Our Team 

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Executive Team


Jeri Linas

Chief Executive Officer

Dan’iel Kendricks

Senior Vice President of Programs

Stephanie Piccirilli

Senior Vice President of Mission
Engagement & Innovation

Program & Leadership Team


Alana Davis

OPA Case Manager

Cheryl Price

Director of Mission Engagement & Major Gifts

Deandra Gallardo

Aftercare & Stability Case Manager

Greg O’Brien

Director of Finance & Administration

Juaria Holly

Residential Overnight House Manager

Marvell Gable

Residential Overnight House Manager

Nena Washington

Manager of Community Programs

Quinnmesha Yearby

Residential Community Support Specialist

Ryan Paroline

Manager of Data & Technology

Shana McKinney

Employment Placement Manager

Amani Porter

OPA Case Manager

Christopher Auguste

Housing & Community Engagement Case Manager

Doug Mowery

Assistant Director of Residential Services

Jack Thornton

OPA Case Manager

Lena Buford

Residential Case Manager

Mary Ann Livovich


Paviella Foster

Director of Outreach, Prevention, and Aftercare (OPA)

Raven Whitehead

Next Gen Housing Manager

Sarah Brown

Manager of Private Philanthropy

Brandi Ingram

Director of Agency Operations

Christin Nix

Residential Case Manager

Ernisha McRaney

Housing & Community Engagement
Case Manager

Jerry Viou

Residential Case Manager

Maurice Jelks


Morgan Richardson

Residential Case Manager

Pharoh Swain

Residential Case Manager

Robert Walker

CaSSA Manager

Sarah Joyce

Manager of Communications and Volunteers


Board of Directors 


Ignite’s Board of Directors provides governance and oversight to the agency and helps to secure resources and increase awareness. Board members also lead various strategic initiatives identified each year.



Mary Lou Mulvihill-Skalkos

Partner, Mulbro Limited Partnership

Jane McCart

Treasurer & Secretary
Northern Trust Asset Management (Retired)



Stephen Braun

Hometown America

Alexander Calder

Louis Calder Foundation

Mandeep Grewal

Vice President Domestic Line Stations
United Airlines

Richard Kuzmar

The Terry Group

Nicholas VanDerSchie

Head of Operational Excellence, Morningstar Investment Management

Bruce Pedigo

Chairperson Emeritus
Veratect Corporation


Patricia Brottman

MTV Networks

Toby Eveland

Vice Office Managing Partner,
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

Stephanie Hickman

Trice Construction

Thomas O’Reilly

Managing Director
Neuberger Berman

Lashana Jackson

VP, Global Head of Talent Management, Aon


Donald Busé

BMO Mezzanine Fund

Bruce Fox

Bruce Fox Design

Daniel Kirk

Corporate Affairs Manager

Isaac Stanley

MetLife Americas


Associate Board 

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The Ignite Associate Board is a network of active Chicago-area young professionals dedicated to helping our youth build Futures with Promise.

Associate Board members regularly volunteer with our youth and also engage with Ignite through professional development, educational opportunities, and networking events.

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How Do I Join?

Email Staff Liaison Sarah Brown at sbrown@ignitepromise.org for more information!



David Raymond


Ryan O’Reilly


Kerrie McDonald


Lauren Adair Ball


Devoy Dubuque

Anna Horwitz

Kathy Skalkos

Corniche Harrell


Peter Aldrich

Wendy Garcia

Daniel Miller

Thaddeus Harrell

Doug Dornan


Sarah Brown

Staff Liaison

Jennifer Eleazar

Samuel Korshak

Thomas Skalkos

Nico Caracciolo