Thursday, March 19, 2015

Women's History Month Speaker March 22, 2015 - Dr. Geri Palmer

Dr. Geraldine (Geri) Palmer is the former executive director of North Side Housing and Supportive Services (formerly Lakeview Shelter) in the Chicago community of Lakeview. Holding a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from National Louis University and a M.S. in Human Services Administration from Spertus College, Dr. Palmer has been instrumental in helping a number of community and faith-based organizations in Chicago’s inner city advance social justice and equity for nearly 20 years with over 15 of those years in housing and homelessness.

She was highlighted in National Louis University’s Alumni Magazine in 2013, nominated for a Roman Nomitch Fellowship Award in 2012, received a Women Making History recognition award in 2007, and featured in Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine in 2005.

South Suburban PADS (SSPADS) is the largest provider of homeless services in the Chicago Southland. “While the real effort is to end homeless altogether, SSPADS recognizes that this will take time, viable housing options with case management support, and continued emergency shelter operations,” said Reverend Henry H. Roberts, chairman of the board for SSPADS. “The board of directors unanimously agreed that Palmer’s unparalleled track record in the fight to end homelessness makes her ideally suited to lead South Suburban PADS.”

Dr. Palmer is the author of a self-published book, “The Brightness of Your Dawn: Moving From Survivor to Soldier,” which was a “Finalist” in Midwest Book Review’s Book of the Year Award in 2007; the author of several articles including, “Dissecting the Killing of Trayvon Martin: The Power Factor” published in the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, and “Community Psychology: A New Paradigm in Leading Nonprofits” published in The Community Psychologist. Dr. Palmer has presented at numerous conferences on housing and community psychology. She has been interviewed by Leah Hope and Michelle Gallardo of Channel 7-ABC News on issues related to homelessness and appeared as a guest on City Voices Public Affairs Radio Show and The Grady Davis Radio Show.

Dr. Palmer shared, “I am honored to be the next executive director of SSPADS and look forward to leading this fine agency in this next step of the journey in what the team and I are calling Act Two.”

The above is taken from The Regional and copyrights belong to that entity as the source.

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