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Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen has been the Executive Director of Safe Passage for over 6 years. She has an MSW from Loyola University, Chicago. Before coming to Safe Passage, Mary Ellen was the President/CEO of the Gillis Center, a large multi-service child ...

Becky

Becky has been a staff member of Safe Passage for over 20 years. With a degree in Family and Child Studies from Northern Illinois University, she has worked in nearly every program Safe Passage offers. Though much of her work ...

Jennifer O.

Jennifer is a Certified Public Accountant and received her Masters of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. Prior to joining Safe Passage she worked in the manufacturing industry for over twenty years.

Ed

Ed has been a long-time team member of Safe Passage. As the current Facilities Coordinator, Ed is on hand for everything from safety oversight to emergencies. Whether working in direct service with clients or behind the scenes, Ed has been ...

Nicole

Nicole received her Bachelor’s Degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from Knox College in Galesburg, IL. She has been a case worker with Safe Passage for seven years, and received her ICDVP certification in 2012.

Catrin

In her position as Administrative Assistant, Catrin provides support mainly to the Executive Director, Finance Director and the Director of Operations at Safe Passage. Before joining Safe Passage Catrin was the Administrative Assistant of Project Operations at the DeKalb Regional ...

Erika H.

Erika Hendler graduated from Northern Illinois University in May of 2020 and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. While earning her degree, Erika began volunteering and interning at Safe Passage. Erika loved working with the clients ...

Kristen

Kristen graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2021 with a major in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Family Social Services. She started as an intern and quickly applied and accepted the position of case manager. Kristen ...

Emily

Emily graduated from the University of Illinois with her Bachelor of Social Work. She intends on pursuing an MSW/MBA in the near future. She has previous experience of working with children in foster care and their biological families. Emily is ...