Erie House board member Lory Carbajal Van Ness leads strategy development for the beer division of Constellation Brands. The mission and cultural identity of Erie House resonate deeply with her, and she is excited to help the organization support immigrant communities across the Chicagoland region. Maybe it’d be helpful to start by just telling us…

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Heather Mejia joined the Erie Neighborhood House Board of Directors this fall after serving on the associate board for the past couple years. She is chief of staff for Allstate’s Personal Lines division and lives with her husband and two, soon to be three, children in Chicago’s West Town community. How did you first get…

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Nicolas Guzmán is an attorney at Drinker Biddle & Reath who has served on the Erie Neighborhood House Board of Directors for the past 7 years. In addition to working with colleagues at Drinker Biddle to provide pro bono services, he is a former TEAM mentor and was recently elected to the role of board…

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In an election hosted by the National Labor Relations Board on May 1 and 2, a majority of eligible employees at Erie Neighborhood House voted to unionize. As a result, all professional and non-professional staff members in the bargaining unit will now be represented by AFSCME Council 31 in contract negotiations. While Erie House administration…

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Oswaldo “Oz” Ortega is a native New Yorker who works for Chicago-based architecture firm Gensler and serves as president of the Illinois chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (I-NOMA). Last summer and fall he facilitated a Design Build project through I-NOMA  and Equity Office to renovate our YOU program space, engaging Erie House youth in…

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Monique Mervin serves as the ‎chief of strategic initiatives for Office of the City Clerk. A native Chicagoan, she is excited to have another way to give back to the community as a member of the board of directors at Erie House. We caught up with Monique to talk about the launch of the Chicago CityKey,…

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Stephanie Kanter is new to the Erie Neighborhood House Board of Directors. The business support manager at Chicago’s Shirley Ryan AbilityLab brings more than 2 decades worth of experience in the nonprofit sector with her and is looking forward to helping Erie House grow and develop as an organization. How did you get connected with…

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We are on the verge of entering year three without a fully funded, balanced budget in the state of Illinois. This increasingly likely scenario is hard to swallow, particularly for folks who are living on the margins and struggling to make ends meet. These individuals—children and youth, single parents, working families, immigrants, people with disabilities,…

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Eva Issleib, a digital project manager at One North Interactive, volunteers as a TEAM mentor and as a member of the Erie Associate Board. She and her EAB colleagues are currently working on planning and promoting the 10th Annual Goose Island Fundraiser on Friday, June 23. We caught up with her to chat about her connection…

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When Evelyn Rodriguez left Erie Neighborhood House in 2014 to become the director of community outreach for Chicago’s 1st Ward, she was following a growing passion she experienced for public service. That same passion has now led her into a new role with the City of Chicago, where she began serving as advisor for neighborhood…

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