Kathryn Straniero is executive director of Together We Cope and directs the daily effort to assist local families in temporary crisis. She is an Oak Forest resident with deep roots in Chicago’s southern suburbs, where she has a history of public service.

Straniero is an elected member of the Bremen Township Board of Trustees. In that role, her primary focus has been on supporting youth and senior services in the many communities within the township. “The youngest, and the eldest, among us have special and distinct needs that often are best addressed by local government,” she said.

In keeping with that belief, she also served as an elected member of the Arbor Park School District 145 Board of Education for many years, where she was a strong advocate of early childhood education. Beyond that, Straniero has been active in local Kiwanis and Rotary clubs where she embraced their respective missions of service to mankind.

She holds a liberal arts degree from Marymount College, where she made the decision early in life to have a career in public service. In her various elected and volunteer roles in the community, as well in her career, she has developed a strong interest in programs that benefit families.

“Families come in many forms today,” she believes. “However a family is constituted, it is the most basic source of support for human beings in our society. I have been honored to assist families in the south suburbs as they navigate their way through the myriad issues that confront all of us throughout our lives.”