Mary ellen poole, Chief Executive officer
Mary Ellen has been with Impact Behavioral Health Partners options since July 1, 2015, with over 15 years of experience in the affordable and supportive housing field. She worked as Chief Operating Officer prior to being promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Impact, Mary Ellen worked for the City of Evanston on local homeless and affordable housing initiatives. Prior to working for the City, Mary Ellen spent three years working in housing finance for the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA).
Mary Ellen received her BS in Communications from Ohio University and her Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She is a recent graduate of the 25th class of Leadership Evanston. She lives in Evanston with her two young children, Ben and Virginia, and dog, Mabel. She is active with her local PTA and enjoys yoga and meditation.
Eric Lindstrom, Chief Operating Officer
Eric joined Impact in January 2014, serving as the Supported Employment Coordinator. In December of 2015, Eric was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. He guides the Clinical, Employment and Housing Teams and is responsible for compliance and risk management. Prior to working in behavioral health, Eric worked in real estate title insurance as a department manager and account executive.
As a graduate of Chicago State University’s Social History program, Eric has developed a keen understanding of and appreciation for the need for enhanced services for populations that have been traditionally marginalized. In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his son, Dylan, hiking, and engaging in policy debate.
Clinical services team
KRISTIN JOHANNS, LCSW, CLINICAL
SERVICES MANAGER . . .
Kristin came to Impact in July 2015, after having served as the Program Manager for the Beacon (Drop-In Center) at Trilogy and as an ACT Team Leader at Thresholds. Kristin has experience working in the field of community mental health, along with experience working in a domestic violence shelter in Los Angeles, well as a Family Preservation/Reunification therapist in Kentucky. Kristin earned her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and has obtained her LCSW. She received her BA from the University of Notre Dame. Kristin is very passionate about working alongside participants to help support them with accomplishing their goals and dreams. Kristin draws upon many different theoretical frameworks when working with participants to help find the approach that will fit best with each participant.
TORANEKA HAMPTON, LPC . . .
Toraneka Hampton is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health from Northwestern University. Toraneka arrived at Impact in 2016 and has experience providing a full range of clinical services for children, adolescents, and adults with a broad range of concerns including mood disorders, generalized anxiety, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anger management, domestic violence, and relationship conflicts. She utilizes an eclectic therapeutic approach with a psychodynamic perspective tailored to the individual to meet their specific needs and goals. Toraneka is passionate about creating a nonjudgmental environment and utilizing a collaborative approach to promote personal growth and development.
FALLON SOWERS, LCSW . . .
Fallon Sowers graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 2011 with Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. In 2012, Fallon went on to get her Master’s in Social Work, with a focus in Community Health and Urban Development, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After graduation, she cultivated experience in community mental health, working for 3 years at a shelter with the chronically homeless population, and later in supportive housing for individuals with disabilities. In 2015, Fallon obtained her accreditation as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). She began working for Impact in 2015, where she primarily practices a theoretical orientation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; however, she also employs other treatment modalities, including trauma informed care, harm reduction, and solution-focused therapy. Fallon is extremely passionate about helping participants accomplish their treatment plan goals by focusing on their strengths and abilities. She finds serving her participants to be the greatest privilege.
MARIA MORENO, RN . . .
Maria has been at Impact since January of 2016, starting out as part-time before transitioning to full-time in January 2017. Maria is excited to be celebrating her 40th anniversary of nursing this year. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 1977, and has gathered a wealth of experience in various health care settings, including general medical-surgical hospital nursing at St. Francis Hospital, and geriatric community nursing at the Council for Jewish Elderly, working with Holocaust survivors. She has over 20 years psychiatric nursing experience. Through the years, besides Maria’s passion for the treatment of mental health, she has also developed a strong interest in working with the underserved. She worked in the general medical clinic at Chicago Health Outreach with adults and children. Before coming to Impact, she worked for 12 years as the Health and Wellness Nurse at Connections for the Homeless. In 1998, she went on sabbatical for two months, and had the wonderful opportunity of studying the health care system in Sweden with North Park University, further enhancing her philosophy of care. She worked for nearly 10 years as a nurse at the New Foundations Center. Maria loves her work and believes in integrated care, utilizing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual models, working together as one.
JOHN WALION, LCSW, BENEFITS SPECIALIST . . .
John came to Impact in October 2015 after working as a Clinical Care Manager at the Illinois Mental Health Collaborative, as well as a long-time community outreach staff at Thresholds. In addition to serving clients with mental health needs across the neighborhoods of Chicago with Thresholds, John has also worked on large-scale project implementation, such as partnering with DMH representatives to execute the Williams and Colbert Consent Decrees, in addition to helping with internal staff training for new electronic health record systems. Beyond his direct service background with adult clients, John has also worked in a public-school setting with autistic children, on a locked unit at a psychiatric hospital, and as a therapist to minority teens with an education non-profit. John received his BA from the University of Chicago, and, after gaining some experience and direction within the field, was able return and complete his Master’s in Social Work, as well as obtaining his LCSW. John uses a strengths-based approach to help participants set personally meaningful goals and is passionate about individualizing care for each client that our agency serves.
