Our People

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

to fulfill CAC's mission

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Executive Team

Calm Sea

Carrie Estrada, LCSW

Assistant Director, Director of Clinical & Prevention Services

Melanie Pignotti, LCPC

Director of FAS,

Forensic Interviewer

Director of Development

Kate Schultz, LCSW

Program Supervisor, SFTS

Mark Parr

Executive Director

Administration & Development

Yvonne C. Davis

Accounts Manager

Taylor Kanara (Jacob)

Development Officer

Hollie Ross

Marketing Manager

Forensic & Advocacy

Yvette Arriaga

Bilingual Family Advocate

Wendy Diaz

Bilingual Family Advocate

Jessica Montgomery, MSW

Family Advocate


Amanda Rizzuti, MA

Forensic Interviewer

Romelia Rodriguez

Bilingual Family Advocate

Guadalupe Salgado, MSW

Bilingual Forensic Interviewer

Clinical & Prevention

Valerie Cifuentes, MSW

Bilingual Child and Family Therapist, FSS

Sydney D’Andrea, LCSW 

Child and Family Therapist, FSS

Cristina Fausto, MSW

Bilingual Child and Family Therapist, FSS

Bianca Gonzalez, LCPC

Bilingual Child and Family Therapist, SFTS

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


Alison Stoll, LPC

Child and Family Therapist, FSS

Elizabeth Diaz

Prevention Specialist

Julia Escamilla

Receptionist/Program Assistant

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Board of Directors

Paul Christian

BMO Harris Bank

Becky Kwong

Edward Jones

Brian Lucas


Erin Merryn

Erin's Law

Judi Nealy

Campanelli YMCA

Roy Picciuca

Wintrust Village Bank & Trust

Herb Horn (President) 

Brian Bieschke (Vice President)

Ubistor, Inc.

Gretchen Peters (VP, Fund Development)


Eduardo Cisneros (VP, Board Development)

Executive Coach & Consultant

Billie Larkin (Secretary) 

Cassandra Fricke (Treasurer)


Kathy Sprau

Entrepreneur and Consultant


Kurtis Todd

DePaul University

Bob Tucker

Tucker Consulting

Tracy Tucker, LCSW

Clinical Care Consultants

Joe Crimmins

Emeritus Member

Brian Burke

Emeritus Member


Leadership Board

Mayor Bill McLeod

Hoffman Estates

Joane McLeod

Links Technology

Senator Laura Murphy

Illinois 28th District

Troy Triphahn

WT Group

Len Wilk

Alexian Brothers, St. Alexius Medical Center

Kathy Ahlgrim

Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral

and Cremation Services, LTD.

Dr. Jerry Bernstein

Retired MD

Jim Burke

Links Technology

Representative Fred Crespo

State of Illinois

Eugene Faut

3D Exhibits

Jim McKenzie

Community Philanthropist


Margaret Kostyra


Maddie Funderburg


Mallory Mosher

Membership & Engagement Co-Chair

Megan Alvarez 

Membership & Engagement Co-Chair

Taylor Hunt

Social Media Co-Chair

Homira Wardak 

Social Media Co-Chair

Amanda Esposito

Eric Falls

Katerina Walker

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