Primo Center for Women and Children Honors Its Founder During Black History Month

Chicago, IL February 3, 2010 – Primo Center for Women and Children (PCWC) will honor its founder, the late Episcopal Suffragan Bishop Quintin E. Primo, Jr., with a special Black History Month Celebration on Saturday February 20, 2010 from 3:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. at New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church at 4301 West Washington Blvd. Chicago, Illinois.

Black History Month Celebration
New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church
4301 West Washington Boulevard
Chicago, IL
February 20, 2010

The Black History Month celebration will honor Bishop Primo with an afternoon of remembrances from his family and friends.Noted storyteller, Mama Edie, will perform an interactive program with Primo Center mothers and their children and the members of the greater West Garfield Park community.

“I always enjoy this time of year, because I am able to celebrate my father’s legacy with others he touched over the years,” said Quintin E. Primo III, PCWC Chairman. “My father would be very proud to see how his vision has evolved from the after school program he created for neighborhood residents back in 1979. Today, more than ever, people need places like the Primo Center. It’s our job to continue to look forward like my father did to find solutions to help those in need.”

About Mama Edie
Mama Edie is a bilingual storyteller (Spanish/English), published writer, percussionist, speech/language pathologist, and voice-over artist who has provided international storytelling performances and workshops. Her stories are largely inspired by her passionate regard for her African and Native American ancestries.

Media Contacts:

Trish Hoffman 312-805-4314

Jeff Fisher 312-805-4850

Bid for Unique Auction Items Benefiting Primo Center at

Chicago, IL February 5, 2010 – Primo Center for Women and Children (PCWC) board member and award-winning volunteer Trish Hoffman has secured two unique items that are being auctioned-off on to raise money for the center.

Bidders can go to to make an offer on a 7-Night stay at Villa Amanecer located in the exclusive The Bay of Dreams residential community in Baja California Sur where houses range in price from $10 million to $75 million or a personal horoscope chart reading by world-renowned astrologist Susan Miller in New York City.

Villa Amanecer is a four-suite luxury villa that boasts an unobstructed 180-degree view of the Sea of Cortez. The big package includes a 7-Night Stay with one deep sea fishing excursion, a round of golf at the famous Tom Doak course, a personal cook during the stay and transportation to-and-from the airport.

Susan Miller, who rarely does personal one-on-one sessions for the general public, will meet the lucky winner of the auction at the posh St. Regis Hotel in New York City for High Tea. Miller, who is the founder of, has nearly six million unique readers a month on her website.

Click here to go to page for Villa Amanecer auction.

Click here to go to page for Susan Miller auction.

Proceeds from both auctions go to the Primo Center for Women and Children.

About Susan Miller

Susan Miller is the founder, owner and editor of, a website she started in 1995 that now generates 18 million page views a month, and is read by 6 million unique readers each month. Susan is the author of six books, including her favorite, Planets and Possibilities (Warner Books). She is currently contributing editor to Elle (USA) and to Vogue (Japan), W (Korea) and Tempo (Turkey).

About Villa Amanecer

Villa Amanecer de los Suenos is a four-suite luxury villa that boasts an unobstructed 180-degree view of the Sea of Cortez. It is located in the Bahia de los Sue”The Bay of Dreams” the most exclusive residential community in Baja California Sur where houses range from anywhere between $10 million and $75 million. Besides its stunning natural beauty, the Bay of Dreams is known for world-class sport fishing and diving.

Primo Center Names Chief Clinical Officer

Chicago, IL January 6, 2010 – Christine Achre, Chief Executive Officer of the Primo Center for Women and Children (PCWC) in Chicago, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nicole Ranttila as the center’s Chief Clinical Officer.

Dr. Ranttila, who is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and graduate of The Illinois School of Professional Psychology, has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in family dynamics, mood and anxiety disorders, relationship issues, discipline, play therapy, and behavior modification.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Ranttila join our leadership team as this will allow us to raise the clinical competence of the Primo Center,” said Christine Achre. Her professional expertise in treating families will raise the level of Primo Center’s response to the issue of family homelessness in the community. This level of care will have a significant impact on the complex needs of homeless women and their children.”

“I have very much enjoyed working with the center’s fundraising arm, the RedHot board, over the last year,” said Dr. Ranttila. “My career has been dedicated to children and families and the Primo Center is a wonderful place to really make an impact on homeless families. I am very excited to formally join the Primo Center team and take part in implementing the programs to create interventions for both individuals and families.”

Dr. Ranttila is a member of ACEPT (Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training Sites), IPA (Illinois Psychological Association), and APA.  She currently serves on the Executive Committee of ACEPT as the Secretary and Treasurer and the Chairperson of the IPA Committee on Student Development and is actively working to develop an internship consortium in Illinois. In addition, Dr. Ranttila is the Associate Director of Training at Psychological Consultations where she facilitates internship and externship training for psychology graduate students. She is also an adjunct faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Media Contacts:

Trish Hoffman 312-805-4314

Jeff Fisher 312-805-4850