Meet our team

Board of Directors


  • Guadalupe Preston — President
  • Shannon Stewart, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, Inspiration Corporation — Vice President
  • Matthew Weis, Senior Director, National Able Network — Treasurer
  • Margie Gonwa — Secretary


  • Tameshia Bridges Mansfield, ‎Program Officer, ‎W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Mollie Dowling, Executive Director, OAI, Inc.
  • Dr. Ricardo Estrada
  • Sheryl Holman, Chief Executive Officer, Community Assistance Programs
  • Anita Jenke, Executive Director, Career Transitions Center of Chicago
  • Wendy Pollack, Director, Women’s Law and Policy Project, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
  • Erick Allen, Chief Visionary, The Prospectus Group
  • Rebecca Estrada, Manager of Family Support Programs, Youth Services Division, Chicago Department of Family & Support Services
  • Lisa Bly, Board Executive Director, The Workforce Connection


  • Edith Crigler, Illinois Prisoner Review Board
  • Mimi Gilpin (deceased)
  • Anne Ladky
  • Betty J. Willhoite

Thank you to all of our supporters

Our vision is that all people – regardless of where they start or where they’ve been – can access employment as a pathway out of poverty.

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