Meet Our Board of Directors
Lynn is the co-owner and President of Nova Fire Protection, Inc., a family business that designs and installs commercial and residential fire protection sprinkler systems across the Chicagoland area.
Social service has been a core principle of Lynn’s life and she has been a consistent advocate for children through association with various non-profits as well as experience as a school social worker. Lynn joined CASA Lake County as a volunteer advocate and soon joined the staff as an advocate manager. She has a B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University and MSW from Loyola University Chicago- School of Social Work.
Missy currently serves as the Executive Director of Dispute Resolution Institute, a nonprofit that provides mediation services throughout Illinois. Since she was a child, several members of Missy’s immediate and extended family have fostered, adopted and/or taken guardianship of children involved with DCFS. These experiences led her to study child welfare and her first career as a foster care case manager in St. Louis City. She also has volunteered as a GAL, a CASA for Williamson County, and as a mediator in abuse and neglect cases. Missy has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Saint Louis University and a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law. Missy, her husband, daughter and two cats live in Southern Illinois.
Chris is the CEO of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, a nonprofit charged with supporting businesses and growing the economy in Central Illinois. He has worked in public service jobs for over 20 years, including homeless services, youth services and local government. Chris grew up in Burbank, CA. He received his B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado – Denver. Chris, his wife and two daughters have lived in Peoria for over 15 years.
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Linda is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago specializing in the treatment of children undergoing surgery for acute and chronic conditions, with a particular focus on neonatal patients. Her passion for children’s law and policy, including health related legislation for children with special health care needs, has spurred her advocacy efforts for this population. She completed a Health Policy Certificate at Thomas Jefferson University in 2016 and is in the final stages of completing a Masters of Jurisprudence in Children’s Law and Policy at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) Health Policy Committee, was a 2018 NAPNAP Advocacy Scholar, and has spoken locally and nationally on a variety of children’s policy and advocacy related topics. Linda and her cat live in Chicago, Illinois.
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Ellen began her volunteerism with CASA in Wichita Falls, TX where she became a teen specialist. Ellen worked on the cases of two teenage girls facilitating each case to a place of stability. Upon moving to Illinois, Ellen continued her CASA work with teens in the Will county office.
Ellen is an ICF Certified Coach, using her skills to work with both private clients and organizations to implement a coaching mindset into both the culture and the interpersonal relationships they participate in or lead.
Ellen is a businesswoman who runs a steel brokerage company. She has three grown children and will be celebrating 30 years of marriage this year.
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Robert Anderson is a retired DuPage County Circuit Judge. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a B.A. Degree and a J.D. Degree. Bob spent most of his career as a Judge working with children and families. He worked closely with CASA of DuPage for many years while hearing Juvenile matters. While serving as a Judge, Bob was honored for his work in violence prevention, promoting education, his work on domestic violence issues and on juvenile issues. He is an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law where he teaches Family Law. He is a Past President of the Illinois Judges Association and, previously served as the Chair of the DuPage County Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council. He is lucky enough to be married to Irene Bahr, a Past President of the Illinois State Bar Association. They have three wonderful grown children and two adorable grandsons. Bob is honored to be able to continue to help children and families by serving on the Board of Illinois CASA.
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Lillian G. Gonzalez is the Managing Attorney at Gonzalez Legal Services, where she provides affordable legal services to low income families. She has volunteered for CASA, was a Court Appointed GAL and Mediator for family law cases in Lake County. Prior to becoming a license attorney Lillian had extensive experience with the Foster Care system as a home care worker for teenagers in a group home, Foster Care Case Manager and Juvenile Counselor. Lillian has a Bachelor of Social Services and Criminal Justice and received her Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in May 2006. She is currently attending classes to become a licensed foster care home and lives and practices law in McHenry and Kane County, Illinois.
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Chantelle has spent most of her career representing children and families. She started as a Guardian ad litem with the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office, representing over 200 children in the foster care system. She then became the supervisor of the DuPage County Public Defender Juvenile Division, representing minors in criminal delinquency proceedings and parents in abuse and neglect cases. She then transitioned into private practice with A. Traub & Associates representing families in divorce and serving as a Guardian ad Litem for children in contested custody cases.
Chantelle is now serving as a GAL in DuPage, Cook, and Will counties. Chantelle served as the court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in DuPage County in abuse and neglect court, representing over 300 children during that time. Chantelle continues to represent parents in DCFS investigations and juvenile court cases. Chantelle’s advocacy includes her appointment to the Illinois CASA Board and appointment to the Illinois Children’s Justice Task Force, a multidisciplinary, legislatively mandated advisory group that is charged with making recommendations to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) directed at improving investigative, administrative, and judicial handling of child abuse cases in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child victim.
An active member of the legal community, Chantelle has served on the Board of Governors for the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). She is also a member of the DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA) and is a Past President of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers and served on the Board of the DuPage County Bar Foundation. Chantelle has received many accolades in her career, including the DCBA Pro Bono Service awards. She has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star from 2012-2021.
