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

Kevin Parks - Senior Accountant

Eduardo Aguayo-MarquezFiscal Manager 

Human Resources

Denise Benages - Director of Human Resources

Development & Communications

Stephanie ArevaloManager of Special Events

Ariana Ibarra - Volunteer Coordinator

Emily Muench - Manager of Foundation & Corporate Relations

Daniel Perez - Manager of Communications & External Relations

Compliance Services

Scott Mengebier - Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning 

Amy Black - Manager of Program Development & Compliance

Iman Kort - Intake Manager

Community Services

Juan Villalobos -  Director of Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships

Edwina Hamilton -  Community Ambassador Manager

External Affairs

Bradly Johnson -  Director of External Affairs

Health and Wellness

Jessica Carrillo - Director of Clinical & Community Wellness Programs

Jana Gillespie - Manager of Community Mental Health

Edwin Martinez Manager of Community Violence Support Services

Rosa Rios Manager of Crisis Response Unit

Olivia Santiago Manager of BUILDing Girls 2 Women

Blanca Sepulveda - Austin Program Manager (CCW)

 

 

Operations

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

BOARD CHAIR

Siobhan L. Sanders - Nuveen Investments

 

VICE CHAIRS

Christine Bakalar - BakHome Development, LLC.

TREASURER

Shruti Sekhri - Slalom Consulting

SECRETARY

John A. Nitschke - Dr. Scholl Foundation

 

MEMBERS

Dale Cabreira - Finance

Malaika K. Caldwell - Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Shannel Clubb - RSM

Marlow Colvin - ComEd

Bennie Currie -  MBC Financial Strategies

Robert J. Emanuel -  Ice Miller LLP.

Matt Fisher - 4th Right Partners

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 Olsen - JPMorgan Chase

James Ramos - City of Chicago, 21st Ward

Jack Segal - Comcast Corporation

*Howard "Bud" Schwarzbach Vin Chicago, Immediate Past Chair

Scott Skie Baird

Patricia S. Spratt Circuit Court of Cook County

Leila Whitley - Allstate

John Wilson - HSA PrimeCare

LIFE BOARD

Steven Abbey - Huntington National Bank

Theodore Cappelen - Clear Candle

Donna Dudley - Retired Distinguished Volunteer 

Al Travis - Al Travis & Associates


EMERITUS BOARD

John Blackburn Standard Bank & Trust Company

Pete Henley - PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

William Housey, Jr. - First Trust Portfolios, 

 

ASSOCIATE BOARD

CHAIR

Brittany Hughes - MB Financial Bank

 

VICE CHAIRS

Eddy Gonzalez - Breakthru Beverage Group

Caroline Rushmore - LinkedIn

 

MEMBERS

Marco Guerrero - Gary Comer Youth Center

Lewis Johnson - Starbucks

Jack Magiera- Pariveda Solutions

Thomas Miles - PNC Bank

Sravani Nichanamatlu - McGuireWoods, LLP

Casey Schelble - JPMorgan Chase

Gina Sewell - Point B

Gerlisa Shipman - Kids First Chicago

Rachel Yoder - AEO

HELP BUILD THE FUTURE!

BUILD’s volunteers are the supportive part of the “village” needed to keep youth safe and allow them to transition from the margins to the mainstream in our city and beyond.