Teny Gross, Executive Director
Teny Gross is the executive director of the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, a new support to reduce violence in the city’s most violent neighborhoods. A veteran of the Israeli Defense Force, Teny began his career in ending violence in the United States as a Senior Street Worker for the City of Boston and later was recruited to found and be the CEO of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, RI. Teny has a B.F.A. from Tufts, an M.T.S. from Harvard and a fellowship in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management from Harvard Business School.
Lisa Stephens, Chief Operating Officer
Graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2000. Served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County from 2000-2007, working in the Criminal Division. From 2007-2010, served as the Chief of Medical Prosecutions for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Prior to joining the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago in January 2016, served a Chief of Staff and General Counsel for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority from 2010-2016.
David Cassel, Director of Strategy and Organizational Advancement
David Cassel has a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Juniata College along with an MBA from the University of Illinois @ Chicago. He brings over sixteen years of violence prevention, program development and management, fundraising, grant making and organizational leadership to Nonviolence Chicago. Most recently, David served as the executive director for the Alliance of Local Service Organizations and the Chief Professional Officer at the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.
Tara Dabney, Director of Development and Communications
Tara Dabney has a BA in Psychology and Religion from Transylvania University. She brings over eighteen years of diverse experience working to prevent and end domestic violence, providing advocacy for victims of violence, program management, fundraising and grant writing and management. Most recently, she managed a staff of over 50 advocates as the Deputy Director of the Victim Witness Unit of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.
Marilyn Pitchford, Program Manager, Outreach
Marilyn Pitchford has her MA in Inner City Studies from Northeastern Illinois University. She has seventeen years of experience working within and leading violence prevention efforts through outreach, violence interruption and community engagement.
Darrell Johnson, Program Manager, Outreach and Mediation
Darrell has a BA in marketing and communications. He brings over 10 years of violence prevention and intervention work to his role at Nonviolence Chicago. Darrell is also a local business person who brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the work and individuals he works with.
Chris Patterson, Program Manager, Organizing and Outreach
Chris Patterson has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Ashworth College. He has 6 years of violence prevention, grant management, program development and community organizing experience he brings to Nonviolence Chicago.
Katlynn Bush, Program Manager, Case Management and Victim Services
Katlynn Bush is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who completed her MA in Counseling: Art Therapy from Adler University in 2010. Since 2008, Katlynn has worked with youth and families who are survivors of trauma in the Pilsen, Little Village, and Humboldt Park neighborhoods, as well as supported community organizations designed to promote youth community engagement and leadership.
Mildred Wiley, Community Organizer
A long-time Austin community resident, Mildred Wiley has over 25 years of experience in community development and organizing. Working with community residences and organizations on issues of education, violence prevention, and green environment.