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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Andrew Wade
Chief Strategy & Development Officer

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Wanda Rodriguez
Chief Financial Officer

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Finance & Administration

Lisa Salas - Executive Assistant

Kevin Parks - Senior Accountant

Eduardo Aguayo-MarquezFiscal Manager 

Diane WehlingManager of Operations

Development & Communications

Emily Muench - Manager of Foundation & Corporate Relations

Daniel Perez - Manager of Communications & External Relations

Stephanie ArevaloManager of Special Events

Compliance Services

Jamey MakowskiManager of Program Development & Compliance

Community Services

Juan Villalobos - Manager of Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships

Health and Wellness

Jana Gillespie - Manager of Health & Wellness

Olivia Santiago Manager of BUILDing Girls 2 Women

Ashley Miller Manager of Community Support Services

Maricarmen Magana-Sarabia Lead Health Navigator

 

Prevention Services

Tonja Robinson-Harris - Prevention Manager

Education Services

Ebonee Shaw Manager of Education & Support Services

Intervention Services

Martin Anguiano - Manager of Intervention Services

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

CHAIRMAN

Howard "Bud" Schwarzbach - Vin Chicago

 

VICE CHAIRS

Christine Bakalar - BakHome Development, LLC.

Robert J. Emanuel -  Attorney at Law

Siobhan Sanders Nuveen Investments

SECRETARY

John A. Nitschke - Dr. Scholl Foundation

 

MEMBERS

Malaika K. Caldwell - Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Marlow Colvin - ComEd

Bennie Currie -  MBC Financial Strategies

Tom Decker - MB Financial 

Matt Fisher - 4th Right Partners

Jin Ivacic - Hyatt Corporation

Amy KadensFounder, Share our Spare

Scott Lieber - Willis Insurance

Zeita Merchant - U.S. Coast Guard 

Stephen Miles - Livingstone Partners LLC

Arthur "AJ" Mortega - Gameseed

Paulo Oliveira - Caterpillar, Inc.

James Ramos - City of Chicago, 21st Ward

Jack Segal - Comcast Corporation

Shruti Sekhri - Slalom Consulting

Patricia S. Spratt Circuit Court of Cook County

Leila Whitley - Allstate

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 - News America Marketing

MEMBERS

Terrence Evans - Oakbrook Financial Center

Marco Guerrero - Loyola University Chicago

Kiara Harding - The CKM Foundation

Cindy La - Asian American Human Service

Jack Magiera- Pariveda Solutions

Mark Nelson - IBM

Sravani Nichanamatlu - McGuireWoods, LLP

Madison O'Connor - The CKM Foundation

Jennifer O'Neill - MB Financial Bank

Sean Schindl - New Schools for Chicago

Gerlisa Shipman - KidsFirst Chicago

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.