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Meet the Staff of ICOY

The Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) team holds a wealth of experiences and expertise in the systems that affect and support children, youth, and families. Each ICOY staff member brings to the table a passion for the well-being of children and youth and for the advancement of best practices on the individual, community, and systemic levels.

Stephanie Benitez

Stephanie Benitez

Training Coordinator

Aurthur Chaney

Aurthur Chaney

Administrative Coordinator

Hailey Colpitts

Hailey Colpitts

Administrative Coordinator

Sarah Daniels

Sarah Daniels

Chief of Staff

Chanel Dotson

Chanel Dotson

Prevention and Intervention Manager - Illinois Youth Investment Program & CYS

Andrea Durbin

Andrea Durbin

Chief Executive Officer

Sally Ehrlich

Sally Ehrlich

Prevention and Intervention Manager - CCBYS and Homeless Youth

Seth El-Jamal

Seth El-Jamal

Director of Prevention and Intervention Services

Maribel Gonzalez

Maribel Gonzalez

Juvenile Justice Manager

Marlee Goodman

Marlee Goodman

Trauma Specialist

Lauren Henderson

Lauren Henderson

Special Projects Coordinator

Alex Hylka

Alex Hylka

Director of Process Improvement and Technology

Maha McDiarmid

Maha McDiarmid

Chief Programs Officer

Rachel Monroe

Rachel Monroe

Manager of Training and Program Development

Jennifer Roland

Jennifer Roland

Director of Policy & Government Affairs

Conor Van Santen

Conor Van Santen

Community Relations and Marketing Manager

Grace Shine

Grace Shine

Trauma Specialist

Randi Slack

Randi Slack

Director of Training and Program Development

Denail Timms

Denail Timms

Director of Operations

Karina Velazquez

Karina Velazquez

Training Coordinator for Trauma Initiatives

Richard Walsh

Richard Walsh

Compliance Monitor

Gabriela Zamora

Gabriela Zamora

Director of Trauma Initiatives

Cameron Zelaya

Cameron Zelaya

Senior Policy Analyst

Meet the R.E.A.L. Staff

Rising. Elevating. And. Leading. Youth Initiative (R.E.A.L.) is an unassociated group facilitated by previously incarcerated young people. It is a youth-led, peer-mentor resource hub which addresses the trauma and PTSD of incarceration and post-incarceration community re-entry. R.E.A.L. founders Denzel Burke and Destine Phillips work with young people to address these issues with community education, professional development, and the arts. In addition, they use peace circles for conflict resolution. ICOY is supporting and working with them to ensure they can become a successful standalone 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the future.

Learn more about R.E.A.L. on our blog or visit their website to stay up to date on their current events.

Denzel Burke

Denzel Burke

R.E.A.L Youth Initiative Co-Founder

Destine Phillips

Destine Phillips

R.E.A.L Youth Initiative Co-Founder

Interested in working at ICOY? Learn more on our Careers page!