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Chris Essex

Christopher Essex serves as Y.O.U.'s Maker Manager. Christopher is originally from Saginaw, Michigan. He is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, with a degree in Med……
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Becky Moore

Becky Moore serves as Y.O.U.'s Human Resources Manager. Becky is Y.O.U.'s Human Resources Manager and joined the organization in March of 2015. With a passion for people and Y.……
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Dave Studenmund

Dave Studenmund serves as Y.O.U.'s Grants Accountant. Dave graduated from the Kellogg School of Management in 1985, when he and his wife decided that they liked Evanston too mu……
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Casey Varela

As Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Casey focuses on developing and managing deep collaborations with partner institutions that ultimately enrich our services for youth and famil……
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Leslie Warner

Leslie Warner serves as Y.O.U.'s Grants Manager. Leslie is a graduate of Knox College and has lived in Evanston for more than 30 years. She was a research associate for Northwe……
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Concepcion Benitez

Concepcion (Coni) Benitez serves as Y.O.U.'s Youth and Family Counselor. Coni was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the Chicago suburbs at the young age of 11. In 2009 she……
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Estefanía Elias

Estefanía Elias, LCSW, serves as a Senior Youth and Family Counselor. Estefanía was born and raised in Argentina, and moved to Chicago in 2003 after marrying her husband. She ……
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Jafet Melendez

Jafet Melendez serves as Y.O.U.'s Afterschool Program Manager at Martin Luther King Laboratory School. Jafet enjoys making a positive impact in our youth in Evanston. Jafet was……
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Chanquel Jones

Chanquel Jones is the Afterschool Program Mananger at Old Orchard Middle School. Chanquel’s undying passion for working with youth led her to pursue a BSW in Social Work from W……
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