Meet our Team

At the core of our philosophy lies a simple yet powerful principle: to unite a team of diverse and passionate individuals driven by a shared desire to make a meaningful impact on the world.

Leadership:

Patrick Brosnan
Executive Director
Maricela Bautista
Deputy Director of Youth Services
Andrea Ortiz MPPA
Director of Organizing
Esmie De Maria
Director of Development and Communications
Cristina Perez-Mendoza
Director of Finance and Accounting
Sara Reschly
Deputy Director of Community Services
Dr. Arturo Carrillo PhD, LCSW
Deputy Director of Health & Violence Prevention
Evelyn Tapia
Director of Housing and Financial Services
Ashley M. Perez, MSW, LCSW
Director of Clinical Services
Stephanie Garcia
Director of Community Schools
Maribel Martinez
Director of Community Partnerships (BPNN)
Carla Rodriguez
Director of Human Resources

Leadership:

Andrea Ortiz MPPA
Director of Organizing

Organizing Team:

Evelyn Soto
Ladders of Opportunity Organizer
Esmeralda Alarcon
Immigration Organizer
Joanna Cabrera
Immigrant Rights Organizer/ Safe Passage Coordinator
Carmen Barragan
Health Organizer Manager
Pamela Ortiz
New Americans Initiative (NAI) Program Coordinator
Jazmin Cerda
Parent Mentor Organizer
Any Huamani-Gutierrez
Treatment Not Trauma Organizer
Vanessa Dominguez
Youth Organizer
Margarita Avalos
Immigration Organizer
Marco Alvarez MBA, MIS
Safe Passage/ NAI/ IT Liason

Leadership:

Karla Lopez
Southern Border Arrivals Program Manager
Guadalupe Fernandez
Success and Stability Manager
Gabriela Castillo
Illinois Welcoming Center Manager
Sara Reschly
Deputy Director of Community Services
Evelyn Tapia
Director of Housing and Financial Services
Maribel Martinez
Director of Community Partnerships (BPNN)
Nereida Oropeza
Family Services Program Senior Manager

Public Benefits Team:

Leticia Martinez
Public Benefits Specialist
Liliana Almazan
Public Benefits Manager

Housing & Financial Services Team:

Jasmin Anzo
Housing Counselor
Jasmine Gonzalez
Housing Counselor
Vanessa Valdes
Housing Case Manager
Yazmin Garcia
Housing Case Manager

Illinois Welcoming Center Team:

Karla Lopez
Southern Border Arrivals Program Manager
Gabriela Castillo
Illinois Welcoming Center Manager
Jose Flores
Illinois Welcoming Center Case Manager
Miguel Mendiola
Illinois Welcoming Center Case Manager
Ruby Corpus
Southern Border Arrivals Case Manager
Elizabeth Arpi
Southern Border Arrivals Case Manager
Anthony Cisneros
Southern Border Arrivals Case Manager
Jazmin Espana
Southern Border Arrivals Case Manager
Karina Rodriguez
Southern Border Arrivals Case Manager
Lisa Villanueva
Illinois Welcoming Center Case Manager
Blanca Escamilla
Illinois Welcoming Center Case Manager
Nathan Servin
Illinois Welcoming Center Case Manager
Evelyn Pineda
Illinois Welcoming Center Case Manager
Nora Ocampo
Illinois Welcoming Center Case Manager

Success & Stability Team:

Guadalupe Fernandez
Success and Stability Manager
Celina Salgado
Success and Stability Case Manager
Gabriela Garcia
Success and Stability Program Case Manager
Jose Escamilla
Success and Stability Case Manager
Daniella Osorio
Success and Stability Program Case Manager
Irma Vargas
Success and Stability Case Manager
Katia Munoz
Success and Stability Case Manager

Leadership:

Dr. Arturo Carrillo PhD, LCSW
Deputy Director of Health & Violence Prevention
Ashley M. Perez, MSW, LCSW
Director of Clinical Services
Zeni Gonzalez MSW
Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Program Manager

Clinical Services Team:

Cynthia Morales
School Based Counselor - Shields Elementary
Tania Trejo MSW, LSW
School-Based Counselor - Kelly College Prep
Vanessa E. Trejo MACP
School Based Counselor - Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy
Evelin Echeverria
Clinical Case Manager - Davis Elementary
Stephanie Carrillo MSW, LSW
School-Based Counselor - Brighton Park Elementary
Rosie Cisneros
School-Based Counselor - Burroughs Elementary
Roxanna Franco
School-Based Counselor - Shields Middle School

Health & Violence Prevention Team:

Arturo Garza Jr
Youth Life Coach
Sergio Guzman
Youth Life Coach
Mark Garcia
Youth Life Coach
Adilene Barragan
Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Unity Project Organizer
Victoria Mora
Youth Life Coach
Aurora Priego
Youth Life Coach

Leadership:

Maricela Bautista
Deputy Director of Youth Services
Stephanie Garcia
Director of Community Schools
Leslie Reyes
Community Schools Manager

Community Schools Team:

Amanda Hernandez
Resource Coordinator, Curie High School
Angel Flores
Resource Coordinator, Shields Elementary
Anna De La Torre
Resource Coordinator, Burroughs Elementary
Bonny Martinez
Resource Coordinator, Davis Elementary
Elizabeth Cisneros
Resource Coordinator, Brighton Park Elementary
Esmeralda Dorantes
Student Support Coordinator, Kelly College Prep
Jocelyn Molina
Youth Employment Program Manager
Mayra Tellez
Resource Coordinator, Shields Middle
Meliza Priego
Resource Coordinator, Kelly College Prep
Uriel Bandera
Resource Coordinator, Richards Career Academy

Development and Communications Team:

Esmie De Maria
Director of Development and Communications
Karina Martinez
Communications Coordinator
Lauren Barnhart MSW, LSW
Grants and CRM Data Manager
Marisa Castillo
Development Coordinator

Finance & Accounting Team:

Cristina Perez-Mendoza
Director of Finance and Accounting
Alyssa Houston
Accounting Clerk
Montserrat Lopez
Grants Accountant
Isela Mendez
Payroll Specialist

Human Resources Team:

Carla Rodriguez
Director of Human Resources
Kimberly Bello-Rosas
Human Resources Assistant

Office & Administrative support Team:

Jocelyn Franco
Receptionist
Dr. Caitlin O'Grady
Evaluation Manager
Marco Alvarez MBA, MIS
Safe Passage/ NAI/ IT Liason
Berenice Flores
COVID Response/ Office Manager