Youth and Family Center
Guadalupe Ortiz, Executive Director
Lupe has worked in the social services field in McHenry County for the past six years, providing mental health services and support to youth and families in the community. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 2011 and has since worked at Pioneer Center for Human Services as a Community Support Specialist/Therapeutic Mentor. The experience in volunteering in different countries and serving very low-income communities has been life-changing for her. She is passionate about child advocacy and overall making a difference in the lives of others. She is grateful to have the privilege to be a part of ” The YFC family” and the opportunity to give her passion, love, and skills to the organization and community as the Executive Director.
Meghan Sullivan, Development Coordinator
Meghan started as a program volunteer at the Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center in 2005. She served as the Program Director of YFC until the McHenry County Latino Coalition had to close the center’s doors in July, 2009. She collaborated with other former YFC employees and AmeriCorps members to form a non-profit organization to operate the YFC programs. Since that time, she has served in various officer positions on the YFC Board of Directors. During the school year, she is the Dual Language Instructional Coach at North Elementary School in District 47. As a lifelong resident of McHenry, she is passionate about encouraging education for all its members and developing multicultural relationships between people of diverse backgrounds.
Carla Ponce, Program Coordinator
Patricia Wallin, Bi-Cultural Service Navigator
Patricia has worked within the social services field in McHenry County and Chicago assisting families by providing them with appropriate referrals and supporting them in accessing different resources in the community based on their needs. She was born in Latin America and immigrated to McHenry County when she was a child. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Illinois University and is currently working on a Master’s degree in International Social Work from the University of Stockholm, Sweden.
Violeta Sanchez, Bi-Cultural Service Navigator
Melissa Menjivar, Youth Program Manager
Board of Directors
Sherry Arevalo, President
Margi Patel, Secretary
Josh Reitz, Board Member
Yvonne Semel, Board Member
Johanna Poncio, Board Member
Carl Vallianatos, Board Member
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