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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, (800) 758-0559 ext. 5001
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
Sara Turk, Representative Payee Monitor, (312) 895-7250

Civil Rights Team (CRT):

Barry C. Taylor, Program Vice President, (312) 895-7317
Amanda Antholt, Managing Attorney, (312) 895-7330
Ruben Bautista, Staff Attorney, (312) 767-5006
Jin-Ho Chung, Senior Attorney, (312) 895-7312
Blake Garcia, Paralegal and Program Support, (312) 895-7346
Megan Grenville, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7258
Cristina Headley, Senior Attorney, Illinois ADA Project Manager, (312) 895-7257
Sarah Huttenlocher, Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellow, (312) 895-7354
Jasmyne Kim, Paralegal, (312) 895-7334
Sophia Lau, Staff Attorney, Winston & Strawn Fellow, (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
Megan Sorey, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7306
Hannah R. Walsh, Employment Rights Helpline Attorney, PABSS Manager, (312) 895-7252
Andrew Webb, Staff Attorney, PAAT Manager, (312) 895-7347
Rachel M. Weisberg, Employment Rights Helpline Manager and Managing Attorney, (312) 895-7319

Special Education rights Clinic (Special Ed):

Olga Pribyl, Program Vice President, (312) 895-7321
Evelyn Ayay, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7351
Jessica Gingold, Staff Attorney, (312) 895-7336
Andrew Henderson, Notre Dame Bridge Fellow, (312) 481-8617
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), (800) 758-0559 ext. 5001
Amy Perry, Staff Attorney, EJW Elder Justice Fellow, (800) 758-0559 ext. 5002
Jennifer Akers, Clinical Monitor, 618-331-5003

Springfield Office

Karah Blunk, Representative Payee Monitor (IMU), (217) 210-7702
Courtney Evans, 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
G. Michael Shea
, Staff Attorney (Special Ed), (217) 331-6120
Marjorie Smith
, Program Support, (217) 303-8539
Lyndsey Stayton, Clinical Monitor (IMU), (217) 210-7701

Metro East Office

Wil Asa, Senior Attorney, (800) 758-0559 ext. 5888
Joe Yancey, Staff Attorney, (618) 221-5668

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
Peter Quintero, 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: December 02, 2022

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