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President’s Office

Zena Naiditch, President and CEO, (312) 895-7314
Thomas Fischer, Special Assistant to the President, (312) 895-7315 

Abuse Investigation and Legal Advocacy

Chicago Office

Abuse Investigation Unit (AIU):

Deborah M. Kennedy, Vice President, (312) 895-7304
Nicol Beaumont
, Clinical Monitoring Manager, (312) 895-7329
Myria Freeman, Clinical Monitor, (312) 766-3591
Julie Hobson, Clinical Monitor, (312) 895-7326
Jeanne Hisson, Representative Payee Monitor, (312) 895-7209
Tracie Reese, Representative Payee Monitor, (312) 895-7250
Lydia Sharp, Representative Payee Manager and Attorney, (312) 895-7302
David Thompson, Administrative Assistant, (312) 895-7303

Civil Rights Team (CRT):

Barry C. Taylor, Vice President, (312) 895-7317
Amanda Antholt, Senior Attorney, (312) 895-7330
Jin-Ho Chung, Senior Attorney, (312) 895-7312
Cecille Escartin, Legal Secretary, (312) 895-7346
Annie Gallerano, Notre Dame Shaffer Fellow and Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7305
Cristina Headley, Attorney (312) 895-7257
Melinda Melin, Paralegal, (309) 524-5665
Laura J. Miller, Managing Attorney, (312) 895-7316
Mari Monteiro, Intake and Traumatic Brain Injury Project Manager and Attorney, (312) 895-7358
Lark Mulligan, Winston and Strawn Fellow and Staff Attorney (312) 895-7310
Sydney Penny, Barry T. McNamara Disability Rights Fellow and Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7350
Andrea Rizor, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7322
Megan Sorey, Attorney, (312) 895-7306
Hannah R. Walsh, Employment Rights Helpline Attorney, (312) 895-7252
Andrew Webb, Attorney, (312) 895-7347
Rachel M. Weisberg, Employment Rights Helpline Manager and Attorney, (312) 895-7319

Special Education Clinic (Special Ed):

Olga Pribyl, Vice President, (312) 895-7321
Melanie Grant, Intake Manager, Attorney (Bilingual in Spanish), (312) 895-7351
William Hrabe, Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7223
Eleanor Kittilstad, Skadden Fellow and Attorney, (312) 895-7336
Amanda Klemas, Supervising Attorney, (312) 895-7203
Melinda Melin, Administrative Assistant, (309) 524-5665
Rachel Shapiro, Supervising Attorney, (312) 895-7308
Lupe Zaucedo, Administrative Assistant, (312) 895-7320

Carbondale Office

Stacey Aschemann, Supervising Attorney (CRT), (800) 758-0559 ext. 5001
Amy Perry, Staff Attorney, EJW Elder Justice Fellow, (800) 758-0559 ext. 5002

Springfield Office

Kelly Arens-Whicker, Clinical Investigator (AIU), (217) 210-4031
Courtney Evans, Clinical Investigator (AIU), (217) 210-4030
Beth Jones, Rep Payee Monitor (AIU), (217) 210-0213
Jennifer Martin, Representative Payee Monitor (AIU), (217) 210-7702
Susan O’Neal
, Senior Attorney (CRT), (217) 303-8541
Jessica Range, Staff Attorney (Special Ed), (217) 210-4001
G. Michael Shea
, Attorney (Special Ed), (217) 331-6120
Marjorie Smith
, Administrative Assistant, (217) 303-8539
Lyndsey Stayton, Representative Payee Monitor (AIU), (217) 210-7701

Metro East Office

Julie Meglan, University of Illinois Fellow and Staff Attorney (CRT), (312) 895-7207

Public Policy

Springfield Office

Cheryl Jansen, Director, (217) 544-0464 ext.6013

Chicago Office

Bebe Novich, Manager, Voting Access Chicago/Illinois, (312) 895-7262

Organizational Advancement

John Jamros, Communications Manager, (312) 895-7356

Fiscal and Operations

James G. McMillan, Vice President for Operations and Chief Financial Officer, (312) 895-7332
Myra Dunbar Braggs, Human Resources Coordinator, (312) 895-7333
Peter Quintero, Senior Accountant, (312) 895-7349
Tiffany Reese, Controller, (312) 895-7233
Martin Till, Information Systems Administrator/Networking Coordinator, (312) 895-7353
Linda Vaeth, Staff Accountant, (312) 895-7348


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