"Our mission is to be a network of professional support and education for members who promote understanding of women religious, enhance their image and advance their mission."
Michelle Izguerra joined the CWR team as office administrator in July 2018. Michelle was previously employed with Chicago Public Schools, serving for more than 20 years at various levels of administrative support. For eight of those years, she served as office manager and administrative assistant to the director of the Confucius Institute, a nonprofit program run by CPS that focuses on K-12 Chinese language and cultural education. Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix. She is also a certified event planner and a Google Certified Administrative Trainer. Michelle is an advocate of public service, and has worked and volunteered for community-based organizations in Chicago. In 2005, Michelle was one of eight professional women honored by the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County during Women’s History Month “for succeeding as parents, professionals and community leaders.”
Brian Lavelle joined CWR as communication and membership manager in December 2018. Prior to joining the CWR team, Brian spent 19 years directing communications and media relations efforts for professional and junior hockey clubs. He most recently acted as director of communications, broadcasting and team services for the Quad City Mallards after previously serving in similar capacities for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Billings Bulls.
During his time in sports Brian also oversaw teams’ community outreach and charitable giving initiatives. He played a key role in programs that benefited both national and local nonprofit groups including the American Cancer Society, the United Way, the Salvation Army and the Genesis Health Services Foundation.
Brian was first influenced by the work of sisters while attending Catholic schools in the Boston area. Sisters of St. Joseph were among his teachers at both St. Agnes grammar school and Arlington Catholic High School in Arlington, Massachusetts. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of New Hampshire.
Nicholas T. Schafer, CFRE
Nicholas T. Schafer, CFRE was named executive director of CWR in June 2016. Nick most recently served as the chief communication and development officer for the St. Joseph County Public Library in South Bend, Indiana. His prior work includes communication and fundraising roles as the college fund director for Saint Joseph’s College (Rensselaer, Indiana) and environmental programs supervisor for the City of Elkhart, Indiana.
Nick also served as an AmeriCorps member and team leader supporting projects with Habitat for Humanity, Disaster Relief Services, The Nature Conservancy, and various educational institutions throughout the Southeast and Midwest.
Nick earned bachelor’s degrees in communication and English literature from Saint Joseph’s College as well as a certificate in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University School of Philanthropy. In 2015, Nick earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. He lives in northwest Indiana with his wife and daughters.