Nóra Heenan Woulfe
Nóra Heenan Woulfe joined the law firm of Ridge & Downes in June 2002.
Nóra hold a B.A. from DePaul University. While at DePaul, Nóra auditioned for and became a member of the William Ferris Chorale, as both a chorale singer and soloist from 1978 – 81. On October 5, 1979, Nora sang for Pope John Paul II at Holy Name Cathedral with Luciano Pavarotti and Chicago Lyric Opera’s Tenor, Frank Little. Nóra received a scholarship to attend Yale University School of Music, where she obtained her master’s degree in 1982. Nóra remained in Connecticut for 11-years, where she was an adjunct professor and Director of Chorale at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut for two years.
In 1984, Nóra began working with the Homeless & Mentally Ill in New Haven Connecticut, and soon found herself in a different career. She was promoted from Overnight Staff to House Manager. In 1990, Nóra took on a new position as Administrative Manager of Chicago Health Outreach, Inc., Mental Health Department. The mission was to move persons who are homeless and suffering from a serious mental illness, into a variety of mainstream services through a “one-stop-shop” case management program. Services provided include mental and physical health care, housing, representative payeeship, day care, and vocational rehabilitation. In 1996, while at Chicago Health Outreach, Nóra co-authored a five-year federal research grant entitled, ACCESS. Illinois was one of 9 states awarded this federal grant and Illinois received $10,000,000.00 to perform this five-year research grant. Nóra was asked to oversee ACCESS at the State Level. Following the conclusion of this research grant, Nóra left the mental health field and became a Legal Assistant & IT Manager at Ridge & Downes. Throughout her tenure at Ridge & Downes, Nóra has supported numerous attorneys. She is now the Legal Assistant to James M. Ridge (Owner), Karen A. DeWitt (Office Manager), and Brian Driscoll (Associate Attorney). As IT Manager, Nóra oversees all voice/data matters, equipment orders, maintenance, and repairs, manages all subcontract technology services, and researches and oversees all new equipment purchases.
A fan of European Football, Nóra met her husband at the World Cup in 1994 (Ireland vs. Italy) and was married six-years later in County Tipperary, Ireland. Nóra currently resides in Chicago with her husband and their Boston terrier, Roísín.
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