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Madeleine Brenner is a recent graduate of McGill University, who just returned to Chicago's Edgewater Glen neighborhood, where she was born and raised. She majored in International Development with minors in Psychology and Spanish, and will be working as an education facilitator for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.


​Madeleine got involved with Anne's Haven by interviewing and marketing women for the "Women of Anne's video" project. Her role transitioned into a marketing director position, through which she developed the center's website and engaged in various visual development projects.

Meet Our Team

​​Janet is founder of Anne's Haven and daughter of Anne McNicholas-Giangrasse, whom Anne's Haven was built in memory of. She grew up in Villa Park, Illinois, studied theatre in London, worked in New York City, moved to Italy, and then returned to Chicago. There she had her son Jacopo, spent time with family, found financial stability with bookkeeping, and fed her soul with Anne's Haven. 


"Anne's Haven is a tribute to my very dear mother and all women. We do so much for those around us, often having nothing left to give to ourselves. Anne's is for us. A safe place to create opportunities, grow friendships, learn skills...sit with our thoughts. Anne's is there for whatever we need it for."

"I am a Junior at UIUC, majoring in Economics with minors in Political Science and Spanish. Since I was young, I have been heavily involved in activism; my first protest was against the Iraq War with my mom! Since then, I have participated in the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Women's March, marched against family separation, and protested for racial justice every Friday night with my mom! I am also the co-founder of the UIUC chapter of Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA UIUC), an organization dedicated to peacebuilding and environmental justice. Ultimately, I am looking to pursue a career in conflict resolution, and am currently writing a book titled 'Peacebuilding, an Idea Whose Time Has Come' to urge young people to get involved in the peace movement."

Owner & Founder, Janet Giangrasse

Carmen Torres

Bhoomai Rajput is an attorney from India pursuing a Masters Degree in International Business Practice and Intellectual Property Rights from the University of the Pacific. She has been an enthusiast for standing up for what's right and wrong since her early days, but the interest became her passion when she started law school. She started writing articles and attending conferences on the empowerment and safety of women in society.


She joined Anne's Haven for its work in society and supported the organization in getting its Non-For-Profit status approved. She is fond of traveling, meeting new people, reading and enjoying Indian folk songs. For her career, she aims to practice in the San Francisco bay area but plans to continue to help Anne's with future projects.

Email Carmen at ctorrescoaching@gmail.com

Jacopo DeMarinis

Marketing Director

Madeleine Brenner

An oasis

​where women can 

support and learn from one another

Denise Roman

Mary Joyce is certified as an Aromatherapist-DoTerra consultant and a Health Care Provider who focuses on western and holistic medicine. Mary has facilitated many workshops at Anne's Haven throughout the years.

5629 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago IL 60634

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George Borovik

Board Members

"I am a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Employee, and twice Cancer SURVIVOR. My Mission is to inspire, encourage, motivate and promote self-awareness that will lead to transformation in one’s life. I want to help empower people to find their own solutions and discover one’s potential to live an abundant life."


Carmen is an Inspirational Life Coach. She is also Certified Law of Attraction Coach from Quantum Success Coaching Academy, as well as a Meditation Guide and Natural Healer.

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Chloe Bentley

Chloe Bentley is a former CPS teacher and a mother of two. She has run the Moms Meetup at Anne's Haven for the past 2 years, and was the host of our center's podcast, "Live from Anne's!". Chloe has been a strong supporter and friend of Anne's!

George Borovik has worked for the Portage Park Chamber of Commerce (PPCC) for the past 21 years, and has been the executive director since 2002. The Chamber serves the communities of Portage Park, Irving Park and Dunning, providing promotional support and technical assistance to local businesses and non-profit organizations.


George first met Janet Giangrasse, the founder of Anne’s Haven, when she was first looking for a storefront space in Portage Park. Janet has generously offered the use of Anne’s Haven for PPCC meetings and monthly networking events. She has also been one of the Chamber’s biggest supporters over the past five years.

Legal Advisor

Bhoomai Rajput

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Denise Roman is a former employee of the city and registered Reiki Therapist. Denise has brought her skills and insight to Anne's Haven through offering Reiki Sessions and evenings of philosophy and contemplation.

(773) 340-1678