Board of Directors

The Cathedral Counseling Center Board of Directors is a diverse group of experienced leaders who share a passion for social justice. We donate our time and resources to advance Cathedral's mission of helping people make sense of their lives during difficult times.  If you are interested in serving on our board, please contact Executive Director Ron Migalski, at  See below for a complete list of board members.

2016-2018 Strategic Plan Overview 

The West Wing Campaign gave us the critical space to grow our mission and serve more clients, and we will soon celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Garland Building Campaign and move from St. James Cathedral.  Cathedral has fared well in the face of tremendous growth, thanks to the investment of our board, staff and community of supporters. 

After many years focused on bricks-and-mortar capital needs, we are now shifting focus to our human capital needs.  We recently introduced a new strategic plan created in 2015 that will guide the agency over the next three years.  Fortified by the research behind the plan, Cathedral is starting off in a strong position in 2016 having successfully hired a number of new therapists - it is already positively impacting client services and related income.  Clinician recruitment and retention is being improved with modest pay increases over the next three years and adjustments to the job requirements that give flexibility without sacrificing the quality of client care.  We have added a part-time position to support our fund development activities and grow this portion of our budget.  We have also added new board members David Fording and Alison Barrington, and look to recruit several more board members this year. 


Board Officers

  • Nancy Nichols, President
  • Claire Reed, Vice President
  • Corey Bossard, Treasurer
  • Joanne Susmilch, Secretary

Board Members

  • Gaurava Agarwal, MD
  • Alison Barrington
  • Christine Fisher
  • David Fording
  • Aaron Kleinman
  • Paul Kobasa
  • Sean Liu
  • Derek Neathery
  • Stephan Roberts

Ex Officio

  • The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop of Chicago
  • The Very Rev. Dominic Barrington, Dean, St. James Cathedral
  • Ronald A. Migalski, Executive Director
  • Philip Hale, President Emeritus

Lifetime Trustees

  • Alexandra C. Earle
  • Linda Fisher
  • Janet Wolter Grip, MD