is distinguished in the field of health and human services largely for her
accomplishments championing women's issues, service to at-risk populations, crisis intervention and issues of death and dying.As executive director at Genesis House, a Chicago non-profit organization dedicated to helping women and girls, she coordinated development efforts and implemented programming that turned around the agency's financial position while attracting national and international recognition.
The success rate of residents transitioning to productive lifestyles grew to 80%.In 1999, Genesis House
became one of only 25 agencies nationwide to receive federal grants for HIV prevention in minority women and was named the national "model" for the population it served.From 1988-1996, while a medical social worker at Chicago's Weiss Memorial Hospital and Director of Social Services and Discharge Planning at Thorek Hospital, Ms. Gamauf-McCoy co-founded the Social Work AIDS Network.She has served on many boards including the presidency of both the Administrators in Health Care of Chicago and the Cancer Society of Lake County, Indiana.
In 2000, she
received the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago's Outstanding Achievement Award for Community Leadership and was named one of the "100 Women Making a Difference" by Today's Chicago Woman newspaper.In 2001, Ms. Gamauf-McCoy was elected to the UIC Alumni Hall of Fame as a City Partner.Ms. Gamauf-McCoy earned her master's degree in 1983 from Jane Addams College of Social Work, with dual majors in Administration, Policy and Organization and Clinical Treatment.An independent consultant on crisis intervention, domestic violence, mental health and healthcare, she has been featured on radio and television and in print, including articles in Time Magazine and the Chicago Tribune.
A nationally sought speaker, she
has provided training to many diverse groups including the Chicago Police Department
and Public Defenders, Boston Circuit Court Judges and the Boston Police Department
, Jacksonville, Florida Judges, and mental health professionals.