Staff and Board


Executive Director
Sharon Legenza
312-939-6074 x. 203

Director of Capacity Building
David Young
312-939-6074 x. 202

Capacity Building Specialist
Bibian Cristino
312-939-6074 x. 108

Capacity Building Specialist
Wanda Collins
312-939-6074 x. 112

Capacity Building Specialist
Jennifer Pallas
312-939-6074 x. 201

Manager of Communications & Development
Kristin Ginger
312-939-6074 x. 200

Development Associate
Amina Farha
312-939-6074 x. 109

Communications and Capacity Building VISTA
Marcella Rosen
312-939-6074 x. 106


Policy Director
Bob Palmer
312-939-6074 x. 206

Housing Policy Organizer
Sheila Sutton
312-939-6074 x. 110

National Service Program Manager
Willie Heineke
312-939-6074 x. 107

National Service Program Associate
Brandon Grigsby
312-939-6074 x. 111

National Service Program Associate
Steven Johnson
312-939-6074 x. 209

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Dylan Juza
312-939-6074 x. 205

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Zach Bernknopf
312-939-6074 x. 208

AmeriCorps VISTA Team


Board of Directors

Darsonya Switzer, Dove Inc., Decatur
Carl Wolf, Respond Now, Chicago Heights

Niccole Clements, PNC, Springfield

Kurt Kuyawa, Citizens Bank NA, Chicago

Bob Campbell, Zion Development Corporation, Rockford
Kelli Harsch, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C., Chicago
Joyce Hothan, Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center, Glen Ellyn
Dottie Johnson, Chicago Commons, Chicago
Jackie Newman, Springfield Housing Authority, Springfield
David Noble, Midland States Bank, St. Louis
Laura Olvera, Community Partners for Affordable Housing, Libertyville
Shelly Richardson, Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois, Springfield
Margaret Wooten, Chicago Urban League Development Corporation, Chicago