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meet our staff

Connections of Illinois is made possible by a family of dedicated individuals who have committed their time and talents to the empowerment of others.


Cindy C.

Cindy C.

Co-Founder and director

cindyc@connectionsil.org | 847-902-9900

As Co-Founder and a career educator, Cindy is committed to working with our community to establish a true network of agencies and dedicated volunteers to help those who need it the most.


Fred C.

Fred C.

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board

fredc@connectionsil.org | 847-902-9900

Fred and his wife Cindy came to understand that there were so many great social service organizations that weren’t being connected with those people most in need. This, along with their desire to find more significance in their community involvement inspired them to organize and launch Connections of Illinois, Inc.


Anne C.

Anne C.

OPERATIONS MANAGER/CASE MANAGER

annec@connectionsil.org | 847-243-7196

Anne is a dedicated mother, wife and nursing professional who has also devoted her life in service to others with her volunteer involvement with her church and PHD. Her caring and gentle manner fits her role as a Connections of Illinois Case Manager perfectly and more recently Anne has also stepped up into the role of our Operations Manager.


Kim G.

Kim G.

SERVICE COMMUNITY COORDINATOR-COUNSELING

kimg@connectionsil.org | 847-902-9900

Connections of Illinois welcomes Kim as our newest Service Community Coordinator. Kim's terrific spirit and enthusiasm has already made a difference and we look forward to her contributions spreading throughout the community.


Karen K.

Karen K.

SERVICE COMMUNITY COORDINATOR-MULTI-SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

karenk@connectionsil.org | 847-902-9900

Connections of Illinois welcomes Karen to our service community. Karen's professional experience in connecting services to companies needing those services is a natural fit in bringing her people skills and enthusiasm to Connections of Illinois that will bring much success toward our mission of connecting agency with people who need it the most.


Wilfred H

Wilfred H

SERVICE COMMUNITY COORDINATOR - HOUSING

wilfredh@connectionsil.org | 847-975-8326

We are excited to welcome Wilfred(Willie) to our dedicated staff at Connections of Illinois, Inc. Recently retired, Willie was seeking meaningful work, after his successful career in the tech industry as an engineer and project manager at various levels of management. Willie not only brings his management and organizational skills to Connections but also a desire to do good, a strong work ethic and people skills. We look forward to having him assist us in developing a strong working knowledge of all the housing initiatives in our service area and bringing fresh energy in finding new solutions to a growing need in our community.


Dan C.

Dan C.

DATABASE MANAGER

danc@connectionsil.org | 847-902-9900

Dan is one of our great, behind the scenes, administrators who graciously contributes to our mission through his work in maintaining and updating our database, including all the information regarding our networked agencies, clients and volunteers. Dan's patience and abilities to provide training for our staff is a great asset to all of us.


Letty L.

Letty L.

LEAD INTAKE COORDINATOR

lettyl@connectionsil.org | 224-676-8594

With years of experience working within the PADS organization, Letty comes to Connections of Illinois as a seasoned and giving staff member with a great gift of listening and serving our community as a Spanish and English speaking Intake Coordinator and also serves as the Lead for all of our Intake Coordinators.


Ellen D.

Ellen D.

ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR

ellend@connectionsil.org | 847-902-9900

Ellen decided to join Connections of Illinois because it was such a great cause and as an administrator it really fit her busy schedule since she could fulfill her role without disrupting any of her other family activities. She provides amazing support to all of us and is always there to fill in wherever we are in need.


Cheryl B

Cheryl B

CASE MANAGER

cherylb@connectionsil.org | 847-243-7179

Cheryl is one of our newer members assuming the role of Case Manager. Cheryl has been involved with a number of community service activities and is very excited to join us in our mission to bring assistance to members of our community that are in need.


Dani G.

Dani G.

ADMINISTRATION

danelleg@connectionsil.org | 847-902-9900

Dani joined Connections of Illinois with a desire to get more involved with those in need. With a long career in the business world, she is excited to bring her organizational expertise to assist us in administering the work we do with supporting operations with our phones, website, newsletters and event planning.


Regina D.

Regina D.

CASE MANAGER

reginad@connectionsil.org | 224-770-7054

Regina is another one of our newer members to join Connections of Illinois as a Case Manager. With the influx of more clients that put a stress of our seasoned case managers, Regina is a welcome addition to our staff. When she learned about our organization she decided she definitely wanted to be a part of the work we were doing. As a professional teacher, she brings some great skills of working with people and listening.


Sue E.

Sue E.

CONTROLLER AND DIRECTOR

susane@connectionsil.org | 847-902-9900

As Controller and Director, Sue brings a high level of integrity, knowledge and insights to assure all of our operating funds and donations are put to best use and fulfill the mission of Connections of Illinois, Inc.


Sue G.

Sue G.

DIRECTOR

sueg@connectionsil.org | 847-902-9900

Connections of Illinois is very fortunate to have Sue as a member of our Board of Directors. Her vast experience in social justice and charity projects as well as her knowledge and relationships she has developed over the years within the social service agency community is a tremendous asset in helping us grow in our abilities to serve those who need it most in our community.


Vira White

Vira White

COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR

viraw@connectionsil.org | 847-902-9900

Connections of Illinois has been blessed to have Vira on our staff. From near our start up Vira has always been a great supporter of the work we are doing. Her online and tech skills have been a great asset in getting our name out into the communities, as she has assisted us with our Facebook account as well as email marketing and our newsletter.


Kathy W

Kathy W

EVENT PLANNER

kathyw@connectionsil.org | 847-902-9900

Kathy has been with us for several years now, serving in the capacity of Event Planning. With all the meetings and community events we plan and host, Kathy has been a great addition to our staff. She has been doing a terrific job marketing our events and then organizing and facilitating our meetings. Her background in communications has proven to be a great asset for the work we do.


Mary W

Mary W

ADMINISTRATION

maryw@connectionsil.org | 847-902-9900

Mary was one of our first volunteers on staff. Starting out as a Service Community Coordinator her role eventually shifted to being one of our administrators, assisting in a variety of roles, from communications, Facebook,reception and providing assistance with our events. Due to other commitments and needs of her family, Mary has reduced her involvement for now, but we look forward to getting her back as our needs grow.


Lauren H.

Lauren H.

INTAKE COORDINATOR

laurenh@connectionsil.org | 847-243-7181

Connections of Illinois welcomes Lauren to our service community. Lauren has always had a soft spot for helping those in need. Her warm heart and caring attitude will serve our clients well in getting them connected with the assistance they need.


Dawn W.

Dawn W.

CASE MANAGER

dawnw@connectionsil.org | 847-243-7193

Dawn was one of our first staff members to join Connections of Illinois and serves both as a Service Community Coordinator as well as a dedicated Case Manager. She is excited to be a part of an organization that can truly help clients connect with the social service agencies they need.