Board of Directors (click an image to see their bio)
New officers elected and two additional Board Members added; Melissa Maguire, our original Board Chair, stepped down from the board after three years of outstanding service
One additional Board Member added
Board expanded to include three additional Board Members
Wingspan founded with three Board Members
Chair - Maureen Kelly, LCSW
Psychotherapist and Consultant
Former Executive Director
Cathedral Counseling Center (1993-2018)
Maureen has extensive experience in management of not-for-profit organizations and in clinical practice. In addition to her work at Cathedral Counseling Center and at the Women’s Chemical Dependence Program, she has held positions in psychiatry and addictions treatment at Rush, Northwestern, and Martha Washington Hospitals in Chicago, as well as Chelsea Community Hospital near Ann Arbor, MI. Prior to her career in social services, Maureen was a high school English teacher in Ann Arbor, MI.
Treasurer - Patricia M. Alvino, CPA, PC
President and Owner
Alvino & Associates LTD
Pat was employed in Real Estate Management with a Pension Investment company while working her way through college. During her time there, she developed an understanding and affinity for the finances involved in Real Estate ownership and management. Upon passing the CPA exam Pat took a job in Public accounting at a CPA firm in Lincoln Park where she enjoyed working directly with three partners. At this firm, her true aspirations with working with local business were revealed. Pat desired more education in this field, and moved to a larger firm where she worked on auditing and tax, developing her skills for organization, documentation, problem solving and consulting.
When the time was right and she had developed a strong command of her skills due to years of study and experience, Pat branched out on her own and created her brand Patricia Alvino, CPA, which later developed into Alvino & Associates ltd. To this day, the first motto “Your success is our main concern,” still acts as a driving motivation for the company. Once started the business grew quickly through referrals, word of mouth, and from her wide circle of family and acquaintances.
Christopher Cotten, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Core Faculty in the Masters of Social Work Program
Former Assistant Professor of Social Work
University of West Florida
Chris’ direct service social work experience has been primarily in residential treatment of children and youth and mental health. He has worked with homeless and runaway youth, children in the child welfare system, people with HIV/AIDS, and homeless individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. He has extensive experience as a clinical consultant and trainer, working for Jeff Levy and Live Oak Chicago for more than a decade. He was also a research associate at Chicago’s Howard Brown Health Center, the largest LGBT health center in the Midwest. Chris was the Florida State Chapter National Association of Social Workers Social Work Educator of the Year in 2014. Since 2010 he has worked for Hearts in Motion, an Indiana-based NGO, in its humanitarian work in Guatemala. Chris resides in Guatemala City.
Jeff Levy, LCSW, CTRS
Founder and Executive Director
The Wingspan Project
Psychotherapist, Consultant and Trainer
Jeffrey Levy, LCSW, LLC
Former Co-Founder and CEO
Live Oak, Inc.
In addition to his work with The Wingspan Project, Jeff provides psychotherapy as well as consultation and training to other mental health professionals. His current practice is the newest professional iteration of a career that spans almost four decades: first as a recreation therapist with young people in foster homes and residential care and later with young people who had run away from home or were homeless. Even at the beginning of his career, he realized the impact of early and prolonged experiences of trauma. Later, he became a social worker and his work expanded to providing therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups. He continues to work in a way that is trauma informed, LGBTQIA affirmative, intersectional, creative, and relational. <more>
Bree Yoo-Sun McLuen, PsyD
Assistant Director of Diversity & Intercultural Life
North Park University
Bree Yoo Sun McLuen is a macro-mezzo social work practitioner specializing in matters regarding Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA), with an emphasis on matters of equity pertaining to minority women and children. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of Diversity & Intercultural Life at North Park University, and consults/writes for various nonprofit organizations throughout the country as Executive Officer of Wonhwa Warriors LLC. Bree is a former professional, collegiate, and developmental athlete and performance artist. Her time spent as a young minority woman athlete in dominantly white sports helped shape her passion for working with students and student athletes of many backgrounds today.
Since retiring from professional athletics and performance arts, Bree has resumed her artistry in the medium of writing. She is a mother to one son, a partner, and a proud AAPI immigrant woman.
Nacole Milbrook, PsyD
Chief Program Officer
Expertise: Clinical Psychology, Teen Parenting, Community Behavioral Health, Professional Development, Non-Profit Leadership, Leadership Development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Clinical Training
Dr. Milbrook has more than 20 years of clinical experience with adults, families, and youth in various settings. Dr. Milbrook currently serves as Chief Program Officer at Youth Guidance, a youth serving organization that believes no matter what challenges a young person faces, they are more likely to succeed when they have many caring adults in their lives. Youth Guidance’s highly trained staff works directly with schools, parents and families to meet kids where they are—physically within schools, socially and emotionally—and help them break cycles of violence, overcome life and academic obstacles, make positive choices, and remain on the right path towards life success. In addition to that, provides consulting services and teaches adjunct at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in the Forensic Psychology program. She serves on the boards of Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) and The Boulevard of Chicago.
Armando Smith, LCSW
Director of Operations and Client Services
Cathedral Counseling Center
Former Associate Director of Healthcare and Clinical Operations
Vital Bridges/Heartland Health Outreach
Armando has more than 30 years of leadership and counseling experience with Chicago area agencies such as The Night Ministry, Teen Living Programs, Mile Square Health Center and AIDS Foundation of Chicago. He has served on the Board of Directors, as well as several Board Committees, of the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County. Armando has trained and consulted for the Office of Minority Affairs and as a Program Monitor for the Division of Administration for Children and Families of Department of Health and Human Services. He has also provided extensive training in the United States and abroad in such areas as Adolescent Health, Cultural Competency and LBGT issues.