In 1970, Dottie Palombo joined Josselyn and worked to organize community-based adolescent services. She then led the project to increase services and support for those with chronic psychiatric disorders. She became Executive Director in 1983.
Prior to her leadership role at Josselyn, Dottie had a long history of social activism and a commitment to community development. She worked in Chicago settlement houses and also served as the legal administrator for the Chicago 8 Conspiracy defendants.
Dottie was described as “a petite, strawberry blond ball of fire, who didn’t let anything stand in her way” by those who knew her.
During her tenure as Executive Director, Josselyn made considerable advances in its services and reach. Dottie was a stalwart champion for youth. Under her leadership, Josselyn helped to form a number of youth organizations, including Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, Haven, The Warming House, Angles and more.
At the time of her retirement in 1995, Dottie’s friends and the friends of Josselyn created “The Dottie Palombo Fund” which is now a part of Josselyn’s endowment.
Josselyn turned seventy years old in 2021 and we are continuing to expand Irene Josselyn’s vision as we seek to eradicate barriers to quality mental health services for all through geographic expansion, more acute services, and pursuing greater equity in all we do.