Cheryl Hamilton-Hill
Chief Executive Officer

Cheryl has been committed to serving communities and youth for over 25 years.  She comes to Covenant House Illinois with more than 20 years of exceptional performance in executive leadership positions and service on the senior teams of several international organizations, including the United Way and the American Red Cross.

Cheryl’s leadership in advocacy, strategy, business development and non-profit management has yielded positive results for government, corporations and non-profit entities, statewide, nationally and internationally.  As a volunteer, she has generated over $128 Million for community programs and professionally has helped organizations raise nearly $1 Billion.

Cheryl has an MBA from Washington University and graduated from the Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University.  She has served on more than 30 Boards of nonprofit organizations and a corporate board. In addition, she has received numerous awards—including, Most Influential Business Woman ~ YWCA Woman of Distinction ~ American Philanthropic Association Community Service Award ~ Who’s Who Among Sales & Marketing Professionals ~ Professional Organization of Women -Woman of Distinction ~ Service Recognition from Presidents Bush and Obama; Leadership & Community Service Award ~ National Center for Social Entrepreneurship Team Strategist ~ 40 under 40 ~ Girl Scout Council- Woman of Distinction ~ Argus Legend Award ~  NAACP Most Inspiring Award ~ Hellenic Spirit Athena Award; ~ National Council of Community & Justice Servant Leader Award.

She is a golfer, enjoys all forms of art and is a self described “foodie.”

Cheryl feels privileged to serve our youth and knows that they deserve more than the fulfillment of basic needs. With the support of Covenant House and the community, they can thrive and reach their fullest potential, from wherever they are today.

Email Cheryl at chamilton-hill@covenanthouse.org


Jenny Paveglio
Director of Program Implementation


Jenny Paveglio comes to Covenant House Illinois with over 25 years of experience working on issues of homelessness, poverty, trafficked/exploited youth, trauma, and mental health.  Jenny is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of trauma, specifically trauma related to sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. Jenny received her Masters of Social Work Degree from Hunter College School of Social Work where she was honored with the The Feva Fine Holtzman Family Award for Excellence in Field Work.

With 25 years of experience in the field of social services - extending from front-line case management to executive level leadership - Jenny has provided care to homeless, runaway and trafficked/exploited youth in cities across the United States and Canada.

She has served on several committees advocating on behalf of homeless and at-risk youth, including Atlanta Partners for HOME, Atlanta Homeless Community of Care, and United Way Anti-Trafficking Council and The Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative.  

Jenny has a solid record of success in getting initiatives off the ground and flourishing, leading organizations through periods of substantial growth and transition, and spearheading collaborations with community organizations, government agencies, advocacy groups, boards and guilds.  In 2015 Jenny was one of two community leaders from the state of Georgia selected to participate in Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Leadership Program, The Center for Leadership Innovation -- Emerging Leader Class of 2015

Jenny says she is blessed to have the opportunity to create a strong, vibrant program dedicated to serving and caring for the youth of Chicago. Our young people deserve to know that they are loved and that their lives are bigger than the circumstances that brought them to us and that they are not defined by their homelessness but by their remarkable spirits.  Namaste.

Email Jenny at jpaveglio@covenanthouse.org


Board of Directors


Mark J. Hennessy,
Board Chair

IBM, retired

Robert Fitzsimmons

Gregory Pusinelli
William Blair and Company

Asha Varghese
GE Foundation