Marylouise White-Petteruti (aka Duck) is the Founder and tireless leader of Domus Pacis Family Respite.
She has degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois and focused on marketing and quantitative analysis while earning an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Prior to “retiring”, Marylouise honed her technical skill during short stints at Alberto-Culver and Motorola. A 25-year career at the Leo Burnett Company exposed Duck to the “best bar none” of professional colleagues and the constant challenge to reach higher and higher; culminating in achieving the position of Senior Vice President, with responsibility for Starcom’s global strategic information management.
Steeled by exceptional parents and influenced by a strong Dominican education, Duck knew deep within her soul the expertise and financial stability gained from a formidable corporate career needed to be applied to a significant corporal endeavor – the family respite program inspiration. Hence, she developed DPFR from an idea in 2001 - through strategic planning, incorporation, network creation, launch and continued outreach. With the constant support of Vince, her husband of 40-plus years, Duck feels the journey has truly been a blessed one.
While in Chicagoland and raising a family, Marylouise was activity involved in the community serving on the boards of several agencies, St. Catherine/St. Luke Parish Council, Chicago Women in Philanthropy and Trinity High School.