Duck White-Petteruti



Marylouise White-Petteruti (aka Duck) is the Founder and Board President of Peace Alights Initiatives. After founding and serving as the Executive Director and Board President of Domus Pacis Family Respite, Inc. she is passionate about educating communities, beyond the central mountains of Colorado, on the need for respite and how simple acts of compassion can impact healing for members of a family.

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 her initial nonprofit venture, Domus Pacis Family Respite, Inc. from an idea in 2001 — through strategic planning, incorporation, network creation, launch and continued outreach.  In July 2020 Duck was inspired once again and began seeding other women about forming a nationwide association-type organization, Peace Alights Initiatives, Inc. With the constant support of Vince, her husband of 40-plus years, Duck feels these journeys have truly been blessed ones.

While in Chicagoland and raising a family, Marylouise was actively 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.

Duck is one of six siblings, proud mom to two thirty-something gifts from God (Sarah and Nic) and Nana to four energetic grandsons plus an equally energetic granddaughter. When her joints allow, she and Vince seek to canoe on lakes and rivers, and hike through forests that renew the soul, rest the mind, and bring smiles to their tired faces.

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