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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

Special Projects Coordinator


Advocacy and Public Policy

Julie Dworkin

Director of Policy


Eithne McMenamin

Associate Director of Policy


Jennifer Cushman

Policy Specialist


Jonathan Holmes

Policy Fellow


Law Project

Patricia Nix-Hodes

Director of the Law Project


Beth Cunningham Malik

Associate Director of the Law Project

Youth Futures Attorney


Laurene Heybach

Senior Counsel


Graham Bowman

Equal Justice Works Fellow – Youth Health Initiative


Diane O’Connell

Staff Attorney


Ali Heinen

Case Intake Coordinator


Monica Mahan

Social Worker


Support Staff

Gloria Davis, Reception

Aurora Lares, Maintenance


2014-15 Interns

Yaneth Aguilar, Latino Homelessness/Reentry Organizing (St. Augustine College)

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

Molly Crocker, Law & Media (Lake Forest College)

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

Joseph Garcia, Speakers Bureau (Mather High School)

Melissa Haggerty, Speakers Bureau (Loyola University)

Patrick McIntyre, Organizing (Northeastern Illinois University)

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

Alyssa Prasse, Organizing (Trinity Christian College)

Anita Strange-Rebecchi (Chicago State University)

Rebecca L. Stark, Organizing (Northeastern Illinois University)