Category - Policy & Advocacy

ICOY Policy Advisory Committee

Illinois Collaboration on Youth's (ICOY's) policy priorities are formulated by the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC is comprised of ICOY members who volunteer to help shape ICOY's legislative agenda. They use the following guiding principles to create and support policies, programs, administrative practices, and legislation that:

  • Are trauma-informed, evidence-supported, family-focused, culturally-responsive, and community-based. 
  • Support families, empower communities, and prevent involvement in the formal juvenile justice and child welfare systems. 
  • Ensure out-of-home placement in juvenile detention or foster care is used only when necessitated by safety concerns that cannot otherwise be mitigated. Out-of-home placement should occur in the least restrictive setting, for the least time possible, and close to the child’s family and community. 
  • Advance racial equity and reduce the entrenched patterns of disproportionate representation and disparate outcomes for minority children, youth, and families involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. 
  • Provide full funding for community services to enhance the well-being of children, youth, and families. 
  • Support a well-qualified, trained, and stable workforce serving children, youth and families. 
  • Safeguard the interests of marginalized children, youth and families throughout the State’s design, implementation and administration of Medicaid, and managed care arrangements for community social services. 
  • Measure providers' performance, evaluate outcomes, and apply sound continuous quality improvement practices among community youth service, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems 
  • Fulfill ICOY’s strategic imperative to take a strong stance on social justice issues that impact Illinois’ children, youth and families. 

View our most recent legislative agenda. For more information on the PAC, contact Senior Policy Analyst Kacy Anderson at

2022 ICOY Policy Advisory Committee Members

Malia Arnett
Child Link

Mary Ann Berg
Nexus Youth and Family Solutions

Mandy Bernard
Spero Family Services

Mike Bertrand
Lutheran Child and Family Services

Rich Bobby
Little City Foundation

Paula Corrigan-Halpern
Children's Home and Aid

Sherri Crabb
Arrow Leaf

Michael Crowley
After School Matters

Fred Dillon
Kmetko and Associates

Nancy Dorfman Schwartz
Hephzibah Home

Marc Fagan

Kathryn Foster
Arden Shore

Tim Glancy
Center for Youth and Family Solutions

Graciela Guzman
Aunt Marthas

Toleda Hart
Methodist Youth Services Inc.

Shannon Hartnett
Northeast DuPage Family and Youth Services

Rea Hobbs
Volunteers of America of Illinois

Curt Holderfield
Ada S. McKinley Community Services

Lisa Jacobs
Loyola University Chicago

Dennis Jenkins
Caritas Family Solution

Jason Keeler *Chairperson
Allendale Association

Patrick Keenan-Devlin
Moran Center

Niya Kelly
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Rebecca Langan
Youth Guidance

Renee LeHocky
Lawrence Hall

Emily LeFew

Jamal Malone
Ada S. McKinley Community Services

Eric Mayo
Children's Home and Aid

Chris Miller
Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition

Korinne Mills
Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood

Charles Montorio-Archer
One Hope United

Forrest Moore
Chapin Hall

Carrie Muehlbauer
Aunt Marthas

Doryce McCarthy
Omni Youth

Hunter Nelson
Arden Shore

Matt Obert

Chelease Parks

Susan Reyna-Guerrero
Children's Place of Illinois

Char Rivette
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

LaTasha Roberson
Lutheran Child and Family Services

Chris Schrantz
Allendale Association

Melissa Schuch
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

Jackie Sharp
Lake Side Community Committee

Fred Smith
Family Behavioral Health Clinic

Jeri Smith

Lori Smith
Joseph Academy

Renae Storey
Children's Home and Aid

Rick Velasquez
Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission

Anita Weinberg
Loyola University Chicago

Amanda Whitlock
Children's Home and Aid

Annetta Wilson
Sankofa Safe Child Initiative

Tony Wilson
Baby Fold

Michael Wojcik
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois