Staff and Leadership

Center for Changing Lives is pleased to announce Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi as its Executive Director.

Juliana is an accomplished public service leader with a solid understanding of non-profits and the affordable housing industry. She holds a governor-appointed position on the Illinois Housing Development Authority Trust Fund Advisory Board, as well as Chicago mayoral appointments to the Advisory Council on Equity and Language Access Advisory Committee. She was previously the Director of Housing Counseling & Advocacy department at the Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA).  Before LUCHA, she worked as Senior Policy Analyst on housing issues at the Latino Policy Forum, Senior Housing Research Analyst at the DePaul University Real Estate Center’s Institute for Housing Studies and as Director of Housing for the Illinois Migrant Council.

Juliana also brings significant international experience as she has taught English as a second language in Mexico, France and China. Juliana serves as a board member for the Illinois Migrant Council, the Farmworker Landscaper Advocacy Project and the Illinois Association of Agency and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy. She received her B.A. in International Studies and a M.S. in International Public Service from DePaul University.


Staff List

Name Title/Email Extension
Reception/Front Desk 221
Myra Lugo Administrative Assistant 222
Natalie Zayas Housing and Financial Coach 223
Imelda Rodriguez Housing and Financial Coach 224
LaShelle Newland-Jordan Deputy Director 226
Monica (Intern) Finance Intern 227
Bre Hammond Housing Intern 227
Casey Martin Employment Coach/Trainer 228
Marlen Perez Employment Coach/Trainer 229
Julio Pensamiento Strategic Partnership Coordinator 231
Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi Executive Director 232
David Vornholt Development Associate
Susan Roth (Intern) Advocacy Intern 237
Imelda Rodriguez Advocacy Intern 237
Tamara Fouche Director of Resource Development 238
Samantha Alvarez Family Financial Coach 251
Andrew (Intern) Employment Intern 252
Jamie Bolton Communications Intern 228