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Our People

Our dedicated staff, Board of Directors and Leadership Board
work together 
to fulfill CAC's mission

Blue Surface


Leadership Team
Calm Sea

Melanie Pignotti, LCPC

Chief Executive Officer

Jessica Montgomery, LSW

Director of Forensic & Advocacy Services

Director of Development

Kate Schultz,

Director of Mental Health Services


Rachel Gilmore, M.Ed.

Grants Coordinator

Megan Younker

Development Coordinator

Forensic and Advocacy

Paula Amat

Bilingual Family Advocate

Sara Castillo

Bilingual Family Advocate

Wendy Diaz

Lead Forensic Interviewer

Taylor Edmunds, LSW

Forensic Interviewer

Sammi Krakow

Program Intern

Bri Kness

MDT Coordinator

Paola Malagon

Bilingual Program Intern

Gracie Ording

Family Advocate

Romelia Rodriguez, MSW

Lead Family Advocate & 

Bilingual Trauma Therapist

Clinical and Prevention

Valerie Cifuentes, MSW

Bilingual Trauma Therapist

Cristina Fausto, LCSW

Bilingual Trauma Therapist

Bianca Gonzalez, LCPC

SFTS Program Supervisor

Bilingual Trauma Therapist

Yesenia Hernandez, LCSW

Bilingual Trauma Therapist

Valerie Katz, LPC

Trauma Therapist

Cara Liace, LCSW

Trauma Therapist


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jamie Brown, J.D.

Abt Global, Inc.

Bill Caponigro

Prospect Heights Chief of Police


Damita Cravens

City of Evanston

Don Duffey

Zurich North America

Lynn Ludaway, J.D., LL.M 

Compliance Consultant

Lisa McComb

Dairy Management, Inc.

Adam Newman

Cook County State's Attorney's Office

Roy Picciuca (President)

Wintrust Financial

Eduardo Cisneros (Vice President/Interim Treasurer)

Executive Coach, Leadership Development Consultant

Dr. Jeff Foreman (VP, Fund Development)

Holon Solutions

Bob Tucker (VP, Board Development)

Tucker Consulting Team

Gretchen Peters (Secretary)


Herb Horn (Immediate Past President)


Jennifer Saperstein

Community Volunteer

Bonnie Sidran-Mollison


Kurtis Todd

DePaul University

Dr. Janet Tomezsko

Advanced Urogynecologic Care

Tracy Tucker, LCSW

Affective Counseling

Emeritus Board

Joe Crimmins

Brian Burke

Leadership Board

Leadership Board

Jim McKenzie

Community Philanthropist

Mayor Bill McLeod

Hoffman Estates

Joane McLeod

Links Technology

Senator Laura Murphy

Illinois 28th District

Troy Triphahn

WT Group

Dr. Jerry Bernstein

Retired MD

Jim Burke

Links Technology

Representative Fred Crespo

State of Illinois

Eugene Faut

3D Exhibits

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