About Annie's Legacy

Our Mission

To provide resources to women who have survived domestic violence and other setbacks that empower them to become strong, confident contributors to their communities.

Our History

Annie’s Legacy was founded in 2006 by Beverly Billy, who was inspired by her mother’s ability to successfully escape domestic abuse. Beverly recognized the need for a resource center that provides women with knowledge, a sense of empowerment, and the skills to become self-reliant. 


Board of Directors and Staff of Annie's Legacy

Board of Directors

Beverly Billy - Founder and Executive Director
Beverly S. Billy founded Annie’s Legacy in 2006. Ms. Billy recognized the need for a resource center that provides women with knowledge, a sense of empowerment and the skills to become self-reliant.

Ms. Billy’s passion to serve and help others led her to a career in healthcare, where she worked in leadership capacities in volunteer management, patient advocacy, community relations, hospice and palliative care. She worked at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 25 years and moved to the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) for six-years. 

Ms. Billy has received a number of honors for her work with patients, families and the community, including the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award; the Black and Hispanic Achiever’s Award; and the “Patients’ First-One of our Finest” Award. She is also a member of the National Omicron-Psi Honor Society.
Ms. Billy sits on the University of Chicago’s Community Advisory Review Council for the Institute for Translational Medicine and is also an adjunct instructor for Univerisity of Chicago Graham School.  She also sits on the 3rd District Chicago Police Department Domestic Violence Sub-Committee.
Ms. Billy has obtained her 40-hour Domestic Violence Training Certificate.
Ms. Billy earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Human Development with a minor in Organizational Development from North Park University in Chicago. She also has a  Masters of Science in Non-profit Management from Spertus Institute in Chicago. Ms. Billy is a Chicago native.
Pat Hurston - Board Chair
Pat is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of executive management experience.  She is currently a member of the Worldwide Operations team and serves as Vice President of Billing and Collections at CNA. In this role she is responsible for managing a multi-billion dollar portfolio of billings related to Commercial Property and Casualty insurance coverage. She is responsible for a staff of over 200 associates in five operating locations, Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Maitland, FL; Reading, PA and Sioux Falls, SD. She has led her team in achieving record cash flow metrics including reducing bad debt by 97% and expense by nearly 30%.  Pat and her team lead the Property and Casualty insurance industry in developing innovative on-line tools that help both customers and employees gain efficiency.

Pat comes to CNA from Bank One (JP Morgan Chase), where she was Senior Vice President of Government Financial Solutions. She has more than 20 years of banking industry experience in areas ranging from corporate treasury sales and service to global cash management, credit process reengineering and treasury management solutions.

Pat is the Board Chair of Annie’s Legacy, a women’s resource center that provides women with one-on-one mentoring and life skills.  She is the former Board Chair for Centers for New Horizons.

Pat is the recipient of several community awards including the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Spirit of the Frontier; National Eagle Leadership; Outstanding Board Member;  Quinn Community Service Award and the YWCA Achiever Awards.

Pat received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy, where she was inducted into the Hall of Honor; and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Penny Hurley, RN, MSN, MBA - Secretary
Penny has held several leadership positions in health care organizations. Her most recent position was Director of Special Projects at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC). She led the UCMC nursing department and the organization to win the 2007 Magnet Award, one of nursing’s most prestigious awards. Penny is very active in the nursing/healthcare community and holds a Magnet Appraiser position at the American Nursing Credentialing Center. In this role she surveys healthcare organizations and nursing departments around the nation that are pursuing the Magnet Award of Excellence. Penny received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University and Master’s degrees in Science in Nursing Community Health and Business Administration from St. Xavier University.​​​​​​​
 James Cappleman, LCSW, 46th Ward Alderman
James Cappleman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and serves as a Chicago Alderman for the 46th Ward.  
He is the author of the book "Asking the Right Questions to Get the Health Care You Need" and has done numerous workshops to help empower people to make informed choices about their medical care. As the former Board President of the Uptown Chicago Commission (a not-for-profit Chicago neighborhood organization).  
James has an established reputation as a community activist. 
Eric Carlton
Eric is the President of Banner Learning Corp. Eric received his Bachelor of Arts in African Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Masters of Science in Special Education from The Johns Hopkins University, and Education Specialist Degree from Walden University.  Eric is certified in Administration, Special Education and Instructional Leadership.  He has many years of experience in the education arena and has served as a Special Education Teacher (3 years), an Assistant/Associate Principal (4 years) and Principal (4 years) of a large public high school.  When appointed, Eric was the youngest high school Principal in the United States.
Eric served as a Regional Vice President of a national educational services company until he began his own company, Banner in 2003. Banner operates alternative, charter and therapeutic day programs in Chicago and in Milwaukee. Eric belongs to numerous associations and has received significant accolades, including the Illinois’ Excellence in Education Award Winner, Maryland Governor’s Citation for Excellence in Instructional Leadership, the Maryland House of Delegates’ Citation of Dedication of Vision in Building a Stronger School and Community, Baltimore Mayor’s Community Partnership Award and 2008 University of Maryland Baltimore County Alumni of the Year Award.