Briana Hornsby, MSW . . .
Briana came to Impact in September 2016, as an intern from Loyola University Chicago. Briana graduated with her Bachelors in Social Work from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Briana interned at Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center with the prevention team while at Carthage. After Carthage, Briana attended Loyola University Chicago with a specialization in mental health. Briana graduated from Loyola in May, 2017 and began working for Impact shortly after. Briana has a passion for assisting participants with mental health diagnoses using an eclectic therapeutic approach.
Employment Services Team
CHRISTOPHER KNOPER, MSW, QMHP . . .
Employment Services Manager
Christopher has been with Impact since January of 2014. Christopher is a Certified IPS Fidelity Reviewer, and has an MSW from Salem State University. Christopher believes that every person is entitled to the life-changing experience of competitive employment and ensures that Impact’s staff have the skills and tools necessary to offer that experience to every participant in Impact’s Employment Services. Christopher’s approach to employment emphasizes the utilization of strong employer relationships to create solid job matches and offer effective ongoing support to both participants and employers.
JONATHAN WEAVER, MHP . . .
Lead Employment Specialist
Jonathan has been with Impact since January of 2016. Jonathan is a Certified IPS Fidelity Reviewer, has a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Nonprofit Administration from North Park University. Jonathan believes in tailoring the IPS process to be participant-driven. He utilizes motivational interviewing and active listening to identify a participant’s desired goals and potential barriers. Jonathan believes strongly in developing relationships with employers to identify effective matches between participants and employers.
ALISON TWITE, MHP . . .
Alison Twite has been with Impact since July of 2014. Alison is a graduate of Central Michigan University, with a BA in Child Development and a BS in Neuroscience and Psychology. Alison utilizes a strength-based approach to develop an in-depth knowledge of a participant’s life circumstances, as well as vocational history, to make a quality job match. She is an advocate for participants’ individual needs. In her free time, Alison enjoys reading and spending time with her cat.
Kimberley Villalta, MHP . . .
Kimberly has been with Impact Behavioral Health since May of 2017. Kimberly graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a BA in Psychology and Communications. Kimberly strongly believes in effectively engaging with participants to be able to get knowledge of individual needs base on their experiences to best advocate for quality job matches. Kimberly offers support to participants for them to be able to achieve their employment goals.
ANNA EULER, MHP . . .
Anna has been with Impact since May of 2017. Anna has a BSW from Cornerstone University and a background in case management and residential services, as well as experience working with people who have developmental disabilities. Anna’s approach to serving participants is to actively and purposefully engage with them wherever they are at in their search for employment opportunities. By creating and completing objectives, with encouragement and support, Anna’s participants are able to attain their employment goals.
VINCE HENEGHAN, OPERATIONS MANAGER . . .
Vince joined Impact as a clinician in October of 2013 and has been serving as the Operations Manager since December 2014. Vince has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northeastern Illinois and previous experience running a construction company prior to getting his degree. Vince is currently the co-chair of the Association of Homeless Advocates in the North District and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County. In his free time, Vince enjoys spending time with his unimaginably brilliant wife, Sandra, and their two young sons.
DIANE BORDWELL, HOUSING COORDINATOR . . .
Diane has worked as a Housing Coordinator part-time since joining Impact in 1996. She grew up in Northern Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota. At 22, she moved to Chicago and worked at CNA Insurance and, later, as a realtor on the North Shore. She and her husband currently reside in Wilmette. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren, with whom they enjoy spending their time.
STARLA SIPKINS, HOUSING COORDINATOR . . .
Starla has worked at Impact since 1995. She has been a resident of Evanston for more than 25 years, with both of her children graduating from Evanston High School. Formerly, she has worked as the Midwestern Regional Administrator for Showtime and The Movie Channel.
NINA DUNN, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT . . .
Nina has been with Impact since September of 2016, supporting all branches of management and making sure the office runs smoothly. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is excited to work toward lifting the stigma of mental illness in our community. When she's not behind the front desk, Nina enjoys cooking, writing, volunteering, and traveling.
ANDREEA MIHU, ACCOUNTING CLERK . . .
Andreea has been working at Impact since September of 2016, handling all receivables and payables, and providing budget reports to Participants. Andreea earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Management from DeVry University, with a focus in Finance. She is personable and attentive to people’s needs and enjoys playing tennis in her free time –not to mention she loves dogs!
Resource Development Staff
EMILY YOUNG, DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR . . .
Emily joined Impact in Fall of 2016 after graduating Northwestern University. Emily received her BA in Middle Eastern History and has a strong foundation in journalism, writing and multimedia content creation. Emily became interested in mental health at a young age and hopes that she can use her time at Impact to learn more about the mental health field. In her free time, Emily enjoys practicing Pilates, being outdoors, and spending time with her two cats.
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