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

Quentin McGee - Accounting Manager

Eduardo Aguayo-MarquezFiscal Manager 

Sofia Rodriguez-Mendez - Grants Accountant

Maria TorresFiscal Coordinator 

Carmen Bermudez - Finance Clerk A/P

Human Resources

Nancy Monahan - Director of Human Resources

Theresa Hurt - Human Resources Generalist

Oscar Xuarez - Human Resources Generalist

Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning

Dave Koch - Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning 

Andre Johnson - Data Manager

Charles Allen - Data Coordinator

Becca Demski - Evaluation Coordinator

Nina Rickett-Green - Learning Coordinator

Intervention Services

Francisco Arenas - Director of Intervention 

Jonathan Olivan - Manager of Intervention Services

Hakeem AdamsManager of Street Outreach

Rosa Rios - Manager of Crisis Response Unit

Prevention Services

Curtis Peace - Director of Prevention

Angella Roberts-Smith - Manager of Youth Advocacy High School

Dumanisha Ward - Manager of Prevention Services (Garfield Park)

Aurora Torres - Site Coordinator (Garfield Park)

Vacant - Manager of Prevention Services (Humboldt Park)

Jonathan Young - Site Coordinator (Humboldt Park)

Kenisha Hoskins - Site Coordinator (Humboldt Park)

Grena Pryor - Resource Coordinator

Education Services

Ebonee Porche Director of BUILDing Futures

Vacant - Post-Secondary Education Success Manager

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

Stephanie ArevaloManager of Special Events

Marco Guerrero - Development Coordinator

Melissa Moore - Volunteer Coordinator



Daniel Perez - Manager of Communications & Media

Todd York - Digital Media Coordinator


Kathy Kloppenburg - Director of Operations

Jamey Makowski - Campus Director

Calvin Watkins - Facilities Manager

Kimberly Ambercrumbie - Reception Manager 

Peace & Justice Center

Sean Price - Director of Peace and Justice Center

Edwina Hamilton - Senior Manager, Peace and Justice Center

Alden Bell - Manager, Peace and Justice Center

Clinical and Community Wellness

Jessica Carrillo - Director of Clinical & Community Wellness Programs

Amanda Cimaroli - Mobile Mental Health Program Manager

Durrell Sheppard - Manager of Clinical Services

Kara Hirner - Manager of Community Support Services (CSS)

Khaliah Marsh - Manager of BUILDing Girls 2 Women

Community Engagement

Martin Anguiano - Director of Community Engagement

Enrichment Services

Carmen Scott-Boria - Director of Enrichment Services

Ricardo Miranda - Manager of Visual Arts

Adolfo Tolayo - Arts Academy Program Coordinator

Mark Thornton - Manager of Sports Programs

STEM Education

Toni McGee - Director of STEM Education

Kenneth Carter-Weathers - Manager of Austin Grown

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

Amy KadensFounder, Share our Spare

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, 




Benjamin D. (Benjy) Wax - BCDM&E



Timothy Turner


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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