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Our People

Our dedicated staff, Board of Directors, and ancillary groups work together

to fulfill CAC's mission

Blue Surface


Executive Team

Calm Sea

Melanie Pignotti, LCPC

Chief Executive Officer

Jessica Montgomery, MSW

Director of FAS,

Family Advocate

Director of Development

Kate Schultz, LCSW

Director of Clinical & Prevention Services


Oliver Czuma

Marketing and Engagement Manager

Megan Younker

Development Coordinator

Forensic & Advocacy

Paula Amat

Bilingual Family Advocate

Wendy Diaz

Bilingual Forensic Interviewer

Taylor Edmunds, MSW

Forensic Interviewer

Bri Kness

MDT Coordinator

Grace Ording

Family Advocate & Forensic Interviewer

Romelia Rodriguez

Bilingual Family Advocate

Clinical & Prevention

Valerie Cifuentes, MSW

Bilingual Child and Family Therapist, FSS

Cristina Fausto, MSW

Bilingual Child and Family Therapist, FSS

Bianca Gonzalez, LCPC

Bilingual Child and Family Therapist

SFTS Program Supervisor

Yesenia Hernandez, LCSW

Bilingual Child and Family Therapist, SFTS

Valerie Katz, LPC

Child and Family Therapist, SFTS

Cara Liace, LCSW

Child and Family Therapist, SFTS

Image by Mike Page


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Brian Bieschke

Ubistor, Inc.

Paul Christian

BMO Harris Bank

Don Duffey

North America IT

Dr. Jeff Foreman

Lynn Ludaway, J.D., LL.M 

Compliance Consultant

Lisa McComb

Erin Merryn

Erin's Law

Herb Horn (President) 

Roy Picciuca (Vice President)

Wintrust Village Bank & Trust

Gretchen Peters (VP, Fund Development)

Maven Wave Partners

Eduardo Cisneros (VP, Board Development)

Executive Coach & Consultant

Billie Larkin (Secretary) 

Pooja Bansal (Treasurer)


Adam Newman

Bonnie Sidran-Mollison

Kurtis Todd

DePaul University

Dr. Janet Tomezsko

Bob Tucker

Tucker Consulting

Tracy Tucker, LCSW

Clinical Care Consultants

Joe Crimmins

Emeritus Member

Brian Burke

Emeritus Member

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

Emerging Leaders
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