Chantelle is a graduate of The Ohio State University (2003) and graduated from DePaul University College of Law (2006). Chantelle was admitted to practice in 2006. While at DePaul University College of Law, Chantelle received her Family Law Certificate and was the recipient of the Public Interest Law Association Grant - Judge Jeffrey Coman Designation, the Shiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Grant, and the Dean’s Scholarship.
Chantelle is a partner at A. Traub and Associates, practicing in all areas of Family Law, Juvenile Criminal Defense, DCFS Abuse and Neglect, Domestic Violence, and Orders of Protection.
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Sharif Walker is a champion for social innovation and community sustainability. With more than 20 years of experience, he has been transforming communities by providing equitable resources, facilitating tough conversations and developing quality programming that enrich the lives of Chicago’s most vulnerable and under-served populations. With specialties in conflict resolution, direct service and neighborhood revitalization strategies, Sharif partners with community stakeholders and civic leaders to help youth and families thrive through systematic urban inequalities and socioeconomic transitions. Sharif's work has been recognized by the Black United College Fund of Illinois, Taproots Inc., Chicago Public Schools and more. Sharif resides in Chicago's Austin community with his wife and daughter.
Honorable Stanley Moore
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Stanley Moore is a member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners who has represented the 4th district since his appointment on April 11, 2013. The 4th district covers both Chicago and its suburbs. It includes the Chicago neighborhoods of Auburn Gresham, Avalon Park, Calumet Heights, Chatham, East Side, Hegewisch, Pullman, Roseland, South Chicago, South Deering, and the suburbs of Burnham, Calumet City, Evergreen Park, and Lansing. Stanley Moore developed vital experience as an executive in government that included the oversight of major construction, transportation, and urban planning initiatives. As a Project Director with the Cook County Office of Capital Planning and Policy, he managed several construction projects and led the planning and development process on initiatives that were vital to the success of the county’s Capital Improvement Program. Mr. Moore also served as Director with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and worked to ensure that diversity guidelines were implemented in all of IDOT’s projects, programs, and contractual services.
In addition to his work in the public sector, Stanley Moore has spent considerable time working for several community-based organizations. While serving as Assistant Area Development Director of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Inc., he was an integral part of organizing special events, fundraising, and expanding the alumni network of the organization. He also worked at the Henry Booth House as the Director of Development, where he was able to impact the community by ensuring the continuation of essential social services in targeted areas of Chicago. Prior to this, he served as the Division Director of the United Way of Chicago, where he managed more than $10 million dollars in charitable giving, established new funding initiatives for the organization, and developed educational workshops for corporate sponsors which became the “in-house” model for soliciting corporations throughout the city.
Stanley Moore began his career as the Legislative Budget Analyst for Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, Jr. While working for the Senate leader, his chief responsibility was researching and reviewing background data for the Senate Appropriations and Substantive Committees. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Southern Illinois University and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Illinois Masonic Lodge, and a member of Third Baptist Church and Pilgrim Baptist Church. A native Chicagoan, Stanley Moore currently resides in the Washington Heights community with his wife Lisa and daughters Alexis and Tyler.
Over the past 11 years, Mechiko has functioned in the capacity as Executive Director of CASA of Southwestern Illinois. During her tenure, CASA of Southwestern Illinois has expanded its service geography to a highly diverse 4-county program. Ms. White has been the recipient of 3 community champion awards: NAACP of East St. Louis, Racial Harmony and Delta Sigma Theta - Community Heroes. These 3 community champion awards have been symbolic of her unconditional passion and commitment to social services. Ms. White's has devoted over 35 years "Helping Others", professionally.
Mechiko is a single mother with 1 adult child who works as an EMT Technician. She enjoys old movies and reality shows for relaxation.
Pamela was hired to open the CASA of Peoria County program in July of 2005 by the founding board of directors. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates which recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children moving through the juvenile court system. Since that time the program has grown significantly. An aggressive plan to grow CASA of Peoria County was adopted in 2011 by the board of directors for our Organizational 2015 Vision to serve more children each year. In 2018 CASA expanded to the full Tenth Judicial Circuit. Peoria County has over 1,000 and Tazewell has over 400 pending abuse and neglect cases in the juvenile court system.
Pamela is a single mother of five children and has 14 grandchildren. She enjoys entertaining, gardening, time with family and friends.
CiCi Fisher Chalus
For the past ten (10) years, CiCi has served as the Executive Director of LaSalle County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA). In this capacity, CiCi has had the privilege of serving on the National Leadership Council while co-chairing its Rural Leadership Council. Ms. Chalus also participated on two NCASAA sub-committees: Quality Assurance for re-draft of Standards of Compliance, and, development of Logic Model frameworks.
As leisurely, personal interests, Chalus also enjoys gardening, soaking up the sun, and home improvement/rehab projects - a self-professed HGTV junkie. She and her husband of 50 years maintain a 5 acre farmette specializing in farm-to table, private treaty sales of pork, lamb, and chicken. Together, they are licensed foster care parents and parents to three sons who were much harder to raise than pigs and sheep.