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President’s Office

Zena Naiditch, President and CEO, (312) 895-7314
Thomas Fischer, Senior Organizational Advisor, (312) 895-7315 

Independent Monitoring and Legal Advocacy

Chicago Office

Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU):

Stacey Aschemann, Program Vice President, (618) 494-6054
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
Debbie McGovern, Representative Payee Monitor, (312) 895-7251
Lydia Sharp, Representative Payee Manager and Attorney, (312) 895-7302
Mollie Sorey, Representative Payee Monitor, (312) 895-7256
David Thompson, Program Support, (312) 895-7303
Kim Troutman, Clinical Monitor, (312) 895-7208
Sara Turk, Representative Payee Monitor, (312) 895-7250

Civil Rights Team (CRT):

Sujatha Jagadeesh Branch, Program Vice President, (312) 895-7217
Amanda Antholt, Managing Attorney, (312) 895-7330
Ruben Bautista, Staff Attorney, (312) 767-5006
Katie Boraz, Staff Attorney, (312) 997-4194
Jin-Ho Chung, Senior Attorney, (312) 895-7312
Lauren Galloway, Staff Attorney, Illinois ADA Project Manager (312) 566-0452
Blake Garcia, Paralegal and Program Support, (312) 895-7346
Josh Goldstein, Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney, (312) 820-5934
Cristina Headley, Senior Attorney, (312) 895-7257
Sarah Huttenlocher, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7354
Jasmyne Kim, Paralegal, (312) 895-7334
Sophia Lau, Staff Attorney (312) 895-7324
Melinda Melin, Paralegal, (309) 524-5665
Laura J. Miller, Managing Attorney, (312) 895-7316
Kaitlynn Milvert, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7344
Paul W. Mollica, Senior Attorney, (312) 895-7350
Mari Monteiro, Intake and Traumatic Brain Injury Project Manager and Attorney, (312) 895-7358
Bebe Novich, Senior Attorney, Voting Access Chicago/Illinois, (312) 895-7262
Andrea Rizor, Senior Attorney, (312) 895-7322
Lauren Schrero, Staff Attorney, EFE Fellow, (312) 566-0249
Megan Sorey, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7306
Hannah R. Walsh, Employment Rights Helpline Manager, PABSS Manager, and Attorney, (312) 895-7252
Andrew Webb, Senior Attorney, PAAT Manager, (312) 895-7347
Sarah Weitekamp, Staff Attorney, (217) 993-9985

Special Education rights Clinic (Special Ed):

Olga Pribyl, Program Vice President, (312) 895-7321
Vanessa Aceves, Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney, (312) 847-5636
Ceylan Eatherton, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7270
Peter Eatherton, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7355
Jessica Gingold, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7336
Brianna Hill, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-3021
Amanda Klemas, Senior Attorney, Supervising (312) 895-7203
Alex Kuske, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7235
Melinda Melin, Program Support, (309) 524-5665
Luiza Quental, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7214
Rachel Shapiro, Managing Attorney, (312) 895-7308
Emily Wilson, Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7309
Lupe Zaucedo, Program Support, (312) 895-7320

Carbondale Office

Stacey Aschemann, Vice President (IMU), (618) 494-6054
Jennifer Akers, Clinical Monitor, 618-331-5003

Rockford Office

G. Michael Shea, Staff Attorney (Special Ed), (217) 331-6120

Springfield Office

Karah Blunk, Representative Payee Monitor (IMU), (217) 210-7702
Jennifer Coziahr, Clinical Investigator (IMU), (217) 210-4030
Beth Jones, Representative Payee Monitor (IMU), (217) 210-0213
Jessica Range, Helpline Manager & Staff Attorney (Special Ed), (217) 210-4001
Marjorie Smith
, Program Support, (217) 303-8539
Lyndsey Stayton, Clinical Monitor (IMU), (217) 210-7701

Metro East Office

Wil Asa, Senior Attorney, (618) 270-5888
Cristina Kinsella, Staff Attorney, (618) 984-8973

Public Policy

Springfield Office

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

Organizational Advancement

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

Human Resources

La June Davis-Wiley, Senior Director, Human Resources, (312) 895-7333

Fiscal and Operations

James G. McMillan, Vice President for Operations and Chief Financial Officer, (312) 895-7332
Amy Blanton, Senior Accountant, (312) 895-7349
Tiffany Reese, Controller, (312) 895-7233
Martin Till, IT Manager, (312) 895-7353
Linda Vaeth, Staff Accountant, (312) 895-7348


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Last updated: February 28, 2024

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