Our People

People are the Difference

At BUILD, people matter. Young people learn to shape the future, based on their dreams, not their obstacles. They are guided by hard-working adults whose life experiences sound familiar, because 87% of BUILD’s staff reflects the communities and cultures of our youth. We set the bar high and lead by example, putting our values of respect, collaboration, and open communication into everything we do.

Empathy .  Passion .  Persistence .  Innovation.

Meet our experienced leadership team.

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Finance & Administration

Lisa Salas Executive Assistant

Kristina Wilson - Controller

Eduardo Aguayo-MarquezFiscal Manager

Christopher Holloway - FP&A Analyst

Maria TorresFiscal Coordinator

Sofia Rodriguez-Mendez - Grants Accountant

Carmen Bermudez - Finance Clerk A/P

Human Resources

Nancy Monahan - Director of Human Resources

Oscar Xuarez - Human Resources Information System Specialist

Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning

Dave Koch - Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning 

Jenna Chapman - Data Manager

Becca DemskiEvaluation Manager

Brynn Keller Evaluation Coordinator

Charles Allen - Data Coordinator

Nina Rickett-Green - Learning Coordinator

Intervention Services

Derrick Orr - Intervention Coordinator

Hakeem AdamsManager of Street Outreach

Michael WestStreet Outreach Coordinator

Rosa Rios - Manager of Crisis Response Unit

Prevention Services

Curtis Peace - Director of Prevention

Angella Roberts-Smith - Manager of Youth Advocacy High School

Khadijah Lanier - Manager of Site Based Prevention (Garfield Park)

Edith Ford - Site Coordinator

Kenisha Hoskins - Site Coordinator (Humboldt Park)

Jonathan Young - Site Coordinator (Humboldt Park)

Eric Colbert - Youth Advocacy Coordinator

David Mendoza - Youth Advocacy Coordinator

Grena Pryor - Resource Coordinator



Education Services

Ebonee Porche Director of BUILDing Futures

Annita Green - Manager of Middle School and Secondary School Services

Deonna Smith-Hart - Manager of Career Pathways

Isis Galvez-DeJesus - Coordinator, College Access and Persistence Academy

Development Department

Emily Muench - Senior Manager of Foundation & Corporate Relations

Natalia Delery - Manager of Foundation & Corporate Relations

Andrew Charles - Public & Government Grants Manager

Stephanie ArevaloManager of Special Events

Marco Guerrero - Development Coordinator

Melissa Moore - Volunteer Coordinator


Daniel Perez - Manager of Communications & Media

Todd York - Digital Media Coordinator


Jamey Makowski - Director of Operations

Kathy Kloppenburg - Director of Training & Program Quality

Jazzmean Palonis - Campus Manager

DeAsean Taylor - Facilities Manager

Kimberly Ambercrumbie - Reception Manager 

Peace & Justice Center (PJC)

Sean Price - Director of Peace and Justice Center

Edwina Hamilton - Senior Manager, Peace and Justice Center

Cristal Vazquez - PJC, Manager of Training and Civic Engagement

Catherine Stapleton - Youth Leadership Coordinator

Clinical and Community Wellness

Durrell Sheppard- Director of Clinical & Community Wellness Programs

David Rodriguez - Mobile Mental Health Program Manager

Amanda Cimaroli - Manager of Clinical Services

Emmayoli Silva- Community Mental Health Clinical Coordinator

Kara Hirner - Manager of Community Support Services (CSS)

Ruby Serrano - Community Support Services Coordinator

Khaliah Marsh - Manager of BUILDing Girls 2 Women

Chimera Green - BUILDing Girls 2 Women Coordinator

Howard Brown - BUILDing Boys 2 Men Coordinator

Community Engagement

Martin Anguiano - Director of Community Engagement

Kenyotta Stewart - Manager of Community Engagement

Felix Jusino - Community Engagement Coordinator

Bryant Harris - Youth Leadership Coordinator

Enrichment Services

Sarah Anderson - Director of Enrichment

Ricardo Miranda - Manager of STEAM

Adolfo Tolayo - Arts Academy Program Coordinator

Mark Thornton - Manager of Sports Programs

Charles Cannon Jr.Sports Coordinator

Justin CerasoliSports Coordinator

Kenyana Walker - Austin Grown Coordinator

Board of Directors


Siobhan L. Sanders - Nuveen Investments



Christine Bakalar - BakHome Development, LLC.


Shruti Sekhri - Slalom Consulting


John A. Nitschke - Dr. Scholl Foundation



Priya Bhatt - Advocate Aurora Health

Layla Bitoy-Dillon - Bitoy's Sweet Treats, Insightechs Strategy & Solutions

Maretta Brown-Miller - Chicago Park District

Anthony Bush - Bank Policy Institute

Malaika K. Caldwell - Kyndryl, Inc.

Shannel Clubb - RSM

Matt Fisher - 4th Right Partners

D. Nigel Green - Noble Network of Charter Schools

César Guerra - Aon

Brittany Hughes - MB Financial Bank

Jin Ivacic - Hyatt Corporation

Mary Kwietniewski - Ernst & Young LLP

Iris Millan - City Colleges of Chicago

Arthur "AJ" Mortega - Zynga Inc.

Christopher J. Moskos - Bank of America

Christopher Olson - JPMorgan Chase

James Ramos - City of Chicago, 21st Ward

Raymond Rushing - Cummins Inc.

Howard 'Bud' Schwarzbach - Vin Chicago

Jack Segal - Comcast Corporation

Scott Skie Baird

Patricia S. Spratt Circuit Court of Cook County

Leila Whitley - Allstate

John Wilson - HSA PrimeCare

Jeanne Wrenn - Circuit Court of Cook County


Steven Abbey - Huntington National Bank

Theodore Cappelen - Clear Candle

Donna Dudley - Retired Distinguished Volunteer 

Al Travis - Al Travis & Associates


William Housey, Jr. - First Trust Portfolios, 





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Executive Committee

Matt Currier

Ashley Dale

Jessie Gotsdiner

Aaron Miller

Amanda Moutrage

Victoria Sorkin



Jonathan Adams

Blair Aikens

Brittany Gaynor

Donald Harris

Kwalee Kemp

Mindy Robin

Chanel Walker


Interested in joining the Associate Board?

Please email Marco Guerrero at marcoguerrero@buildchicago.org


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