Teny Gross, Executive Director
Teny Gross is the executive director of the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, a new support to reduce violence in some of the city’s neighborhoods most impacted by violence. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Force who also worked with a variety of Israeli and Palestinian groups in support of peaceful coexistence and dignity for all. 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.
Chris Patterson, Director of Programs
Chris Patterson has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Ashworth College. He has 10 years of violence prevention, grant management, program development and community organizing experience he brings to Nonviolence Chicago. He is also the author of a book entitled 21: The Epitome of Perseverance, a memoir detailing his life and the steps he used to change a life time of bad decisions, Chris uses his experience and talents to address root causes of violence in addition to mentoring youth who are in risk of being shot, incarcerated or harming someone else.
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.
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.
Shannon Barr, Program Manager, Case Management and Victim Services
Shannon Barr completed her MA in Human Services, Marriage and Family Counseling at Liberty University in 2010 and completed her License as a Master’s in Social Work (LMSW) from Tulane University in 2013. Since 2010, Shannon has worked in violence prevention with both community-based and local government-based violence prevention and intervention efforts in and around New Orleans, LA. Shannon also participated internationally in violence prevention around gang and youth violence with as a consultant with the Margate Task Force in Margate, Kent, England.