Leadership

 
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Carlette S. Mack
Interim Executive Director

Carlette, a 30-year resident of Anchorage, Alaska, has been in the Covenant House family for over twenty-two years and is a second-generation Covenant House employee, with her mother having worked for Covenant House for more than thirteen years.  Carlette will be suspending her post as Chief Operating Officer of Covenant House Alaska to take on the lead role in Chicago.

As the Chief Operating Officer for Covenant House Alaska, Mack leads the organization's Continuum of Care of service to include a 60-bed shelter, three transitional living programs, Health Services, and Education and Employment Services.   In January of 2017 Anchorage was selected as 1 of 10 cities to receive the new HUD Youth Demonstration Project grant with Covenant House Alaska serving as the lead agency.  Mack led the efforts in developing Anchorage’s Community Plan to End Youth Homelessness in collaboration with over 30 community partners and serves on the Board of Directors for the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness.

Carlette received her undergraduate and graduate degree from Alaska Pacific University.   Carlette took a hiatus from Alaska to live in Washington, DC where she worked at Covenant House Washington as their Director of External Affairs, helping them set up their fundraising department.   Carlette truly believes in the mission of Covenant House and is dedicated to ensuring that our community’s youth receive the support they need to transition successfully to adulthood. 

The importance of service was instilled in her from an early age from both of her parents.  She served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Alaska for six years including one year as Board Chair.  She was appointed to the Municipality of Anchorage’s Public Transit Advisory Board in 2012, served as a member of the board of directors for the Anchorage Youth Development Coalition, and is an active member of Downtown Rotary.   In 2004 she was recognized as one of Alaska’s top 40 under 40 and is a graduate of Leadership Anchorage.

Email Carlette at cmack@covenanthouse.org

 

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Diane Scott
EVP, Program Operations

Diane brings more than 20 years experience serving homeless and at-risk youth to Covenant House Illinois. Having traveled across the U.S., working with numerous Covenant House sites, Diane will spend 2018 with CHIL to help guide its program expansion and implementation of CHI's long-term model of care.

Diane Scott is a former director of CH New Jersey in Newark (2000-2006), where she managed the program operations and oversaw the development of direct care and professional staff members including the service management staff, staff attorneys, a physician, nurse practitioner, pastoral minister, addictions and career development specialists and the programmatic leadership team.

In 2006 she joined the NJ Department of Children and Families as the Deputy Director of Central Operations and led the statewide child abuse hotline, as well as coordinating a statewide institutional abuse investigations division reform.  She has won multiple awards for her work with youth, including the NAACP Freedom Award which celebrates those that have made major contributions to the community. In 2009 Diane came back to Covenant House as a senior management executive.  She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in sociology and resides in Lakewood Ranch, FL.

Email Diane at dianescott@covenanthouse.org

 

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Amy Sings In The Timber
Director of Development & Communications

With over a decade of experience in non-profit leadership and nearly 20 years of professional commitment to advancing social justice and human rights, Amy has enhanced skills in management and communications, strategic planning, and board and funds development, and is practiced in policy, advocacy, and public education.

Amy earned a law degree from the University of Montana School of Law, focusing her practice on the protection and advancement of indigenous  peoples’ rights.  Amy is deeply passionate about the safety and security of young people and families.   As a practicing attorney, she represented young people in Indian Child Welfare Act proceedings and served as a guardian ad litem.

As Director of Development & Communications, Amy oversees all fund development and external communications for Covenant House Illinois.  Her development and communications background includes major gift cultivation, planned giving, and bilateral grants experience, as well as service as a legislative policy analyst, media and strategic communications manager, and grass roots organizer.

Amy lives and loves life in the city of Chicago with her husband and two young children, spending as much time as possible enjoying the lake and Chicago’s exceptional arts and culture scene.

Email Amy at asings@covenanthouse.org

 

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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.


Board of Directors

 

Mark J. Hennessy,
Board Chair

IBM, retired

J. Steve Austin
Morgan Stanley

Gregory Pusinelli
William Blair and Company

 

Staff

 

Lauren Cartlidge
Development & Communications Coordinator

John Ryan
Youth Advisor

Virginia Brown
Youth Advisor

Jessica Meadors
Youth Advisor

Jacqueline Ricardo
Office Administrator

Caroline Casey
Case Manager

Andy Melendez
Youth Advisor

Shaun Slusarski
Youth Advisor

Kelly Grenn
Youth Advisor

Rebekah Miller
Youth Advisor

Nichole Lamorgese
Case Manager

Christopher Montiel
Development & Communications Manager