduate degree in organizational leadership. Abigail is passionate about helping birth parents find a healthy perception of themselves and uses her personal experience to honor the selfless decision to place. Abigail lives in Indianapolis with her two children and their spoiled Chihuahua, Pixie.
Patricia Trudeau, LCSW, President
Carrie Ruzicka, JD, Treasurer
Sheena Kemp, Secretary
Rachel Breivald, MSN
Jennifer Tully Diehl
Colleen DesRosiers, Ph.D.
Tobi Ehrenpreis, LCSW, Founder
Shelley Ballard, JD, Past President
Deane Borgeson, Past President
Lorie Colabelli, Past President
Colleen DesRosiers, Ph.D.
Kevin Flynn, JD
Peter Lechman, MD
Megan O'Conner, Past President
Jennifer Joyce Pedley
Mary Beth Sommer
Mike Stick, JD