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Our Staff

Under the stewardship of our directors, CIS of Chicago is known as a high-performing affiliate of Communities In Schools’ national network. Directors lead our programming, partnership, and development teams, managing our best resources to meet and exceed CIS standards.

The outcomes of their leadership is evident. In the summer of 2016, CIS of Chicago was selected for Communities In Schools’ Growth and Impact Initiative, enabling the organization to expand service to more schools and more students.

Executive Leadership Team

Name Title
Jane Mentzinger Chief Executive Officer
Judith Allen Chief Operating Officer
Bartholomew St. John Chief Innovation and Communications Officer
Marianne Woodward Chief Resource Officer
Robin Koelsch Senior Director of Partnerships
Shipra Panicker Senior Director of Intensive Student Supports

Program Staff

We work with schools in two ways — by connecting schools to schoolwide and group-focused programs and by placing master’s level staff members in schools to provide specialized support to students. The services we connect to schools are provided by a robust network of local organizations we call community partners.

Name Title
Shontierra Anderson Academic Enrichment Partnership Specialist
Bernadette Bajzek Student Supports Manager
Sucada Bell Associate Director of School Partnerships
Latonya Booker Student Supports Manager
Ausar Bradley School Partnership Specialist
Brian Broccolo Freshmen Rising Coordinator
Allison Brown Associate Director of Integrated Student Supports
Jacqueline Calles Student Supports Manager
Bethany Cooper-Nelson Student Supports Manager
Joelle (Jo) Covers Student Supports Manager
LaDonna Curry Senior Student Supports Manager
L’Kenya Dalcour Student Supports Manager
Milton Davis, Jr. Student Supports Manager
Crystle Dino Student Supports Manager
Victoria Englert Student Supports Manager
Stephanie Estrada Senior Student Supports Manager
Paul Fagen Field Supervisor
Rasnick Fullard Field Supervisor
Sydnee Gee Behavioral and Mental Health Partnership Specialist
Sophia Gullo Student Supports Manager
Elvia Guzman Student Supports Manager
Daniel Heiniger School Partnership Specialist
Jillian Hennessy School Partnership Specialist
Juanita Herrera Student Supports Manager
Diamond Howard Student Supports Manager
Wayne Hughes Student Supports Manager
Arnetra Jackson Student Supports Manager
Asha Jenkins Student Supports Manager
Jessica Juarez Field Supervisor
Ariana Kamberelis Student Supports Manager
Liz Keo Student Supports Manager
Citlali (Lali) Lara Student Supports Manager
Jenna Mangalindan Student Supports Manager
Katia Marzolf Borione Arts Partnership Specialist
Marshall Mitchell School Partnership Specialist
Lo Patrick Director of Clinical and SEL Services
Otti Pineda Student Supports Manager
Jeanine Pittman Student Supports Manager
Karen Roddie Associate Director of Community Partnerships
Jeanette Rodriguez Student Supports Manager
Mary Rosenwinkel Health Partnership Specialist
Jackie Salazar Field Supervisor
Clare Spaulding School Partnership Specialist
Rishona Taylor College and Career Partnership Specialist
Chavara Turner Student Supports Manager
Maria Watson Student Supports Manager
LaToya Winton Student Supports Manager
Simone Woods Senior Student Supports Manager
Mychaela Worrell Student Supports Manager

Administrative Staff

This team is composed of the communications, development, and human resources staff dedicated to supporting the program team and directors. The team is responsible for office and fiscal management, fundraising (including corporate and individual giving), and communications (including the website, annual report, and social media).

Name Title
Justin Brown Database Administrator
David Cotugno Director of Major Gifts
Sheila Gartland Tech Operations Coordinator
Herrah Hussain Donor Relations Coordinator
Maria Miranda Director of Institutional Giving
Lynda Murphy Grant Writer
Malorie Nagel Gift Officer
Mary Kate Paetow-Fanning Donor Relations Coordinator
Katrina Pavlik Associate Director of Operations and Human Capital
Katie Rankin Communications Specialist
Roy Welch Bookkeeper
Laura Zajac Development Assistant

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.