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.

ADAM (3)

Finance & Administration

Lisa Salas - Executive Assistant

Vacant - Senior Accountant

Eduardo Aguayo-MarquezFiscal Manager 

Human Resources

Denise Benages - Director of Human Resources

Development & Communications

Stephanie ArevaloManager of Special Events

Emily Muench - Manager of Foundation & Corporate Relations

Daniel Perez - Manager of Communications & External Relations

Compliance Services

Vacant - Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning 

Amy Black - Manager of Program Development & Compliance

Iman Kort - Intake Manager

Community Services

Alden Bell -  Community Outreach Manager

Edwina Hamilton - Manager of Restorative Justice Practices

External Affairs

Bradly Johnson -  Director of External Affairs

Health and Wellness

Jessica Carrillo - Director of Clinical & Community Wellness Programs

Amanda Cimaroli - Mobile Mental Health Program Manager

Jana Gillespie - Manager of Community Mental Health

Khaliah Marsh - Manager of BUILDing Girls 2 Women

Rosa Rios Manager of Crisis Response Unit

Olivia Santiago- Senior Manager of Clinical & Community Wellness

Blanca Sepulveda - Austin Program Manager (CCW)



Kathy Kloppenburg - Director of Operations

Core Programs

Jamey Makowski - Director of Core Programs

Prevention Services

Kreagan Carbone - Prevention Manager

Education Services

Ebonee Shaw Manager of Education & Support Services

Intervention Services

Martin Anguiano - Manager of Intervention Services

Enrichment Services

Carmen Scott-Boria - Director of Enrichment Services

Ricardo Miranda - Manager of Arts Academy Programs

Mark Thorton - Manager of Sports Programs

Deonna Hart  - Manager of Learning and Leadership

Board of Directors


Siobhan L. Sanders - Nuveen Investments



Christine Bakalar - BakHome Development, LLC.


Shruti Sekhri - Slalom Consulting


John A. Nitschke - Dr. Scholl Foundation


Howard 'Bud' Schwarzbach - Vin Chicago



Priya Aggarwal - PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Dale Cabreira - Finance

Malaika K. Caldwell - Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Shannel Clubb - RSM

Bennie Currie -  MBC Financial Strategies

Robert J. Emanuel -  Ice Miller LLP.

Matt Fisher - 4th Right Partners

Brittany Hughes - MB Financial Bank

Jin Ivacic - Hyatt Corporation

Amy KadensFounder, Share our Spare

Scott Lieber - Willis Insurance

Stephen Miles - Livingstone Partners LLC

Arthur "AJ" Mortega - Zynga Inc.

Christopher J. Moskos - Bank of America

Christopher Olson - JPMorgan Chase

James Ramos - City of Chicago, 21st Ward

Raymond Rushing - Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Jack Segal - Comcast Corporation

Scott Skie Baird

Patricia S. Spratt Circuit Court of Cook County

Leila Whitley - Allstate

John Wilson - HSA PrimeCare


Steven Abbey - Huntington National Bank

Theodore Cappelen - Clear Candle

Donna Dudley - Retired Distinguished Volunteer 

Al Travis - Al Travis & Associates


John Blackburn Standard Bank & Trust Company

Pete Henley - PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

William Housey, Jr. - First Trust Portfolios, 




Caroline Rushmore - LinkedIn



Lewis Johnson - Starbucks

Marco Guerrero - BUILD

Michael Perich Westfleet Advisors

Casey Schelble JPMorgan Chase



Aaron Miller - Garrick Film

Victoria Sorkin - GCM Grosvenor

Dominique Curtis - Willis Tower Watson

Donald Harris - Fifth Third Bank

Gina Sewell - Point B

Cheryll Victuelles - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Adrian Levitt - Kearney

Matt Currier - Private Vista LLC

Ashley Perich - CNO Financial Group

Audrey Griffith - Chicago Public Schools

Timothy Turner - Walgreens

Kevin Weingarz - Walgreens

Amanda Moutrage - Zeal Global Inc.

Jessie Gotsdiner - MAPSCorps

Benjy Wax


As a pioneering agency in street intervention services with a half century of experience, our voice is integral to discussions about gang intervention, prevention, education, and juvenile justice issues impacting the city of Chicago and beyond. Please look at us a resource and utilize the contact below for additional story angles, sources, etc.

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