Catherine Francis joined the Board in June 2017 and is a member of the UPWS Facilities Committee and AWSNA Committee Chair. Catherine has spent her career working in child welfare, managing projects mostly in the area of youth residential care and psychotropic medication monitoring for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS). Catherine currently works at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago on efforts to improve access and quality of mental health services for children with public insurance. She has a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School with a focus in Child and Family Policy. She has been a parent at Urban Prairie since the spring of 2016. She and her husband, Ryan, are parents of a 7th grader at UPWS. In her free time, she likes to swim, bike, run and keep active outside.