Juan Carlos Linares, President and CEO

Juan Carlos Linares is the President and CEO of Association House of Chicago, where he is inspired by the team’s dedication to serving the thousands of participants that rely on the House annually, and its 122-years history in stabilizing the lives, households, and communities it serves.  Born in the Humboldt Park community and raised in Bellwood, Juan Carlos is an attorney and has held leadership in nonprofit, government, and civic roles over his 19-year career, and is also a part-time educator.

From a mixed-immigrant household– his mother from Peru and his father from Guatemala– Juan Carlos himself participated in social service programs, sustained in his youth through food pantries and attending bilingual early education programs.  These experiences motivate Juan Carlos to lead the House in celebrating its history, fostering its growth, and serving its communities toward strong, stable, and equitable futures.

Julie Rodriguez, Vice President

Julie Rodriguez

As Vice President, Julie is accountable to the President for the full cycle of design, development, delivery, and improvement of programs. Julie executes and leads a continuous quality improvement process through the program and service areas. She currently serves as co-chair of the Race, Equity and Social Justice Committee for the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association and she sits on Governor Pritzker’s Committee for Illinois Adult-Use Cannabis Health Advisory.

Julie received her Bachelor’s degree in child development and family studies from the University of Illinois in Champaign, her Master’s of Science in Applied Family & Child Studies from Northern Illinois University. She is also a state-licensed marriage and family therapist since 2001.

Julies believes that Association House’s dedication to the community and appreciation for family are what makes the organization so special and drive her to work hard each day.

Damaris Acevedo, Director of Child Welfare

Damaris Acevedo

Damaris currently oversees the Child Welfare Division, which provides quality services for more than 200 active family cases, including foster care, intact family services, and adoptions. She is a Licensed Social Worker with an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services license and is 402 & CCA certified. Since 2005, Damaris has worked in the Child Welfare Division and began her tenure as a foster care case manager.

Damaris attended the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams School of Social Work, where she received her Bachelors of Social Work; and received her MSW from Dominican University. Damaris also obtained her LCSW in 2017.

Damaris is passionate about helping families, and her commitment is to ensure we treat every participant with dignity and respect regardless of what brought them to our program. She says her work is difficult but very rewarding.

Anthony Lopez, Chief Financial Officer

Anthony Lopez

Anthony is our Chief Financial Officer at the Association House. Here he oversees all aspects of the organization’s finances, contract management, and information technology. With over a decade of experience in contract administration and fiscal management, he serves as an essential part of our team.

Anthony obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from National-Louis University.

His firm commitment to the organization stems from the enjoyment and constant challenge of providing quality services to the program participants through sound management. He believes that regardless of one’s role at Association House, we all can make a difference.

Jaime Garcia, Director of Human Resources

Jaime Garcia

Jaime oversees Association House’s Human Resources Department. He manages everyday operations, plans, develops, modifies, and consults human resources policies and procedures to benefit the administration, federal/state employment regulation compliance, and recruitment. He joined the organization in 2003 as a part-time Human Resources Clerk and with much dedication, Jaime gained tremendous experience and knowledge, leading him to where he is today.

He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Management. Jaime also has an MBA from National-Louis University along with a certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from DePaul University. He is also an active member of the Greater Chicagoland Not-for-Profit Human Resources Directors Group.

He is inspired by the mission of the organization and the services that the staff provide to individuals and families in the community.

Tom Mathews, Director of Facilities

Tom Mathews

Tom manages the maintenance of the buildings, grounds, and equipment of Association House’s 153,000 square foot community center and three residential locations.  He assures safe and efficient operations and meets agency, accreditation, funder, State Fire Marshall and Department of Building standards. His background includes thorough knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and control systems including computerized building automation and energy management systems.  Tom loves his work at Association House, enjoys helping to make a difference, and is happy to be an integral part of the leadership to continue our mission.

 Prior to Association House, Tom served as the Operations Manager at AvAirPros serving Midway Airport where he was responsible for maintenance, contracts, operations, and general day-to-day interactions of various operational equipment and facilities systems.  In 2005, he adopted his youngest daughter from China.  Recently, his eldest daughter has blessed him with two granddaughters.  Tom holds a certification in HVAC, a universal refrigeration license, and a stationary engineer license and a Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Illinois University’s College of Engineering.  Finally, he has a certificate in e-Business Strategy from University of Chicago.

