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KEES Client Partner, Connections for Abused Women and their Children, Names T’Chana Harden as its Finance Director

KEES Client Partner, Connections for Abused Women and their Children, Names T’Chana Harden as its Finance Director

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Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC), a Chicago-based nonprofit organization committed to ending domestic violence through a self-help and empowerment approach, has selected T’Chana Harden as its Finance Director effective January 29, 2024. Reporting directly to CAWC’s Executive Director Stephanie Love-Patterson and the Board of Directors’ finance committee, Harden will oversee CAWC’s finance, accounting, and business office operations. Nonprofit executive search firm KEES was appointed to lead the executive search following a previous successful search partnership for a Development Director.

Harden is a results-oriented financial leader with over 14 years of experience in managing financial operations. Before joining CAWC, Harden served as the Assistant Director of Business Operations role at the University of Illinois, Division of Public Safety. Leading the financial and personnel activities for more than 100 employees, she managed all operations, including payroll, and accounting, and conducted the analysis, forecasts, and reports for executive leadership. Throughout her 12+ years at the University of Illinois, T’Chana served in various financial roles in three distinct areas of university operations. Skilled in budget development, grants and compliance, and strategic planning, T’Chana is a results-oriented leader who ensures efficiency and compliance with organizational policies.

“Our team was looking for someone with a thorough understanding of nonprofit financials, as well as a diverse organizational skill set,” said Stephanie Love-Patterson, CAWC’s Executive Director. “T’Chana’s experience, talent, and enthusiasm will be a powerful addition to our leadership team and the successful delivery of our important mission. We are delighted to officially welcome T’Chana to the CAWC team. Thank KEES for another successful partnership!

“CAWC’s mission aligns with my career goal of utilizing financial leadership to support organizations that have a positive impact on people’s lives,” said T’Chana. “I am enthusiastic about contributing my financial expertise and passion for community development to aid CAWC in achieving its mission, ensuring sound financial management and long-term sustainability.”

Harden holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Urban Planning in Community and Economic Development from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Planning & Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

CAWC’s Executive Director, Stephanie Love-Patterson, steered the hiring process. A comprehensive and inclusive search was launched, drawing in a diverse pool of talented candidates. Harden was ultimately selected from an outstanding group of top finalists. This partnership not only aligns with KEES’s track record of placing top executives in Chicago but also expands its relationships to fill crucial financial hiring needs. In addition to staff roles, KEES also specializes in executive searches for top executive positions such as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, and President roles.

“Congratulations to the entire CAWC team,” said Laura Weinman, KEES Vice President. “We are grateful that T’Chana shares the KEES commitment to helping CAWC achieve and deliver its vital mission. KEES is thrilled to have been selected again as the search partner of choice for CAWC and we proudly applaud T’Chana on this Finance Director appointment.”

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KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams with dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit


CAWC is committed to ending domestic violence. For more than 45 years, CAWC has delivered comprehensive and life-saving services to both adult and child victims of domestic abuse in Chicago. As a leader in the field of domestic violence, CAWC’s services have continually evolved to meet a growing community need. CAWC’s mission is to assist victims of abuse with regaining control of their lives through a trauma-informed, self-help, empowerment approach. CAWC works toward this goal through four primary program areas that together provide a continuum of domestic violence services, including a shelter for survivors and their children as well as counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline. All programs are free of charge. Learn more at

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