Eric sits on several boards/councils including University of Chicago’s Community Advisory Review Council for the Institute for Translational Medicine, Guide Right Organization, Fearlessly Love Youth, and Jackson Park Hospital. Eric has worked with AdvancED for the past eight years and has served as a lead evaluator on many school and district teams. Additionally, Banner and all of its schools are accredited by AdvancED. Over the past 20 years, Eric has been able to educate and improve the lives of thousands of students.

Eric is most proud of his children: Brandon, junior at University of West Georgia and Taylor, freshman at Florida A & M University.
Joanne Worden
Joanne Worden has more than 25 years of experience helping organizations meet strategic objectives and achieve desired results through effective application and appreciation of human capital.
From 1988 to 1999 Joanne held various positions at AMCORE Financial, Inc. a multi-bank holding company headquartered in Rockford, IL.  Ms. Worden was also responsible for the start up of the organization’s premier Training and Development unit, and helping to establish the company’s solid diversity initiative.
From 1999 through 2008 Joanne shared her talents with three training and consulting firms: Financial Training Resources/Omega Performance, St. Meyer and Hubbard, Inc., and Monarch Performance Group.  She has also coached over 200 mid-level to executive managers on performance success initiatives.
Currently, Ms. Worden is employed as a Learning Manager for Navistar, Inc.  In this role she is responsible for the design and delivery of the organization’s leadership development initiatives, new employee onboarding programs, assisting with diversity and inclusion processes, and helping employees create and manage career progression plans.
Joanne is a certified facilitator for Lominger Limited, the Franklin Covey Leadership Center, and the Center for Creative Leadership.  She is a graduate of Coach University’s Corporate Coaching program, and a recent participant in the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago’s Leadership Institute at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Ms. Worden holds a degree in Program Administration from Indiana University, and she is an affiliate faculty member for Northern Illinois University. Additionally, Joanne obtained the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) distinction from the Society of Human Resource Management in 1995, and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2008.
A lifelong and dedicated volunteer, Ms. Worden has spent time working with Northwestern Memorial Hospital helping to measure patient satisfaction, as well as screening, interviewing, and training new volunteers. In addition to her work with Annie’s Legacy, she currently offers her coaching services to Chicago’s Career Transition Center.  Joanne has served as a board member and past-president of the YWCA of Rockford, IL, and has also volunteered with DuPage County Habitat for Humanity, Northern Illinois Food Bank, TAILS Animal Shelter, and Chicago Cares.
Rebecca Brown 
Becca Brown is a born and raised northsider of Chicago. She graduated from Jones College Prep High School in 2007 and Columbia College Chicago in 2011 with a Bachelor's in Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management with a concentration in music business. Becca now works as a Nanny for a family with four children. Since graduating Columbia, Becca has contributed to Annie’s Legacy in many ways. Initially as an intern working in the office once a week, she joined the committee of Annie’s Legacy’s first Women’s Health and Wellness Fair held in August of 2011. She served as the Chair of the 2nd Annual Health Fair Committee. 
Becca’s favorite volunteer opportunities at Annie’s Legacy definitely include being a model in each fashion show fundraiser held in October 2011 and October 2013. Volunteering and community service have always been an important part of Becca’s life. Throughout high school Becca went on five one-week long service trips with her church working mainly with the organization Appalachia Service Project (ASP). During her college career, Becca visited New Orleans twice to work with Habitat for Humanity and a variety of other community organizations.  When Becca is not working and volunteering she enjoys playing violin in the South Loop Symphony, exercising, and watching documentaries on Netflix.
Yvette Pittman


Ms. Yvette Pittman joined Annie's Legacy's Board June 2013 as Mentor Coach and Strategist Director.  Yvette has worked at Peoples Energy and Gas in numerous position for over 13 years in various management and leadership roles.  Her current position is that of Government and Community Relations Representative.  In this capacity, Ms. Pittman fosters a positive company image through leadership, implementation and maintenance of strategic business, government and community partnerships.  She maintains direct contact with legislators, administrators and regulators to establish positive relationships; works as a lobbyist to influence these people in legislative and regulatory otucomes, which benefits the company, employees and shareholders.  In addition to her professional role,  Yvette is active in community, church and civic engagement.  She serves as President of the Usher Board at her church, Life Christian Center International and also serves on their Advisory Board Think Tank Council.  Yvette was one of Annie's Legacy's first mentors and played a significant role in helping her mentee accomplish her goals.

Dr. Ebony Dill


Dr. Dill has over 20 years of experience as a researcher and over 11 years of experience in government program administration. As a program administrator, she has been responsible for evaluating and coordinating domestic and community violence programs, researching best practice and performance measurement efforts for programs, and providing education and technical assistance to agencies. Additionally she had led strategic planning efforts, supported the development of promotion campaigns to reduce exposure to domestic and dating violence, developed and coordinated funding opportunities, and coordinated multidisciplinary, collaborative partnerships. As a member of the Board of Directors for Annie’s Legacy, Dr. Dill will use her skills and passion to advance its mission.


Dr. Dill lost a close, dear family member to domestic violence 20 years ago and knows personally the impact of domestic violence on families, including the need to heal and thrive after the violence. She considers her work in domestic violence to be her calling to help victims and families live violence free lives.


Dr. Dill received her Doctorate in Community and Prevention Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Masters degree in Developmental Psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She lives in Chicago with her daughter. In her spare time she enjoys playing golf, attending the theater, mentoring young women, and serving as a parent volunteer for her daughter’s programs/school.