Emily Marion, Director of Behavioral Health

Emily Marion

Serving first as a clinician, Emily came to Association House to counsel youth and adults. Since that time, she has been a Supervisor of the Community Support Team (CST), Supervisor of Community Reintegration and Support, and most recently, the Williams Quality Administrator, working with team-based intensive case management programs, including transitioning participants from institutional psychiatric care to independent living in the community. Currently as Director of Behavioral Health, she oversees the mental health programs, substance abuse services, and services for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Emily began her career in clinical services as an intern at the International Children’s Center through Heartland Alliance assisting mostly Central American children, and as a human rights intern through a University of Chicago- placement at Casa Alianza in Guatemala City on the Family Reintegration team.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology from Loyola University Chicago and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.

Originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Emily has lived the past 15 years in multiple Chicago neighborhoods.  She’s proud to be a part of the team at one of Chicago’s original settlement houses and enjoys working across diverse cultures and collaborative service disciplines, while empowering, advocating for, accompanying, supporting, and learning from Association House participants.  Emily enjoys dancing, camping and gardening and rooting for the Chicago White Sox.

Filiberto Rios, Director of Community Health and Workforce Development Programs

Filiberto Rios recently returned to Association House as director of community health and workforce development programs. He has over five years’ experience developing and implementing programs aimed to assist underserved, racial and ethnic minority, and at-risk urban populations. Rios originally joined Association House in 2006 as an Americorps National Volunteer. For two years, he provided community residents with basic GED and ESL instruction, job search assistance, and support service referrals. In 2008 he served as the Income Support Services Supervisor, annually connecting over 500 community residents with public benefit and advocacy support services, and emergency food access. He was then promoted to Community Services Division manager, supervising workforce development, adult education, immigrant service, and emergency service programs. Rios holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management from Spertus Institute.

David Pieper, Principal, The Association House High School

david pieper

As principal, David leverages available resources to ensure students make successful post-secondary transitions and possess critical skills to create lifelong learners and vital contributors to society. He believes the school’s unique character enables him to create an engaging culture for students who have not previously thrived in traditional academic settings.

After working as a teacher, David became a Curriculum Specialist focused on secondary education. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in History Education from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University.

David believes when education and community are bridged together, each can support and elevate the other.  Association House High School is an extension of the historic, long-lasting impact of education as a component of community advancement through Association House’s work.  He feels it is truly a privilege to continue this legacy.

Tanya A. Wade, Clinical Director

Tanya A. Wade is a licensed clinical social worker with over 23 years of service. As a native New Yorker, Tanya’s passion for human services began as a youth counselor working with intellectually and developmentally delayed children. Tanya graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and began her professional career at a residential treatment center with youth who had emotional and behavioral difficulties. Over the next five years, she worked for private child welfare agencies contracted with the Administration for Children’s Services in New York as a foster care and adoption case manager.

In 1998, Tanya moved to Chicago where she continued to serve children, adolescents and families for another 5 years as a special needs case manager for private agencies contracted with DCFS. During that time, she facilitated trainings and workshops on the psychological effects of pediatric HIV and AIDS, stress management, child and adolescent trauma, and caregiver self-care. After receiving a Masters of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago, Tanya honed her clinical skills as a diagnostician in the admissions department at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, and later as a therapist to adolescent girls. Tanya returned to child welfare and was employed by La Rabida Children’s Hospital for nearly 6 years as a Clinical Screener in the DCFS Integrated Assessment program.

Energized by the organization’s formidable reputation and community reach, Tanya began working for Association House as a Continuity of Care Coordinator in May 2013. She was promoted to her current role as Clinical Director in July 2014, where she monitors program performance, provides clinical supervision and direction and ensures that participants receive high quality clinical services and care.

When Tanya is not keeping up with her active twin stepchildren, she is an affiliate therapist providing individual, parenting and couple’s counseling. In her limited free time, Tanya is a fitness enthusiast, reads horror novels and personal finance blogs and listens to outrageous and intriguing podcasts.