Maria Whelan, Our Beloved President and CEO, Passed Away Suddenly on June 10

June 10, 2020

In loving memory of Maria Whelan. We are heartbroken to tell you that our beloved leader, Maria Whelan, passed away unexpectedly on June 10, 2020. Maria was a fiercely powerful voice for children and families who inspired all of us with her determination, kindness, and empathy.

It is with profound shock and sadness that I share with all of you that our beloved Maria Whelan has very suddenly passed away today. We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Maria’s family. Our thoughts are with them at this most difficult time.

Effective immediately, April Janney, Senior Vice President of Operations will serve as our acting CEO, supported by our Senior Vice President Leadership Team. A further announcement regarding Maria’s passing will be made in due course.

We know that our collective early childhood community shares our heart break as we process the loss of our fearless leader, colleague, mentor, and champion for children and families.

In Service,
Celena Roldan, Illinois Action for Children Board Chair

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