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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
Robin Koelsch Chief Partnership Engagement Officer
Bartholomew St. John Chief Innovation and Communications Officer
Marianne Woodward Chief Resource Officer
Sucada Bell 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
Jacob Adams Student Supports Manager
Shontierra Anderson Academic Enrichment Partnership Specialist
Bernadette Bajzek Student Supports Manager
Marlena Becker School Partnership Specialist
Latonya Booker Student Supports Manager
Ausar Bradley School Partnership Specialist
Brian Broccolo Field Supervisor
Peg Buckley Field Supervisor
Jacqueline Calles Senior Student Supports Manager
Bethany Cooper-Nelson Student Supports Manager
LaDonna Curry Senior Student Supports Manager
Lolita Cusic School Partnership Specialist
Victoria Englert Student Supports Manager
Stephanie Estrada Training and Learning Coordinator
Paul Fagen Field Supervisor
Erin Ferruzzi College and Career Partnership Specialist
Rasnick Fullard Field Supervisor
Shelby Grace Student Supports Manager
Sophia Gullo Student Supports Manager
Jillian Hennessy Senior School Partnership Specialist
Alexandra Hernandez Student Supports Manager
Juanita Herrera Senior Student Supports Manager
Diamond Howard Senior Student Supports Manager
Wayne Hughes Student Supports Manager
Sarah Isaacson Student Supports Manager
Arnetra Jackson Student Supports Manager
Danielle Kahler School Partnership Specialist
Ariana Kamberelis Student Supports Manager
Liz Keo Senior Student Supports Manager
Katie Kerrigan Student Supports Manager
Jenna Mangalindan Student Supports Manager
Katia Marzolf Borione Arts Partnership Specialist
Marshall Mitchell School Partnership Specialist
Pamela Orange Student Supports Manager
Kimberly Ordoñez School Partnership Specialist
Lo Patrick Director of Clinical and SEL Services
Otti Pineda Student Supports Manager
Jeanine Pittman Field Supervisor
Fabiana Raygada Behavioral and Mental Health Partnership Specialist
Jeanette Rodriguez Student Supports Manager
David Rouchon Student Supports Manager
Jackie Salazar Associate Director of Intensive Student Supports
Clare Spaulding Associate Director of School Partnerships
Samantha Spedoske Health Partnership Specialist
Olivia Spence Student Supports Manager
Jacque Stefanic Fundamental Needs Partnership Specialist
Rishona Taylor Associate Director of Community Partnerships
Teena Thomas Student Supports Manager
Jessica Vega Student Supports Manager
Maria Watson Field Supervisor
Karen Watts Student Supports Manager
Simone Woods Senior Student Supports Manager
Huntleigh Wozniak 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
Samantha De Loera Donor Relations Coordinator
Sheila Gartland Tech Operations Coordinator
Caroline Jordan Gift Officer
Nikki LaValley Associate Director of Development Operations
Molly McMahan Institutional Giving Associate
Maria Miranda Director of Institutional Giving
Malorie Nagel Gift Officer
Mary Kate Paetow-Fanning Donor Relations Coordinator
Katrina Pavlik Associate Director of Operations and Human Capital
Katie Rankin Associate Director of Communications
Roy Welch Bookkeeper
Kenyatta Wooten Development Assistant

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

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