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Staff Members


Edward Shurna

Executive Director


Jim Field

Associate Executive Director &

Director of Organizing


Thelma Morales

Administrative Director


Cheryl Lenisa

Finance Manager


Sherry Johnson

Office Manager/ Technical Support



Michael Nameche

Director of Development


Anne Bowhay

Director, Foundation Relations & Media


Claire Sloss

Assistant Director, Donor Relations


Community Organizing

Hannah Willage

Associate Director of Organizing

Organizer, Speakers Bureau / Online Media


Wayne Richard

Senior Community Organizer

Horizons creative writing outreach


Dollie Brewer

Senior Community Organizer

Women’s Empowerment Project


Rachel Leonor Ramirez

Community Organizer

Reentry Project & Survivor Advocacy Group Empowered (SAGE)


Jim Picchetti

Senior Community Organizer

Statewide Network & Jobs Project


Dasia Skinner

Community Organizer (VISTA)

Youth & Education


Charles R. Austin

Small Shelter Coordinator


Advocacy and Public Policy

Julie Dworkin

Director of Policy


Eithne McMenamin

Associate Director of Policy


Jennifer Cushman

Policy Specialist


Law Project

Patricia Nix-Hodes

Director of the Law Project


Beth Cunningham

Associate Director of the Law Project

Youth Futures Attorney


Laurene Heybach

Senior Counsel


Graham Bowman

Equal Justice Works Fellow – Youth


Ali Heinen

Case Intake Coordinator


Monica Mahan

Social Worker


Support Staff

Gloria Davis, Reception

Aurora Lares, Maintenance


2014-15 Interns

Janae Bonsu, Policy (University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration)

Caitlin Cubbon, Policy (University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration)

Patrick McIntyre, Organizing (Northeastern Illinois University)

Su-Mai Lin, Development (University of Chicago – School of Social Service Administration)

Gabriela Munoz, Organizing (St. Augustine College)

Diane O’Connell, Law (John Marshall Law School/Alvin H. Baum Family Fund intern)

Elizabeth Panetta, Speakers Bureau (Loyola University)

Anita Strange-Rebecchi (Chicago State University)

Rebecca L. Stark, Organizing (Northeastern Illinois University)