Founded in 2002, the Women’s Board advances the activities and prominence of The Joffrey Ballet as a leading cultural and educational institution.

Members embrace the spirit of philanthropy, expressing their passion for the Joffrey through advocacy and support. The Women’s Board raises over $2 million annually for The Joffrey Ballet. Members promote special, mission-driven fundraising efforts, such as The Nutcracker Costume Maintenance Initiative and the Joffrey’s Community Engagement programs. 


En Pointe Initiative

The En Pointe committee is proud to announce The Nutcracker as the recipient of the Women's Board's En Pointe initiative for the 2021-2022 season. This signature project demonstrates the Women's Board's commitment to the Joffrey and belief in the power of artstic excellence in the Company's productions. As the Presenting Sponsor of this year's Nutcracker, the Women's Board is committed to raising $75,000 in support of Christopher Wheeldon's production.

Please support the Joffrey Women's Board in their sponsorship by donating today. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Geocaris, Associate Director of Individual Giving at 312.386.8985 or 

The Women's Board of The Joffrey Ballet
2021-2022 En Pointe Donor List

Elisabeth Adams Martha Higgins Amelia Silva
Julie O'Donnell Allen Brooke Hubbuch Marilyn Slattery
Dr. Emily L. Arch Jessica Jecmen Liz Stiffel
Anna Assenmacher Kathleen Klaeser Stacy Straub
Annie Atzeff Farissa Knox Nancy Sussman
Melissa M. Babcock Laura Kofoid Kathleen A. Swien
Sophie Bross Kelly Rosen Lagrange Cheryl Tama Oblander
Jenelle M. Chalmers Dania Leemputte Adrienne Traisman
Lynn Cohen Leslie Logsdon Andria van der Merwe
Merritt DeWitt Laurie Mahler Annabelle Volgman
Ellen Distelheim Joan Malliband Chrissie Walker
Dr. Jill S. Dodds Elizabeth Marcus, MD Magnes Welsh
Deborah Gordon Engle Heather Martin Susan L. Welsh
Patti S. Eylar Monica McGurk Diana Weiss Widman
Shelley MacArthur Farley Mrs. Julianne Migely Elizabeth Wippman
Johanna Ferguson Linda Curtis O'Bannon, MD Joyce M. Wippman
Jamie-Clare Flaherty Mrs. John R. Pacholick Marcie L. Wright
Ellie Forman Molly Piech Leslie Zentner
Darcy Goldfarb, MD Cindy Pinsky Julie Zuckerman
Sue-Gray Goller Hallie Blanchard Rehwaldt  
Stephanie M. Grinage Maggie Scheyer  
Sandi Hartstein Sarah Schrup  
  Liz Sharp  

List current as of February 2022

Meet the Women’s Board

Leadership and Members

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